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VILSS: How to tag billions of photos: The evolution of image auto-tagging from a technology to a global service
October 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Dr Stavri Nikolov, Imagga Technologies, Co-fouder and Research Director
Imagga (https://imagga.com/) is one of the pioneers in the world in large-scale image tagging. Our cloud and on-premise software solutions have analysed and tagged billions of photos of various clients from around the world, ranging from telcos and cloud service providers to digital media companies, stock photo agencies, media sharing platforms, real estate and advertising agencies and others. In this talk we shall present an overview of how in the last decade image auto-tagging evolved from a technology to a global service and share our views how it may develop in the future. We shall discuss the challenges, the client needs, and the solutions that have evolved, and showcase some interesting applications of image tagging and categorisation.
Dr Stavri Nikolov is co-founder and Research Director of Imagga Technologies Ltd (www.imagga.com). Imagga Technologies Ltd is a company that develops and offers technologies, services, and online tools, for large-scale image analysis, recognition and tagging in the cloud and on premise. Dr Nikolov is also Founding Director of Digital Spaces Living Lab (DSLL) in Sofia, Bulgaria. DSLL (www.digitalspaces.info) is one of the leading Living Labs in Europe and a member of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL). DSLL develops and tests new technologies, services and apps for digital media, wearables, lifelogging, museums and smart cities. In the past, Dr Nikolov was also a Senior Scientist (Digital Identity and Information Search) at the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (http://ipts.jrc.ec.europa.eu) of the European Commission in Seville, Spain (2009-2011), and a Senior Research Fellow in Image Processing at the University of Bristol, UK (1998-2007). His research interests over the years have spanned areas such as image analysis, image recognition, image fusion, image search, mobile search, new methods for data visualisation and navigation, gaze-tracking, HCI, VR, the construction of attentive and interactive information displays, video surveillance, digital identity and biometrics, location-based services, and new technologies for CH in museums and galleries. In the last 20 years he has coordinated and participated in many large international and national research projects in Austria, Portugal, UK, Spain and Bulgaria. He has published more than 80 refereed or invited papers, including eight invited book chapters, and also numerous technical reports in these areas. Dr Nikolov has also given many invited lectures around the world. He was the creator and co-ordinator of The Online Resource for Research in Image Fusion (www.imagefusion.org) and The Online Archive of Scanpath Data (www.scanpaths.org). Dr Nikolov has been a member of the British Machine Vision Association, the Applied Vision Association, the International Society of Information Fusion, ACM SIGGRAPH, and IEEE. He served as a member of the Editorial Board of the Information Fusion journal published by Elsevier for nearly 10 years. Over the years, Dr Nikolov has been a technology mentor to various organisations, including Eleven (www.eleven.bg), a €12M Acceleration Fund, LAUNCHub (www.launchub.com), a €9M Seed and Acceleration Fund, the European Business Network (http://ebn.be), and the European Satellite Navigation Competition (http://www.esnc.info/). He was the founding director of Smart Fab Lab (https://www.facebook.com/smartfablab) – the first fab lab (digital fabrication lab) in Bulgaria. Dr Nikolov was Working Group 5 (Industry and End Users) Leader and a Management Committee member of the European Network on Integrating Vision and Language (iV&L Net) COST Action (http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/ict/Actions/IC1307) in the first two years of the network.