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Methods for Managing Audiovisual Data: Combining Automatic Efficiency with Human Accuracy

Objective

Audiovisual media content created and used in films and videos is key for people to communicate and entertain. It has also become an essential resource of modern history, since a large portion of memories and records of the 20th and 21st centuries are audiovisual. To fully benefit from this asset, fast and effective methods are needed to cope with the rapidly growing audiovisual big data that are collected in digital repositories and used internationally. MeMAD will provide novel methods for an efficient re-use and re-purpose of multilingual audiovisual content which revolutionize video management and digital storytelling in broadcasting and media production. We go far beyond the state-of-the-art automatic video description methods by making the machine learn from the human. The resulting description is thus not only a time-aligned semantic extraction of objects but makes use of the audio and recognizes action sequences. While current methods work mainly for English, MeMAD will handle multilingual source material and produce multilingual descriptions and thus enhance the user experience. Our method interactively integrates the latest research achievements in deep neural network techniques in computer vision with knowledge bases, human and machine translation in a continuously improving machine learning framework. This results in detailed, rich descriptions of the moving images, speech, and audio, which enable people working in the Creative Industries to access and use audiovisual information in more effective ways. Moreover,the intermodal translation from images and sounds into words will attract millions of new users to audiovisual media, including the visually and hearing impaired. Anyone using audiovisual content will also benefit from these verbalisations as they are non-invasive surrogates for visual and auditory information, which can be processed without the need of actually watching or listening, matching the new usage of video consumption on mobile devices.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/artificial intelligence/computer vision
  • /humanities/history and archaeology/history/modern history
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/big data
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/artificial intelligence/machine learning

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2017-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

AALTO KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR
Address
Otakaari 1
02150 Espoo
Finland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 752 207,50

Participants (8)

HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 397 398,75
Address
Yliopistonkatu 3
00014 Helsingin Yliopisto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EURECOM
France
EU contribution
€ 401 598,75
Address
Route Des Chappes 450 Campus Sophiatech
06410 Biot
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF SURREY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 370 680
Address
Stag Hill
GU2 7XH Guildford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
YLEISRADIO OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 354 850
Address
Uutiskatu 5
00240 Helsinki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LIMECRAFT NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 633 080
Address
Sint Salvatorstraat 18B/301
9000 Gent
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LINGSOFT OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 157 717,50
Address
Etelaranta 10
00130 Helsinki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE L'AUDIOVISUEL
France
EU contribution
€ 212 528,75
Address
Avenue De L'europe 4
94366 Bry-sur-marne
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
LINGSOFT LANGUAGE SERVICES OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 151 532,50
Address
Kauppiaskatu 5 A
20100 Turku
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)