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Autonomous Production of Images based on Distributed Sensing

Autonomous Production of Images based on Distributed Sensing

Objective

APIDIS develops cost-effective solutions for autonomous and/or personalized production of video summaries for controlled scenarios (sports events or surveillance)

Democratic and personalized production of multimedia content is one of the most exciting challenges that content providers will have to face in the near future.

APIDIS plans to address this challenge by proposing a framework to automate the collection and distribution of digital content. As a federating objective, APIDIS targets cost-effective autonomous production, so as to make the creation of audiovisual reports profitable, even in case of small- or medium-size audience.

First, APIDIS will investigate the automatic extraction of intelligent content from networks of multi-modal sensors. Intelligence refers here to the identification of salient segments within the audiovisual content, using distributed scene analysis algorithms. Second, APIDIS will exploit that knowledge to automate the production of video content for controlled scenarios, e.g. most notably sports events or surveillance. It will consider personalized and potentially interactive content summarization mechanisms, to address heterogeneous user needs and access conditions.

The potential applications of the integrated technology and methodologies developed within APIDIS are numerous, ranging from personalized access to local sport events through a web portal or a mobile hand-set; cost-effective and fully automated production of content dedicated to small-audience, e.g. souvenirs DVD, university lectures, etc; but also interactive browsing and automated summarization for video surveillance.
In today’s society, content production and content consumption are confronted with a fundamental mutation. Two complementary trends are observed. On the one hand, individuals and organizations become more and more heterogeneous in the way they access the content. They want to access dedicated content through a personalized service, able to provide what they are interested in, when they want it and through the distribution channel of their choice. On the other hand, individuals get easier access to the technical support and facilities required to be involved in the content creation and distribution process. The success of You Tube illustrates the emergence of such an individual and personalized implication of end-users in the task of producing and making available video content.

APIDIS research plan anticipates this trend, and prepares future evolutions of the content production industry towards automated infrastructures allowing content to be produced, stored, and accessed at low cost and in a personalized and dedicated way.

APIDIS is an ambitious and challenging project that builds on recent scientific and technological breakthroughs in the fields of user-centric design, signal processing, computer vision, machine learning, and also planning and optimized decision process.

The image depicts the APIDIS vision. Content is captured and produced automatically, without the need for costly handmade processes, thereby keeping the production profitable even for small- or medium-size audience.  

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN

Address

Place De L Universite 1
1348 Louvain La Neuve

Belgium

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 424 000

Administrative Contact

Christophe De Vleeschouwer (Prof)

Participants (5)

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ACIC SA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 355 200

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 296 000

FUNDACIO BARCELONA MEDIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 334 130

MEDIAPRODUCCION SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 200 070

QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 315 600

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 216023

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2008

  • End date

    31 December 2010

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 615 541

  • EU contribution

    € 1 925 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN

Belgium