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Introduction to Video Search Engines [Hardcover]

David C. Gibbon , Zhu Liu

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September 26, 2008 3540793364 978-3540793366 2008
The evolution of technology has set the stage for the rapid growth of the video Web: broadband Internet access is ubiquitous, and streaming media protocols, systems, and encoding standards are mature. In addition to Web video delivery, users can easily contribute content captured on low cost camera phones and other consumer products. The media and entertainment industry no longer views these developments as a threat to their established business practices, but as an opportunity to provide services for more viewers in a wider range of consumption contexts. The emergence of IPTV and mobile video services offers unprecedented access to an ever growing number of broadcast channels and provides the flexibility to deliver new, more personalized video services. Highly capable portable media players allow us to take this personalized content with us, and to consume it even in places where the network does not reach. Video search engines enable users to take advantage of these emerging video resources for a wide variety of applications including entertainment, education and communications. However, the task of information extr- tion from video for retrieval applications is challenging, providing opp- tunities for innovation. This book aims to first describe the current state of video search engine technology and second to inform those with the req- site technical skills of the opportunities to contribute to the development of this field. Today’s Web search engines have greatly improved the accessibility and therefore the value of the Web.

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"Gibbon and Liu attribute the growing importance of video search engine technology to the rapid growth of video on the Web and the ever-increasing speed of broadband access to the Internet. … As the title suggests, this text … provide a comprehensive treatment of the current state of such technology, and can serve as a reference tool for readers of all levels. Clearly, the applications of multimedia searches cover many disciplines, so this book should broaden many readers’ perspectives." (R. Goldberg, ACM Computing Reviews, October, 2009)

“This book by David C. Gibbon and Zhu Liu from AT&T is a timely analysis of the current state of the art in video search … . Overall I very much enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to colleagues. … I feel that this book will serve as a useful reference for me in future work. I would also recommend this book to others working in information retrieval who want to understand video content and the processing of this multimedia data source.” (Colum Foley, Information Retrieval, Issue 13, 2010)

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Video search engines enable users to take advantage of constantly growing video resources like, for example, video on demand, Internet television and YouTube, for a wide variety of applications including entertainment, education and communications.

David Gibbon and Zhu Liu describe the current state of video search engine technology and inform us about opportunities to contribute to the development of this field. Their book has a practical emphasis with the goal of bringing readers up to date on the state of the art in multimedia search technologies and systems. It explains the overall process of video content acquisition, indexing and retrieval with browsing, it provides overviews of constituent technologies such as information retrieval, Internet video systems, video and multimedia processing to extract index data, and it gives examples of research prototypes and existing commercial systems and describes their features. In parallel with the functional discussion, a historical perspective is provided, including many references to academic and industrial sources. Background information on digital media encoding and streaming standards, and information retrieval is also offered, making the book self-contained.

Introduction to Video Search Engines is intended for professionals and senior undergraduates or first-year graduate students in computer science or computer engineering, specializing in computer vision or multimedia systems. As multimedia search spans multiple disciplines, it is also valuable as a state-of-the-art reference for researchers and developers working in constituent technologies such as speech processing or information retrieval who seek to broaden their knowledge beyond their current areas of expertise.


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David Gibbon is Lead Member of Technical Staff in the Video and Multimedia Technologies Research Department at AT&T Labs - Research. His current research focus includes multimedia processing for automated metadata extraction with applications in media and entertainment services including video retrieval and content adaptation. In 2007, David received the AT&T Science and Technology Medal for outstanding technical leadership and innovation in the field of Video and Multimedia Processing and Digital Content Management and in 2001, the AT&T Sparks Award for Video Indexing Technology Commercialization. David contributes to standards efforts through the Metadata Committee of the ATIS IPTV Interoperability Forum. He serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Multimedia Tools and Applications and is a senior member of the ACM and the IEEE. He joined AT&T Bell Labs in 1985 and has over 50 U.S. Patent filings and holds 30 U.S. patents in the areas of multimedia indexing, streaming, and video analysis. He has written a book on video search, several book chapters and encyclopedia articles as well as numerous technical papers. David is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University.

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