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Université catholique de Louvain (UCL)

The research group “visual communications” of the “Laboratoire de Telecommunications et Teledetection (TELE) de l’UCL” is composed of around 50 persons, led by Prof. Benoit Macq.
Four main activities are covered by the group:

  • Research: PhDs are in progress in still image, video and 3D compression for digital cinema, streaming and communication applications, in scene analysis and synthesis for immersive visual applications, in processing and co-registration of 3D imaging, in content indexing and watermarking technologies, and in the development of security architectures for multimedia communications. The lab is working on JPEG2000, JPSEC and is hosting the open source repository.

  • Development projects and prototype design: the group has been active in the field of telemedicine, virtual museums (FP5 projects EOLE and Aquarelle), visual content management and security (OKAPI, TALISMAN and OCTALIS, MIGRATOR, CERTIMARK, ACTS and IST projects funded by EU), and still image or video technology (Projets IST and ACTS: EDcine, IRMA, RIAM, MODEST and ARTLIVE). The group follows and contributes to standardization bodies such as W3C, MPEG, JPEG, DVB or ITU.

  • UCL/TELE is also coordinating and managing a large network of Excellence in multimodal interfaces (FP6 SIMILAR). The management cell has 4 four administrative persons working on EU funded project management.

  • Service to industry: the laboratory contributed to projects with XDC, Alcatel and Belgacom, and realized the first high speed Internet transmissions on the cable in Belgium with Electrabel UCL/TELE is involved in spoin-off creation and support, with Telemis (Telediagnostic), Alterface (mixed reality and entertainement), Polymedis (IT for hospitals), ACIC (videosurveillance in collaboration with Multitel)

Activities relevant to the project

The TELE labs has been involved in é number of European projects (FP4, FP5 and FP6) in video analysis. UCL/TELE is currently leading several major projects in the field, with a view to videosurveilance (TRICTRAC, IRMA, SIMILAR). UCL/TELE is also the initiator of the Image department of Multitel research center and the spin-off ACIC sa, thanks to its experience in MODEST and ALTERFACE.

Role in the project

MULTITEL will bring its expertise in intelligent video surveillance (image analysis and interpretation, smart coding and automatic detection of events) for the definition of a challenging test framework and the development of new services that will be enabled by the BOSS project in the field of security and safety for European public transports. Prof. B Macq, who is leading the UCL/TELE laboratory, has a long experience in Europan projects (see above). F.inally, UCL/TELE is very active in the creation of spin-off companies. The results of this project and the partnerships established during its running will be exploited commercially directly through its ACIC spin-off. ACIC is indeed already collaborating wioth some of the parnters.

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