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K-Space - Knowledge Space of Semantic inference for automatic annotation and retrieval of multimedia content

K-Space aimed at narrowing the gap between automatically computed content descriptors, and the richness and subjectivity of semantics in high-level human interpretations of audiovisual media: The Semantic Gap .


Directed by the K-Space framework, content creators should be able to automatically annotate audiovisual media with information rich semantics. To this end K-Space looked to disseminate the technical developments of the network across the broad research community, to boost technology transfer to industry and contribute to related standardisation activities.

Main innovation

K-Space aimed at:

  • Creating tools and methodologies for low-level signal processing, object segmentation, audio processing, text analysis, and audiovisual content structuring and description.
  • Building a multimedia ontology infrastructure, analyse and enhance knowledge acquisition from multimedia content, knowledge-assisted multimedia analysis, context based multimedia mining and intelligent exploitation of user relevance feedback.
  • Creating a knowledge representation for multimedia, distributed semantic management of multimedia data, semantics-based interaction with multimedia and multimodal media analysis.
  • Building an open and expandable framework for collaborative research on knowledge acquisition based on system made up of flexible, modular and interconnected technology.
More details
Administrative Details
  • K-SPACE started on 1 January 2006 and finished on 31 December 2008 (duration: 36 months). Total budget: 8.9 million euro.
  • 14 partners from 9 European countries have been involved in the project.
List of Participants
  • Queen Mary, University of London, QMUL, UK
  • Universitaet Koblenz-Landau, Uni Ko-Ld, D
  • Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, JRS, AT
  • Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, CERTH, GR
  • Dublin City University, DCU, IR
  • Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica, CWI, NL
  • Groupe des Ecoles des Télécommunications, GET, F
  • Institut National de l'Audiovisuel, INA, F
  • Institut Eurécom, EURECOM, F
  • University of Glasgow, GU, UK
  • German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence, DFKI, D
  • Technische Universität Berlin, TUB, D
  • Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL, CH
  • University of Economics, Prague, UEP, CZ
Contact Persons
Project Coordinator: Prof. Ebroul Izquierdo
Multimedia and Vision Lab (MMV)
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road, E1 4NS, London, UK
Prof. Ebroul Izquierdo
Project Manager: Craig Stewart
Multimedia and Vision Lab (MMV)
Electronic Engineering Department
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road, E1 4NS, London, UK
Craig Stewart
Events in connection with K-Space
  • IST Event 2006 - The K-Space project was represented in the Exhibition (New media & entertainment) with the stand: Intelligent digital content management and creation based on semantic information , 21-23 November 2006, Helsinki, Finland.
    The K-Space project hosted a stand that was well attended, with a great deal of interest shown in the tools displayed and the concept underlying the Network. K-Space also organised the SMaRT networking session which introduced the idea of a research hub for Semantic Multimedia to the IST community.
  • Semantics And digital Media Technology (SAMT06)
    The first international conference on Semantics And digital Media Technology (SAMT) targeted to narrow the large disparity between the lowlevel descriptors and the richness and subjectivity of semantics in user queries and human interpretations of audiovisual media - The Semantic Gap. Held in cooperation with the European Commission DG Information Society, the third day of the conference was dedicated to featuring the launch of the 7th Framework ICT Research programme and keynote talks from EC representatives.
  • Summer School on Multimedia Semantics-Analysis, Annotation, Retrieval and Applications (SSMS'06)
    The integration of knowledge, semantics and low-level multimedia processing for the purpose of automatic semantics extraction from multimedia content makes the subject of active research in academia and industry all over the world. The SSMS 2006 summer school, bringing together leading researchers and practitioners, brought postgraduate students the opportunity to gain deeper insight into the challenges related to multimedia semantics. The Summer School consisted of lectures, discussions and interactions with guest lecturers recognised as experts in their fields.
  • First International Workshop on Semantic Web Annotations for Multimedia (SWAMM 2006)
    The multimedia community has a long tradition in annotating multimedia assets. The Semantic Web community has more experience in developing generic languages and tools based on an explicit and formally defined semantics. In theory, the combination should be ideal: the Semantic Web could be significantly enriched by converting existing annotations and vocabularies to RDF or OWL, and multimedia applications could benefit from extra functionality offered by the Semantic Web. However, much work still needs to be done. This workshop invited contributions on all topics related to annotating multimedia assets using Semantic Web languages and tools.
  • IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video technology: Special Issue on the convergence of knowledge engineering, semantics and signal processing in audiovisual information retrieval
  • A Special Session on Knowledge-Based Image Processing for Classification and Recognition in Surveillance Applications,
    at the Thirteenth International Conference on Image Processing, which will be held in Oct 2006, Atlanta, GA USA