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FUTURIS: Research and Discovery – All about the leading research projects in Europe

Futuris logo FUTURIS – the television magazine on European research is a TV co-production between EuroNews, DG Research and DG Information Society, European Commission. It features a new story (around 8 minutes) on European Research every two weeks in the 8 EuroNews languages. Each Futuris story has had between 4 and 27 million viewers.
28 Augusti 2008 at 18:45* - FUTURIS: Digital technology at a cinema near you


IP-RACINE-logo 3DTV logo


The IST projects IP-RACINE and 3DTV are featured on FUTURIS/EuroNews on 28 August 2008 at 18:45*.

'Cinema of the future is coming to a theatre near you: The introduction of digital technolgies makes the european film industry more creative and competitive at every stage of production and distribution. Stereo cinema, big screen live events and holographic television are revolutionising the media.'

The program will be available in all the eight languages on EuroNews , as well as on the EuroNews YouTube channel .

* First broadcast: Thursday 18:45 CET
Thursday 01:45; Friday 09:45 and 13:45; Saturday 06:45, 12:15, 17:45 and 22:45; Sunday 10:45, 14:45 and 20:45; Monday 09:15, 18:45 and 01:45; Tuesday 13:15, 18:15 and 01:45; Wednesday 10:45, 16:45 and 02:45. Additional rebroadcasts on European public TVs.



ICT Results – promoting European ICT Research

ICT Results logo ICT Results features online news and analysis on the emerging results from information and communications technology research. It reports on prototype products and services ready for commercialisation, as well as work in progress and interim results with significant potential for exploitation. ICT Results is using Twitter .

Relevant ICT Results features:
  • SPECIAL: Listen, watch, read - computers search for meaning (30 October 2009)

    ICT Results are covering the work done in the FP6 project MESH in a two-part special feature. They are reporting that the European researchers have created the first integrated semantiv search platform that integrates text, video and audio. The system can 'watch' films, 'listen' to audio and 'read' text to find relevant responses to semantic search terms.
  • 'Triple Space' offers web for web services (23 September 2009)

    'What the World Wide Web is to humans, the Triple Space could become for machines' European researchers say. The ICT Results writes about the TripCom project and how they have successfully proven the Triple Space concept and implemented the technology to make the World Wide Web for machines a reality.
  • Semantic-based software boosts company performance (7 August 2009)

    This ICT Results article reports that new semantics-based software tools that accelerate the speed companies can develop or adjust their processes - while slashing costs - have resulted from the FP6 project SUPER . In the SUPER project, researchers discovered that, by automatically translating business language into more technical terms, they can take the IT grunt out of innovative business process modelling.
  • Top designers in your own home? (27 July 2009)

    AsIsKnown uses ontological systems that search for concepts, not just key words in order to help home textile companies harmonise their market offering. The FP6 EU funded project has developed two support tools. The Virtual Interior Designer is used to access product images directly from the databases of the producers, while the Smart Profiler enables a retail assistant to give ideas on styles, colours, patterns and to generate suggestions from available producer information. The AsIsKnown ontology interacts with the users in English, German, French, Italian, Hungarian and Bulgarian.
  • Semantic solution, a patent commercial success (3 July 2009)

    FP6 project TAO has made the subject of an ICT Results article that details on their work to bring solutions to companies that deal with large amounts of data. This applies to patent information, website content or databases of manufacturing components as well. For this, researchers at TAO use semantic data, which makes information faster and easier to retrieve. The transition from legacy systems to semantic ones is the most problematic task, this being done by TAO through the help of software that learns from the available information and uses this to build ontologies that describe products, services and processes within an organisation.
  • Saving time - and money - with semantic design (20 April 2009) - This ICT Results article includes the Video: SevenPro Environment Usage Demonstration.

    Searching through design data can be time consuming, which makes the SevenPro project highly useful in its work of configurating a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system. This makes it possible for users to visualise products, components and materials in virtual reality, thus making it easier to find and establish connections with other information even if it is stored in distributed files and databases across a network. The SevenPro semantic environment uses a vocabulary of related concepts that adds meaning and establishes relationships between data items. The project is now being applied commercially by Italdesign Giugiaro, an Italian car designer that has worked for Ferrari, Lamborghini and BMW, among others, and Fundiciones del Estanda, a Spanish metal foundry.
  • Faster, better patent processing (16 April 2009) - This article includes the Video: PatExpert Final Showcase.

