Call For Projects - Semantic Media Network - Deadline 30 April 2014

Funding for Mini-Projects

The EPSRC-funded Semantic Media Network project is offering funding for three to four mini-projects. We accept applications in all fields relevant to the development of future media navigation technology including but not limited to signal processing (e.g. audio, video, image), computer vision, text mining, semantic web, knowledge engineering, databases, machine learning, e-research, human interactivity and social computing. Preference will be given to applications

  • that are collaborative, i.e. applications that involve more than one UK-based academic institution eligible to receive EPSRC awards,
  • that involve (self-funded) non-academic partners,
  • that incorporate linked data and semantic web technology,
  • that propose/study methods for analysing/processing/annotating media during their production,
  • that explore cross-disciplinary / cross-modal strategies and
  • that extend the repertoire of already funded mini-projects.

Please note that these items are not requirements.


Applications are subject to requirements listed on this website. Please carefully read the information provided before submitting an application.

Please use the application form provided on this website (docx format or odt format) and send the completed form back to Sebastian Ewert (

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: 30 April 2014
Notification of Acceptance: 31 May 2014
Earliest Start of Project: 1 June 2014
Latest Start of Project: 1 September 2014

About The Semantic Media Network Project

The Semantic Media Network project addresses the challenge of time-based navigation in large collections of media documents. The project focuses on investigating new ways to empower users to find relevant content and exploring how industry and universities can work together in this field. Central strategies to be explored include:

  • Content-related metadata as an effective and scalable approach applicable to future large scale, automated and interactive information systems.
  • The collection (and computation) of metadata during the production of media.
  • Representation of metadata amenable to knowledge processing and management, linked data strategies and logical inference.
  • Using a truly cross-disciplinary approach, ranging from fundamental theory to applied research set in the context of a real problem.

The project's scope is the whole life-cycle of content with the goal of empowering human producers and consumers to effectively reuse, re-purpose, and personalize material, whether for entertainment, news, documentaries, education, interviews, health-care, science or security.

A central goal for Semantic Media events and mini-projects is to support interesting collaboration opportunities between researchers in order to foster relationships and encourage working together (EPSRC priority 'Working Together'). In this context, mini-projects can help to try out brave new ideas and thus might serve as stepping stones towards full-scale follow-up projects and collaborative grant applications.

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