Pfeiffer, S.; Lienhart, R.; Kuehne, G.; Effelsberg, W. “The MoCA Project – Movie Content Analysis Research at the University of Mannheim” in: J. Dassow, R. Kruse (Hg.) “Informatik ’98: Informatik zwischen Bild und Sprache”, 28. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft fuer Informatik, Magdeburg, 21.-25. September 1998, Springer Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 329-338, 1998.
In 1994 an ambitious project in the multimedia domain was started at the University of Mannheim under the guidance of Prof. Dr. W. Effelsberg. We realized that multimedia applications using continuous media like video and audio data absolutely require access to semantic contents of these media types similar to that for textual and numerical data. Imagine the existence of large digital collection of textual data such as books, articles etc. without anyone being able to search for pertinent keywords. Content analysis of continuous data, especially of video data, currently relies mainly on manual annotations. This implies reduction of the searchable content to the annotated content, which usually does not contain the required information. The MoCA project therefore aims to extract structural and semantic content of videos automatically.