    Processing patents is a complex and time-consuming action, ICT Results points out. For this reason, FP6 EU funded PATExpert project already attracted the interest of investors and is ready to come out on the market commercially. The project uses semantic technologies in order to bring solutions for easing the evaluation process and to reduce the number of pending patents. It manages to do this through a multimedia content representation system for handling the patent information, as well as for assessment and visualisation.
  • ICT Results e-Bulletin: Semantic technologies for smart electricity management (16 February 2009)

    ICT Results published an overview of the projects that regard smart electricity management and their results up to now. As most recent instalment, they listed the S-TEN project, from the FP6 portfolio. Its aim is to offer a smart grid management solution to energy suppliers. The topic of semantic software developments in a wide range of applications with social use, such as emergency services, healthcare, cultural tourism and many others, also featured the FP7 OKKAM project and the FP6 OpenKnowledge and Nepomuk ones.
  • Semantic web promises a smarter electricity grid (9 February 2009)

    The advantages brought by the smarter electricity grid from the S-TEN project are underlined in one of ICT Results' articles. The concept of using a centralised database to store information from dispersed energy generators should solve the problem of managing wind farms and solar panels that are installed on people's homes or in remote areas. Now that the number of suppliers is increasing, a semantic web interface is meant to allow applications to understand the information sent individually by each energy generator which is part of the network. As a result, the management and the information collecting will be possible even in the case of energy generators that are not part of classic centralised plants.
  • Two part report: Unlocking the dynamic web (24 December 2008) and Unlocking the dynamic web to form new partnerships (29 December 2008)

    Since most of the web's information can not be accessed through websites and browsers, the OpenKnowledge project looks to make these hidden resources available for partners from anywhere in the world and who might be using a wide variety of software, internet interfaces and devices, states a two part report on ICT Results. The researchers from OpenKowledge developed a new language, called Lightweight Coordination Calculus (LCC) and defined ways to let virtual partners find each other, define their roles, rules and sequences, so that the interaction runs smoothly. They found applicability for their results in the healthcare and in the emergency response systems and already started putting them into practice within a proteomics network, in Spain.
  • Removing user constraints from digital rights management (10 December 2008)

    ICT Results covers the principles and importance of the AXMEDIS project on multimedia content for multichannel distribution. Transferring files between devices such as PCs, cell phones, PDAs, TV set-top boxes should in theory be in conformity with the intellectual property rights of the content provider (CP). Still, different types of devices often run on different systems, requiring that the files are recoded for compatibility with the new system. In this context, AXMEDIS is trying to offer tools for users to make the best of the content/licence that they have purchased.
  • Semantic desktop paves the way for the semantic web (25 November 2008)

    Nepomuk's project on semantic desktop is seen by ICT Results as a vision with potential of encouraging semantic web research. Until now, this has mainly failed to materialise especially because of the few incentives and few services for semantic content. At that time, the semantic desktop was being used in four case studies, at the Institut Pasteur, in Paris, at software developer SAP, at the TMI group and at Mandriva.
  • See what I see - machines with mental muscle (1 October 2008)

    MUSCLE , an EU-funded super project which created a pan-European network of excellence involving more than 30 academic and research institutions from 14 countries, has come up not only with new paradigms but a range of practial applications, writes the ICT Results. Several showcases are highlighted, and one of them is the one that analyses human emotion using both audio and visual clues. 'It was trialled on US election candidates to see if their emotional states actually matched what they were saying and doing, and it was even tried out, visually only of course, on the enigmatic Mona Lisa', says MUSCLE project coordinator Nozha Boujemaa. See also the Virtual MUSLCE Showcase on YouTube: 'MUSCLE Island' is located in the heart of the virtual world of Second Life .
  • Putting pictures into words (16 September 2008)

    The technologies developed in the project aceMedia have sparked interest from a range of commercial companies, looking to exploit the ideas in a host of directions, writes the ICT Results. See also theaceMedia ICT Results article from 15 November 2006, and the aceMedia BBC news article from 16 November 2006 .
  • Pervasive games promise to spice up daily life (11 September 2008)

    The work of the project IPerG is the focus of this ICT Results article about how games that merge the virtual with the real could be the next entertainment revolution. 'Within three to four years, at least one multiplayer pervasive game emerging with a couple of hundred thousand participants in what would undoubtedly mark a coming of age for the pervasive gaming industry', forsees Jussi Holopainen IPerG's project manager at Nokia.
  • Semantics gives the web meaning - for machines (16 July 2008)

    This ICT Results feature highlight research and results done in the FP6 projects: aceMedia , BootStrep , NeOn , REWERSE , SEKT , SIMAC and VIDI-VIDEO , as well as in the FP7 projects: ACTIVE , LarKC and OKKAM .

