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VITALAS

Project ID: 045389
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image Indexing and reTrievAl in the LArge Scale

From 2007-01-01 to 2010-03-31, closed project | VITALAS Website

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 8 174 508

EU contribution:

EUR 4 690 000

Coordinated in:

France

Call for proposal:

FP6-2005-IST-6See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

IP - Integrated Project

Description

Video & image Indexing and Retriaval in the Large Scale

Multimedia Archiving

Content providers have growing resources but no adapted tools to make them widely and easily usable for a large public. They are facing problems relative to this impressive growth, and are requiring new ways to efficiently enrich their recourses.

VITALAS is about to unlock the potential of large digitised multimedia databases, and will establish new links between cross-media contents. The project will provide advanced solutions for indexing, searching and accessing large scale digital audio-visual content.

VITALAS is a use-case driven project that will deliver a pre-industrial prototype, allowing intelligent access to multimedia professional archives. Two concrete use-cases will be considered: the first one addressing political/societal news content; the second covering fashion and entertainment news.

The VITALAS technology will not only be applied in business-to-business (B2B) applications, but will also reach out for larger public adoption, by addressing consumers' need for efficient and reliable multimedia content search engines.

Building a professional cross-media search engine

In order to meet the expectations of a broad user community, and provide a robust and scalable multimedia search engine, VITALAS will address three major challenges:

1. Cross-media indexing (automatic annotation) and retrieval
2. Large scale search techniques
3. Visualisation and Context adaptation (personalized services considering both on- and off-line)

This implies the development of efficient and advanced informative content description methods, robust machine learning approaches toward automatic annotation and interactive content search. The methods to be developed will anticipate the on-line user needs (queries) by allowing advanced retrieval of non-previously annotated persons/objects through effective non-textual content description and automatic metadata generation. The scalability issue of searching large scale index feature space will also be addressed, and intelligent visualization techniques will be developed for smart content navigation.

The VITALAS work relies on three core activities:

1. Cross-media indexing and retrieval methods: Efficient cross indexing methods will be developed through semi-automatic multimedia content annotation using several media inputs. VITALAS will put forward appropriate probabilistic retrieval techniques. Advanced hybrid relevance feedback model will be investigated to provide better user target retrieval. VITALAS will consider machine-learning methods together with the development of more informative new content description methods.

2. Interactivity and Context adapting: considering the preliminary use-cases expressed by our content provider partners, approaches which adapt the search space to the user profile and provide interactive functionalities to control the results are expected. Interactive cartographies and video synthetic views should allow users to give feedback, analyse and manipulate the results according to the task being achieved. Off-line user profiles and on-line personalisation will also be used to provide more user satisfaction by expressing users’ subjective preferences.

3. Search scalability issue: to enable search in very large and heterogeneous databases, the system validation will be performed on real and live databases, up to 10,000 hours of television archives and several tens of millions of political/societal news content images.

Objective

The VITALAS system technology is not only expected to become a leading B2B application in the field of multimedia content search engines, but it is also foreseen to be derived into a wide array of consumer applications and services tailored for the public willing to access large scale multimedia information. VITALAS will provide advanced solution for indexing, searching and accessing large scale digital audio-visual content. In this regard, the project will confront its technology to real use-cases reflecting the joint concerns of three major European content providers: INA, BELGA. In particular, two concrete use-cases will be considered: the first one addressing political/societal news content; the second covering fashion and entertainment news. To this end, VITALAS will address three major challenges: i) the cross-media indexing (automatic annotation) and retrieval, ii) the large scale search techniques and iii) personalized services considering both on-line (interactive) and off-line context adaptation. This implies the development of efficient and advanced informative content description methods, robust machine learning approaches towards automatic annotation and interactive content search. The methods to be developed will anticipate the on-line user needs (queries) by allowing advanced retrieval of non-previously annotated persons/objects through effective non-textual content description and automatic metadata generation. The scalability issue of searching large scale index feature space will also be addressed, and intelligent visualization techniques will be developed for smart content navigation. As a user-centric system, VITALAS will benefit from a strong involvement of content providers and from external user trials, besides the internal evaluation of individual technological components. Moreover, training of our content provider's archivist partners will be carried out internally, as a first step towards broader vocational training.

Related information

Coordinator

GEIE ERCIM
France

EU contribution: EUR 367 617


2004, ROUTE DES LUCIOLES SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS -
06410 BIOT
France
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Jessica Michel
Tel.: + 33 4 92 38 50 89
E-mail

Participants

AGENCE BELGA AGENCE TELEGRAPHIQUE BELGE DE PRESSE, S.A. - AGENTSCHAP BELGA BELGISCH PERSTELEGRAAF AGENTSCHAP N.V.
Belgium

EU contribution: EUR 265 500


RUE FREDERIC PELLETIER 8B
1030 BRUXELLES
Belgium
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Tom WUYTACK
Tel.: 003227433443
Fax: 003227320781
E-mail
FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 400 005


HANSASTRASSE 27C
80686 MUENCHEN
Germany
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Joachim Koehler
Tel.: +49 2241 141900
Fax: +49 2241 142597
E-mail
INSTITUT FUER RUNDFUNKTECHNIK GMBH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 225 250


FLORIANSMUEHLSTRASSE 60
80939 MUENCHEN
Germany
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Rainer Schaefer
Tel.: +49 89 323399246
Fax: +49 89 32399200
E-mail
FUNDACION ROBOTIKER
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 435 641


PARQUE TECNOLOGICO EDF 202
48170 ZAMUDIO
Spain
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Cristina Martinez
Tel.: +34-946002266
Fax: +34-946002299
E-mail
Institut National de l'Audiovisuel
France

EU contribution: EUR 480 400


4, AVENUE DE L'EUROPE
94366 BRY SUR MARNE
France
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Daniel Teruggi
Tel.: 331 49 83 29 08
Fax: 331 49 83 25 82
E-mail
EADS DEFENCE AND SECURITY SYSTEMS
France

EU contribution: EUR 554 692


6 RUE DEWOITINE
78140 VELIZY VILLACOUBLAY
France
Activity type:
Administrative contact: STEPHAN BRUNESSAUX
Tel.: 0033232634055
Fax: 0033232634288
E-mail
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN INFORMATIQUE ET EN AUTOMATIQUE
France

EU contribution: EUR 762 761


DOMAINE DE VOLUCEAU
78153 LE CHESNAY
France
Administrative contact: Nozha Boujemaa
Tel.: 33-1-39635154
Fax: 33-1-39635995
E-mail
CENTRE FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS
Greece

EU contribution: EUR 290 000


6TH KM CHARILAOU-THERMI ROAD
57001 THERMI-THESSALONIKI
Greece
Administrative contact: ANASTASIOS DELOPOULOS
Tel.: +30 2310 996272
Fax: +30 2310 996398
STICHTING CENTRUM VOOR WISKUNDE EN INFORMATICA
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 394 840


KRUISLAAN 413
1098 SJ AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Arjen de Vries
Tel.: 31 20 5924306
Fax: 31 20 5924199
E-mail
UNIVERSITY OF SUNDERLAND
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 444 200


EDINBURGH BUILDING, CHESTER ROAD
SR1 3SD SUNDERLAND
United Kingdom
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Michael Oakes
Tel.: +44-0191-5153631
Fax: +44-0191-5153274
E-mail
THE CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE IN DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AND MEDIA LIMITED
Participation ended
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 69 094


SCOTSWOOD ROAD TIMES SQUARE
NE1 4EP NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Mark Stairmand
Tel.: +44 1915561122
Fax: +44 1915561110
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