Semantic Media Project Meeting - October 2012


The first Semantic Media project meeting will take place on the 2 October, 2012 at the Barbican Arts Centre, London, United Kingdom. For additional information on the project, see here.


The programme is not fixed yet and will likely be subject to change. For speaker biographies, see the corresponding section below.

09:00 Registration and Welcome Coffee
09:30 Project Introduction: Mark Sandler (Queen Mary, University of London)
09:45 Invited talk: Karlheinz Brandenburg (Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology, Illmenau, Germany): Extraction of metadata from media data: From music recommendation to recognition of big apes
10:45 Networking Event: 60 second quick-fire summaries of the participants' background and interests.
12:00 Fingerfood Buffet with Poster Presentations and Demos
13:30 Invited Talk: David De Roure (Director of the Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford): From SALAMI to Social Machines: Music Information Retrieval as an exemplar of digital research
14:30 Coffee Break
15:00 Invited Talk: Yves Raimond and David Rogers (BBC)
16:00 Networking Event: "Speeddating" (*)
17:00 End of official part

(*) To give participants an opportunity to learn about the background and interests of others, individual participants are introduced to each other at random with switching taking place every few minutes.


The Barbican Centre is the largest performing arts centre in Europe. Located in the City of London, England, the Centre hosts classical and contemporary music concerts, theatre performances, film screenings and art exhibitions.

Address: Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS, London, United Kingdom:


Please register in advance using this website. Please note that while attendance is free of charge, we kindly ask you, for organizational purposes, to register as early as possible if you intend to come.

Speaker Biographies

Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Brandenburg has been a driving force behind some of today's most profoundly innovative digital audio technology, notably the MP3 and MPEG audio standards. He is acclaimed for seminal work on digital audio coding and perceptual measurement techniques, Wave Field Synthesis (WFS) and psycho-acoustics. The MP3 has fundamentally changed the way we enjoy and manage music, leading to consumer electronic devices ranging from digital radio receivers to solid state players to MP3-enabled cell phones and beyond. It was Dr. Brandenburg's doctoral thesis on digital audio coding and perceptual measurement techniques that formed the basis of the MPEG-1 Layer 3 codec (the MP3) and most other modern audio compression schemes. As head of the audio/multimedia department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen, Germany, from 1993 to 2000, Dr. Brandenburg also guided the development of MPEG-2 Advanced Audio Coding (AAC), the codec of choice for modern devices including iPod, iPhone and audio streaming services. Dr. Brandenburg is currently serving as professor at the Institute for Media Technology at Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany, and director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT, also in Ilmenau.

Prof. Dr. David De Roure is Director of the Oxford e-Research Centre and Professor of e-Research. He is National Strategic Director for Digital Social Research and has a coordinating role in Digital Humanities @ Oxford. Focused on advancing digital scholarship, he has worked closely with multiple disciplines including bioinformatics (in silico experimentation), chemistry (smart labs), environmental science (sensor networks), social sciences (social statistics, behavioural interventions and social machines) and digital humanities (computational musicology). He has an extensive background in distributed computing, Web, Linked Data and social computing, runs the social website for sharing scientific workflows and promotes new forms of scholarly communication. David has been closely involved in the UK e-Science programme and is chair of the UK e-Science Forum. He is a champion for the Web Science Trust and in 2011 was elected as a Research Fellow at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Member of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.