On January 23-25, 2012, Politecnico di Milano hosts some of the most important European researchers at the prestigious Palazzo Natta, in Como, to discuss about the future of multimedia search engine infrastructures and applications. The meeting is organized in the context of the CUBRIK project (http://www.cubrikproject.eu/), an Integrated Project co-financed by the European Union under the Information Society Technologies Program (7th Framework Program) and managed by the Engineering group, together with big European industrial realities (e.g. the German company Attensity), and top European university and research labs (e.g. UniversitÓ di Trento, L3S, Queen Mary University, and others). The DEI research group of Information design for the Web is involved in the project, leaded by Prof. Piero Fraternali, whom is also the Scientific Director of CUBRIK.
The objective of the CUBRIK project is to construct an open platform for multimedia search practitioners, researchers and end-users, where different classes of contributors can meet and advance the state-of-the-art by joining forces. CUBRIK will achieve such an ambitious goal by "opening the box" of multimedia search, unbundling the main functionalities into a set of search processing pipelines, i.e., orchestrations of open source and third-party components instantiating current algorithms for multimedia content analysis, query processing, and relevance feedback evaluation. Important scientific contributions will be the systematic integration of human and social computation in the design and execution of pipelines, and the enrichment of multimedia content and query processing with temporal and spatial entities.