MUSCLE (Multimedia Understanding through Semantics, Computation and Learning) is the ERCIM Working Group dealing with all aspects of multimedia processing, analysis, and management. Several teams from both ERCIM and non-ERCIM institutions participate in this Working Group by sharing their experiences and carrying out common research. The most visible achievement so far has been the MUSCLE Network of Excellence, partially funded by the European commission from 2004 to 2008, which has established collaborations among the 45 partner groups (each active in some specific aspect of multimedia understanding), and has implemented a successful fellowship program to provide the opportunity for a number of postdocs to gain valuable experience in different international laboratories.
The objectives of the working group are to stimulate the discussion on multimedia research among academic and industrial institutions, to foster scientific cooperation among the partners and to provide a large training network for young scientists in all aspects of multimedia research. To reach these goals, the group will organize meetings, workshops, summer schools and similar initiatives, and will try to start joint research projects.
The 2011 activity program will be released soon. Both industrial and academic research groups active in multimedia are invited to join MUSCLE.
ERCIM MUSCLE Working Group chair