Although videos have become an increasingly important part of digital communications, their lifecycle is often short. Using technologies developed in the MeMAD project, video events can be converted into text and metadata on an industrial scale. Lingsoft's contribution to the project focuses especially on speech recognition and indexing.
The lifecycle of audiovisual content is often short. Finding specific data on audiovisual materials is a slow process, and the manual improvement of searchability with subtitling and metadata, such as creating keywords and timing, are time-consuming and expensive.
The three-year, EU-funded MeMAD project specifically focuses on the challenge media producers face in managing large volumes of video data. Using technologies developed in the MeMAD project, video events can be converted into text and metadata on an industrial scale. MeMAD improves the availability of audiovisual data for both content producers and viewers: subtitled videos serve the hearing impaired, language learners and anyone wanting to watch videos without sound − something we all want to do every now and then.
The automatic description of content in text can revolutionise the processing of large video collections and make it possible to recycle and reuse existing materials. “The new discoverability, accessibility and personal service experience made possible by artificial intelligence will be crucial success factors for the European media sector. Understanding content is one of the more promising areas in artificial intelligence right now," explains the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE's Head of Innovation Strategy Anssi Komulainen.
Lingsoft is focusing specifically on the further development of artificial intelligence based on Finnish and Swedish speech recognition, speaker identification and the indexing of materials. In addition to Lingsoft and YLE, Aalto University, the University of Helsinki, the University of Surrey, INA, EURECOM and Limecraft are also participating in the project. MeMAD (Methods for Managing Audiovisual Data) is funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 Programme.
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