University of Bremen (http://www.uni-bremen.de/)
Technologie-Zentrum Informatik (TZI) (http://www.tzi.de/)
Bereich Bildverarbeitung (http://www.tzi.de/bv/)
Prof. Otthein Herzog
One of the research areas at the TZI Image Processing Department, University of Bremen, is research on new methods for the automatic analysis and annotation of multimedia documents, i.e., images, video or text, with the aim to support an integrated retrieval of multimedia documents in digital libraries. In recent years TZI has participated in several national and European research projects in the field of automatic image and video indexing. The research activities have resulted in prototypical implementations of modules included in a video analysis system. Currently work is ongoing on the annotation and classification of video sequences on a semantic level. The Department primarily deals with the content-based analysis of images and image sequences. For this purpose, methods from artificial intelligence as well as from image processing are adapted and employed. As a result of this combination a technological competitive advantage in the area of the content-based image retrieval and the interpretation of images and scenes was demonstrated in the project IRIS - Image Retrieval for Information Systems. Beyond indexing of visual data TZI is also researching on how to distribute and transport multimedia content to end users independently of network (Web, LAN, W-LAN, UMTS, GPRS) and device (Notebook, PDA, mobile phone, etc.) available. The focus here is on streaming of multimedia, network interoperability, and media networking.