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VISNET II: NETworked Audiovisual Media Technologies


Gefördert durch

European Union, Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), Information Society Technologies (IST)
07/2006 - 06/2009
IST Network of Excellence (NoE)


VISNET II builds on the success and achievements of the existing VISNET NoE to continue the progress towards achieving the NoE mission of creating a sustainable world force in Networked Audiovisual (AV) Media Technologies. VISNET II is a network of excellence that has strategic objectives revolving around the integration, research and dissemination activities of a network of excellence. Integration will be achieved both in each thematic area and across the 3 Themes defining the scope of research in VISNET II. The VISNET II consortium has set a number of specific objectives for integration:

  • Bringing together the research potential and international competence of VISNET II members with view to create a world force in the development of networked AV technologiesContent-based multimedia analysis.
  • Regular exchange of resources, technical and scientific skills and abilities, sharing of facilities with the aim to maximise the research potential and productivity.
  • Building strategic alliances between VISNET II partners aimed at strengthening the foundations of reserach collaboration resulting in further technological excellence in the area of networked multimedia systems and AV processing techniques.

The research activities within VISNET II will cover 3 major thematic areas related to networked 2D/3D AV systems and home platforms. These are:

  • Video Coding
    Tools for Scalable video coding, multiple description coding, Distributed video coding and Non-normative coding.
  • Audiovisual Media Processing
    This theme will consist of two main areas, namely content adaptation and AV media analysis.
  • Security
    This theme will consist of two main areas, namely access control and DRM-based content protection.

The dissemination plan aims at fulfilling the following objectives:

  • Up to date spreading of technological and scientific achievements of the network to the widest possible audience of all social and scientific backgrounds.
  • Exploitation of accruing technologies in technology transfer, SME investments and partnerships to facilitate tools and conditions that will improve the standards of life of EU citizens.
  • Implementation of a number of training programmes addressed to researchers as well as users of VISNET II technologies, emerging services and applications.

11 other partners are involved:


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Sikora

MEng. ACGI. Zouhair Belkoura
Dipl.-Ing. Shan Jin

Dipl.-Ing. Juan J. Burred
Dipl.-Ing. Michael Droese
Dipl.-Ing. Lutz Goldmann
Dipl.-Ing. Mustafa Karaman

Dipl.-Ing. Amjad Samour
Dipl.-Ing. Markus Schwab


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