in conjunction with The IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia 2011
Cooking is one of the most fundamental activities of humankind. It is not only connected with the joy of eating but also deeply affects various aspects of human life such as health, dietary, culinary art, entertainment, human communication, and so on. Many people who cook at home require supports for cooking because it requires experience and knowledge. They may also need support for food-logging and menu planning for the health of their family. Needless to say, support for a good and enjoyable meal would improve the quality of life. Systematic cooking/eating support for elderly or physically challenged people is also significantly important.
Since people cook by manipulating foods, watching their conditions, listening to the sound, smelling the meal, and tasting it in the end, cooking support system also requires such multimedia sensing capability. Thanks to modern technology, the basic environment in a kitchen is becoming rich. Recently, home appliances such as a refrigerator, a microwave oven, and a cooking stove, are equipped with multiple sensing devices and a computer processor. Some may even have a capability to equip additional devices such as a camera, a microphone, a RF-ID tag reader, and so on. Reflecting this trend, researches on supporting cooking and eating activities have started in many corners of the world individually.
As the third meeting of this workshop series, it aims to provide an opportunity for such research groups to discover each other, introduce their trials, and discuss how it should be and where they should go.
The workshop welcomes contributions in, but not limited to, the following topics: