AI4Media is composed by 30 leading partners in the areas of AI and media (9 Universities, 9 Research Centres, 12 industrial organisations) and a large pool of associate members, that will establish the networking infrastructure to bring together the currently fragmented European AI landscape in the field of media, and foster deeper and long-running interactions between academia and industry.
The KU Leuven Centre for IT and IP Law (CiTiP) is a research centre at the Faculty of Law of KU Leuven dedicated to advance and promote legal knowledge about the information society through research and teaching of the highest quality in the areas of Data Protection, Privacy and Information Security Law, New Media and Communications Law, Information Rights Management, and Artificial Intelligence. Its research is focused on the design of innovative legal engineering and risk management techniques and is characterized by its intra- and interdisciplinary approach, constantly aspiring to cross-fertilization between legal, technical, economic and socio-cultural perspective.
The University of Trento (UNITN) is a young and dynamic university with 15,000 students and about 1200 people working as faculty and administrative and technical staff. The large number of bilateral cooperation agreements has led the University of Trento to be well-known and appreciated at an international level and to offer its students a lot of opportunities to study and work abroad, as well as an international environment at home. UNITN will participate in the project through the Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science (DISI). DISI is the top department among the 14 UNITN departments for research quality and funding level. The participating team, namely the Multimedia and Human Understanding Group (MHUG), part of DISI, has significant experience and scientific expertise on the technical aspects of AI4MEDIA, and in particular regarding the development of novel machine learning approaches applied to multimedia content understanding and computer vision. Furthermore, the team has a successful track record of participating in EC-funded research projects and organising scientific conferences and events.
The University of Florence is an important and influential centre for research and higher training in Italy, with 1,800 lecturers and internal research staff, 1,600 technical and administrative staff, and over 1,600 research assistants and doctoral students. It offers a wide range of study programmes at various levels and in all areas of knowledge. Researchers at the University of Florence operate within 24 different departments and have at their disposal approximately 40 research structures comprising inter-departmental and inter-university centres as well as specialised research, knowledge transfer and advanced training centres. In recent years the University of Florence has increasingly consolidated its ventures in the field of knowledge transfer: from the filing of patents to the setting up of joint workshops with businesses, through to participation in spin-off companies. The Media Integration and Communication Centre (MICC) was established in September 2001 by the Italian Ministry as a national “Centre of Excellence”. Its mission is to develop qualified research and innovation transfer in cooperation with national and international universities, research institutions and companies, as well as high-level education, in cooperation with the Master in Multimedia of the University of Firenze, focusing on (a) information Access and Human-Machine Interaction (b) Multimedia Communication c) Information protection.
The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), the sixth oldest and among the most highly ranked tertiary education institutions in Greece, is the largest university in Greece and in the Balkans. AUTH will be involved in the project through the Artificial Intelligence and Information Analysis (AIIA) laboratory, a unit within the Department of Informatics. AIIA has strong expertise in machine learning, computer vision, big data and semantic video analysis, including applications in autonomous drones. AIIA Lab is an active research group working for more than one decade in digital media and related areas. Its topics of interest span the areas of semantic media analysis and description, computational intelligence, computer vision, digital image/video processing, parallel/distributed computing, human-centered interfaces, multimedia security/protection and biometrics/privacy protection. It has undertaken more than 70 R&D projects in those areas.
Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is ranked in the top 1% of universities (Times Higher Education World University) and is a member of the Russell Group of leading UK Universities. It is ranked 9th in the UK among multi-faculty universities in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) and generates circa £100m research income per year. It has over 20,260 UK, European and international students studying in three faculties (Humanities and Social Sciences; Science and Engineering; Medicine and Dentistry). The School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) was ranked 9th (Electronic Engineering) and 11th (Computer Science in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014. QMUL is investing 10% of total research income in new research equipment; over £250 million has been invested in 15 years. QMUL will be involved in the project through the Multimedia and Vision (MMV) group of the school of EECS. The school of EECS has one of the largest teams of researchers in Computer Vision and Multimedia in UK, comprising of 8 academics and circa 80 early career researchers including PhD students and Post-doctorate Researchers and Fellows. The group has strong expertise in Computer Vision and Multimedia Analysis and has participated and/or coordinated several national and EU funded projects.
