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Augmented Multi-party Interaction with Distance Access

Project Manager: Prof. dr. ir. Anton Nijholt
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science - EEMCS
Tel.: +31-53-4893686
Email: a.nijholt@utwente.nl

Project website: www.amidaproject.org


AMIDA will develop and expand the research vision that we initiated in the EU-IST AMI Integrated Project, to build a new science of human communication. The ground-breaking research that we shall undertake in AMIDA will span several traditionally separate disciplines, including: Qualitative human analysis and human factors; Audio-video processing (involving unconstrained speech recognition and natural scene analysis); Multimodal structure and content analysis; HCI, application prototyping, evaluation, and system integration.

As opposed to AMI, AMIDA will mainly focus on live meetings with remote participants, using low-cost commodity sensors (such as web cams and cheaper microphones), and targeting the development of advanced videoconferencing systems featuring new functionalities such as (1) filtering, searching and browsing, (2) remote monitoring, (3) interactive accelerated playback, (4) meeting support, and (5) shared context and presence.

While AMIDA is addressing multiple scientific challenges in the area of multimodal processing, it also has a large exploitation potential, e.g., in the areas of videoconferencing and collaborative environments, where multiple application prototypes will be integrated and formally evaluated. Finally, through its ¿Community of Interest'¿ (currently composed of 13 founding members, connected to each other by a shared need to solve common problems, develop skills and share best practices), \AMIDA will also actively engage beyond the consortium to spread awareness and knowledge, and to explore societal implications.

AMIDA publications

Project duration: 1-9-2006/1-9-2009
Project budget: 13.5 M-€ / 9.95 m-€ funding
Number of person/years:  
Project Coordinator: University of Edinburgh
Participants: University of Edinburgh, IDIAP, DFKI, ICSI, TNO, Technical University Brno, TU München, University of Sheffield, UT/CTIT, Philips, ERCIM, Visual Nexus Ltd., CSIRO
Project budget CTIT: 1.36 M-€ / 681 k-€ funding
Number of person/years CTIT:  
Involved groups: Human Media Interaction (HMI)