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MediaEval 2014 Workshop

MediaEval Workshop 2014

The MediaEval 2014 workshop brings together the participants of the MediaEval 2014 benchmarking initiative to report on their findings, discuss their approaches and learn from each other.

The MediaEval workshop will be held Thursday and Friday, 16 & 17 October 2014 at La Reial Acadèmia de Bones Lletres de Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain.

The workshop includes presentations from MediaEval participants and invited talks. It also includes a "Practioners'" poster session in which projects, research sites and industry labs that are involved with MediaEval-related technology present an overview of their work.

Agenda

The program will be announced shortly before the workshop, however the start- and end-times will not change from what is given here in order that you can plan your travel.

Thursday 16 October 2014

8:00-9:00 Registration
9:00-18:30 Workshop
20:00 Social dinner

Friday 17 October 2014

9:00-18:30 Workshop

Saturday 18 October 2014

10:00-13:00 Organizers meeting
(See information below.)

Getting to the workshop

La Reial Acadèmia de Bones Lletres de Barcelona
(C.Bisbe Caçador, 3 Plaça Sant Just Barcelona, Spain), the venue of the MediaEval 2014 workshop, is located in the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic) of Barcelona.

Map showing location of La Reial Acadèmia de Bones Lletres de Barcelona

Airport Barcelona "El Prat"(BCN) is located relatively close to the city. The Aérobus is a quick and easy way of getting to the center of town, and will cost you about 6 Euros one way or 10 Euros for the round trip. A taxi from the airport to the city center should cost you 30-40 Euros, cf. wikitravel and also the BCN airport webpage.

Accommodation

The workshop registration covers the workshop only (including coffee, lunch and workshop dinner). Participants are asked to make their own hotel reservations by directly contacting the hotel of their choice.

We suggest you use an internet booking website such as booking.com. To help you in your search, here is a list of hotels we have found within 10 minutes walking distance of our venue:

Hotel Gran Barcino
Pension Casa Blanca
Mercer Boria Bcn
Exe Laietana Palace
Hotel Gótico
Hotel del Mar
Hotel Santa Marta
Hostal Miramar
Inside BCN apartment

Workshop fee

The workshop fee is €240 for regular registration. Participants registering after 4 October will be charged a late fee of €10.

A need-based discount of €50 is available. In order to request a need-based discount, please write an e-mail to Saskia Peters (s.peters at tudelft dot nl) including:

  • your name,
  • your organization name,
  • the reason for which you are requesting the discount,
  • team name and the name of the task(s) (if you are a participant).

We realize there are a large range of reasons for which you may want to ask for a need-based discount. We anticipate that the most common reasons will be: You are a student (please include the name of your advisor in the email), you have recently graduated (please include the date of graduation), you are retired, your country's currency is weak with respect to the Euro (please include the name of your country explicitly), your project has recently run out of travel funding. Saskia Peters will reply to your mail by sending you a discount code which you can then use to register. Note that the need-based discount is organized by the honors system: if you need it please ask for it.

Travel Support

A limited number of travel grants are also available to support students and early-career researchers in attending the MediaEval workshop. As in past years, grants will be allocated to favor participation to the workshop of young task participants, based on the originality and scientific insight of the approach implemented during the evaluation. Details are here.

Organizers meeting

If you organized a task this year or if you are proposing/organizing a task for 2015, you should attend the organizers meeting from 10:00-13:00 Saturday 18 October. It will be followed by an optional self-pay lunch.

Note: After lunch, the “hard core” will gather to plan the logistics of MediaEval 2015. You are in the “hard core” if you are a current or former MediaEval task organizer and have time in the upcoming year to serve on one or more MediaEval logistic committees (e.g., Resources and Recognition committee, Workshop Coordination committee). Please contact Martha for more information on the “hard core” meeting.

About the location

We are very privileged that the workshop will be held in a venue in the center of Barcelona with a genuine medieval heritage. We suggest that you read about the history of the neighborhood in which the venue is located, the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona.

Please note that Barcelona, and especially the center, requires you to be very careful in order to avoid pickpockets. Although Barcelona is general safe and violent crime is rare, the pickpockets have the well-deserved reputation of being well organized and talented. We advise you to make sure you have a good bag which you can carry close to your body.

Additional information

If you have questions please contact Saskia Peters s.peters@tudelft.nl

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