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Workshop on future R&D challenges in the Networked Audio-Visual Systems (NAVS) area to be addresses at EU level 6-7 October 2005 Brussels

Download all presentations ( plenary & Technology platforms (9.131KB) - Panels 1-2-3(9.345KB) )

Report of the workshop
(92KB pdf)

The report highlights the main visions and research issues brought forward during the workshop by recognised experts in the field through various presentations and discussions.
This report will be a basis for further discussions with experts, and, eventually, will contribute to the FP7 workprogrammes in the networked audio-visual area.

Your comments, reactions and any further contributions are welcome at (email removed)

Agenda: 6th October - 7th October

Goal of the workshop:

The goal of the workshop is to define R&D challenges, addressing the networked audio-visual sector needs and EU priorities for collaborative projects supported under the ICT priority of the Seventh Framework Programme (2006- 2013).

The workshop will discuss the research needs in the networked audio-visual area based on the contributions received from the public consultation organised in spring 2005 .
The workshop is expected to lead to a better understanding of the NAVS area from applications to basic technologies and from research to standardisation and deployment, distinguishing between short to mid-term and mid to long-term challenges.

The workshop and the consultation will both contribute to the future R&D work programmes in the networked audio-visual area.

Terms of reference:

The objective of the Networked Audio-Visual Systems in FP7 is to create new multimedia experiences for the networked end-user and to enhance his freedom in control, creation and sharing of his multimedia world.
The introduction of networking capabilities in consumer electronics equipment and the introduction of multimedia features on computers revolutionize home entertainment and control systems. It creates the opportunity to integrate all these devices in a home network and in turn connect this home network to public networks (broadband, broadcast, mobile...) for obtaining more and richer multimedia and audio-visual services. Apart from the improvement in terms of quality of life by offering to home users more control and possibilities to manage their audio-visual content, the emergence of home networking is expected to increase the business opportunities for consumer electronics, personal computing vendors and telecom providers. The combination of media and networking driven by industry goes in parallel with the user’s drive to acquire more control of their media library (audio, video, photography, etc.) capitalising on the digitisation of media. The enhanced control and more choices offered to consumers through the introduction of home networking also increases the individual “freedom” of expression. In this context, it is expected that in the near future more users will become producers and distributors of content.

Workshop draft agenda:


10:30 am Coffee + registration
11:00 am - 12:45 pm Plenary session

Chair: Luis Rodríguez-Roselló (EC, Head of Unit)

11:00 am Introduction and welcome : Luis Rodríguez-Roselló (EC, Head of Unit)
11:15 am Overview of contributions to consultation : Jeanne De Jaegher (EC )
11:30 am Overview of the results of the workshop on Challenges of Future Search Engines: Loretta Anania (EC)
11:45 am Plenary presentation: Rodger Lea, (Cevenol Technology Consulting), “ User centric rich media experiences
12:05 pm Plenary presentation: Plagemann Thomas (University of Oslo), “ From Content Distribution Networks to Content Networks – Issues and Challenges
12:25 pm Plenary presentation: Hans van Gageldonk (Philips): " Content everywhere - how to make sense? "

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm LUNCH
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Technology Platforms: Strategic Research Agenda or guiding the research in FP7

Chair: Luis Rodríguez-Roselló (EC, Head of Unit)

2:00 pm NEM Technology Platform : Jean-Luc Moullet (Thomson)
2:20 pm e-mobility Technology Platform : Mikko.A.Uusitalo (Nokia)
2:40 pm Celtic : Jacques Magen (Alcatel)

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Panel 1 : multi-technology integrations and convergence of broadcasting, telecommunications and consumer electronics in the home and extended home environments.

