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Concept modeling: From origins to multimedia


The origins of concept modeling are in the field of artificial intelligence. This is where the initial algorithms were introduced first. With the emerging developments in the field of multimedia systems, a strong need is generated to examine and implement concepts-based retrieval of multimedia-contents, from large data bases or from the Internet. The early works were based on appropriate modifications of classical approaches. The latest developments utilize the algorithms that make sense only in the case of multimedia systems. This paper presents a number of classical approaches to concept modeling and their applicability to multimedia. Then it discusses a number of approaches introduced specifically for multimedia. Finally it presents an approach which was fully implemented and tested in an academic environment for industry needs.

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The authors would like to thank Charles Milligan of Sun Microsystems, USA, and Gerald O’Nions of StorageTek, France, who initiated their research interest in this exciting field. Also, to Tom Lincoln of the University of Southern California, USA, Roger Shannon of Duke University, USA, and William Robertson of Dalhousie University, Canada, who provided qualified and detailed feedback on this research. Finally, discussions with Nobel Laureates, Martin Perl of Stanford University and Jerome Friedman of MIT, helped shape up the final version of this paper.

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Correspondence to Zoran Babovic.

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This research was conceptualized at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA, as a part of the grant # 2588-1314.

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Omerovic, S., Babovic, Z., Tafa, Z. et al. Concept modeling: From origins to multimedia. Multimed Tools Appl 51, 1175–1200 (2011).

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  • Concepts
  • Knowledge
  • Ontology
  • Semantics
  • Multimedia
  • Retrieval
  • Understanding
  • Data
  • Relations
  • Representation