Report from the first Semantic Media Network meeting

With over 100 registrations the first Semantic Media workshop was a huge success. Thanks to all participants for making this possible.

The main goal of this first workshop was to introduce academic and industrial researchers from across the ICT landscape to each other. This way, experts in signal processing or video analysis were brought together with researchers working on linked data technology, broadcasting standards, interface design, natural text analysis, speech technology and many more fields. Various discussion and networking opportunities including a "speed-dating" session led to various initial collaboration and project ideas, which could be financially supported by the semantic media project and might lead to full-scale project proposals later on (see below).

The networking sessions were accompanied by several keynote talks given by internationally well-known speakers: Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Brandenburg (Fraunhofer IDMT, Germany), Prof. Dr. David De Roure (Oxford eResearch Centre, University of Oxford) as well as Dr. Yves Raimond and David Rogers (BBC R&D). First, Prof. Brandenburg gave an overview of modern media analysis technology, starting from automatic methods for navigating in large music collections to the recognition of individual apes in wild life forests. In a second talk, Prof. De Roure gave an introduction to recent research on the formalisation of workflows using semantics and linked data technology highlighting the benefits ranging from reproducible and hence accelerated research to streamlined media production processes. Finally, David Rogers and Yves Raimond gave an overview of how linked data technology drives central websites and services within the BBC highlighting the benefits but also some of the challenges resulting from this still young technology.

The organizational team hopes that you enjoyed the time at the Barbican arts centre and that you will join us again at one of the follow up events where we will start developing the initial ideas for collaborations further.

Join The Network

Please join our mailing list which will be used to keep you informed about the next steps and future events. It will also be used to discuss upcoming collaboration and mini-project ideas.

Ideas For Collaborations and Mini-Projects

A list of ideas resulting from the speed-dating session has been compiled in the Semantic Media Idea Wiki. Please feel free to add more.

Presentation Slides

  • Prof. De Roure's presentation slides are available here: SlideShare
  • David Rogers and Yves Raimond's presentation slides are available here: Google Docs

Poster Presentations

Some of the participants agreed to share their posters presentations.

  • Emmanouil Benetos and Simon Dixon: Automatic Music Transcription using Probabilistic Latent Variable Models. PDF.
  • Shyamala Doraisamy and Stefan Rüger. Towards Automatic Topic Detection of Folksongs. PowerPoint.
  • György Fazekas, Alo Allik, Simon Dixon, and Mark Sandler. Shared Open Vocabulary for
    Audio Research and Retrieval. PDF.
  • Jana Wedekind: ON:meedi:a : Annotate - Access - Archive. PNG. For more information, see ON:meedi:a or send a mail to Jana Wedekind