University Politehnica of Bucharest (UPB), with its 18 faculties in all the areas of engineering and more than 30,000 students yearly, is the most prestigious technical university in Romania, tradition developed in over 200 years of experience. The project is carried out by the AI Multimedia Lab from the UPB’s flagship research centre CAMPUS. The lab members have already more than 15 years of experience in multimedia/video/image processing and analysis, multimedia content-based retrieval, machine learning for multimedia, multimedia benchmarking and evaluation. They are authors for more than 180 scientific publications in high ranked journals and top conferences from the field, co-organizers of several multimedia benchmarking initiatives (e.g., ImageCLEF, MediaEval, ChaLearn), and contributors to over 24 Romanian/EU funded research and strategic programmes, as principal investigators or as part of the research team.
With 8,000 staff members, over 30,000 students and an annual budget of 850 M€, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is one of Europe’s largest broad-based research universities. The UvA offers 150 programmes at Bachelor, Master, Research Master and Dual Master level, some of which in Joint Degree with the VU Amsterdam and/or Aarhus University and many of which with English taught tracks. Annually, some 550 PhD degrees are awarded and 9,500 scientific articles published. As a research-intensive institution, the UvA works in close collaboration with other national and international universities by joint research projects or research groups, in the context of which data, knowledge and research infrastructures are being shared. In total, the UvA is connected to thousands of researchers and hundreds of public and private institutions in the Netherlands and around the world. Since the establishment of the European Research Council, the UvA (incl. the Amsterdam medical Centre) has been awarded more than 100 ERC grants, which makes it the top host organisation in the Netherlands and a very competitive actor in the European funding landscape. In the project, the UvA is represented by researchers from two different faculties. The first is the Amsterdam Law Faculty; this faculty combines research in different law disciplines. The second is the Faculty for Humanities, that combines the research of the broad field of the Humanities. E-Humanities is one of the priority areas of the Faculty. UvA has a number of projects that cover both the use of AI for humanities as well as the contribution humanities can make to wider AI research. These include signature project like the organisation of the Dutch time machine contribution and the worldclass critical digital methods work in media.
The University of Malta (UM) is the highest University in Malta. There are some 10,000 students including over 750 foreign/exchange students from nearly 80 different countries, following full-time or part-time degree and diploma courses, many of them run on the modular or credit system. UM has been involved as coordinator and partner in numerous EU-funded projects under various Programmes including FP5, FP6 (37 projects) FP7 (49 projects), H2020 (8 projects), Lifelong Learning Programme, Culture 2000, Tempus, Research and innovation projects (24 projects in the last 2 years) and various other international and regional programmes and initiatives. The proposed research will be performed by the Institute of Digital Games (IDG). The Institute of Digital Games (IDG) was established in 2013 and houses a multi-disciplinary research group with backgrounds from Computer Science (specifically AI and HCI), Interaction Design, the Arts, and the Humanities. The group performs basic and applied research, approaching games from a variety of perspectives, many of which focus on AI, interaction design, serious and persuasive game design, user (cognitive and affective) modelling, procedural content generation and player experience. The institute is currently the 8th most active technical game research centre worldwide (1st in continental Europe) according to the IREG inventory of rankings; its MSc in Digital Games is placed on the 17th place of the top game design programs worldwide, according to the Princeton Review.
The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland (HES-SO) refers to a group of institutions of higher education situated across seven states (Cantons) in Western Switzerland. The university is divided into six faculties: Design and Fine Arts; Business, Management and Services; Engineering and Architecture; Music and Performing Arts; Health; and Social Work. With close to 21,000 students the university is the second largest in Switzerland in terms of enrolments. The HES-SO had a budget of 541 Mio. CHF in 2017. The eHealth unit of the HES-SO Valais-Wallis is an interdisciplinary center for health data analysis of around 30 persons. It is part of the information systems institute that constitutes approximately 90 persons working on data management in the media, the energy sector, health and several other domains. A strong point of the group has been on machine learning and image analysis. Particularly for medical data analysis it is important to be able to interpret the outcomes of machine learning and also to have high confidence in the taken decisions. In this context ethical aspects also play an important role and the eHealth unit also offers an applied ethics service for the school.
