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WP2: Evaluation, Integration and Standards
WP3: Visual Content Indexing
WP4: Content Description for Audio, Speech and Text
WP5: Multimodal Processing and Interaction
WP6: Machine Learning and Computation Applied to Multimedia
WP7: Dissemination towards Industry

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Welcome to the MUSCLE Network of Excellence

MUSCLE is an EC-sponsored Network of Excellence that aims at establishing and fostering closer collaboration between research groups in multimedia datamining and machine learning. The Network integrates the expertise of over forty research groups working on image and video processing, speech and text analysis, statistics and machine learning. The goal is to explore the full potential of statistical learning and cross-modal interaction for the (semi-)automatic generation of robust meta-data with high semantic value for multimedia documents.
In particular, MUSCLE researchers are developing software tools and research strategies to enable users to move away from labor-intensive case-by-case modelling of individual applications, and allow them to take full advantage of generic adaptive and self-learning solutions that need minimal supervision.
Muscle Conference

The latest Muscle conference was held at Palais Stéphanie by Sofitel in Cannes, France on 11 and 12 February 2008.

The videos of the presentations are now available (click on the logo below)


This event highlighted and demonstrated the major results achieved by the members of its community in the field of Multimedia Understanding through Semantics, Computation and Machine Learning.

The Conference was open to the scientific community at large, including the whole Muscle Community, the European Commission, as well as all EU funded projects.

Palais Stéphanie ****
50 boulevard de la Croisette
BP 224
06414 Cannes Cedex
Tel: (+33)4/92997000
Fax: (+33)4/92997011
Registration is now closed

Draft Agenda:

The MUSCLE scientific conference will be co-chaired by Nozha Boujemaa and Eric Pauwels
In addition to the keynote talks, this event includes MUSCLE e-Team presentations and showcase demonstrations as well as presentations from other EU-funded projects.

Monday 11 February 2008

09:40 - 10:00   Registration - Welcome coffee

10:00 - 10:15    Introduction - MUSCLE achievements

10:15 - 11:00    Keynote speaker: Prof. Andrew Zisserman, University of Oxford

11:00 - 11:30    Coffee break - Muscle showcase demonstrations

11:30 - 12:00    Shape modelling via higher-order active contours and phase fields - Ian Jermyn,
                         INRIA Ariana

12:00 - 12:30   A contrario matching of local features between images, Yann Gousseau, ENST

12:30 - 14:00    Lunch

14:00 - 14:30    Recognising Animals, Allan Hanbury, TU Vienna-PRIP

14:30 - 15:00    Person detection and recognition, tracking and analysis - Montse pardas, UPC

15:00 - 15:30    Action class detection and recognition - Ivan Laptev, INRIA Vista

15:30 - 16:00    Coffee break – MUSCLE showcase demonstrations

16:00 - 16:30    On Sequence Kernels for SVM classification of sets of vector -
                          Khalid Daoudi

16:30 - 17:00    Active machine learning based on kernels on bags and on graphs -
Philipp-Foliguet, ENSEA

17:00 - 17:20    Crossing textual and visual content in different application scenarios - Gabriela Csurka
Jean-Michel Renders, Xerox (PASCAL)

17:20 - 17:50    Fully Bayesian Source Separation with Application to the CMB - Simon Wilson, TCD

Tuesday 12 February 2008

09:00 - 09:45    Keynote speaker: Joachim Köhler, Fraunhofer IAIS,  "Audio Content Search"

09:45 - 10:15    Audio-Visual Speech Analysis & Recognition - Nassos Katsamanis, NTUA

10:15 - 10:45    Multimodal Interfaces - Alexandros Potamianos, TUC

10:45 - 11:15    Coffee break – MUSCLE showcase demonstrations

11:15 - 11:45    Multimodal Processing and Multimedia Understanding: Image Retrieval Using Eye
                         Movements – Fred Stentiford, UCL

11:45 - 12:05   Interactive Visualization tool with Graphic Table of Video ContentsHervé Goëau, INA                                 (VITALAS)

12:05 - 12:30    Open Vocabulary Speech Analysis in VITALAS, Daniel Schneider, FhG (VITALAS)

12:30 - 14:00     Lunch

14:00 - 14:30     Feature extraction from audio and their application in music organization and transient                                enhancement in recorded music, Jakob Frank, TUWIEN and Massimo Magrini, CNR-ISTI

14:30 - 15:00     BilVideo: MPEG-7 Compliant Video Database Management System, Onur Kucuktunc,
                          Bilkent University

15:00 - 15:20    Implicit feedback learning in semantic and collaborative information retrieval systems,
                         Gérard Dupont, EADS (VITALAS)

15:30                  End

Hotel Accommodation:
Rooms have been set aside at the Palais Stéphanie
The discount room rates:
  • Single room: 149€/night
  • Double or twin room: 179€/night
  • Breakfast (buffet): included in room rate
  • Stay tax: included in room rate
Discount room rate is available until 10 February 2008
Hotel reservation form
Please make reservations directly through Palais Stéphanie.
Please complete and email the Palais Stéphanie Reservation form at:
This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or fax it at +33(0)4 92 99 70 11.
Transportation details
Nice International Airport is the closest international airport to the meeting site. The Hotel Palais Stéphanie  is located about 30 kms from the airport. The travel time between the airport and the hotel (meeting site) will vary between 30 minutes to one hour depending on traffic conditions. Taxi fares will range between 60-70 &euros;.

By car:
If you are renting a car at the airport, please take the highway A8 to the West, in the direction of Cannes and Aix en Provence. This is a toll road.
Via the A8 from Nice or Aix en Provence, take exit no. 42 for Cannes, Mougins. Follow the signs for Cannes Centre, head along Boulevard Carnot (D6285) for 3 km, then take La Croisette following the shoreline until you reach the hotel (900 m). From the Gare de Cannes train station, take Rue Jean Jaures (160 m), turn right into Rue Chabaud (120 m), continue along Rue Jean Mace (210 m), then turn left into Boulevard de la Croisette (510 m).

By train:
Most of the trains stop in “Cannes”. The train station is a 10 minute walk from the hotel.
From the train station, walk down the street named “Rue du 24 août” until “Rue d’Antibes”. Then walk down rue des Belges and turn on the left to Boulevard Croisette.
Train schedule.

By bus:
There are buses services  from the airport to Cannes for a fee of 1.30€