Past seminars at the Faculty of Informatics

TITLE: Media age survival kit: Nuts and bolts to structure your content

SPEAKER: Andrea Basso, AT&T Labs - Research NJ USA

DATE: Tuesday, April 15th, 2008PLACE: USI Università della Svizzera italiana, room SI-008, Informatics building (Via G. Buffi 13)

TIME: 16.00-17.00 

Recent advances of digital media and storage technologies are enabling today large masses of users to produce and modify conspicuous volumes of media content. In addition, the availability of broadband wireline and wireless access is enabling easy consumption and sharing of high quality media anywhere, anytime.One of the most critical issues of this evolution is to have methods and techniques to easily and efficiently represent, search, 'navigate' and manipulate such amount of media content. Thus the relevance of content based indexing research. Multimedia content-based processing allows for 'raw' content to be structured and indexed. The techniques used are able to analyze the different content components (audio and speech, video, text) and to generate detailed metadata descriptions, enabling advanced content repurposing, search, editing, sharing and publication. In this talk we will discuss some of the ongoing research efforts in AT&T Labs - Research in the area of video and multimedia indexing. We will discuss algorithms and techniques for content segmentation, based text-to- speech conversion, part-of-speech tagging on extracted closed-caption text, combined with video shot boundary detection and query relevance ranking. Content personalization methods for triple play (TV, PC, mobile) delivery strategies will be also presented. The presentation will also describe a fully automated end-to-end system that we have developed, which includes content ingestion, media processing, content storage and retrieval subsystems, content  inter- and intra media adaptation and personalization. 

BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Andrea Basso serves as Principal Investigator in AT&T Labs - Research, New Jersey USA. In previous positions, he served as Director of the media technologies group and Chief Architect in NMS Communications. Dr. Basso has more than fifteen years of expertise of research and development in multimedia communications systems and services, including speech and video coding, media adaptation, multimedia delivery for broadband and wireless networks, caching, scalability and interworking aspects of multimedia. Dr. Basso has significant expertise in communications protocols for media delivery and he is involved in the development of standards in several international bodies including IETF, ISO/MPEG, ITU-T and IMTC. Earlier he held academic senior positions in research and development at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland. Dr. Basso has been Visiting Scientist at Stanford University, Palo Alto CA (USA), and IRST (Italy). Dr. Basso holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and a Master degree from University of Trieste, Italy. As adjunct associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Victoria, Canada Dr. Basso is author or co-author of more than 60 publications and 3 books in the area of video processing and networked multimedia services and holds 12 granted patents. HOST: Prof. Fabio Crestani