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TRI-Partite multimedia Object description

Objective

Tripod's primary objective is to revolutionise access to the enormous body of visual media. Applying an innovative multidisciplinary approach Tripod will utilise largely untapped but vast, accurate and regularly updated sources of semantic information to create ground breaking intuitive search services, enabling users to effortlessly and accurately gain access to the image they seek from this ever expanding resource.

Any image tagged with a direction and location can be harnessed, either legacy photographs with place name captions (therefore all old photos are maintained) or those produced by increasingly prevalent cameras with built in compass and GPS information (thereby managing the future). Tripod will augment images with spatial data to compute contextual information about the location and features of the actual landscape pictured. Using 3D models, buildings and landscape features contained in the image will be identified and located within the picture. Methods from a number of disciplines will use the spatial data to derive additional semantic information about the area photographed. Techniques from Web search and text summarisation will be applied to automatically create textual descriptions of the photographs, producing a rich readable and multifaceted caption far removed from merely location but encompassing culturally encoded notions such as beauty and socially connoted language of place such as suburb, west end, etc.

Like Google, Tripod is domain independent. Its services can be applied to a broad range of searching needs and languages due to the adaptability and flexibility of the caption generation. It is a solution for the exponential swell of images available as it will manage all images with a location and potentially video as well. Tripod will empower the user by adapting the search infrastructure to their complex understanding and language. Thus Tripod manages access to images for the present and the future by bridging the semantic gap.

Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

Participants (9)

CARDIFF UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
30 - 36 Newport Road
CF24 0DE Cardiff
CENTRICA SRL
Italy
Address
Via Dei Benci 2
50122 Firenze
DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY
Ireland
Address

Glasnevin, Dublin 9
FRATELLI ALINARI ISTITUTO DI EDIZIONI ARTISTICHE I.D.E.A. S.P.A.
Italy
Address
Largo Fratelli Alinari 15
50123 Firenze
GEODAN SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT & TECHNOLOGY B.V.
Netherlands
Address
President Kennedylaan 1
1079MB Amsterdam
ORDNANCE SURVEY
United Kingdom
Address
Romsey Road
SO16 4GU Southampton
OTTO-FRIEDRICH-UNIVERSITAET BAMBERG
Germany
Address
Kapuzinerstrasse 16
96045 Bamberg
SABIEDRIBA AR IEROBEZOTU ATBILDIBU "TILDE"
Latvia
Address
Vienibas Gatve 75 A
1004 Riga
UNIVERSITAET ZUERICH
Switzerland
Address
Raemistrasse 71
8006 Zuerich