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Stefan Rueger, Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University


More than a thousand words


St David 3 - 1:00 pm, Friday 30 January (Note: different room from usual)


Web search engines have raised our expectation to be able to search for documents in large repositories with just about any query word. This lecture will examine the corresponding challenges and opportunities of Multimedia Search, ie, finding multimedia by fragments, examples and excerpts. Rather than asking for a music piece by artist and title, can we hum its tune to find it? Can doctors submit queries consisting of medical scans in order to identify medically similar images of diagnosed cases? Can your mobile phone take a picture of a statue and tell you about its artist and significance?


Stefan Rueger read Theoretical Physics at Free University Berlin, gained a PhD in Computer Science at Technical University Berlin in 1996 and carved out his academic career at Imperial College London from PostDoc to a Readership in Multimedia and Information Systems. In 2006 he joined The Open University's Knowledge Media Institute as Professor of Knowledge Media. For details see

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