Distinguished Lecture Series

Dick Bulterman

Vrije Universiteit and Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica Amsterdam, Niederlande

14. Februar 2019, 04:15 pm

S3|20 Room 111, Rundeturmstr. 10, 64283 Darmstadt

“The forgotten art of structuring multimedia presentations: Benefits of content generation and understanding”


Much of the recent attention given to multimedia content has focused around content understanding. Using sophisticated statistical techniques, much progress has been made in segmenting and classifying content in (especially) visual domains. While these approaches have led to a greater understanding of 'content in the small', the results for understanding time-sequenced content have not seen similar improvements.

In this talk, we go back to models for structuring the content in presentations. Our hypothesis is that exploiting the underlying relationships in media can lead to a better understanding of the content in entire presentations. It can also help determine how audience reactions to media can be correlated to individual content sequences.


Dick Bulterman is a professor of Multimedia Specifications and Languages at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) in Amsterdam and a Fellow at the Centrum Wiskunde en Informatica (CWI). He was chair of the department of computer science at the VU from 2016-2018, further he was president-CEO of the Fuji-Xerox Palo Alto Research Lab (FXPAL) from 2013-2016, and he was head of Multimedia Systems research at CWI from 1988-2013. Mr. Bulterman is also chair of ACM SIGWEB. Bulterman's research has centred on building temporal and spatial models of multimedia presentations. He is former chair of the W3C working group on synchronized multimedia and was a prime contributor to the W3C SMIL specifications. Bulterman received his PhD in computer graphics from Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island; USA) In 2013 he received ACM SIGMM Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to understanding temporal specifications for multimedia.