ReTV: Re-inventing TV for the Interactive Age

Partners

ReTV brings together computer scientists, broadcasters, interactive TV companies, audio-visual archives from across Europe for innovation in digital media. webLyzard and Genistat design, implement and exploit the ReTV software and services. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VUA), MODUL Technology (MT) and the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) provide functional components and know-how for their integration. Use case partners include Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB), a public European broadcaster with a significant audience, and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (NISV), a comprehensive audiovisual digital archive.

Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam (NL)

The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VUA) hosts one of the leading Semantic Web research groups worldwide. VUA researchers have delivered key contributions to internationally renowned methodologies, frameworks and languages for knowledge engineering, intelligent user interfaces and Semantic Web technologies. This includes chairing W3C working groups for RDF 1.1, PROV, SKOS, and OWL. VUA researchers have been active over the years in a wide range of European efforts including, recently, VISTA-TV, NoTube (coordinator), Open PHACTS, Big Data Europe and EuropeanaConnect. The group has specific expertise in applying its research to applications in the cultural heritage, media and broadcasting domains through close collaborations with institutions such as the Rijksmuseum, BBC, IBM and Europeana. The group specializes in human-computer interaction, human computation, collective intelligence, crowdsourcing, semantic interoperability, semantic annotation, nichesourcing, recommendation systems, and semantic search facilities for distributed data.

Lora Aroyo

Professor at the Web & Media Group, Department of Computer Science

Ruud van Ooijen

EU project manager ReTV & project controller

Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (NL)

The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (NISV) is an advanced and trendsetting audiovisual archive that has successfully made its way into the digital realm. It maintains and provides access over one million hours of television, radio, music and film and web video, which makes Sound and Vision one of the largest audiovisual archives in Europe. Today, it offers its (born)digital holdings to a variety of end-users, including journalists, students, researchers,heritage organisations and the general public. The museum operates a state of the art museum, attracting 250k visitors per annum. An extensive programme has been launched in 2017 to completely change the permanent exhibition space. The opening of the new permanent exhibition is planned for 2020. To support media scholars in their research, Sound and Vision and partners in the Exact and Humanities and Social Sciences domains developed a research environment, allowing various distributed collections to be explored and analysed.

Johan Oomen

Head of the R&D Department

Lizzy Komen

Project Manager R&D

Modul Technology GmbH (AT)

MODUL University Vienna is funded by the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and its goal is to educate the next generation of business leaders in the domains of new media, tourism, governance, sustainability and international management. The Technology GmbH enables both university faculty (as technology experts) and hired researchers/developers to work on near-to-market R&D with a close collaboration with the University itself (including sharing of MODUL University IP) and support of existing and future University spin-offs (by agreements to license IP with commercialization potential to for-profit companies). Technology experts will contribute via the company from the Department of New Media Technology, which conducts cross-disciplinary research on knowledge acquisition, semantic Web annotation, human-computer interaction, data analytics, natural language processing and multimedia description and linking.

Lyndon Nixon

CEO

Information Technologies Institute – CERTH (GR)

CERTH, founded in 2000, is the only research centre in Northern Greece and one of the largest in the country. CERTH has important scientific and technological achievements in many areas including: Information & Communication, Energy, Environment, Industry, Mechatronics, Transportation & Sustainable Mobility, Health, Agro-biotechnology, Smart farming, Safety & Security, as well as several cross-disciplinary scientific areas. Today CERTH includes the following five institutes with indicated major fields of research: (a) Chemical Process & Energy Resources Institute (CPERI), (b) Information Technologies Institute (ITI), (c) Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT), (d) Institute of Applied Biosciences (INAB), (e) Institute for Research and Technology Thessaly (IRETETH). The CERTH’s institute participating in this project is the Information Technologies Institute (ITI).

Vasileios Mezaris

Senior Researcher

webLyzard Technology GmbH (AT)

webLyzard technology gmbh is an Austria technology SME founded in 2008 that pursues research and development in Web intelligence and online media monitoring, drawing upon the extensive expertise in the fields of Web intelligence, online media analytics, Web mining, the Geospatial Web, visual analytics, human-computer interaction, knowledge co-creation and new forms of communication and collaboration. Current clients of webLyzard include the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the U.S. Department of Commerce (NOAA Climate Program Office), Hutchison 3G Austria, dm drogerie market, and the Austrian Federal Chamber of Commerce. Close ties also exist to important players in the media industry, for example swissinfo (SWI) and the Austria Press Agency (APA), with whom WLT collaborates in the FP7 Project PHEME and H2020 Innovation Action InVID, respectively.

Arno Scharl

Managing Director

Zattoo (DE)

Zattoo is Europe’s leading Internet TV provider, offering access to more than 450 TV channels on 16 different platforms. Users can consume live TV or use the recall functionality to watch past programs. Zattoo offers paid subscriptions, giving its users access to 80 channels in HD quality, as well as free subscriptions. The free subscriptions are ad-supported, making Zattoo a large player in the video-ads business. Zattoo sees itself as the leader of the Internet TV movement, a position it wants to solidify by innovating in both content discovery and advertisement. Recent projects include the creation of new ad formats, dynamic ad insertions and features for users to curate their collection of recordings.

Bea Knecht

Co-founder and Chairman of the Board

Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (DE)

RBB is the public broadcaster for the federal states of Berlin and Brandenburg. It produces and broadcasts one television channel and six radio stations in addition to providing a range of interactive multimedia services including websites, mobile, teletext and HbbTV-based connected TV services. As part of the ARD (Association of Public Service Broadcasting Corporations in Germany), it contributes to several nationwide TV and radio channels and multimedia services. From its broadcast centres in Berlin and the media city Potsdam- Babelsberg, plus various regional studios and offices RBB provides services for almost 6 million inhabitants in a transmission area of 30,000 km2. RBB employs about 1,900 staff and a large pool of freelancers.

Annette Wilson

Head of Innovation Projects

Miggi Zwicklbauer

Project Manager

Simone Hollederer

Project Manager

Genistat (DE)

Genistat develops models to predict the usage pattern of Internet TV viewers, applying big data methods to analyze in-house, client-owned and external data stores with a focus on media data. Born out of the desire to commercialise the results from the VistaTV project, Genistat’s work in the media industry is relevant to TV stations, television rating firms, TV platform operators, content producers and buyers, and advertising firms. First products address audience flow and cable business intelligence – e.g., allowing TV program planners to choose, combine and visualise audience flows of multiple programs to gain insight into how viewers move between shows.

Basil Philipp

Co-Founder & CEO

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