CEA is a public multidisciplinary research organization whose research fields range from nuclear industry to biosciences and fundamental physics. It is made of several research centres located in France. CEA represents: 9 research centres, 16010 employees, 4.1 billion Euros budget, 743 priority patents filed in 2016, 422 on-going European projects in 2016, more than 600 industrial partners, 83 new companies created since 1984 in high technologies sectors. The CEA LIST (Laboratoire d'Intégration de Systèmes et des technologies) department is part of CEA TECH, the CEA Technological Research Division. CEA LIST combines basic research and industrial R&D and is primarily concerned with the development of technologies that combine software and hardware to form highly integrated complex systems. The research activities are structured into three major themes: embedded systems, interactive systems and sensors and signal processing. Artificial intelligence is transversal to CEA LIST’s main research themes. Among other relevant European and French AI-related initiatives, CEA LIST is actively involved in the AI4EU project. The participating lab, namely Laboratoire d’Analyse Sémantique Texte-Image (LASTI), part of CEA LIST, has strong R&D experience related to several AI4MEDIA aspects. Particular areas of expertise include innovative artificial intelligence approaches applied to heterogeneous content (text, image, video) understanding. Deep learning algorithms are developed with focus on scalability and usability in real-life applications such as social media monitoring, user privacy protection, e-health and security. LASTI has participated and/or coordinated a large number of EU and French projects which relate to AI4MEDIA.
The Fraunhofer - Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (FhG) is Germany’s leading non-profit research organisation consisting of currently 72 institutes for applied research. Fraunhofer IDMT, located in Ilmenau, Thuringia, conducts applied research in the field of digital media technologies. After being a subsidiary of Fraunhofer IIS (“Home of MP3”), the institute became independent in 2004. About 60 full-time employees along with the same number of students are working in various research fields, including e.g. A/V signal analysis and machine learning, media security and privacy, acoustics and 3D audio, and hearing and speech technology. The M2D business unit that is involved in AI4Media has been conducting R&D related to A/V content analysis and AI / machine learning (e.g. music analysis, audio event detection and A/V classification, etc.), A/V matching, cross-modal analysis and recommendation, audio forensics, security and privacy since many years, in various industrial and publicly funded collaborative projects. The Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS focuses on R&D on innovative systems for data analysis and information extraction, in software and in hardware. From sensor data to business intelligence, from media analysis to visual information systems: our research allows companies to do more with data. Fraunhofer IAIS is founding member of the BDVA. Further, Fraunhofer IAIS co-ordinates the Big Data alliance of Fraunhofer and is co-leading the Industrial Data Space (IDS) initiative in Germany. Fraunhofer IAIS has comprehensive expertise in developing AI solutions and big data analytics technology, especially in pattern recognition and machine learning algorithms for audio, video and document analysis. Fraunhofer IAIS is strongly involved in several Big Data activities in Germany, and offers a diverse set of data scientist courses for the German industry.
The 3IA Côte d’Azur is one of the four Interdisciplinary Institutes for Artificial Intelligence created in France in 2019. Its ambition is to create an innovative ecosystem that is influential at the local, national and international level. The 3IA Côte d'Azur institute is led by Université Côte d'Azur and is supported by more than 62 companies and start-ups. Université Côte d'Azur encompasses 17 major higher-education and research institutions of the Sophia Antipolis and Nice area, including the legacy university as well as INRIA Sophia Antipolis, amongst others. Université Côte d'Azur has been selected to be one of France's top 10 research-intensive universities.
The National Research Council (CNR) is the largest research institution in Italy. Its main mission is to i) carry out, promote, and enhance research in the main areas of knowledge; ii) pursue the integration of disciplines and technologies; iii) transfer and apply the results for the country's scientific, cultural, technological, economic and social development; and iv) provide technical and scientific support to the government and public administrations. CNR includes a Virtual Laboratory on Artificial Intelligence, a national initiative that connects 70 research groups, 400 researchers, 6 Departments located throughout Italy. The virtual lab facilitates internal (within CNR) and external (both National and International) collaboration on AI research. Two CNR teams, from the Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie della Informazione (ISTI), participate in this project: - Text Learning Group. It is active on research themes in the broad field of data science and applied supervised machine learning for text mining, and in particular on tasks such as text classification, cost-sensitive classification, sentiment classification and opinion mining, information extraction via sequence learning, text quantification, transfer learning for cross-lingual and cross-domain text classification, active learning, and their application to textual data in medical informatics, legal informatics, market research, and customer relationship management. - Artificial Intelligence for Multimedia Information Retrieval Group. It has a long experience in topics related to: Artificial Intelligence, Multimedia Information Retrieval, Computer Vision, Similarity search on a large scale. The main focus of the lab is investigating the use of Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning, for Multimedia Information Retrieval, addressing both, issues of effectiveness and efficiency. Multimedia information retrieval techniques should be able to provide users with pertinent results, fast, on huge amount of multimedia data. Application areas of our research results range from cultural heritage to smart tourism, from security to smart cities, from mobile visual search to augmented reality.