    Furthermore, What is the future of the internet? In this BBC Radio interview (audio stream 9 July 2008) Sir Tim Berners-Lee is looking ahead and explains what we can expect from the semantic web.
  • The NeOn project is the subject of a two-part ICT Results feature:
    - Article 1 (23 June 2008): Designing semantic software by numbers
    - Article 2 (25 June 2008): Managing fisheries with semantic technologies

    Part one highlights the potential impact of semantic technologies on the future of application development and how NeOn researchers are addressing the current problems encountered in designing semantic applications. Part two focuses on the applications which are being developed for the Project's two user test cases, which are due to go live in February 2009.
  • Web of entities: prepare to "Okkamise"! (6 March 2008)

    What is the idea behind the project OKKAM ? This ICT Results feature explains how European researchers are developing a better way to publish, link and find information using a 'web of entities'. 'We believe that OKKAM represents a substantial move in the direction of a ′web of entities′, says Paolo Bouquet OKKAM's coordinator.
  • And the Oscar goes to ... European digital cinema (12 December 2007)

    This ICT Results feature gives an insight in the work carried out in the project IP-RACINE . 'The difference between other projects and ours is that IP-RACINE has been carried out with cost and interoperability in mind. We started at a time when standards were still not established and we were the only ones to look at the whole cinema chain, from scene to screen', says Benoit Michel, IP-RACINE project spokesperson.
  • Shapeshifted narratives: truly new media for the new millennium (29 November 2007)

    The scope and vision of the project NM2 is explicated in this ICT Results feature. 'Imagine someone with ten spare minutes plugging into the news for the first time in three weeks: they want all the relevant updates quickly', says Doug Williams, technical director of NM2.
  • What did Woody Allen say? (13 September 2007)

    The project Content4All and it's results are highlighted in this ICT Results feature.
  • Sounding out the future of SMC (30 May 2007)

    The project SALERO is in focus in this ICT Results feature.
  • Storing the semantics embedded in digital shapes ( 16 November 2006)

    How to describe shape? This ICT Results feature covers the issues dealt with in the AIM@SHAPE Network of Excellence.
  • Metadata labelling for multimedia content (15 November 2006)

    Learn more about the concept of an Autonomous Content Entity (ACE) in this ICT Results story about the project aceMedia . 'People don't want to have to spend time managing their content manually, they just want to be able to view it whenever and however they want', says Paola Hobson, the aceMedia project coordinator. 'For that to happen, multimedia content needs to become intelligent.'
  • Semantic-web technologies for enhanced knowledge management (30 October 2006)

    This ICT Results feature describe the technology developed, and the initiatives underway to exploit the results from the project SEKT , as well as their involvement in the project NeOn .
  • Refining the process of gathering information (25 September 2006)

    The system developed by the project PENG , offers two distinct techniques: information filtering (push) and information retrieval (pull). Read more about it in this ICT Results feature.
  • 3D television edges closer to reality (14 September 2006)

    This ICT Results article cover efforts and results done in the IST project 3DTV Network of Excellence . 'One of our targets was to achieve a durable integration of researchers. We therefore expect to continue our collective efforts well beyond the lifetime of this project. We expect many spin-off projects, using the current collaboration as a platform, after the 3DTV project ends', says Levent Onural, coordinator of the 3DTV project. This feature is also followed up by the BBC news, Discovery Channel and other media.
  • Helping computers identify real meaning (6 September 2006)

    'We developed tools and methods that can help businesses to establish if a new semantic service provides extra value', says Wernher Behrendt, the coordinator of METOKIS . Find out more about it in this ICT Results article.
  • Semantic rescue in snow blizzard emergency (14 July 2006)

    The system developed by the project DIP , is paving the way for quicker emergency responses and more efficient public administrations. The results from DIP are likely to inspire further applications in the project SUPER , this ICT Results story reveals.
  • ICT Results features first half of 2006 on:

