Video & image Indexing and Retrieval in the Large Scale

Cross-media indexing, retrieval, large-scale search techniques, multimedia archives, databases.


VITALAS delivers a pre-industrial prototype system accessing multimedia professional archives. The technology will be applied in B2B applications and adopted for public use by addressing consumers’ needs for efficient and reliable multimedia content search engines.

VITALAS addresses three major challenges:

  • Cross-media indexing (automatic annotation) and retrieval,
  • Large scale search techniques,
  • Visualisation and Context adapting (personalized services considering both on- and off-line).


  • ERCIM (administrative coordinator)
  • Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique - INRIA, France (scientific coordinator)
  • EADS Defence and Security Systems - EADS, France
  • Stitching Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica - CWI, The Netherlands
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e. V, Germany
  • Fundación ROBOTIKER - Robotiker, Spain
  • Institut national de laudiovisuel - INA, France
  • University of Sunderland - UoS, UK
  • Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, CERTH-ITI, Greece
  • The Centre of Excellence in Digital Technology and Media Limited - Codeworks, UK
  • Agence télégraphique de Presse Belga SA -Belga, Belgium
  • Institut für Rundfunktechnik - IRT, Germany

36 months (1 January 2007 - 31 December 2009)

ERCIM's role:
Project co-ordinator

Total budget:
8 172 172 euros

Funding Agencies:
European Commission (Integrated Project, FP6 - 045389 )

European Commission funding: 4 690 000 euros

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