Chair: Markus Kampmann (Ericsson Research)

Panel members presenting short contributions:

• Markus Kampmann (Ericsson Research): “ Instant rich media services for users everywhere
• Theodore Zahariadis (Ellemedia Technologies): “ Visual sensor networking and applications
• Artur Serra (i2CAT): “ HD over IP
• Andrew Oliphant (BBC): “ Broadcaster’s point of view: digital rights management and spectrum efficiency
• Serge Audenaert (Alcatel): " Networked AV:The Home Networking Perspective "
• Christian Bertin (France Telecom): " Networked AV Contents "
• Francis Bodson (BeTV): “ Collaborative networks for HD/SD transmission
• Jean-Luc Moullet (Thomson) - NEM representative
• Mikko.A.Uusitalo (Nokia): " Topics for home from Nokia "
• Demosthenes Ikonomou (EC)

Discussions led by panel members

Topics from consultation:

• Network architectures for MM and HD content especially in interactive and distributed IP environments
• Scalable gaming architectures
• AV sensor networks
• Ad-hoc collaborations between AV devices in a given environment
• i/f and tools to preserve integrity of content along the content value chain
• Making the extended home work: AV roaming and nomadism
• Inter-working, interoperability and convergence
• …

Issues to be addressed for the various research priorities:

- what is the state of the art?
- what are the short term research issues?
- what are the long term research issues?
- Why should this research be carried out at European level?

4:00 pm Coffee break




9:00 am - 11:00 am Panel 2: innovation in technologies for ubiquitous AV communication and for immersive communication in virtual, augmented, and mixed reality environments.

Chair: Raquel Navarro-Prieto (Fundacio Barcelona Media)

Panel members presenting short contributions

• Elias Kalapanidas: “ User interactions with sensing systems at AV devices and with AV services
• Rolf Hedtke (Thomson): “ Very High Definition Multimedia
• Wilfried Verachtert (IMEC): “ Multi-view video, mobile image processing, collaborating devices
• Raquel Navarro-Prieto (Fundacio Barcelona Media): “ The challenge of cognitive accessibility
• Hans van Gageldonk (Philips): " Content everywhere - how to make sense? "
• Peter Astheimer (ITI Techmedia): "R&D priorities - Networked Media Systems"
• Thomas Plagemann (University of Oslo)
• José Martínez (Un. Auton. Madrid) " Content modelling, creation and adaptation for networked systems "
• Hamid Amir-Alikhani (EC)


Discussions led by panel members
Topics from consultation:


• 3-D creation, 3-D analysis (scene reconstruction), multi-view
• Multi-disciplinary research for context-aware networks, devices
• New coding techniques, content adaptation, universal transmoding
• Technology mediated interactions: face-to-face conversations, multilingual environments
• Understanding and measurements of perception
• Processes for accessing and using AV information
• Techniques for interactive MM content/ knowledge/ information representation and visualisation
• …


Issues to be addressed for the various research priorities:

- what is the state of the art?
- what are the short term research issues?
- what are the long term research issues?
- Why should this research be carried out at European level?

11:00 am - 11:30 am Coffee break
11:30 am - 3:00 pm Panel 3: technologies, systems and architectures that allow for innovative applications in the networked audio-visual domain and home environment.

Chair: Frank Fitzek (Aalborg University)

Panel members presenting short contributions

• Miko Uusitalo (Nokia): “ games playability, games for personal wellbeing
• Paul Walland (Snell & Wilcox): " Will IT Stifle Creativity? "
• Frank Fitzek (Aalborg University):“ Cooperative reception of MM content in cooperating groups
• Kondoz Ahmet (University of Surrey) : User Centred Networked AV Environments: The key to future applications and services "
• Rodger Lea (Cevenol Technology Consulting): " User Centric Rich Media experiences "
• Carmen Mac Williams (NOMAD LABs): " Living AV Network "
• Jan Bouwen (Alcatel): " R&D Challenges "
• Frank Reichert (Høgskolan i Agder): " Mobile Phones in Home Environments "
• Jean-François Nivart (JP2K research group): " Image Storage, access and playback on a Flexible, Secure and renewable platform "
• Antoine Drzymala (XDCinema): " XDC "
• Jean-François Buggenhout (EC)


Discussions led by panel members
Topics from consultation:


• Gaming in various configurations, with various interaction techniques (eg AV sensors)
• Home media creation tools for content creation and handling
• Personal area networks and assisted living
• Security applications
• AV search engines
• User profiling and personalisation of services
• Community and cooperative AV architectures and applications
• Digital cinema
• …

Issues to be addressed for the various research priorities:

- what is the state of the art?
- what are the short term research issues?
- what are the long term research issues?
- Why should this research be carried out at European level?

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm LUNCH

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Panel 3 : continued

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Conclusion

Chairman: João Schwarz da Silva (Director EC)

Wrap-up form different sessions – Final discussions and CCL

4:00 pm END

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