Multimedia Database Management Systems: A Perspective

Tuesday, January 30, 2001 - 9:30am - 10:30am
Lind 400
Arif Ghafoor (Purdue University)
Emerging multimedia information technologies will allow users to store, retrieve, share, and manipulate complex information which are expected be used for building exciting new applications. Development of such applications to a mature and fruitful stage will require substantial changes in our approach to the design of operating systems, databases and storage systems. Most multimedia applications will use some form of pre-orchestrated stored information. Such applications include telemedicine, digital libraries, virtual reality, on-line education and training, CAD/CAM, etc. The stored nature of the information poses a number of challenges and can allow novel techniques in the management and representation of multimedia data and knowledge. The key challenges are related to data organization and integration, indexing and retrieval mechanisms, intelligent searching techniques, information browsing, content-based query processing, handling of heterogeneity and variety of multimedia data, and so forth.

In this talk, we highlight these challenges and provide an assessment of the state-of-the-art in developing large scale multimedia database systems. Several case studies of industrial and research projects are presented to evaluate the efficacy of the theoretical foundation of this area.