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 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.
Are you an artist looking looking to collaborate with technology experts in your next project? Are you interested in exploring the future of radio? Until the 28th of November you can apply for a position as an artist in residence with the MARCONI project and receive a grant of up to 30 000€.
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.
“Our role in the project is to support the indexing and search of social content, helping radio stations to get more out of their interactions on social media, better understand the issues that are discussed on their shows and respond faster to online comments.” Meet George Ioannidis, Director at IN2.
“The major point is getting the confidence of the users and being as transparent as possible.” Meet Erich Schweighofer, professor at Vienna University. With more than twenty years of experience of funded research in legal informatics, Erich undertakes measures to safeguard privacy within the MARCONI project.
“I started my career by developing a single-source publishing system together with Dennis Laupman, which is how the company Pluxbox was born.” Meet Cas Adriani, Technical Director at Pluxbox and technical lead of the MARCONI integrated platform.
“I typically use design thinking as a research approach to understand the design problem in its complexity. Prototypes and mock-ups are designed and developed through ideation, iteration and critiquing solutions with end-users. I believe it is valuable to also design the research experience: end-users are more engaged in the process when they can connect to the problem.” As User Researcher at VRT Innovation, Sandy Claes is an expert in design and co-creation of viable solutions to the real user problems.
“We’re going full force on interactivity. This means numerous integrations with third party platforms but also with systems currently used by the various radio stations. This also means tools and optimisations for the editorial team, such as conversational management with chatbots and smart analysis for filtering and linking content from various sources.” As Lead Developer at VRT Innovation, Rik Bauwens is experienced in translating ideas into workable prototypes.