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MediaQ is a novel online media management framework to collect, organize, share, search, and trade user-generated mobile images and videos by the public.

iPhone Version coming soon!


About Us

Our team at USC IMSC has been working on the research and development of MediaQ since 2010.

IMSC Management Team

Seon Ho Kim, Ph.D.

Project Leader,
IMSC Associate Director

Luciano Nocera, Ph.D.

IMSC Associate Director

Cyrus Shahabi, Ph.D.

IMSC Director Website

PhD Students

Hien To

Ph.D. Student Website

Ying Lu

Ph.D. Student

Abdullah Alfarrarjeh

Ph.D. Student Website

Giorgos Constantinou

Ph.D. Student Website

Master Students

Mike Yerou

Master Student Website

Lohit Bijani

Master Student

Yash Abooj

Master Student

Gulsheen Ahuja

Master Student

Undergraduate Students

External Collaborators

Roger Zimmermann, Ph.D.

National University of Singapore, Singapore Website

Joon-Seok Kim, Ph.D. Candidate

Pusan National University, Korea

Former Students

Ari Summer

MS Graduate Website

Dong Han

MS Graduate Website

Hyomin Kim

MS Graduate

Michael Ciesielka

BS Student

Jeong-min Lee

BS Graduate


Media Collection

Geo-Crowdsourcing Media Content

Advanced Searching

Video Analytics

Sharing Media Content

Region Following

Currently,core features are being served in MediaQ server can be accessed here . More advanced features will be added in the next version by the end of 2013.


MediaQ is a novel online media management framework to collect, organize, share, search, and trade user-generated mobile images and videos by the public. It provides a synergistic hybrid of storage (e.g., YouTube), trading (e.g., Ebay), social sharing (e.g., Facebook) for videos and pictures which is effectively tied by IMSC’s proprietary technologies.

MediaQ consists of MediaQ server and mobile app for smartphone using iPhone or Android OS. It allows video uploads from user’s smartphone to be automatically geo-tagged on a map, while also adding metadata such as its recorded real time and indicating the specific direction a camera was pointed, per frame. Media content can be exactly pinned on the map with directional accuracy. Signed participants can post specific content requests that will automatically ping other participants near a designated content assignment location enticing them to get out their phones and start recording.

Integrated Media Systems Center at USC has developed new patented technologies to support the MediaQ framework:

  • Unique techniques to represent video contents have been developed by using metadata. Individual frames of video (or any meaningful video segment) will be automatically annotated by objective metadata which capture 4 dimensions in real world: capture time (When), camera location and viewing direction (Where), keyword (What) and people (Who), termed W4-Metadata, utilizing sophisticated geospatial and computer vision techniques.

  • New way of collecting videos and pictures from the public has been implemented by using geo-crowdsourcing, which makes user-generated media contents to be collected in a coordinated manner for a specific purpose. Our geo-crowdsourcing can orchestrate the collaboration of requesters and workers in an optimal way based on temporal and spatial information.


Current MediaQ screenshots


Version 1.0

Released on June 6th, 2013
  • New Initial website release

Demo Videos

MediaQ Demo (2013):

PBS Newshour Inauguration Coverage using our system (2013):

NATO Summit Coverage (2012):

News Articles


User Manual/Tutorials

For MediaQ Server Tutorial, click here .

For MediaQ Android App Tutorial, click here .

For MediaQ Server Video, click here .

For MediaQ Android App Video, click here .



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