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Semantic Media Project Introduction - Mark Sandler (Barbican Arts Centre, Oct 2012)


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This talk was given by Prof. Mark Sandler at the Semantic Media kickoff workshop at the Barbican Arts Centre, London, UK in October 2012.

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Semantic Media Project Introduction - Mark Sandler (Barbican Arts Centre, Oct 2012)

  1. 1. Project Introduction Mark SandlerBarbican Arts Centre, October 2012
  2. 2. Semantic Media – Problem Area TV Productions Music / Radio Productions Consumer: How to find relevant content in large media collections? Producer: How to monetize, how to subvert piracy? Film Productions Photo Productions Source of images: Google
  3. 3. Navigation in Content Collections:Previous Approaches Automatic annotations often not as detailed and robust as needed Reason: Automatic methods have no access to knowledge only available during production User interfaces are not as rich as needed Reason: Metadata does not incorporate relevant external information
  4. 4. Semantic Media - Concept 1:Annotation As Part of Production Workflow  Employing knowledge of the production process leads to simplified and hence more robust (automatic) metadata generation procedures  Integrating additional information usually discarded after production allows for richer annotations  Resulting novel workflow systems facilitate automation and assist content producers as well consumers throughout the content life-cycle
  5. 5. Semantic Media - Concept 1: Example Metadata: Where was this picture taken? What is in it? What’s the weather like? Source of image: Wikipedia
  6. 6. Semantic Media - Concept 1: Example Metadata: Who are the actors (in this episode)? What are the story lines?
  7. 7. Semantic Media - Concept 2: Incorporating GlobalKnowledge Using Linked Data Technology Managing and exposing enhanced metadata using semantic web and linked data technology allows for uniting various sources of information and thus improving the user experience with richer interfaces
  8. 8. Semantic Media - Concept 2: Example BBC Music website + Structured Wikipedia Data = Improved User Experience More about this later…
  9. 9. Goals of the Semantic Media Project  Creating a forum for researchers / developers  Encouraging interdisciplinary research bringing together specialists across the entire ICT sector  Sparking new collaborations between researchers (including industry partners) by funding mini-projects, student exchanges and internships  Encourage leading researchers to develop roadmaps guiding the direction of future research efforts and grant applications  Encourage substantial grant applications: UK & EU
  10. 10. Semantic Media – The Network  Future challenges and opportunities require researchers from across the ICT landscape to contribute and collaborate  EPSRC priority “Working Together”  Semantic Media Network as a hub for future collaborative grant applications
  11. 11. Funding - Opportunities and Examples  Exchange of students across working groups and internships / placements  Construction of ontologies appropriate for 3D+t content description (sound, video, objects)  Capturing of motion information in a film/tv set to capture scene-descriptive metadata to associate with the primary media stream (i.e. video)  Fusion of metadata from disparate sources to build a composite metadata stream associated with a single media stream, propagating through the value chain from producer to consumer, e.g:  Metadata from several musical instruments to create a composite harmony stream  Motion metadata streams from several actors in a scene to create a composite action stream  Combining rights-related metadata (e.g. using MPEG Value Chain Ontology [9]), user generated and other tags downstream from creation  Application of temporal logic on (time-structured) media metadata streams [8]  Use of capture-at-source metadata to enhance the production workflow  Ethnographic studies of metadata-enhanced production tools to assess their fitness for purpose
  12. 12. Funding - Application 1.) Short semi-formal application 2.) Steering committee selects best ideas 3.) Start working Funding available for 10-20 projects £10k-£50k each More details on the website soon…
  13. 13. Getting involved Just the beginning forming a network. Participate by:  Join our mailing list for announcements and discussions (soon to come and you will be informed about it)  Have an idea for a feasibility study and put it on our idea-wiki  Become an active member of the steering committee  Help organizing meetings (maybe focused on a specific subfield)  Help documenting the research landscape by participating in the landscape-wiki  Participate in future meetings, sandpits, tutorials, as well as collaborative grants and paper submissions  Help identifying people who might be interested in this network and invite them (or tell us)  Check our website:
  14. 14. Programme For Today 09:00 Registration and Welcome Coffee 09:30 Project Introduction: Mark Sandler (Queen Mary, University of London) Invited talk: Karlheinz Brandenburg (Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology, Illmenau, Germany): Extraction of 09:45 metadata from media data: From music recommendation to recognition of big apes Networking Event: 60 second quick-fire summaries of the participants 10:45 background and interests. 12:00 Fingerfood Buffet with Poster Presentations and Demos Invited Talk: David De Roure (Director of the Oxford e-Research 13:30 Centre, University of Oxford) 14:30 Coffee Break 15:00 Invited Talk: Yves Raimond and David Rogers (BBC) 16:00 Networking Event: "Speeddating" 17:00 End