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Dynamic and distributed adaptation of scalable multimedia content in a context-aware environment

Objective

DANAE proposes to address the dynamic and distributed adaptation of scalable multimedia content in a context-aware environment. Its objectives are to specify, develop, integrate and validate in a testbed a complete framework able to provide end-to-end quality of (multimedia) service at a minimal cost to the end-user. An application will be specifically developed and implemented on a demonstrator, to illustrate the new service concepts pioneered by the Project.

The work will cover:
(i) the definition of scalable media formats with their associated meta-data,
(ii) their adaptation to the session context for making full featured distributed multimedia scene adaptation through global optimisation of audio, video, 2D graphics, 2D/3D virtual characters and
(iii) the transport and delivery of multimedia content to the end-user. Error resilient and efficient (in terms of bitrate and required processing power in the player) coding schemes will be studied to cater for the specific constraints introduced by the existing multiplicity of networks and terminals.

The inter-relationship of content adaptation and scalability with Digital Rights Management (DRM) and charging issues will also be explored. As an outcome, an advanced MPEG-21 chain will be produced. Finally potential new business models will be analysed that would allow assessment of the commercial viability of the new services pioneered by DANAE. DANAE is proposed for a duration of 30 months. After specification and development, all individual key building-blocks implementing the novel concepts and technical features will be integrated, and technically validated in a central end-to-end test-bed which will then be used to demonstrate the novel service types with the developed application.

DANAE work will be based on the existing MPEG standards which however need to evolve so that they cover the new technical aspects pioneered by the project. The DANAE partners commit themselves to actively contribute to this evolution.

Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

FRANCE TELECOM SA
Address
Place D'alleray 6
75015 Paris
France

Participants (10)

GROUPE DES ECOLES DES TELECOMMUNICATIONS
France
Address
46, Rue Barrault
75634 Paris 13
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
Address
South Kensington Campus, Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN INFORMATIQUE ET EN AUTOMATIQUE
France
Address
Domaine De Voluceau
78153 Le Chesnay
INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM VZW
Belgium
Address
Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Germany
Address
Wittelsbacherplatz 2
80333 Muenchen
STICHTING MUSEON (MUSEUM VOOR HET ONDERWIJS)
Netherlands
Address
Stadhouderslaan 41
2517 HV Den Haag
T-SYSTEMS ENTERPRISE SERVICES GMBH
Germany
Address
Mainzer Landstrasse 50
60325 Frankfurt Am Main
UNIVERSITAET KLAGENFURT
Austria
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 65-67
9020 Klagenfurt
UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE
Switzerland
Address
Rue Du General Dufour 24
1211 Geneve 4