The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) was established in 2005 and is the Spanish national supercomputing facility and a hosting member of the PRACE distributed supercomputing infrastructure. The Center houses MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe. The mission of BSC is to research, develop and manage information technologies in order to facilitate scientific progress. BSC combines HPC (High-Performance Computing) service provision, and R&D into both computer and computational science (life, earth and engineering sciences) under one roof and currently has over 350 staff from 41 countries. BSC has collaborated with industry since its creation, and participates in various bilateral joint research centers with companies such as IBM, Microsoft, Intel, NVIDIA and Spanish oil company Repsol. The center has been extremely active in the EC Framework Programmes and has participated in seventy-nine projects funded by it. BSC is a founding member of HiPEAC, the ETP4HPC and other international forums. In 2011 BSC-CNS was one of the 8 institutions granted with Severo Ochoa award for excellence, an award given by the Spanish Ministry for Research to Spanish research centres that rank internationally among the most competitive in their fields.
Idiap Research Institute is an independent, non-profit, research foundation located in Martigny (Switzerland) and affiliated with the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Its activities encompass basic research and development in the areas of artificial intelligence, including multimedia information management, perceptual and cognitive systems, human-robot interaction, social media, and large scale machine learning. Idiap is also actively involved in technology transfer activities through its dedicated spin-off IdeArk. In particular, the Social Computing Group has previous experience in human-centered analysis of social media, multimedia analytics, and ubiquitous computing, therefore contributing in unique angles to the scientific expertise required for AI4Media.
Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) is a research institution dedicated to sound and music technology and its creative applications. The fundamental mission of IRCAM is to spark innovative interactions between scientific research, technological development, and contemporary musical creation. Since the founding of IRCAM in 1977, this articulation is the primary structural axis for the institute’s activities. One of the central issues is to contribute, through scientific and technological advances, to the renewal of musical expression. Conversely, scientific problems posed by contemporary creation lead to original scientific breakthroughs, be they academic, methodological, or applicative with a scope extending far beyond the domain of music. Scientific research at IRCAM is performed in the UMR 9912-STMS a research unit jointly supported by IRCAM, the CNRS, and Sorbonne University, performing multi-disciplinary research into Music and Sound. This includes acoustics, digital audio signal processing, computer science (IA and machine learning, real-time systems, man-machine interfaces, languages, multimedia databases), auditory and music perception and cognition, musicology. STMS gathers 70 researchers and PhD students, forming the world’s largest public lab dedicated to music and science. STMS has a long experience in audio signal analysis, processing and synthesis, pattern recognition and machine learning and develops and supports 6 software environments for professional music production and composition. STMS research on digital signal processing is performed in the Analysis/Synthesis team (A/S) that is well known for state-of-the-art results in speech processing, music signal processing, and music information retrieval.
Joanneum Research is a non-profit organisation concentrating on applied research with a highly qualified staff of more than 400 people. Services include specifically geared research tasks for small and medium-sized companies, complex interdisciplinary national and international assignments as well as tailored techno-economic consulting. JR participates in setting up and organizing national competence centres as well as in numerous large international projects. DIGITAL – the Institute for Information and Communication Technologies – specialises in web and internet technologies, image, video and acoustic signal processing together with remote sensing, communication and navigation technologies. Results of our research are implemented in hardware and software resulting in application-oriented solutions advancing the scientific state of the art. The institute has participated in more than 100 EC and ESA funded projects since the Third Framework Programme. Early projects concentrated on developing algorithms for digital film and video restoration, resulting in DIAMANT, one of the worldwide leading commercial systems. Since several years JR carries out R&D into methods for automatic analysis of video based on their large knowledge base from media analysis including automatic film restoration and content-based indexing, summarization and retrieval. JR has the Smart Media Solutions team of the Connected Computing Group that has been involved in a large number of EU and national projects in areas addressing with audiovisual content analysis, digital preservation, media production and media monitoring. The group has a strong background in developing machine learning methods for both real-time and offline data analysis, visual content analysis and processing technologies, as well as metadata modelling, integration and quality control, and deploying these technologies as applications and services to be integrated with other manufacturer’s systems.
