INESC TEC solution for the media tested at Porto Canal

The tools developed by INESC TEC within the framework of the CHIC project – Cooperative Holistic View on Internet and Content were recently tested at PortoCanal. This was one of the 10 pilot-tests contemplated by the project, named Consumer-oriented and cloud-based TV production and distribution with decentralised inputs.

The team behind the CHIC subproject – Paula Viana (scientific leadership), Pedro Carvalho and Luís Vilaça, from the Centre for Telecommunications and Multimedia (CTM) – is currently developing content annotation tools to be included in the station’s workflow of content publishing on the web portal.

This solution can help locating local personalities on video media. The algorithms, developed through Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence techniques, can be used in videos to confirm if a certain person is present and the corresponding timecode, even without any previous information about the content. In this sense, the tool facilitates the access and reuse of content for the production of new television pieces.

With the prototype already installed at Porto Canal, and after the first validated results, the research team is now focused on ensuring that the tool can be used in other television environments, with scalable solutions that do not require high computational resources nor  large-sized datasets for algorithm learning. In short, the main goal is to adjust the technology to the users’ profile – particularly those who do not possess advanced computing skills.

The CHIC project, scheduled to be completed by September 2020, comprises 28 partners from different subprojects. Concerning the subproject Consumer-oriented and cloud-based TV production and distribution with decentralised inputs, INESCET TEC works in partnership with Porto Canal, the companies MOG and YouOn, ISEP and FEUP.

The INESC TEC researchers mentioned in this news piece are associated with INESC TEC and UP-FEUP.

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