Summary of Research Project Results under JSPS FY2001
"Research for the Future Program"

1.Research Institution Osaka University
2.Research Area Physical and Engineering Sciences
3.Research Field Intelligent Information and Advanced Information Processing
4.Term of Project FY 1997 〜 FY 2001
5.Project Number 97P00501
6.Title of Project Researches on Advanced Multimedia Content Processing

7.Project Leader
Name Institution,Department Title of Position
Shojiro, Nishio Osaka University, Graduate School of Engineering Professor

8.Core Members

Names Institution,Department Title of Position
Yasuo, Ariki Ryukoku University, Faculty of Science and Technology Professor
Fumio, Kishino Osaka University, Graduate School of Engineering Professor
Katsumi, Tanaka Kyoto University, Graduate School of Informatics Professor

9.Summary of Research Results

In recent years, strong demand on sophisticated and integrated multimedia information processing systems has raised in many service areas including broadcasting, publishing, entertainment, and communications. The prime concern to build such systems is to establish very large multimedia database systems that will support the storing, sharing, and reuse of multimedia contents. In such database systems, besides the hardware and software infrastructures, the key issues are how to acquire multimedia data from the real world, how to store the obtained data into the databases and organize them, and how to create new and attractive multimedia contents from the stored data. The goals of this research project are to design a data model which is flexible enough to support the various user requests, to develop the system for the editing and processing of multimedia contents, and to build an architecture of very large multimedia database systems which are strong enough for the commercial use. In addition, the project emphasizes on finding new fields that can get benefits from our developed technologies.
As the results of this project, we developed the following: (1) an integrated system that involves the acquisition, editing and management of multimedia contents, (2) the content management method that supports the evolution of content's structure (i.e., handling the time aspect), (3) the content access architecture that supports the management of accesses, versioning, and broadcasting of multimedia contents, and finally, (4) the management systems for virtual and augmented reality spaces generated from the contents. We believe that the results of this project succeeded to opening and pioneering a new research field called "multimedia content processing". In fact, at the meeting where we demonstrated the final results of our project, the external referees gave high estimation to the project, mentioning that the results achieved in this project have significantly impacted on the community and industry, and will become next core technologies that will affect the developments of various infra-systems and applications.

10.Key Words

(1)Multimedia Contents、(2)Multimedia Database、(3)Continuity/Semi-structure
(4)Content Structuring、(5)Access Architecture、(6)Content Delivery/Presentation
(7)Content Creation、(8)World Wide Web、(9)Mobile Environment