Multimedia and Vision: MMV was founded in 2000 under the leadership of
Professor Izquierdo. Its mission was to complement other areas well represented
in the school, to push forward the frontiers of research in multimedia systems
technology and to spread excellence through teaching and outreach. The approach
taken has been multidisciplinary having no clear boundaries with other groups
in the school, while pursuing cooperation with renowned scientists and labs at
national and global level. Over the past 15 years, the group has made
substantial contributions in several fields of multimedia signal processing
including video compression, visual information retrieval and video analytics
for security applications.
Since its foundation, the group has secured over 30 large and medium sized research grants with a total value exceeding £15 Million. A main source of funding has been the EU, specifically within the FP6, FP7 and H2020 frameworks in which the group attracted a large number of cooperative research project with key players from the Industry including Thales, BT, The BBC, Huawei, United Technologies, Philips, Telefonica, STMicroelectronics; Alcatel-Lucent Bell and Disney Research, as well as, key European research groups as Fraunhofer/Germany and INRIA/France.
Over the same period the four MMV's academic members graduated 60 PhD students, published over 200 research papers in the highest ranked journals in multimedia signal processing, e.g., IEEE Transactions, and filed several patents for video coding technology and visual information retrieval.
Since 2014 the group developed an improved fully scalable
video encoder and made several contributions to the MPEG standardisation body.
Related research was published in a series of eight IEEE transactions papers
with highest impact factor in the field. This work also led over the last five
years to £2 Million funding from the EU, DTI and EPSRC. During the same period,
the group also developed effective tools for content adaptation (up-sampling)
and enhancement, as well as, an improved, standard compliant high efficiency
video encoder and decoder system for UHD services (The Turing Codec). This
codec exploits deep-learning technology, it vastly outperforms state of the art
techniques, and has a high commercial potential. The Turing codec has been
jointly developed with The BBC.
Over the last five years the group has also made inroads in video analytics for security application exploiting cooperation with The London Met and several other European police forces. MMV has already received over £3 Million funding in six cooperative projects addressing critical security application.
Building on past achievements MMV's strategy has three main
pillars. First, the Turing Codec and the recently completed Cognitus System
will be exploited to strengthen cooperation with the BBC and potentially set
the basis for a joint research lab focusing on the needs of the future
broadcasting industry. The recently jointly completed Cognitus system already
offers an end-to-end platform to aggregate User Generated Content (UGC) during
events, enhance to Ultra-High Definition (UHD) quality and provide semantic
enrichment to facilitate the smooth integration in broadcast productions. The
corresponding technology is currently showcased in The BBC blue room and will
enable deeper cooperation and new jointly developments strengthening QMUL-BBC
data science partnership.
A second pillar of MMV's future strategy is to deepen research on video analytics for security applications exploiting acquired partnership with policy forces across Europe. Three large ongoing projects in the field will be used to enhance MMV's related research and outcomes and to attract additional funding to expand this area of work.
Additionally, group members are expanding research cooperation in the medical domain with key medical schools as Karolinska/Sweden and QMUL Barts medical school. The aim is to expand ongoing work on histology image understanding for better cancer treatment and cure.
The MMV Research Group has over 30 members, including 4 members of academic staff and 2 post-doctoral researchers. The group is currently active in the following research areas of visual media engineering and computer vision:
Substantial participation in a number of national and international cooperative projects have enabled the group to initiate research collaborations with other world leading institutions including: the University of California, Los Angeles; Berkley University, California; the Northwestern University, Chicago; the University of Alberta, Edmonton; Intel, US. Several European institutions take part as well to projects in collaboration with the group, including: Motorola Research UK; British Telecom; Sony Research UK; the University of Glasgow; the Heinrich Hertz Institute for Communication Technology, Berlin; the Technical University of Berlin; the Technical University of Munich; Siemens Research Munich; the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence; INRIA Research, France; the Groupe des Ecoles des Télécommunications, Paris; the French Institut National de l'Audiovisuel; France Telecom; Thomson France; the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland; Telefonica, Spain; General Electric, Switzerland.
International connections are also related to the standardisation activities to which the group plays an active role, being involved in the MPEG standardization work.
The group is highly active in the most relevant scientific societies, having an associated editor for an IEEE transactions journal, a member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Multimedia Signal Processing Technical Committee and two members in the executive group of the IEE visual information engineering professional network, one of them acting as chairman of this important professional network.
A member of the group has been elected member of the Visual Signal Processing and Communications technical committee of the IEEE. One member is Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology. Group members have served as guest editor for 3 IEEE Transactions special issues, a IEE Proceeding special issue, a special issues of the EURASIP Journal of Applied Signal Processing, one special issue of the ELSEVIER Signal Processing: Image Communication Journal, a special issue of the Springer journal Signal, Image and Video Processing. A group member is associate editor of the Journal of Multimedia.
A number of successful conferences have been organised by the group. Among them: