ATQAM Workshop

1st Workshop on Aesthetic and Technical Quality Assessment of Multimedia

at ACM Multimedia • 12-16 October 2020 • Seattle, US


Every day over 450 million photos and videos are being uploaded to Facebook and Instagram. The exponential growth of visual media has made quality assessment become increasingly important for various applications, including image and video acquisition, synthesis, restoration, enhancement, search and retrieval, storage, and recognition.

Broadly, visual quality assessment techniques can be divided into image and video technical quality assessment (IQA and VQA, or broadly TQA) and aesthetics quality assessment (AQA). TQA focuses on the effect of image-level technical aspects of perceived quality, such as sharpness, noise, color reproduction, contrast, dynamic range, and others. On the other hand, AQA deals with more abstract aesthetics-related quality factors that capture the subjective aesthetics experience. Aesthetics judgments are associated with the adherence to established photographic rules encompassing lighting (emphasis, contrast), composition, colors, and more. Even though these topics have mostly been studied independently, they represent tightly related aspects of the same underlying subjective experience of media items, value judgments.

This workshop aims to bring together individuals in the two fields of TQA and AQA for sharing of ideas and discussions on current trends, developments, issues, and future directions, with the vision to accelerate the progress of research in both fields. Our hope is that bridging TQA and AQA, will result in a better understanding of quantitative measures of quality of experience in the broader context of multimedia applications.


The scope of this workshop spans:

Important dates

Submission Deadline for Workshop Papers July 30th 2020 August 10th 2020
Notification of Acceptance of Workshop Papers August 26th 2020
Workshop Camera-Ready Papers Due by September 2nd 2020

All deadlines are at midnight (23:59) Anywhere on Earth.

These are the latest updates since July 29th 2020.

Paper submission

Authors are invited to submit a full paper (two-column format, 6-8 pages, not including references) electronically according to the guidelines available on the conference website at We use the same formatting template as ACM Multimedia 2019. All contributions must be submitted through CMT using the following link:
Accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library alongside the ACM Multimedia main conference papers.

Please find the call for papers here.

Invited speakers

Alan Conrad Bovik

Alan Conrad Bovik is an American engineer and vision scientist. He is a Professor at The University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin), where he holds the Cockrell Family Regents Endowed Chair and is Director of the Laboratory for Image and Video Engineering. He is a faculty member in the UT-Austin Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Institute for Neuroscience, and the Wireless Networking and Communications Group. Bovik won a Primetime Emmy Award in 2015 for his development of video quality measurement tools that are now standards in television production. Two of Bovik’s research publications in the area of visual image quality have been recognized as 2017 Google Scholar Classic Papers, which are selected for being highly-cited papers that have stood the test of time, and are among the ten most-cited articles in their area of research published ten years earlier.

Talk title and abstract: TBA.

James Z. Wang

James Z. Wang is a professor at Pennsylvania State University. Wang’s research seeks to advance knowledge through modeling objects, concepts, aesthetics, and emotions in big visual data. He is well-known for his pioneering research in the field of aesthetics quality assessment. His research team have developed the ACQUINE aesthetic quality inference engine, SIMPLIcity semantics-sensitive image retrieval system, the ALIPR real-time computerized image tagging system, which are all widely cited. His research has been reported widely by significant media, including Discovery, Scientific American, MIT Tech Review, Public Radio, NPR, and CBS. Wang also received an NSF Career award and the endowed PNC Technologies Career Development Professorship.

Talk title and abstract: TBA.


To be announced.




Uni-KN, Germany

Uni-KN, Germany

NTU, Singapore

Uni-KN, Germany

MMU, Malaysia

MMU, Malaysia

Primary contacts: Vlad Hosu, John See and Lai Kuan Wong.