Discussion Panel

The LLM Wrecking Ball: Are We About to Lose Decades of Work in Multimedia because of MM-LLMs?


Alan Smeaton, Dublin City University, Ireland


  • Kai Barthel, HTW Berlin, Germany
  • Chong Wah Ngo, Singapore Management University, Singapore
  • Heiko Schuldt, University of Basel, Switzerland
  • Stefanos Vrochidis, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (ITI-CERTH), Greece


LLMs and MM-LLMs may be about to bring a wrecking ball to our past decades of work in multimedia analysis and retrieval by nullifying it and replacing it by an approach of fine-tuning a foundational model. This panel explores the issue of whether the new approach will wreck or build upon our older work, leading to better all round outcomes.