Biography: Malcolm Slaney joined Yahoo! Research in 2005. He is interested in all manners of perception, signal processing, and multimedia analysis and modification. For the last 20 years he has organized the Stanford CCRMA Hearing Seminar, where he is a (Consulting) Professor. Before joining Yahoo! he was a researcher at IBM's Almaden Research Center working on multimedia analysis and user models. He has also been employed by Interval Research, Apple's Advanced Technology Group, Schlumberger's Palo Alto Research Laboratory, and Bell Labs. He is the coauthor of the book "Principles of Computerized Tomographic Imaging," which was recently republished by SIAM as a "Classics in Applied Mathematics". He is coeditor of the book "Computational Models of Auditory Function." He has served as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing, IEEE Multimedia Magazine, and the Proceedings of the IEEE. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.
It's a cliche to say that the Internet has changed our world. But the proliferation of inexpensive and ubiquitous multimedia devices is changing our world even more. We can choose from millions of songs, billions of images and innumerable hours of video. Flickr has hundreds of thousands of pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge --- That's more than one a foot. I'd like to address the a number of questions and opportunities presented by multimedia: Does multimedia content matter? Are people looking for information or entertainment? And how does one deal with the curse of dimensionality? I'll talk about the issues, the opportunity and some of the algorithmic solutions that are possible. A combination of cool (web-scale) algorithms and asking the right questions lead to interesting new answers---And make it easier for people to find the multimedia content they want.