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Lynda Hardman President Informatics Europe

Today, Lynda Hardman, member of the management team at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam, has been elected President of the Board of Informatics Europe, the European association of computer science departments and research laboratories.

Lodlam Open Data Prize for Polimedia

Researchers from Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), VU University (VU), Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vison have been awarded the Lodlam Open Data Prize for the Polimedia research project.

Honorary mention for Linked TV News

At the Ibero American Biennial of Design (BID) in Madrid, researchers Lilia Perez and Michiel Hildebrand from the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam, have been awarded a honorary mention in the category Digital Design for the concept and interaction design of Linked TV News.

Successful LinkedTV demo at IBC2014

The EU LinkedTV project, in which CWI is participating, had a successful presentation on the future of television in its booth during the large IBC2014 conference in the RAI, from 11-16 September 2014. Over 55,000 people attended the meeting and the exhibition.

Amsterdam Researchers Win International Semantic Web Challenge

The MultimediaN E-culture Project has won the first prize at the Semantic Web Challenge at the 5th International Semantic Web Conference held in Athens, Georgia, USA. This international competition aims to advance our understanding of how explicit, machine processable descriptions of data can be exploited on the Web. To qualify, applications should integrate, combine, and deduce information from heterogeneous and distributed sources in an open environment to assist users in specific tasks, potentially unforeseen by the original authors of the underlying Web content.

Enabling more effective multimedia search queries

Ph.D. student Menzo Windhouwer has developed a method to enable semantic queries in multimedia databases. To provide access to stored multimedia objects, database systems use annotations, particular features describing the objects. When annotations are generated automatically, several difficulties occur. For example, the significance of annotations like cheerful or grim depends on the cultural context of the user. Windhouwer's feature grammar system can handle these ambiguities.