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IST 2006 Conference & Exhibition

Intelligent Content and Semantics
22 November 2006, 14:00-15:30, The Helsinki Fair Centre, room Lappeenranta

The purpose of this session is to present the research lines envisaged within the Intelligent Content objective of the ICT Workprogramme. These themes result from extensive consultations. They build on work performed under FP6 in areas such as cross-media and adaptive content, semantics and knowledge systems, multimedia categorisation and search technologies. Intelligent Content is intended to address and accelerate the convergence of Web, multimedia and knowledge engineering technologies. While providing an evolutionary path for ongoing efforts, the objective exhibits a number of new features. In particular, it encompasses formal, social and ambient knowledge, thus broadening the document-centric vision that inspired most of FP6 work. Foundational and component technology work will be complemented by systems oriented research primarily geared towards media, enterprise and scientific content and knowledge resources. The session will provide delegates with a better understanding of both rationale and aims of the objective, thus helping them identify opportunities for ambitious endeavours in the following intertwined areas:

  1. Content authoring: better ICT support for creativity and experience; novel forms of highly interactive and expressive content;
  2. Content workflow: automated, metadata based content flows encompassing novel and legacy content assets, from acquisition to packaging and repurposing;
  3. Personalisation, contextualisation and dynamic device adaptation; technologies for personalised distribution and immersive consumption of adaptive content;
  4. Knowledge management systems for organisations and communities exploiting semantic clues embedded in multimedia resources, data streams and ICT-based processes;
  5. Semantic foundations: moving beyond current knowledge formalisms, catering for probabilistic and temporal modelling and approximate reasoning; web integration of heterogeneous data sources.
Find below the list of speakers and their presentations.



Horst Forster
Director, INFSO/E Content
Chairman, opening and closing remarks

Roberto Cencioni
Head of unit, INFSO.E2 Content and Knowledge Technologies
' Intelligent Content and Semantics: Progress and prospects ' ( PDF , 108KB)
See also: Excerpts from the draft FP7-ICT Workprogramme 2007-2008 ( PDF , 70KB)

Paul Kafno
Managing Director, HD Thames
' Out of the Box - Expanding opportunities for content creators ' ( PDF , 142KB)

Compelling content is at the heart of the media industry, and now undergoing rapid change. Hypervideo, augmented cognition, creative communities, PC2TV, Ndiyo. hotlinking, user created content, drilling, episodic games are just a few terms in the new creative vocabulary. This session examines the way traditional media storytelling is evolving under the impact of the interactive potential of broadband and mobile. What is the real value of novel content? How is the relationship between consumer and content transformed? Will new content be able to listen as well as tell? Can it be responsive, intelligent, capable of being argued with and re-worked by consumers keen to assert their own creativity? What are the demographic implications? What is required from creators and artists in this new world? What tools will they and other media professionals need? And how will these changed paradigms impact the media landscape, its business models and opportunities?

Mr. Paul Kafno, Managing Director, HD Thames Mr. Paul Kafno is Managing Director of HD Thames, an independent UK TV production company that also develops digital technology for the creative industries. A graduate of Oxford University, Paul was trained as a producer and director at the BBC where he made education, drama and arts programmes before joining Thames Television. His productions won the Prix Italia, Royal Television Society, British Academy of Film and Television Awards, Prix Gemini and Golden Gate awards. He created major international successes with Les Miserables, Hey Mr Producer, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged. A pioneer of digital television, Paul shot his first High Definition Programme in 1990 and has since used the medium to produce and direct drama, sport, documentary and music programmes. His company has produced HD coverage of three Olympic Games and The World Ice-Skating Championships. R&D work includes Europe's first digital cinema project, remote camera tracking systems, virtual reality software to prototype movies and commercials, and the new generation of virtual people (through collaborative research projects such as CINENET, E-THEATRE, THALIA, VIRTUAL CAMERAMAN, VISIONS, VISTA, V-MAN, CROSS MEDIA CONTENT, CELLULOID TO SILICON and INSCAPE. Paul is a reviewer for IST and EPSRC, and has delivered/published papers, and key-notes at many international conferences. Publications include Reflections from a Hobby Horse (Springer Verlag), the Broadcast Engineer's Reference Book (Focal), HDTV - the Essential Guide for TV Professionals (DTG). He serves on programme boards for the International Conference on Virtual Storytelling, Cross Media Service Delivery and Europrix Scholars. He holds a Professorship at the IAB in Switzerland, and a senior research fellowship at the University of Nottingham. A member of the Council of IBC, he served as President of the Nombre d'Or, and is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Richard Benjamins
Director, iSOCO
' Semantic technologies and solutions for the enterprise ' ( PDF , 3.610KB)

In this talk Richard Benjamins will briefly discuss the state of play of Semantic Applications in the European market, and show some successful examples. He will also discuss opportunities for Semantic Technologies and identify potential barriers for transferring R&D results to the market.

Dr. Benjamins, Director, iSOCO Dr. Benjamins is Director of Innovation and Research & Development, and Board Member at Intelligent Software Components, S.A. (iSOCO) in Madrid. He co-founded iSOCO in 1999, and contributed to its international positioning as a Semantic Web solutions company. He has managed several R&D projects in advanced Information Technologies related to the Internet. Based on this research activity, iSOCO was awarded the “National Award for Computer Science” in September 2005. Before working at iSOCO, he had a permanent position at the University of Amsterdam in the area of Knowledge Systems Technology (1998-2000). Between 1993 and 1998, he worked at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, the University of Paris-South, France, and the Spanish Artificial Intelligence Research Institute in Barcelona. Dr. Benjamins has published over 100 scientific articles. He serves on many international program committees.

Stefano Bertolo
Scientific Project Officer, INFSO.E2 Content and Knowledge Technologies
' From project ideas to ideal projects: Upcoming calls, partnerships and instruments ' ( PDF , 79KB)

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