March 29 2011

Semi-automatic annotation of audiovisual archives (Event)

Audiovisual archives represent a historical, artistic and cultural heritage. Yet many documents have already disappeared or will disappear during the twenty-first century. In addition, access to their content is very limited. Cinetis SA in Martigny (Switzerland), in collaboration with the Idiap Research Institute, proposes to systematically digitise audiovisual documents and to annotate them with the help of semi-automatic technologies.

We invite you to discover the latest techniques developed at the Idiap Research Institute and discuss the subject of audiovisual archives annotation with renowned experts on Tuesday, March 29 2011 in Martigny, Switzerland.


[10:00 - 10:20] Welcome coffee
[10:25 - 10:30] Presentation of the Ark Foundation, Frédéric Bagnoud, TheArk

Indexing technologies session
[10:30 - 10:40] Presentation of the Idiap Research Institute, Dr Yann Rodriguez, Idiap
[10:40 - 11:00] An introduction to automatic face detection and recognition for applications to media annotation, indexing and retrieval, Dr Sébastien Marcel, Idiap
[11:00 - 11:20] Text detection and extraction technologies in videos, Alexandre Nanchen, Idiap
[11:20 - 11:40] Enhancing audio-visual records with external multimedia information: the Automatic Content Linking Device, Dr Andrei Popescu-Belis, Idiap
[11:40 - 12:00] Demonstration and Questions

Lunch Break

Metadata session
[13:00 - 13:30] Metadata. What's new and how will archives benefit from it. Jean-Pierre Evain, European Broadcasting Union
[13:30 - 13:45] Open discussion

Film scanning session
[13:45 - 14:15] Semi-automatic film scanning workflow, Pierre Ihmle, Cinetis SA
[14:15 - 15:30] Demonstration of FlashTransfert Vario 16/35mm scanner, Cinetis SA


The Idiap Research Institute based in Martigny (Valais/Switzerland), is a non-profit foundation specialised in the management of multimedia information and man-machine multimodal interactions. Idiap was founded in 1991 by the Town of Martigny, the State of Valais, EPFL (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne), the University of Geneva and Swisscom, and is autonomous but connected to EPFL by a joint development plan.

Cinetis SA is a Swiss multimedia company specialized in the development and production of film scanning solutions, including film scanner control software, databasing and postprocessing software. Cinetis innovates constantly to augment productivity through automation, and focuses on sophisticated, yet user friendly and effective solutions. Cinetis offers film digitization services for the greater public and institutions under the Bolex Digital brand name.

More information on this programme can be found on the event's website.

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