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Dublin City University
Centre for Digital Video Processing

Dublin City University, Centre for Digital Video Processing (DCU) (P6) is a collaboration between the Visual Media Processing Group (VMPG) in the School of Electronic Engineering and Prof. Alan Smeaton's information retrieval group in the School of Computer Applications.

The area covered by Prof. Smeaton's group is content based indexing and retrieval of all kinds of digital information. Traditionally this has concentrated on text as the medium but more recently, the group has been working on computer music, digital libraries and web searching as well as digital video as part of the CDVP activities.

The Centre has developed a very sophisticated Digital Video Management system based in DCU called Físchlár– see This system has over 1,000 users on the DCU campus and records and indexes 10-15 hours of broadcast TV per day on average.

The Group’s philosophy is to integrate the outcome of its research activities into constantly evolving demonstrators such as Físchlár and hence would actively participate in these types of activities in this Network of Excellence. This is in addition to actively cooperating in basic research into video indexing and analysis, which is among its principal research objectives.

The group has recently founded a campus company, Aliope Ltd, which will be in a strong position to participate in exploitation activities. The Centre has strong links with the Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval in the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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A project financed by the European Community