IBM has the world's largest industrial research organization, with more than 3,000 scientists and engineers working in 12 research labs across the world. IBM invests more than $6 billion per year in R&D and is the world’s leader in patent filings. IBM researchers push the boundaries of science, technology and business to make the world work better and define the future of computing. IBM holds a leadership position when it comes to the creation, development and manufacturing the industry's most advanced information technologies, including computer systems, software, networking systems, storage devices and microelectronics, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and so on. IBM participates in and contributes to the work of standards consortia, alliances, and formal national and international standards organizations. Where appropriate, IBM adopts consensus technologies in order to maintain openness, interoperability, and application portability. IBM Research is a leading research institution in the world and contributes significantly to the research community. IBM Research – Ireland was established in July 2010. More than 60 % of the technical staff has a doctorate degree in computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics, or a related field. Employees are actively involved in teaching in higher education institutions and in supervising post-graduate theses. R&D projects are being executed today in areas such as: * AI Solutions for IoT * Security and Privacy * Blockchain * Social Care.
Athens Technology Center (ATC) is an Information Technology Company (founded in 1987) that offers solutions and services in specific business sectors, including Media, Banking, Utilities and the Public Sector. Our solutions are developed on technologies for Content Management, Enterprise Software, Web and Mobile Applications. Of the primary commercial activities for ATC is the development of products and services for the media market, in which we have managed to penetrate in several EU countries, the Eastern Europe and the CIS countries, as well as the Balkans. NewsAsset, an end-to-end multimedia cross-channel solution for news agencies, broadcasters and publishers, is the leading edge of the company’s success story, offering commercial contracts both inside and outside Greece. Indicative major clients are the national news agencies of Greece, Portugal, Poland, Russia, Cyprus and Tunisia, along with many publishers in several EU countries. The ATC Innovation Lab shows more than 25 years of expertise in research and innovation. Our objective is to turn promising ideas into concrete and robust products for the sectors of commercial interest to ATC. Through intense and continuous involvement in cutting-edge research and innovation projects, we develop the next generation of commercial targets, exploiting state-of-the-art technologies. Being a technology partner, iLab has developed skills in modern software engineering techniques, like Agile prototyping, DevOps and Model Driven Engineering, while we have successfully applied tools and methodologies for continuous integration, such as Maven, Hudson, Sonar and Junit, in the integration of medium and large scale innovation projects. ATC, is a partner in the NESSI ETP and a founding member in the Big Data Value Association
Sound and Vision is the leading institute for media in the Netherlands and one of the largest audiovisual archives in the world. It is an inspiring, creative and welcoming meeting place for professionals and others interested in the industry; online, in our physical museum and sometimes on location. We preserve and provide access to different types of media, including radio and television programmes, video games, written print media, political cartoons, GIFs, websites and historical objects. Sound and Vision is one of the leading authorities when it comes to providing insight into the Dutch media landscape and interpreting current developments from the perspective of media history. We do this with the aim of showing how media impacts everyday life and in conjunction with many partners, including creative media makers, brilliant experts, business stakeholders and relevant influencers. In this way, we are helping to build a more media literate world.Sound and Vision is the business archive of the national broadcasting corporations and was until recently engaged in Europe’s largest-scale digitization program Images for the Future. Sound and Vision has made available thousands of hours of archive footage online for various end-user services, including dedicated services for the creative industries, education and research. The institute operates as a visitor attraction aimed at the general public and is visited by over 200,000 people annually. Research and Development Sound and Vision has a strong (17 FTE) Research & Development department. The multi- annual research agenda includes themes such as: building search interfaces to meet expectations of various user groups - new annotation approaches: (semi)automatic and using crowdsourcing - semantic interoperability - dynamic contextualization of the collections (also leveraging archived webpages) - innovative interaction models, including second screen applications and digital preservation for long-term access.
