Concertation & Clustering in the ICT objective "Networked Media"
The main objective of the "Concertation and Clustering" activities is to set up a framework of cooperation among Networked Media projects and to facilitate programme management by the Commission Services.
This cooperation could take the form of sharing of procedures, databases and test platforms, pear discussion of intermediate results, interchange of deliverables...
Projects may use this framework to start bilateral cooperation or, when justified, to cluster with other projects around specific topics of interest and eventually seek consensus on architectures, standards, inputs to policy…
The following clusters are currently active in the Networked Media Objective:
3D Immersive Interactive Media Cluster
The 3D Immersive Interactive Media cluster provides an umbrella for better interaction and collaboration amongst related EC funded projects, in order to contribute to their successful completion and to enhance their dissemination efforts. In this context, its targets include the development of strategic plans like research roadmaps or informative standardization papers and present, circulate and disseminate such results among the stakeholders, and possibly to wider audiences. It therefore serves as a gateway to distribute public project results to the outside world, as well as inform cluster members about international research in the concerned area (3D, Immersive and Interactive Media technologies). The cluster will also facilitate joint presence of the participating projects at various dissemination activities, like exhibits, conferences and publications.
The cluster focus on the following issues:
- Capture, enhancement, delivery, display, as well as interaction with content and immersive usage of true 3D video data
- Exact optical replicas of 3D environments and scenes displayed in a “ghost-like” fashion as well as the capture, creation and delivery of such replicas
- Perfect scene assembly of 3D video objects from different sources, creating the feeling of being immersed within a 3D environment, as well as easy interaction with 3D scene content
For more details, please visit the Cluster site: http://www.3dmedia-cluster.eu
Future Media Networks Cluster
The Future Media Networks cluster is formed from the projects in the Networked Media Systems unit that are concerned with the algorithms, protocols, techniques, tools and platforms for the support, by future networks, of advanced interactive media applications and the seamless delivery of a range of content including text, images, audio-visual streams and 3D media, virtual and augmented worlds, and games.
The cluster is therefore in a privileged position to research novel networking solutions in the context of demanding network problems posed by distributed media applications and content delivery systems.
The cluster provides a forum for the exchange of ideas between projects, facilitating the harmonization of views on topics of common interest as well as building a comprehensive view of complementary and alternative solutions.
The projects in the cluster have a spectrum of approaches to the networking of such applications and content, ranging from P2P overlays that make no assumptions on the underlying network through to visionary and potentially disruptive novel network architectures that are able to access, discover and route content natively. Some of the topics of common interest that are currently under investigation include:
- Network architectures for supporting advanced media applications
- Adaptation of content to network capabilities, including scalable video coding
- P2P applications and their interaction with underlying networks
- Distributed versus centralised media/content servers
For more details, please visit the cluster site: http://jefferson.ee.ucl.ac.uk/fmn-wiki/
Media Search Cluster
The cluster is formed from the projects which are actively pursing research in the multimedia information retrieval and search engine domain. The concertation meetings facilitate the exchange of information and the sharing of results among those research projects. A dozen EU R&D project representatives participate regularly, including representatives from several of the nationally funded flagship projects on search engines.
EU collaborative R&D intervention targeting media search technologies started five years ago. The EC grants can help specialized research organizations and European SMEs to enter and to compete in the exploding and rapidly evolving media search market, where despite the dominant commercial internet search giants such as Google, there is still room for small players, starting with niche markets. Experts agree that the SE business is still in its infancy.
The objective of the entire cluster of projects is to build up specialized knowledge to enter and compete in the European media search markets.
Some of the R&D topics of common interest that are currently under investigation include:
- Novel forms of multimedia tagging and search.
- Future internet architectures (since today search engines lie at the very core of broadband networks in terms of access and distributed audiovisual content retrieval.)
- Realtime search
- multimodal multimedia search
- 3D object search
- Mobile Search and geolocation based services.
For more details, including upcoming events and past event documentation please visit the cluster website: http://www.ist-chorus.org
User Centric Media Cluster
The User Centric Media cluster is formed from projects that are getting involved at the sector of generation, distribution and experience of high quality media content by end-users. More specifically, User Centric Media is about the user itself becoming the major media producer and distributor, and about exploiting this media created by different citizens at different moments of time to generate a co-created application.
The cluster provides support for the completion and commercial exploitation of the final outcome of the projects, promote their participation at standardization and dissemination activities, boost the synergies with relevant projects in other European, national and regional programmes and contribute to the diffusion of their results between them and to the public.
Between the topics that are currently under investigation concerning the exponential grown user generated content, facilitated by the use of improved modelling tools and digitisation devices and technology innovation in computer graphics and computational equipment, are included:
- Social Networks and onlines games
- User generated content creation, management and consumption systems
- Novel Networked Media Systems to support human creativity
- User centric media services in the extended home
- Personalized Access to Media Systems
For more details, please visit the cluster site: http://wiki-ucm-concertation.ta2-project.eu
Concertation meetings for FP7
To facilitate the communication between the EC and the project managers and between the project managers themselves, two concertation meetings per year are organised (spring and autumn concertation meetings). Concertation meetings consist of a 1-day plenary session with the participation of all projects followed (or preceded) by half-a-day parallel cluster meetings.
A key-word protected shared space is available for members of the Networked Media Concertation Assembly:
Sign up and inform "Maria-cristina.marinescuATec.europa.eu" in order to activate your membership to the NAVS group. Indicate in your profile the project(s) you are related to.