University of Surrey

University of Surrey Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP) is one of the largest UK groups in AV signal processing and multimedia communication with over 130 researchers, forming part of the Department of Electronic Engineering which received the highest rating 5**A in the 2001 RAE and ranked 2nd in the UK 2008 RAE with 70% of research output rated internationally leading. CVSSP is largely involved in research activities covering AV processing and coding and communications, mobile multimedia systems, context-aware and adaptive multimedia transmissions over heterogeneous networks, QoE/QoS control, security as well as usability, user interactions, human factors and multi-modal interfaces. The centre has contributed to many EU projects in the past and currently actively participating on FP7 ICT SCENE, VMRG, IMPART, MUSCADE and ROMEO. Other than EU projects CVSSP is also involved with several national and international large projects.

Disney Research, Zurich

The Walt Disney Company is the world’s largest entertainment enterprise, including a diverse mixture of different business units, such as film production, parks and resorts, consumer products, and interactive games. Although of US origin, Disney is a global company, creating significant value, revenue and work in Europe. Disney Research Zurich (DRZ) is a research laboratory created by The Walt Disney Company with the mission of inventing new technology for Disney’s media and entertainment businesses. DRZ is perfectly placed for easy access to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETH), whose formidable faculty in science and engineering includes 21 Nobel Laureates. With strong ties to the Computer Graphics lab at ETH, the Zürich lab is influencing video of the future, computational cinematography, human and facial animation, and capture technologies. Additional strengths include wireless networking and computational materials. DRZ is currently actively participating in the FP7 projects REVERIE, MUSCADE, CALIPSO and FI-CONTENT.

Turk Telekom Argela, Turkey

Argela, a member of Turk Telekom group of companies of Turkey (http://www.argela.com), provides telecom operators with turn-key next generation solutions with a strong commitment to developing the most innovative products & services, understanding operators’ needs, customizing solutions accordingly and building continuous relationship with its partners and customers. Argela’s solutions portfolio includes Small Cell & Home Gateway, Internet TV, Interactive Avatar Application, Targeted Advertising Platform, IN & Applications, Network Performance Monitor, Fixed-Mobile Convergence and Software-Defined Networking solutions. Lately, Turkey’s Undersecretariat for Defense Industries signed a contract for 4G (LTE) mobile technology development project, in which Argela will provide the software and hardware components of the 4G base stations with two other partners.

Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications Heinrich Hertz Institute

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft undertakes applied research of direct utility to private and public enterprise and of wide benefit to society. Its services are solicited by customers and contractual partners in industry, the service sector and public administration. The society maintains about 60 Research Institutes, at over 40 different locations throughout Germany. The Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications – Heinrich-Hertz-Institut (Fraunhofer HHI) is located in Berlin. It is a leading research institute in the fields of mobile broadband communications, photonic networks, and electronic imaging for multimedia. The Image Processing department of this institute has a long experience in signal, image, and video processing. About 70 researchers in about 40 research projects are working in fields related to multimedia and cover the entire chain from the capturing, analysis, encoding, streaming, interaction, and visualization of 2D and 3D content. The applications range from mobile services to digital cinema, HDTV, and beyond, 3DTV, immersive tele-presence, scene and face analysis, as well as augmented reality systems. It covers all fields from algorithm development to chip and systems design. Fraunhofer HHI is also renowned for its leading role in standardisation within ISO/IEC MPEG, ITU-T VCEG, DVB and IETF. In addition, it was member of several European research projects of the COST, EUREKA, RACE, ACTS, ESPRIT, and IST programmes. Selected EU projects the Image Processing department participates or participated are: FP6: VISNET2, 3DTV, RUSHES, Games@Large, and FP7: 3D4YOU, 2020 3DMEDIA, MOBILE 3DTV, 3D PHONE, 3D Presence, 3DLife, FascinatE, SCENE, Muscade, Reverie, Re@ct, and Venturi. In addition, HHI lead two major German national research initiatives: The research project PRIME, which deals with 3D production technologies for film and broadcasting and the Core Technology Cluster (CTC) of the project THESEUS, in which semantic technologies for the future Internet of Services are developed.

Human-Factors-Consult GmbH

HFC is a consulting and service research company for each aspect of human-machine interaction focusing on optimizing usability, product experience, aesthetics, acceptance, safety and comfort. The company conducts user studies applying a multi-method approach, which includes measures developed in-house. HFC has long-term expertise in the assessment of user requirements, the measurement and interpretation of operator states (emotions, workload, fatigue), and has been working in various industrial and national projects optimizing assistance systems, enhancing user-adaptation of systems and procedures. In the FP6 project e-SENSE (2005-2007), HFC was involved in user requirements analysis, scenario development, acceptance studies as well as user state recognition. In national IP-projects and contract research, we support the user-centred development of systems such as virtual companions for senior citizens (ViBe – virtual companion), assistance systems for drivers (MAK – interlinked driving), commuter train conductors (ELS – energy-optimized routing and failure management), and air traffic controllers (VICTOR – virtual control tower studies). Testing any kind of interface and applying quantitative and qualitative measures enables us to support the realisation of high quality interaction design and intuitive interfaces. Our interdisciplinary approach in a team of engineers, psychologists and IT-professionals facilitates a holistic view on the system development, which is unique within the Human Factors domain.

Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen

Swiss Radio and Television is a Swiss public service broadcasting company, created on 1 January 2011, through the merger of Swiss national Radio, Schweizer Radio DRS and Swiss national television, Schweizer Fernsehen. SRF employs approximately 2,150 persons throughout their three main studios in Basel, Bern and Zurich SRF comprises three television channels (SRF1, SRFzwei, SRFinfo) and six radio stations (Radio SRF 1, Radio SRF 2 Kultur, Radio SRF 3, Radio SRF 4 News, Radio SRF Musikwelle, Radio SRF Virus) as well as various multimedia services (Websites, Teletext, Mobile-Services, Podcasts, Videoportal etc.,). Additionally SRF also contributes programming for Swiss Satellite Radio (SSATR) and 3sat. SRF is Switzerland’s public service broadcaster committed to broadcasting diverse and high quality programs. The contents of all three media vectors (Television, Radio and online) are intended for the entire population of German-speaking Switzerland. SRF is the largest business unit of SRG SSR SRF and is firmly anchored in Swiss society.