In recent years, the proliferation of multimedia contents has lead to the great demand for advanced information technology to improve people’s multimedia experience. To effectively respond to such human requests, a premise is that multimedia systems should be “smart” enough to, in a sense, understand the contents, e.g. what a video scene is about, what objects are present, and who is talking, etc. However, it is recognized that there exists a huge gap, namely semantic gap, between the rich meaning and interpretation that humans could read in the contents and the simplicity of low-level features that current algorithms can actually compute. This fact makes most existing multimedia systems being far from satisfactory to meet human needs.
The Multimedia Computing Laboratory (MCLab) is then founded in July 2010 in the Research Center for Information Technology Innovation (CITI), Academia Sinica. In responding to the above challenges, its research objective is to develope systematic approaches to enable automatic computation of multimedia semantics, whereby innovative and personalized multimedia applications are created.
Research Center for Information Technology Innovation (CITI),
No.128, Section 2, Academia Road, Nankang District, Taipei 115, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
MCLab @ Room 201