Intelligent Media Systems

Intelligent Media Systems and Services Research Laboratory (IMSS), School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading, UK.

"Dear Colleague," writes Atta Badi. He is the Research Director at Intelligent Media Systems & Services Research Laboratory (IMSS) and Department of Computer Science at theUniversity of Reading, UK.

Helge: "I decided that we will open up a dialogue with the people working within the EU FP7 framework. There are opportunities waiting for us, but we've to open up and get from our national boundaries and strong holds. I comment Atta Badi's suggestions between the lines. I'd also like to have your inputs."

IMSS is considering FP7 collaboration in the areas underpinned by our multi-disciplinary record of successful funded research such as secure and trusted systems & services, collaborative- cognitive-semantic systems-robotics, digital libraries multimodal retrieval and e-learning, wearables-assisted tele-healthcare and ambient-assisted living, intelligent vehicles and mobile mass-personalisation systems and services provisioning.

  1. Trusted Sytems and Serivices
  2. Collaborative-cognitive-semanti systems-robotics
  3. Digital libraries multimodal retrieval and e-learning
  4. Wearables-assisted tele-health-care and ambient assisted living
  5. Intelligen vehicles and mobile mass-personalisation systems and services processing

Helge: "I'm reading through the objectives, the collaborative mission headlines, and try to think who should participate in this FP7 from this cold and not-so-climate-change affected country of Finland and our friends from the Mediterranean area. It was cold today (-15 C) when I walked to the local store to buy some food, to fill the refrigerator. I had the opportunity to speak with one of the local postmen who had bought a new red colored Honda (a nice looking car) and he was proud of its advanced technology and low gazoline consumption. He was happy with of his new car. I thought that we at KK-Net are thinking about the Next Computer, or should we move to Linux or go over to Apple Computers again, and what could be the software foundation best for our purposes."


We are equally open to including strong partners in proposals as we are open to considering joining strong consortia. So here is an outline of our research competencies. We have user-partners and testbeds, from the medical-social services, security, transport and educational sectors as well as strong links with international centres of excellence. We welcome discussions with those involved in proposals in the above areas so we can perhaps synergise the strengths of our proposals to maximise chances of success for the first Call FP7.

Helge: sounds great. I try to think, what we Finns can bring to this "medical-social services, security, transport and educational sectors as well as strong links with international centres of excellence."

"How familiar ar we with the FP7?" I ask myself. "What can I / We tell? Mr. Kurt 'Takapiru' and myself participated in the Helsinki IST 2006 at the CONSEN stand (Spain, Rumania, France, Grecee, Italy, Portugal, Netherlands, etc). I'd like to introduce you to our friend in Barcelona, Mr. Ferran Cabrer i Vilagut, from Barcelona, Spain. I think about his long and complex name. Kurt and myself speak about 'Ferran' to make things easy. He is a great person who has teached us about social intelligence, FP 7 and the EU programs for innovation and research. I hope that's politically correct to tell about it here on this blog (open source methodology). Mr. Ferran is a hard working Spanish Open Source Collaboration Methodology spokesman that should be drawn into this discussion. He knows a lot about EU and how to incorporate SME's and microcompanies. We (the Finns) want to create a south-north dialogue and UK is south of Rovaniemi. Isn't it Jaana Kuula? I also want to introduce Mr. Janne Saarikko, a consultant and an intelligent and sensitive perosnality from Helsinki. Kurt, Jaana and Janne will soon introduce themselves. I continue with my story writing. We're a very divercified team. Jaana in Rovanimi, Kurt in Espoo, Janne in Helsinki, Ferran in Barcelona and he (Ferran) has lots of people in his team from Peking to Atlanta. And myself, Helge Keitel in a the small coastal town of Loviisa, in Southeastern Finland. KK-Net is a family company with a global reach. "Hi Olli, how are things at the Technical University of Troyes?"


Secure, Semantic, Creative, Collaborative Social Spaces Computing, Model-Driven & Service-Oriented Architectures – Agent Technologies, Ontological Networks Engineering and Virtualisation

Helge: "Sounds great. We're the SME's and micro companies representatives. We are the folks that come out from the basement 'Home Officies' or 'Garage's'. At this stage of my story, I'd like to introduce a new member to this team. His name is Janne Saarikko. He is a consultant and is familiar with the modern age start-ups in the high-tech filed. I explain this to differentiate Kurt and myself. We've been around for years and we might have missed a number of the techiest trends but are still going strong. "Isn't that right, Kurt?"

IMSS Group 2 (MobiPETS)

Privacy-enhanced Trusted Personalised Context-aware Interaction, User-Intimate Systems Dynamic Usability Modelling and Mining, Behaviour Modelling, Usability Evaluation in networked data intelligence architectures, Forensics and Surveillance Computing, Social Network Mapping, AAA-Identity Management

Helge: "Sounds good, you people from research are really wonderful. Sometimes we - the practical downe to earth guys - get carried away by your (the researcher's) compelling language. But sure, what you say, that's true."

IMSS Group 3 (DMMR)

Distributed Databases and Multimodal Multimedia Information Retrieval, Smart Transcoding, and Mobile Media Distribution- Real-time Video Streaming, QoS, SLA, DRM

Helge: "Let's make a list of the computer guys and content producers. The mobile distribution of Real time video and video streaming is very important for our country and Nokia. Multimedia is the next step for mobile phones - or computers as Nokia wants to call them. Let me say what I think is essential. Mobile Computing (MC) is a very important aspect for Nokia. We will do all in our power to get these lovely words to become reality in the Web 2.0, Mobile and Digital TV convergence discussion and development."

IMSS Group 4 (PRML)

Speech & Image Processing, Pattern Recognition & Machine Learning, Multi-Level Data Fusion, Scene Analysis & Situational Awareness, Natural Language Processing
Helge: "You hit the point, the nail. Speech recognition is very important."

IM SS Group 5 (SAWI)

Networked Enterprise Collaborative Workflow Integration, Semantic Architectures and middle/upper-ware for self-evolving Adhoc, BAN, P2P, A2A networks, Security and Dependability Protection Services Contracting, Dynamic Scheduling, Optimisation, Simulation & Decision Support
Helge: "Yes, mister, that's the way to go."

IMSS Group 6 (ESRAS)

Embedded Systems Design, System-on-Chip and Sensor Technologies for Real-Time Adaptive Telematic Systems exploiting FPGA and Semantic Integration Technologies.
Helge: "Embedded systems design. I also want to bring in Mr. Olli Kallio, who is studying Industrial Engineering at the Technical University of Troyes in France. This blog information will be delivered to the person I've mentioned."
Helge continues: "They will bring their comments. Our specific participatory models will be defined in a open source and collaborative process. I just want to say, "We need a true EU-wide effort to face the global challenge from US, China and India. I don't say we should be working against or competing with them. We need to find ways to collaborate on a global scale and make a better world." Technology and innovations are tools. We need to fight poverty and exclusion on a global scale, digital divide and technological in-equality. The technology of the future has to have a meaning. We've to work out the meaning for the future technologies. I bring a group of excellent people from a country high-up north that was one of teh poorest country in Europe. Today Finland is one of the leaders in the fields of innovation and information technology adaption and application. There're great challenges and opportunities ahead of us."

Have a great day!

Atta Badii

Research Director,

Intelligent Media Systems & Services Research Laboratory (IMSS)
Department of Computer Science
School of Systems Engineering
University of Reading,
Phone: 00 44 118 378 7842
Fax: 00 44 118 975 1994

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