    - INCCOM: The World Cup straight to your pocket (7 June 2006)
    - LEMATCH: World Cup gets interactive with 21st century technology (31 May 2006)
    - HOLONICS: High-flying Hungarian company is no illusion (23 May 2006)
    - NEWS: NEWS, but not as we know it (18 April 2006)
    - WIDE + AIM@SHAPE: Fostering collaboration for innovative design (16 February 2006)
    - DIRECT-INFO: Semi-automatic multimedia monitor tracks sponosrship (14 February 2006)
    - VIKEF: Making friends and influencing people made easier by talking semantics (3 February 2006)
    - AGENT-LINK III: Where now for agent-based computing (18 January 2006)
    - SIMAC: Semantic descriptors to help the hunt for music (4 January 2006)
  • ICT Results features 2005 on:

    - WORLDSCREEN: Welcome to the new world of digital cinema (8 December 2005)
    - DIP: DIP project makes pitch to W3C standards body (5 July 2005)
    - DIP: Intelligent brokering on the Web (3 May 2005)
    - INSCAPE: Making IT design user-centred (21 April 2005)
    - aceMedia + METOKIS: Laying the foundation for the next-generation Web (30 March 2005)
  • ICT Results features 2003-2004 on:

    - SEKT:
    Presenting semantically-enabled knowledge technologies (20 October 2004)
    - METOKIS: Modelling knowledge for culture and arts (7 October 2003)
    - KnowledgeBoard: Share, collaborate, create! (9 April 2003)



BBC news, Economist, and other media


Relevant media coverage:
  • Event recognition for intelligent resource management (9 March 2009)

    The FP7 PRONTO project made the subject of a PerAda Magazine article with its approach on combining data from various sources, analysing it to extract useful information in the form of events and then delivering the resulting knowledge for decision making. The PRONTO system will detect real-time environmental changes for helping the decision maker, thus making possible better resource management. Among the application domains there are also listed emergency-rescue operations and city public transport systems, which ask for real-time decision making support.
  • Nepomuk brings semantic web to the desktop – Featured in articles on (22 December 2008), MIT Technology (16 December 2008) and Slashdot (16 December 2008)

    Nepomuk's efforts and results for developing a functional semantic desktop have been deployed in three articles, all analysing the usability and challenges of such software. After three years of research, the outcome is already available for the general public. The software that Nepomuk has developed now comes as a standard component of the K-Desktop Environment (KDE) for the Linux operating system and is also available in a free of costs version for Windows and Macintosh.
  • Nepomuk and KDE to introduce the semantic desktop (26 August 2008)

    'The first idea of building the semantic desktop arose from the fact that one of our colleagues could not remember the girlfriends of his friends', says Ansgar Bernardi NEPOMUK 's coordinator. Find out more about the semantic desktop, the work done by NEPOMUK, and what will happen next in this article. 'After the semantic desktop, the semantic Web?'
  • CARETAKER puts knowledge to good use (June 2008) (PDF, 1,486KB)

    The IST project CARETAKER , which focused on public transport safety and security issues, is featured in an article published by Mobility - the European public transport magazine (issue 13). 'It is not surprising, that a new-born metro such as the one in Turin installed more than 800 cameras for less than 10 km of line and 15 stations, or that the vast and crowded London Underground has more then 6.000 cameras. But the question now is: who takes care of all these videos?' this article asks.
  • ACTIVE promotes knowledge across Europe (28 April 2008)

    The ICT project ACTIVE started on 1 March 2008 and talks here to the CORDIS News. 'The ACTIVE Knowledge Workspace will significantly improve the efficiency and effectiveness of knowledge workers', explains Paul Warren, project director for ACTIVE. 'It will boost the power of informal knowledge exhange that traditionally has taken place in conversations at the water cooler.'
  • Our activities detailed by the Economist twice during April 2008:
    - Economist article 9 April 2008 - The semantic Web: Start making sense - Big and small companies are getting into the business of building an intelligent web of linked data.
    - Economist article 22 April 2008 - Semantic video analysis: Finding the right picture - Engineers are making progress with the old problem of getting computers to recognise what they are looking at.
  • The ICT Results feature on the aceMedia project: Metadata labelling for multimedia content (15 November 2006), was followed up by:
    - BBC news article 16 November 2006: System 'spots multimedia content' - A smart system that can recognise and label the content in photos and videos is being developed by researchers.




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