I guess that for all people involved, DocEng’09 was a success. Like last year, the conference was small — I think that we were 60 or 70 participants — but the quality of the works presented was high, and the scientific exchange was extremely interesting. In DocEng, you get to meet everyone individually, something which is unfeasible at large-scale conferences.
Thematically, the conference has a broad scope, centered around the representation, processing, analysis, storage and retrieval of documents. My main research topic concerns the retrieval of multimedia documents, and is somewhat at the fringe of the conference theme. Nevertheless, people seemed genuinely interested and I’ve got many useful insights and suggestions.
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I have just arrived at Paris, where I will meet my former Ph.D. supervisor Prof. Matthieu Cord, among other colleagues. I intend to advance our research on high-dimensional multimedia indexing and large scale multimedia retrieval. I am also giving a talk about my current research pursuits at the ETIS labs, on Cergy-Pontoise, next Tuesday, September 22nd.