Nowadays, media cloud and machine learning have become two hot research domains. On the one hand, the increasing user demand on multimedia services has triggered the emergence of media cloud, which uses cloud computing to better host media services. On the other hand, machine learning techniques have been successfully applied in a variety of multimedia applications as well as a list of infrastructure and platform services. In this article, we present a tutorial survey on the way of using machine learning techniques to address the emerging challenges in the infrastructure and platform layer of media cloud. Specifically, we begin with a review on the basic concepts of various machine learning techniques. Then, we examine the system architecture of media cloud, focusing on the functionalities in the infrastructure and platform layer. For each of these function and its corresponding challenge, we further illustrate the adoptable machine learning based approaches. Finally, we present an outlook on the open issues in this intersectional domain. The objective of this article is to provide a quick reference to inspire the researchers from either machine learning or media cloud area.
machine learning; media cloud