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CASAM

Project reference: 217061
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Computer-Aided Semantic Annotation of Multimedia

From 2008-04-01 to 2011-03-31

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 4 235 096

EU contribution:

EUR 3 030 000

Coordinated in:

Luxembourg

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2007-1See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Annotation of multimedia by employing human-machine synergy that optimizes user effort

The need for annotated multimedia content is more pressing than ever before. The fully automated annotation has made recently large progress but faces limitations and unsolved issues. Thus, the machine-only annotation appears immature although presenting promising achievements. On the other hand, manual (human) annotation is very cost-prohibitive.

The CASAM project is focusing on facilitating the synergy of human and machine intelligence to significantly speed up the task of human-produced semantic annotation of multimedia content. The project is developing an annotation tool that will augment machine knowledge with human input with the target of minimizing user effort. The project research focus lies in the domains of Reasoning for Multimedia Interpretation (RMI), Knowledge-Driven Multimedia Analysis (KDMA) and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).

The annotation tool will be able to function within the modelled domain of news production of News Agencies and Broadcasters. However, the methods that will be developed will not be bound to the chosen domain, but will be also applicable for the annotation of multimedia documents in a variety of contexts, ensuring generality of the system’s usage.

Objective

This proposal introduces the notion of computer-aided semantic annotation of multimedia content. Starting from the acknowledgment of the weak points of fully automatic annotation, and the observed gap between manual and automated annotation approaches, this proposal sets the new goal of combining human and machine intelligence to maximize the performance and benefits in a semi-manual annotation scheme. Therefore, instead of trying to substitute human intelligence, the machine will complement it. Hence the novelty of CASAM lies in the difficult task of online aggregating human and machine knowledge with the ultimate target of minimizing human involvement in the annotation procedure.<br/>In order to achieve its ambitious target, CASAM will move current research efforts towards new directions. Knowledge representation and reasoning will play a central role, providing the semantics of the process. In this area, we need to go beyond current research trends, into a closer interaction with both the multimedia analysis tools and the user, with the aim of optimising annotation performance and minimising the user's overhead. On the side of multimedia analysis, we need a knowledge-driven approach that will be able to focus on the context provided by both human and system knowledge. Finally, in the interaction of the human with the system, we need to optimise the acquisition of required information, through the knowledge inferred by the machine about a particular situation. <br/>Towards its main target, CASAM sets specific goals. These pertain to the increase in annotation speed and accuracy compared to both manual and automated annotation. Therefore, the usability of the derived methods and tools and the real-world performance will signal the success of the project. Progress will be measured by real end-users, participating actively, as consortium partners, in all stages of the development of the project. Thus, feedback will be continually given to the rest of the consortium.

Related information

Coordinator

INTRASOFT INTERNATIONAL SA
Luxembourg

EU contribution: EUR 446 229


Rue Nicolas Bove 2b
1253 Luxembourg
Luxembourg
Administrative contact: ANTONIOS RAMFOS
Tel.: 00302106876482
Fax: 00302106876478
E-mail

Participants

DEUTSCHE WELLE
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 216 992


KURT-SCHUMACHER-STRASSE 3
53113 BONN
Germany
Administrative contact: Wilfried Runde
Tel.: +49-228-4292624
Fax: +49-228-4292620
E-mail
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG-HARBURG
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 436 753


SCHWARZENBERGSTRASSE 95
21073 HAMBURG
Germany
Administrative contact: Monica Schofield
Tel.: 49-40-766296351
Fax: 49-40-766296359
E-mail
NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH "DEMOKRITOS"
Greece

EU contribution: EUR 629 162


PATRIARCHOU GREGORIOU STREET
15310 AGHIA PARASKEVI ATTIKIS
Greece
Administrative contact: Marina Fontara
Tel.: +302106503096
Fax: +302106503139
E-mail
ATHENS TECHNOLOGY CENTER SA
Greece

EU contribution: EUR 408 875


RIZAREIOU 10
15233 HALANDRI - ATHINA
Greece
Administrative contact: Marylene Garnier
Tel.: +30 2106874300
Fax: +30 2106874300
E-mail
STICHTING EUROPEAN JOURNALISM CENTRE
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 206 004


AVENUE CERAMIQUE 50
6221 KV MAASTRICHT
Netherlands
Administrative contact: Wilfried Rütten
Tel.: +31433254030
Fax: +31433212626
E-mail
LUSA - AGENCIA DE NOTICIAS DE PORTUGAL SA
Portugal

EU contribution: EUR 99 500


RUA DR JOAO COUTO LOTE C
1503 809 LISBOA
Portugal
Administrative contact: José Manuel Silva
Tel.: 00351217116676
Fax: 00351217116657
E-mail
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 586 485


EDGBASTON
B15 2TT BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Robert Fekete
Tel.: +441214158202
Fax: +441214146056
E-mail
Record Number: 85475 / Last updated on: 2016-04-01