Netflix, Spotify and Dutch personalised news apps such as Blendle and Topics all fulfill the need of delivering relevant content in the quickest way possible. Within the MARCONI project, the question was raised: how could we achieve this with audio content?
As part of MARCONI, public broadcaster NPO and service provider Faktion developed a chatbot for the radio station NPO Radio 5. Listeners are able to ask questions about the different radio shows (time and day, what is it about, who is the presenter), the DJ’s, songs, competitions and more general frequently asked questions such as “How can I listen to the station abroad?” or “How can I listen to a programme that’s already been broadcasted?”. Via smart connection with the editorial radio system, questions about programmes, songs and DJ’s could be automatically answered, as all the information is already available.
From the 31st of March till the 2nd of April, MARCONI was present at Radiodays Europe in Lausanne to showcase the platform and its components for the open pilots. Radiodays Europe is born as a response to the needs of the European industry, public and private, to come together to discuss the new media challenges, across borders. It has since grown to become the most important annual conference for radio professionals. At the event, MARCONI and the project HRADIO had a joint booth at the exhibition and were also presented during the conference.
IRIS2019, International Legal Informatics Symposium, is the biggest event on legal informatics (law and IT) in central Europe. It took place in February 2019 at the University of Salzburg, with University of Vienna as the main organiser. Already in its 22nd year, about 130 speakers presented the latest developments in their field, of which also the MARCONI consortium.
As of 2006, Flemish radio station Studio Brussels organises the yearly charity event Music for Life, as part of the “Warmest Week”. Studio Brussel calls on their listeners to set up a campaign for a cause that lies close to their hearts. Since 2015, these campaigners have their own app, which enables them to share their story and better connect with their radio station. Behind this app lies the technology of MARCONI. In this blog post, you can find an overview of what MARCONI contributed and piloted at Music for Life.
From the 24th till the 26th of January, the Salon de la Radio took place in Paris. The European radio show undoubtedly marks the middle of the radio season. During these three days, several presentations, lectures, meetings, workshops and demos celebrated radio in the historical building Grande Halle de la Villette. Together with HRADIO and FuturePulse, MARCONI organised a booth on the future of radio, showcasing different prototypes that support interaction with the listener.
Media Fast Forward is a yearly networking and inspiration event, organised by VRT, about the future of media. On the 14th of December, more than a 1000 media professionals, researchers, entrepreneurs and innovators gathered in Bozar, Brussels, to find inspiration, gain insights and network for future collaborations. Aside from a conference, there was an exhibition with over 40 startups and an innovation street, showcasing prototypes of various European projects. At the booth of MARCONI, you were able to see what happens at the controls as a radiomaker, part of the MARCONI prototype.
Together with our friends from the HRadio project and BBC R&D, MARCONI will organise the first workshop on Interactive Radio Experiences at the ACM International Conference for Interactive Experiences for Television and Online Video (TVX). The workshop invites short papers and industry presentations, and will include an interactive discussion session to identify future research challenges related to interactive radio experiences.
JOANNEUM RESEARCH co-organized the workshop titled "Compact Deep Neural Network Representation with Industrial Applications (CDNNRIA)" as part of the Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems. The workshop assembled more than 200 participants from academia and industry working on techniques and applications of efficient neural network-based learning. The workshop hosted invited talks with speakers from MIT, DeepMind, Intel, Qualcomm, NVIDIA and University of Amsterdam, oral and poster presentations and a panel discussion.