CUbRIK: content-intensive, time-intensive and human-intensive scalable search

Today I wish to share with you some details about a new project I’ll be involved in throughout the next three years. The project is called CUbRIK and addresses advanced search techniques and tools for multimedia and multimodal search, based on content-intensive, time-intensive and human-intensive scalable processes.

The project aims at experimenting the integration of machine tasks and a variety of human and crowd-sourced tasks, orchestrated by programmable pipelines. The obtained processes will allow content processing, query submission and result computation, relevance feedback processing.
CUbRIK will allow complex search on the web and on enterprise content, by encompassing entity-, time-, and space- aware search functions. This means that people will be able to search for multimedia contents that include specific reference to objects, temporal information or locations. This will be possible because CUbRIK will exploit highly accurate repositories of spatio-temporal entities (locations, events, trends, and so on), correlated through rich semantic associations.
I will participate in the joint research unit of Politecnico di Milano and WebRatio on this, lead by Piero Fraternali.
The project is meant to be the continuation of a successful experience with the Pharos research project. The project will have significant synergies with the Search Computing project and with the topics of crowdsourcing and social web addressed within the BPM4People project.

Here is an introduction video on CUbRIK:

You can find more on this in my interview on the WebRatio site and on the official CUbRIK site I’ll keep you posted on the outcomes of the project.

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Pharos Federation Day, June 23

On June 23rd, 2009 I chaired the Pharos Federation Day, in Como. The program was the following:

09:30 – 10:00: Welcome and introduction (Marco Brambilla, WBM)

10:00 – 12:00: Exploitation scenarios and possibilities. Open discussion (Tonina Scuderi, ENG)

12:00 – 12:30: Demonstration of the PHAROS platform – front end demo (Alessandro Bozzon, WBM) [30’]

14:00 – 14:30: Demonstration of the PHAROS platform – content provisioning demo (Kathrine Hammervold/ Eric Cai, FAST) [30’]

14:30 – 15:30: The PHAROS platform (Vincenzo Croce, ENG) [1h30]

16:00 – 17:30: Federation role, exploitation and feedbacks – open discussion (Tonina Scuderi, ENG; Marco Brambilla, WBM) [1h]

Here are some pictures.

Pharos Summer School, June 2009

I co-organized the Pharos Summer School in Como from June 22nd to June 26th.
You can have a look to the associated details here:

Some pictures:

Final Chorus Conference, May 2009

I participated as Pharos representative to the Final Chorus Conference in Brussels, on May 26-27, 2009. We had a stand there for the whole duration of the conference. Francesco Nucci (ENG) also presented the PHAROS project on May 27th.

Special session on Multimedia indexing for content-based search engines at IEEE CBMI 2009

I have been chair of the special session SS3 Multimedia indexing for content-based search engines at CBMI 2009 (7th International Workshop on Content-Based Multimedia Indexing), held in Chania, Crete (Greece).

All the main scientific contributors of the Pharos project will be represented in the session, together with a set of selected invited speakers from other European projects. The event has been a great opportunity for discussion, joint work and presentation of project outcomes.

The presented papers are:

  1. Petros Daras and Apostolos Axenopoulos. A Compact Multi-View Descripto for 3D Object Retrieval
  2. Alessandro Bozzon, Marco Brambilla and Piero Fraternali. Model-Driven Design of Audiovisual Indexing Processes for Search-Based Applications
  3. Reede Ren and Joemon Jose. Query Generation From Multiple Multimedia Examples
  4. Azeddine Zidouni, Mohamed Quafafou and Herve Glotin. Structured Named Entity Retrieval in Audio Broadcast News
  5. Oliver Schreer, Ingo Feldmann, Isabel Alonso, Pedro Concejero, Abdul Sadka and Rafiq Swash. RUSHES – Retrieval of Multimedia Semantic Units for Enhanced Reusability
  6. Peter Dunker, Christian Dittmar, Andre Begau, Stefanie Nowak and Matthias Gruhne. Semantic High-Level Features for Automated Cross-Modal Slideshow Generation
  7. Georges Quenot, Tien Ping Tan, Viet Bac Le, Stephane Ayache, Laurent Besacier and Philippe Mulhem. Content-Based Search in Multi-Lingual Audiovisual Documents using the International Phonetic Alphabet
  8. Cyril Laurier, Owen Meyers, Joan Serra, Martin Blech and Perfecto Herrera. Music Mood Annotator Design and Integration
  9. Alan Smeaton and Sandra Rothwell. Biometric Responses to Music-Rich Segments in Films: The CDVPlex

Here are a few pictures of the presenters (and of the beautiful setting of the conference venue).

Pharos Second Review, Oslo, March 2009

The second Pharos review was held in Oslo, at FAST, a Microsoft Subsidiary.
The review was extremely successful and the project has been praised by the reviewers for its results.