2004 Pacific-Rim Conference on


PCM 2004
Call For Papers

The fifth Pacific-Rim Conference on Multimedia will be held at Tokyo International Exchange Center in "RINKAI FUKU-TOSHIN (Tokyo Waterfront City)", which is a town of multiple amenities combining occupational, residential, academic and leisure functions. It is near to Haneda airport and linked by an expressway with Narita International Airport. It is a junction point of international and widely-spanning traffic ways. The Yurikamome and Rinkai Lines, two rail lines that pass through the Waterfront City, are making access from downtown Tokyo convenient.

The conference complements this wonderful setting by providing a forum to presenting and exploring technological and artistic advancements in multimedia. Technical issues, theory and practice, artistic and consumer innovations will bring together researchers, artists, developers, educators, performers, and practitioners of multimedia from Pacific-Rim and the world. Present your work at PCM2004 and define the future of multimedia.

The technical program will feature keynote addresses, tutorials, special sessions, panels, technical demonstrations, in addition to technical presentations of refereed papers. We cordially invite you to submit your paper in one or more of, but not limited to, the following three areas:

Multimedia processing and retrieval
including multimedia analysis, modeling and fusion, audio/video multi-modal processing, multimedia content description and indexing, content-based retrieval, and compression;

Multimedia system support and networking
including audio/video streaming, multimedia content distribution, wireless multimedia, context-aware multimedia communications, peer-to-peer streaming, Internet protocols, multimedia servers, operating systems, middleware and QoS;

Multimedia tools, end-systems and applications
including user interfaces, multi-modal interaction, distributed collaboration, multimedia authoring, mobile multimedia, multimedia in e-learning, entertainment, personal media, networked appliances, wearable computing, and virtual environments.

Conference proceedings will be published by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series (LNCS) and distributed at the conference.


General Information

Passport and Visa

All foreign nationals wishing to enter Japan is required to present a valid passport at the port of entry.

Visas are not required for participants from countries with Reciprocal Visa Exemption Arrangements with Japan. Those who are from other countries are required to apply for a visa, but usually entry into Japan within 90 days is relatively easy. Note that since the process may take time, try applying well in advance of making final travel arrangements at a local Japanese embassy or consulate. The local arrangement committee will prepare necessary documents such as an official invitation letter from our Committee upon request. Further information regarding the visa acquisition could be found in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs site.

Duty Free Import

Personal effects and professional equipment can be brought into Japan duty free as long as their contents and quantities are deemed reasonable by the customs officer. You can also bring in 400 cigarettes, 500 grams of tobacco or 100 cigars; 3 bottles of alcoholic beverages; 2 ounces of perfume; and gifts and souvenirs whose total market price is less than 200,000 Yen or its equivalent. There is no allowance for tobacco or alcoholic beverages for persons aged 19 years or younger. Strictly prohibited are firearms and other types of weapons, and narcotics.


The organizer cannot accept responsibility for accidents that might occur. Delegates are encouraged to purchase travel insurance before leaving their home country. Insurance plans typically cover accidental loss of belongings, medical costs in case of injury or illness, and other possible risks of international travel.


The temperature in Tokyo during the period of the conference ranges between 10 to 15 degrees Celsius, or 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit.


Electric supply is uniformly 100 volts, AC, throughout Japan, but with two different cycles: 50Hz in eastern Japan including Tokyo, and 60Hz in western Japan including Kyoto, Nara and Osaka. Leading hotels in major cities have two outlets of 100 and 220 volts but their sockets usually accept a two-leg plug (type A) only.


Shops and other sales outlets in Japan are generally open on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays as well as weekdays from 10:00AM to 8:00PM. Department stores, however, are closed during one weekday, differing by store, and certain specialty shops may not open on Sundays and national holidays.