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UP-TV: Ubiquitous Personalised Interactive Multimedia TV Systems and Services

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Programme: FIFTH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
Programme Acronym: IST
Contract Type: COST-SHARING CONTRACTS
Start Date: 2001-12-01
End Date: 2003-05-31
Contract No: IST-1999-20751
Role for TUC/MUSIC: Contractor
Funding for TUC/MUSIC: 530000.0 Euros
Principal Investigator for TUC/MUSIC: Stavros Christodoulakis

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The interactive time independent access to broadband multimedia information is not supported using today's networks and client systems. The idea of TV Anytime is based on the local caching of broadband media streams and allows in this way an interactive and time independent access to this information. The major objective of the UP-TV project is the development of basic technologies for scalable TV Anytime systems that implement personal TV services for business and consumer applications. The UP-TV project develops basic technologies on the one hand but also integrates two demonstrator applications and trials them in real-world environments. Objectives: UP-TV is an integrated research and development project developing basic technologies for TV Anytime systems and services. The research questions targeted in this project focus on the identification of media content that has to be recorded, the placement of those media assets onto single and networked media servers as well as the organisation of an efficient and comfortable access to these assets. The results of these research work influence the development of a TV Anytime server system that allows to support a scalable number of users, ranging from a cost-efficient consumer system to a large scale server system. Based on a general service platform, two application scenarios that integrate TV Anytime scenarios and web applications are implemented and tested. The application study personal TV in hotel environments and hierarchical wide area networks. The technical work in UP-TV is accompanied by preparation of business plans for the role out of personal TV services. Work description: The work within UP-TV is partitioned in four major tracks. There is work on basic research for relevant technologies for TV Anytime system, work on the development and integration of TV Anytime server and service platforms, as well as work on the development of two demonstrator application and the development of business scenarios for personal TV services. Within the first major track, novel methods which are based on data mining, high performance computing, Agent technologies and combinatorial optimisation are used to develop a number of basic mechanisms for the identification of relevant media assets, their mapping onto single or networked TV Anytime servers as well as for intelligent methods for the access to the recorded media streams. Using these results of basic research, a prototype of a scalable cost-efficient TV Anytime server system is developed. This server system is implemented as a cost-efficient consumer type system as well as a scalable server system allowing to support a large number of clients. The developed system allows to build up hierarchies of TV Anytime servers and takes up reference architectures of the TV Anytime Forum as well as generic APIs, e.g. Java TV API and ATVEF standards. It implements a general service framework and a number of additional service components that allow to implement targeted advertising, E-commerce applications and other services. Using the integrated systems, two major trials are performed within UP-TV demonstrating the performance of the basic technologies developed here. The first trial provides personal TV within a hotel environment, while the second provides personal TV services in a hierarchical network integrating a large scale server system and consumer boxes installed in private homes. The technical work will be accompanied by work on the preparation of business plans for the provision of TV Anytime services as well as on the discussion of legal aspects (content protection) for such services.

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(10) A Natural Language Model and a System for Managing TV-Anytime Information in Mobile Environments

Publication Authors: Karanastasi A., Kazasis F., Christodoulakis S.
Publication Info: ACM/Verlag Personal and Ubiquitous Computing Journal, Volume 4 2005
Publication Type: Journal Publications

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(9) Ontology-based Semantic Indexing for MPEG-7 and TV-Anytime Audiovisual Content

Publication Authors: Tsinaraki C., Polydoros P., Kazasis F., Christodoulakis S.
Publication Info: In Multimedia Tools and Application Journal (MTAP), Special Issue of on Video Segmentation for Semantic Annotation and Transcoding, 26, pp. 299-325, August 2005
Publication Type: Journal Publications

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(8) A Natural Language Model for Managing TV-Anytime Information in Mobile Environments

Publication Authors: Karanastasi A., Kazasis F., Christodoulakis S.
Publication Info: Workshop on Ubiquitous Mobile Information and Collaboration Systems - UMICS 2004
Publication Type: Workshop Proceedings

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(7) A Natural Language Model and a System for Managing TV-Anytime Information from Mobile Devices

Publication Authors: Karanastasi A., Kazasis F., Christodoulakis S.
Publication Info: International Conference on Applications of Natural Language to Information Systems - NLDB 2004
Publication Type: Conference Publications

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(6) An Ontology-Driven Framework for the Management of Semantic Metadata Describing Audiovisual Information

Publication Authors: Tsinaraki C., Fatourou E., Christodoulakis S.
Publication Info: In the proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAISE), pp. 340-356, Klagenfurt/Velden, Austria, June 2003
Publication Type: Conference Publications

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(5) An Interoperability Framework for the Management of Semantic Metadata in order to support Personalized TV Services

Publication Authors: Tsinaraki C., Fatourou E., Christodoulakis S.
Publication Info: In the proceedings of the 2nd Hellenic Data Management Symposium (HDMS '03), Athens, Greece, September 2003
Publication Type: Workshop Proceedings

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(4) Designing Ubiquitous Personalized TV-Anytime Services

Publication Authors: Kazasis F., Moumoutzis N., Pappas N., Karanastasi A., Christodoulakis S.
Publication Info: Workshop on Ubiquitous Mobile Information and Collaboration Systems - UMICS 2003
Publication Type: Workshop Proceedings

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(3) Personalized and ubiquitous information services for TV programs

Publication Authors: Pappas N., Kazasis F., Moumoutzis N., Tsinaraki C., Christodoulakis S.
Publication Info: In the proceedings of the International Workshop on Multimedia in Digital Libraries (MDL), Chania, Greece, June 2003
Publication Type: Workshop Proceedings

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(2) A Video Metadata Model supporting Personalization & Recommendation in Video-based Services

Publication Authors: Tsinaraki C., Papadomanolakis S., Christodoulakis S.
Publication Info: In the proceedings of the MDDE Workshop 2001 (in conjunction with ReTIS 2001), pp. 104-109, Lyon, France, July 2001
Publication Type: Workshop Proceedings

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(1) Towards a two - layered Video Metadata Model

Publication Authors: Tsinaraki C., Papadomanolakis S., Christodoulakis S.
Publication Info: In the proceedings of the DEXA Workshop 2001 (DLib), pp. 937-941, Munich, Germany, September 2001
Publication Type: Workshop Proceedings

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(1) UP-TV Flyer

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Project Consortium

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INTRACOM S.A.
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NV TV LIMBURG
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HELLENIC BROADCASTING CORPORATION
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GRUNDIG AG
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PPS PRESSE-PROGRAMM-SERVICE GMBH
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PIXELPARK AG
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UNIVERSITAET PADERBORN
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BEARINGPOINT INFONOVA GMBH
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