Deutsche Welle (DW) is Germany’s international public service broadcaster. DW offers factual multimedia content in 30 languages to a worldwide audience (news, information and background analysis). In addition to linear and digital multiplatform media services DW provides other forms of social and interactive programming. Digital disruption in the media sector requires DW to continuously adapt and to invent new digital solutions. DW’s Innovation Division explores new technologies, tools, platforms, journalism approaches and technology driven content formats. This entails work in areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Analysis, IoT, 5G or Cloud, but also data journalism, personalised content, open data access, big data tools, verification, blockchain in media, language technologies or drone journalism. Since the late 1990s DW has participated in over 40 EU or nationally co-funded R&D projects, building expertise in media user requirements definition, use case and pilot execution, new tool and technology validation with journalists and stakeholders as well as dissemination and communication activities with a focus on the media, broadcast and journalism sectors.
The Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroep (VRT) is the public broadcaster of the Flemish Community in Belgium. Its mission is to inform, inspire and unite and so reinforce Flemish society. As a service providing organization, the VRT wants to take up a special position in society. The VRT strives for a large audience, not so much to gain a high market share, but because it wants to be relevant to as many Flemish people as possible. This is the most important charter of the public broadcaster, i.e. reinforcing democracy and society by contributing to a social and pluralistic debate, documenting society and stimulating culture and language and Flemish society in all its diversity. VRT owns 3 TV channels (Eén, Ketnet, Canvas), 5 radio stations (Radio1, Radio2, Klara, Studio Brussel and MNM) and several online platforms (vrtnwws.be and sporza.be) focusing on news and sports. Furthermore, VRT has a full range of digital products, including a video platform (vrtnu.be) and a set of digital radio apps (radioplus.be). The Innovation department of VRT follows technological and societal evolutions to help build the future of media. This includes more immersive viewing experiences, personalised radio, and innovative news and programme formats engaging communities everywhere and at all times, customized to the right platform and user context. In collaboration with European research institutes, technology companies and media organizations, the team carries out research projects of two to three years long on the creation, management, distribution and consumption of media content. The interdisciplinary team consists of more than 20 highly qualified researchers with an expertise in many facets of media production and media management. This team is often complemented with VRT professionals from the creative domain to establish a link between the research project and the production floor. VRT innovation shares its expertise, insights and products with the wider media landscape via its communication channels and events.
RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI), the Italian Public Service Broadcaster and Italy’s largest radio-television broadcasting company, has played a major role in shaping the country’s life and customs over the last decades. RAI started broadcasting its radio programmes in 1924 and nowadays broadcasts over 32.000 hours of television programmes (of which 75% are produced in-house) and 52.000 hours of radio programmes per year. It has the right to broadcast radio and television programmes over the air, via cable or satellite, by wire, or by any other means. RAI’s Centre for Research and Technological Innovation (CRITS) is acknowledged at an international level in the field of automated information extraction and management, through the publication of more than 30 papers in the last five years in international peer-reviewed conferences and journals of the area. The Centre is active in several European and National projects and co-operates with Universities and Industries for research activities, in the definition of new standards and the development of new services. Since 1987 the CRIT has contributed to more than thirty projects, covering various aspects of broadcasting, within the R&D activities of the European Community, RACE, DRIVE Programmes and ACTS, ESPRIT, TELEMATICS and IST programmes.
InterDigital develops mobile and video technologies that are at the core of devices, networks, and services worldwide. We solve many of the industry's most critical and complex technical challenges, inventing solutions for more efficient broadband networks, better video delivery, and richer multimedia experiences years ahead of market deployment. InterDigital has licenses and strategic relationships with many of the world's leading technology companies. Since the acquisition of the Research & Innovation (R&I) research and development organization of Technicolor by InterDigital on May 31, 2019, InterDigital R&D France is a major Research & Innovation centre of InterDigital, with round 180 permanent researchers working together with many Ph.D. students and post-docs. InterDigital R&D France will be involved in AI4Media project through its Home Experience Lab. Interdigital’s Home Experience Lab is committed to improve the users experience in the HOME and help them embracing future HOME usages in the fields of audio, video, media consumption entertainment, Cloud gaming, Edge computing and IoE. The HE lab has been performing research on data analytics and machine learning applied to sensor, video and network data for almost ten years, regularly showcasing results on use cases related to networking and video services in the home environment.
