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Informedia Digital Video Library
Head: Howard Wactlar
Contact: Colleen Everett
Mailing address:
Informedia Digital Video Library
Carnegie Mellon University
School of Computer Science
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Associated center(s) / consortia:
 Vision and Autonomous Systems Center (VASC)
Project Homepage
The overarching goal of the Informedia initiatives is to achieve machine understanding of video and film media, including all aspects of search, retrieval, visualization and summarization in both contemporaneous and archival content collections. The base technology developed under Informedia-I combines speech, image and natural language understanding to automatically transcribe, segment and index linear video for intelligent search and image retrieval. Informedia-II seeks to improve the dynamic extraction, summarization, visualization, and presentation of distributed video, automatically producing collages and auto-documentaries that summarize documents from text, images, audio and video into one single abstraction.

Research efforts underway apply Informedia technology to the domains of education, health care, defense intelligence and the coordination and understanding of human activity. Informedia also has international digital library collaborations in Europe and Asia that have produced multilingual, multi-cultural and cross-lingual versions.

For complete information visit the project web site at

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