On the 5th of June, the first workshop on Interactive Radio Experiences (IRE) took place at ACM TVX, the International Conference on Interactive Experiences for Television and Online Video, at MediaCityUK in Salford, UK. Despite the increasingly interactive nature of radio experiences, the topic has been neglected so far at TVX and other conferences that address interactive media. The workshop, jointly organised by the H2020-projects MARCONI and HRadio, brought together researchers and practitioners working on tools, services and applications that enable interactive radio experiences.
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.
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.
The WorldDAB General Assembly 2018 brought together more than 200 experts to discuss the future of DAB+ digital radio. The MARCONI project was represented there thanks to Pluxbox who had a booth at this event. It was an opportunity to show MARCONI demos and give hand outs to members of WorldDAB and DAB enthusiasts.
ACM Multimedia is the most important conference for researchers and practitioners in the multimedia field. This year, the 26th edition of the conference took place in Seoul, Korea, from the 22nd of October till the 26th. MARCONI contributed to this year’s programme with a tutorial titled “Interactive Video Search: Where is the User in the Age of Deep Learning?”, co-authored by Werner Bailer from Joanneum Research.
From the 26th till the 28th of June, the TVX conference for broadcasters took place in Seoul, Korea. ACM TVX (Interactive Experiences for Television and Online Video) is the leading international conference for research into online video, TV interaction and user experience. Researchers Sandy and Rik from VRT were able to present their submitted papers about MARCONI at the conference, and receive valuable feedback for the next steps of the project.
Radiodays Europe is the meeting point for the world of radio and audio, taking place from the 17th till the 19th of March in Vienna. During the event, Mike Matton from VRT was able to give a presentation on the main objectives and the open calls of MARCONI.
On the 9th and 10th of January, the Joanneum Research hosted a meeting with the MARCONI consortium in Graz in order to review the work done so far and plan the upcoming actions. High on the agenda were discussions on use cases and requirements.
Already three different workshops with radio stations have been carried out, which have provided the consortium with an in-depth understanding of the workflows and challenges for radio-makers. Two additional workshops with listeners are taking place this month. During the meeting in Graz, the team discussed in detail the 16 concepts that they identified so far, while prioritising and grouping the different use-cases. This input was brought into a follow-up discussion that dealt with the MARCONI architecture.
The second day of the meeting started off with a review of the prototyping activities done so far (e.g. a “Notify me” trial that involved over 2300 users). Afterwards, further prototyping and piloting activities planned for the next period were discussed in detail. The communication and exploitation plan was reviewed and a storyboard for the first MARCONI video has already been created. Stay tuned for more updates!