Industry Day
Multimedia Semantic Analysis in the service of the media industry

How professionals can benefit from semantic technologies in theory and application

December 6, 2006 — Athens, Greece

SAMT 2006 addresses the need of bringing semantics closer to multimedia analysis and understanding, thus examining how knowledge can penetrate into search and retrieval of audiovisual content. The media industry is one of the most immediate candidates to benefit from the future maturity of such technologies and their evolution into commercial applications, with the most apparent example being the area of "news".

These days we are bombarded with a plethora of multimedia information commonly referred to as "news". News about all aspects of our everyday lives are nowadays accessible to all corners of the world. But how easy is it for anyone to navigate this flood of information and how possible is it to get an objective view of controversial events, at national or international level? Our era of knowledge should provide for methods of understanding the meaning of "news". Contemporary methods should be able to organise news in a semantic way that would allow the reader to have a complete overview of all similar and conflicting views, being also able to filter information according to personal preferences and interests.

This industry day is thus organised to enable media professionals, content providers, broadcasters, professional content users, and related industrial practitioners to gain first hand experience of relevant multimedia semantic analysis technologies and associated commercial applications.

A number of presentations from internationally renowned experts in multimedia and knowledge technologies are complemented with talks from prestigious representatives from the world of media giving an overview both from the research and commercial point of view, matching the industry needs to expected technology advances. Practical hands-on sessions are provided both for illustrating the use of emerging technologies and for demonstrating relevant existing commercial applications.

Potential benefits to delegates include:
  • discovering the practical benefits of implementing these technologies in their work flows, products and applications
  • learning about key advances in integration of multimedia and knowledge technologies from leading experts in these areas
  • attending demonstrations of existing applications that may be applicable to their own work
09:00 - 10:00
10:00 - 10:15
Welcome and introduction
Welcome and brief description of the purpose and structure of the event outlining the talks that will follow
Nikos Sarris, ATC
10:15 - 10:40
The News Agency of today and the vision for tomorrow
Current practices in the news agencies; tools and issues to be addressed by new technologies
Stéphane Guérillot, IPTC Chairman of the Board
10:40 - 11:00
The broadcast newsroom of today and tomorrow
State of the art and requirements in a broadcast news archive & production environment. Identification of future needs.
Marc Reuter, Head of the Archives Department, RTL Television, Germany
11:00 - 11:20
11:20 - 11:40
Journalists and news content annotation
Why journalists are currently not part of the metadata generating process. Need for new technologies and interfaces expressing the journalistic view on emerging knowledge technologies and the impact on journalistic work.
Wilfried Rütten, Director of the European Journalism Centre, Maastricht, The Netherlands
11:40 - 12:00
TV and Radio archives; current practices and future needs
Current daily practices in media archives; tools for management and annotation; integration issues and further needs expressing the potential for media in 10 years time.
Jon Roar Tønnesen, Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, Oslo, Norway
12:20 - 12:40
Multimedia semantic analysis technologies and their potential uses
Yiannis Kompatsiaris, Informatics and Telematics Institute, Greece
12:20 - 12:40
How can personalisation improve media related services?
Jerome Picault, Motorola and Pablo Castells, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
12:40 - 13:00
Mobile Content Access - protecting the content owner
Paola Hobson, Motorola
13:00 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:00
Review and demonstration of existing commercial applications
Coordinated by ATC
15:00 - 16:00
Demonstration and practical session of emerging technologies
Coordinated by Motorola
16:00 - 16:30
Wrap up, conclusions, informal feedback session
  • Dr. Nikos Sarris, ATC, Greece
  • Dr. Paola Hobson, Motorola Labs, UK
Athens Technology Center (ATC)
Deutsche Welle
MESH Integrated Project