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From Data To Insight: The Community Of Multimedia Agents.

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-39666-6_10 Conference: Proceedings of the Third International Workshop on Multimedia Data Mining, MDM/KDD'2002, July 23rd, 2002, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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ABSTRACT Multimedia Data Mining requires the ability to automatically analyze and understand the content. The Community of Multimedia Agents project (COMMA) is devoted to creating an open environment for developing, testing, learning and prototyping multimedia content analysis and annotation methods. It serves as a medium for researchers to contribute and share their achievements while protecting their proprietary techniques. Each method is represented as an agent that can communicate with the other agents registered in the environment using templates that are based on the Descriptors and Description Schemes in the emerging MPEG-7 standard. This allows agents developed by different organizations to operate and communicate with each other seamlessly regardless of their programming languages and internal architecture. A Development Environment is provided to facilitate the construction of media analysis methods. The tool contains a Workbench using which the user can integrate the agents to build more sophisticated systems, and a Blackboard Browser that visualizes the processing results. It enables researchers to compare the performance of different agents and combine them to build more powerful and robust system prototypes. The COMMA can also serve as a learning environment for researchers and students to acquire and test cutting edge multimedia analysis algorithms. Thus the efficiency of research in this area can be improved by sharing of media agents.

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