SUMAC 2023

5th workshop on analysis, understanding
and promotion of heritage contents

Advances in machine learning, signal processing,
multimodal techniques and human-machine interaction

In conjunction with ACM Multimedia 2023
October 29 -- November 3, 2023, Ottawa (Canada)
Attendance Mode: TBA

News and Updates


The fifth version of the SUMAC (analySis, Understanding and proMotion of heritAge Contents) workshop, like its predecessors, focuses on analyzing, processing and valorizing all types of data related to cultural heritage, including tangible and intangible heritage. As stated by UNESCO, cultural heritage provides societies with a wealth of resources inherited from the past, created in the present for the benefit of future generations.

Digital heritage data acquired are naturally massive and address a large diversity of modalities (iconography, text, structured referentials, image, video, 3D, music, sensor data). Their processing and promotion put into light several scientific challenges as well as various new use cases that are of topical interest today for the ACM Multimedia community, both for academics and industries. Like in the previous editions, we will strive to value the sharing of knowledge, algorithms and experiments; and also open source software and open data, by encouraging the submission of articles that promote this sharing policy.

Abundant heritage data is available in the most recent years. Older data, that can be called the big data of the past, are mostly locked -- they currently remain largely “hidden” from the public, in galleries, libraries, archives, museums or data producers' infrastructures. Processing heritage data to increase their visibility will act as a game changer and contribute to a large panel of communities, by enabling an outstanding pool of inter-operable data, not only as a service to citizens but also to public or private actors, by challenging the research methods at the crossing of computer science, artificial intelligence and digital humanities.

Call for Papers

The ambition of SUMAC is to bring together researchers and practitioners from different disciplines to share ideas and methods on current trends in the analysis, understanding and promotion of heritage contents. These challenges are reflected in the corresponding sub-fields of machine learning, signal processing, multi-modal techniques and human-machine interaction. We welcome research contributions for the following (but not limited to) topics:

  • Information retrieval for multimedia heritage
  • Automated archaeology and heritage data processing
  • Multi-modal deep learning and time series analysis for heritage data
  • Heritage modeling, visualization, and virtualization
  • Smart digitization and reconstruction of heritage data
  • Open heritage data and bench-marking

The scope of targeted applications is extensive and includes:

  • Analysis, archaeometry of artifacts
  • Diagnosis and monitoring for restoration and preventive conservation
  • Geosciences / Geomatics for cultural heritage
  • Education
  • Smart and sustainable tourism
  • Urban planning
  • Digital Twins

Important dates

  • Paper submission: July 24, 2023 (AoE)
  • Author acceptance notification: August 9, 2023
  • Camera-Ready: August 12, 2023
  • Workshop date: TBA: October 29 - November 3, 2023

Submission guidelines

Submission format All submissions must be original work not under review at any other workshop, conference, or journal. The workshop will accept papers describing completed work as well as work in progress. One submission format is accepted: full paper, which must follow the formatting guidelines of the main conference ACM MM 2023. Full papers should be from 6 to 8 pages (plus 2 additional pages for the references), encoded as PDF and using the ACM Article Template. For author guidelines and instructions, please visit

Peer Review and publication in ACM Digital Library Paper submissions must conform with the “double-blind” review policy. All papers will be peer-reviewed by experts in the field, they will receive at least two reviews. Acceptance will be based on relevance to the workshop, scientific novelty, and technical quality. Depending on the number, maturity and topics of the accepted submissions, the work will be presented via oral or poster sessions. The workshop papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library.

Special Highlights

Best Paper Award - We will present a best paper award, accompanied with a certificate and a trophy, similar to previous editions.

Journal Special Issue - Authors of the best papers from SUMAC 2023 will be invited to submit an extended and improved version for consideration for Special Issue on Cultural Heritage in the Springer journal Multimedia Tools and Applications.


Valerie Gouet-Brunet
Valerie Gouet-Brunet
IGN, Gustave Eiffel University, France
Ronak Kosti
Ronak Kosti
Picsart AI Research Lab, Germany
Li Weng
Li Weng
Zhejiang Financial College, China

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