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The CLOVIS Project Validates a Software Framework in Video Surveillance2006-10-17
The partners of the CLOVIS project, software components for video surveillance, are organising a full-scale demonstration of the software workshop in the presence of the EUREKA community people.

Presented by the CEA-LIST, the Mathematical Morphology Centre of the Paris School of Mines and ADCIS in France, as well as Multitel and the EVS company in Belgium, the CLOVIS project was labelled "EUREKA" in October 2003. After a 36-month development on the project, the video surveillance software framework, including three classic video surveillance applications, has just been validated. These applications are the following: people counting in a room, face detection, and people monitoring in a camera network. Two of these applications function on a PC-type architecture and the third is totally integrated into an intelligent camera.

The framework already includes the following elements which are integrated into the Clovis-Studio environment:
  • Camera Calibration
  • MVCounting - People Counting
  • Pedestrian Detection
  • Moving Objects Detection
This software development kit will now be validated and tested by several potential integrators before being commercialized by the ADCIS company, whether as a complete software development kit including a development environment, or as elementary blocks. Complementary work on the project has already been planned in order to improve th euser interface ergonomics, the strength and the processing speed of existing blocks, but also to add new relevant features to video surveillance applications.

ADCIS, a French company, is specialized in the development and trade of software tools, but also in image analysis and processing.

The Laboratory Embedded Calculators and Image of the CEA LIST (Commossariat à l'Energie Atomique - Atomic Energy Commission) is specialized in vision systems development including image software development and the design of dedicated embedded architectures.

The Mathematical Morphology Centre is a common laboratory of the Paris School of Mines and the ARMINES association.  This centre specializes in applied images processing to numerous domains, and to the security domain in particular.

The Image Department of MULTITEL specializes in video content analysis, mainly in video surveillance and road traffic management.

The Belgian company EVS Broadcast Equipment is the world leader in television slow motion systems.

For further information on the CLOVIS project, visit the section "Projects" on our website, or send us a mail at research@multitel.be or by phone at the following phone number +32 65 34 37 22.

CLOVIS is a trademark in registration by the partners of the project.
Multitel at the InnoTrans Railway Show in Germany2006-08-23

For the first time, Multitel will participate at the InnoTrans exhibition, which will be taking place from 19 to 22 September in Berlin. This is the most important international trade show in the railway world. This exhibition, consisting of an international offer and demand platform of the traveller and merchandise sector, is divided into different ground areas: Railway Technology, Railway Infrastructure, Interiors, Public Transport, Transport IT, Services, and new in 2006, Tunnel Construction.

Not far from this exhibition, you could also attend the third conference of the EURNEX European project (see http://www.multitel.be/?page=projets for more information), a Network of Excellence aiming at harmonizing railway research on a European scale. Multitel, an active member of this consortium including partners such as the FAV, the INRETS, the UNIFE, or still the VTT, will also take part in this event.

These two parallel events are for the Centre an opportunity to present and promote innovative developments with regard to security and surveillance in the trasport domain.

Multitel is situated in hall 2.1, booth number 145. Do not miss this great biennal event and come to visit us! We would be pleased to welcome you there.

For further information, please visit the website http://www.innotrans.com

In Brief News About the Closing of the WCAM Project2006-04-07
After having received the congratulations of the European Commission and its experts, the "Image Processing" team of Multitel welcomed a dozen of manufacturers interested in the developments achieved in the framework of this project. The closing event organized on 30 March at Park Initialis in Mons, was very successful due to all the great audience attending the event.

As a reminder, the WCAM project is a European project including 10 European partners. Its aim was to study, develop and validate a wireless (WLAN) seamless and secured end-to-end networked audio-visual system focused on the technology convergence between video surveillance and multimedia distribution over the Internet. The objective of the final system was to have efficient access to video surveillance or to any other video system, on different types of mobile terminals. Multitel developed the modules for the automatic detection of suspicious events, but also the modules for the management of the corresponding alarm messages, and finally the modules for the intelligent encoding of "Motion JPEG 2000" video streaming. The Research Centre also takes care of the integration of the surveillance application on PDA's (Personal Digital Assistant), as well as the integration of the different modules of the surveillance system in one and only one platform.

The applications of the project are numerous and various. Let's have a look at some examples to get a better idea of its use:
  • Streaming video on a security agent's PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) for a rapid intervention, in order to take the right measures and contact immediately the concerned services (emergency services, police, firemen, etc.).
  • Real-time display of a company, a trade or a place of residence, from any computer connected to the internet, thanks to video on IP.
  • Surveillance system for elderly people living alone, allowing video transmission of their environment in order to process to a rapid assistance service, if needed.
Manufacturers showed their interest in the project. However, the Research Centre would like to extend its developments in order to adapt its technologies to industrial constraints. In collaboration with its partners, the Centre would also like to make profit of the results of this European research project.

This ambitious project reached its goal: a new communicating way with the research world, successful European synergies, and the exploitation of the project results at the benefit of the Walloon Region, among others.

The results of this project will be demonstrated at the IFSEC exhibition, on 8-11 May 2006 in Birmingham.

Articles illustrating the success of the event:
Multitel Celebrating EUREKA’s 20th Birthday2006-03-01

The EUREKA Belgian Office will celebrate its 20 Years Promotion in the prestigious setting of the European Business Summit in Brussels on 16 and 17 March 2006.

For Multitel it is an opportunity not to be missed, since the Research Centre actively participates in this intergovernmental initiative supporting European innovation. Multitel will present two of the six EUREKA projects they are involved in, namely MAFALDA (coordinated by Multitel) and LASCOT.

Interested in visiting us at the event?
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Divines Project Paper Submission2006-01-27

Major progress is being recorded regularly on both technology and exploitation of Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), but also on spoken language systems. However, flexible solutions and user satisfaction under some circumstances, are still challenging topics. Current research is especially emphasizing deficiencies when dealing with speech intrinsic variations.  Specific aspects of the speech signal like foreign accents, for instance, preclude specific populations from using it. Also, some applications, like directory assistance, particularly stress on the core recognition technology due to the very high active vocabulary (application perplexity). Besides, speech models seem to remain inadequate for handling unconstrained spontaneous speech and dialogs. Investigations on factors affecting speech realization and variations within the speech signal that make the ASR task challenging are hence very valuable for future developments of spoken language systems.

The goal of this workshop is to strengthen common understanding and research trends that deal with these topics. Original studies and algorithms related to ASR sensitivity, genericity, user-independence, robustness or adaptation to speech variations should be covered. Besides, original contributions from the fields of phonetics, as well as human speech perception and recognition are warmly encouraged. Finally, we also invite submission of papers about application and services scenarios involving specific speech variations.