F6S is a European entity that has become the largest Startup/SME community globally with over 1.3 million Startups/SMEs and 1.7 million entrepreneurs. F6S delivers more than €2 billions every year to Startups and SMEs with the leading CRM for deal flow, corporate challenges, structured programs, startup services, corporate partnering, recruiting, government grants and free startup resources. F6S is the leading platform for application management for commercial, corporate, government, university and other accelerator programs, helping more than 19.000 such initiatives worldwide. Every year F6S processes more than 700,000 applications and delivers about €2 billion to startups/SMEs per year! F6S is best experienced in creating an effective recruitment campaign, targeting the right SMEs/Startups, disseminating the open call far and wide and managing the selection process of the applicants.
LOBA - Customer Experience Design is the number one business and marketing agency in Portugal dedicated to customer experience, with headquarters in Oliveira de Azeméis and offices in Lisbon, Aveiro and Guarda. Established in 2000, LOBA has around 80 qualified staff members, including senior executives, consultants, creatives, researchers, designers, programmers, as well as, a team of engineers specialised in the development of web-based solutions such as business/enterprise platforms. Through a comprehensive and integrated range of solutions from branding, promotion, communication, to relationship build-up and interaction with customers we put into practice our mission “to provide excellent customer experiences to the customers of our clients”. Focused on the way that customers or target groups are related with a project and/or interact with its brand, we stimulate the physical, visual and emotional elements of this experience to increase awareness, to communicate relevant information and knowledge and to enhance customer loyalty.
Modl.ai is an artificial intelligence (AI) research spin-out that was established in 2017. Our value proposition is to model human behavior and experiences and their responses in the form of procedural personas. Our models allow for the prediction of responses to experiences as decisions and actions. Modl.ai’s unique approach focuses on grouping and modelling people, learning their choices and responses through a combination of machine learning and simulation. We teach AI agents to behave like humans, learning from demonstrations and datasets for integration into game and simulation engines. We possess world-leading expertise in simulating human behavior and decision making with the use of advanced AI techniques including procedural personas and player experience modelling. Modl.ai is founded by leading scientists in the areas of AI and games, behavioral psychology and user interface design whose work is collectively cited more than 25,000 times (Google Scholar.). In addition, the modl.ai team has collectively more than 40 years of research experience on machine learning, AI for simulations/games and user modelling, as well as development experience in simulation implementation and system integration.
Imagga is one of the pioneers and a leading global provider of AI deep learning-based technologies for automated image and video recognition, classification and tagging. These technologies can be delivered as a cloud API and/or an on-premise solution. Imagga has been recognised as as one of the 3 pioneering players in the worldwide image analytics market by IDC and the global image recognition market, by several market research companies, and has won many distinguished awards for its technologies and services over the years, including WSA Global Champion in News and Media (2016), Central European Startup Awards 2016 Best AI Solution/Bot Winner, South Summit Winner in Tech for the Big Players (2015), etc.
Grassroots Arts and Research (GAR) is an artistic media research company led by the directors Carmen Mac Williams and Tilman Veltjens. The company is offering creative concepts, interactive media design and project management for media research and productions. The assets are vision, know-how, talent and a network of Media Artists, Designers and Moderators for interactive online media productions. Grassroots Arts and Research was founded by Carmen Mac Williams as Spin Off Company from the Interactive Lab 3 of the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM) in 2006. GAR’s research experience is grown for grown for 20 years in academic and industry driven research and development projects such as the European ICT research projects AI4EU, HELIOS, FI-NEXT, FI-C3, FI-CONTENT 2, FI-CONTENT 1, FI-CORE, LIVE, Citizen Media, MECiTV, and the German national research project G.A.M.E. Currently Grassroots acts as Creative Design Partner in the Helios Project . Grassroots Arts is organizing the AI4EU Web Café in the AI4EU Project.
The Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), founded in 2000, is the only research centre in Northern Greece and one of the largest in the country. CERTH has important scientific and technological achievements in many areas including: Energy, Environment, Industry, Mechatronics, ICT, Transportation & Sustainable Mobility, Health, Agro-biotechnology, Smart farming, Safety & Security, as well as several cross-disciplinary scientific areas. Today CERTH includes five institutes, each focusing on one or more of the aforementioned fields of research. Out of those, CERTH participates in AI4Media through the Information Technologies Institute (ITI).
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