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Thomson multimedia R&D France
With sales of 10.5 billion Euros (U.S. $ 9.3 billion) in 2001 and 73,000 employees in more than 30 countries, Thomson provides a wide range of video (and enabling) technologies, systems, finished products and services to consumers and professionals in the entertainment and media industries. To advance and enable the digital media transition, Thomson multimedia has five principal activities: Digital Media Solutions, Displays and Components, Consumer Products, Patents and Licensing, and New Media Services. The company distributes its products under the THOMSON, RCA and TECHNICOLOR brand names. Research and Development within Thomson multimedia involves 2,400 employees spread over three continents.

Thomson multimedia R&D France, established in Rennes/France in 1973, is one of the six research centers of the company. The center masters the technologies of the whole image chain in multimedia systems and networks: from the data processing, the transmission, to the reception and use within the home network. Consumer multimedia products are also developed: digital decoders, high bit rate modems, and modules for interactive television.
Thomson multimedia R&D has built partnerships with universities, public institutes, industrial partners and is involved in French and European research programs such as RNRT, RNTL, RIAM, MEDEA, ITEA, IST…

With the universal language of digital technology, the expansion of transmission channels and the development of interactivity, the world of entertainment and information is undergoing a massive change. To create a link between consumers and the content and service producers, we design and develop in Rennes, the future generations of digital consumer electronics products and services. The research development themes are the following:
·Data processing and compression
·Networks and communication
·Interactive applications and software technologies
·Integrated circuits and hardware architecture
·Security and conditional access
·Storage and access to multimedia content
·Interactive delivery of multimedia content
·Display technologies

The CSA laboratory (Content Search and Access) is one of the research laboraties of Thomson multimedia R&D France. The presence of enormous amounts of multimedia data due to increasing capacity of cummunication channels and storage devices demand the development of robust tools for content-based indexing and retrieval. CSA laboratory focuses on
·Video indexing (video summary generation, analysis of semantic video content)
·Audio indexing (extraction of music characteristics, temporal audio segmentation)
·Still images indexing (semantic image classification, object detection)
·Text processing (summaries, semantic analysis, character recognition, language-based processing

Contact person:
Dr Jurgen Stauder
Thomson Multimedia R&D France Snc
1 Avenue Belle-Fontaine
BP 15
35511 Cesson-Sevigné
France
Phone: 0033-2-99273-000
Fax: 0033-2-99273-001
Email: stauderj@thmulti.com





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