SRI team secure €1.2 million of Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway funding

COMAND – Connected Media Application Design and Delivery – is a five-year €1.2 million research effort designed to help Irish companies innovate in the digital media space. COMAND is funded by Enterprise Ireland as part of its Technology Gateway Program (TGP) and is based out of AIT’s Software Research Institute (SRI). COMAND is based on the conviction that the convergence of a number of key technologies over the next 3-5 years will greatly impact patterns of media consumption and will enable novel forms of personalised and real-time media-based interaction between humans and technology and in turn this will create both challenges and opportunities for companies in the COMAND industrial base across a wide range of application domains.

The goals of COMAND are therefore to identify and advance key connectivity and multimedia technologies through research and transfer these technologies to industry to maximise commercial benefit. Media consumption – through TV, gaming, entertainment, etc. – will occur on many different device types, including smartphones, connected TVs, tablets, PCs and games consoles.

Media viewing has already become a shared experience involving interaction with friends through social
networking and across multiple devices. Cloud technologies will lead to new ways of deploying and delivering media services at scale and will particularly enable new possibilities for media delivery on mobile devices via the “mobile media cloud”. Applications include use of the cloud for media storage with services such as Dropbox and iCloud.

The trend is also evident in the enterprise space with cloud-based video conferencing and unified
communications. Many other media applications are also forecast to be offered from the cloud. Personalised real-time media-based interaction with technology will be enabled through the combination of multi-modal sensing technologies and machine intelligence. Embedding these technologies in distributed, networked, media devices will create many opportunities in a wide variety of applications areas, including health, retail, education and automotive applications. Intel, for example, has recently established a multimillion-dollar research programme in this space in Carnegie-Mellon. Example applications based on these technologies include personalised programme schedules with Connected TV, multimodal interaction through voice and touch in a tourism multimedia kiosk, gesture-based.