Ian DAVIES RED BEE MEDIA
| Product Manager
Ian Davies is the Product Manager for Content Discovery at Red Bee Media, one of the world’s leading media management companies, providing multi-platform technology and creative solutions that help broadcasters, content rights holders, platform operators and brand owners to reach and engage with their audiences in new and traditional ways.
Ian joined Red Bee Media in January 2012 and is responsible for RedDiscoverTM, a portfolio of tailored-for TV content discovery solutions that blends rich metadata, powerful search, recommendations and personalisation, a pedigree in EPG Design and deployment and compelling companion application and second-screen development capabilities.
Bringing these services and solutions together establishes Red Bee Media as the UK’s first media management company to provide content owners, broadcasters and platform operators alike with a holistic content discovery proposition.
Ian has more than 15 years experience in digital media. He was previously Head of Product Development at the Press Association and has held senior roles at ITV, Orange and AOL, where he’s devised and delivered digital strategy and led teams to create websites, video-on-demand services and apps that have delivered significant, loyal and engaged audiences.
Ian tweets at @ianjamesdavies, regularly posts his photos and smartphone snaps on Flickr and sporadically blogs at simplyclickhere.blogspot.com
Bill SCOTT EASEL TV LIMITED
| Chief Operating & Commercial Officer
Bill Scott is one of the founders of easeltv and its Chief Operating and Commercial Officer. The company was formed in 2009 and has grown quickly. The easeltv Suggested TV software platform makes it easy to publish content on multiple Connected TV platforms including Samsung, LG, TiVo, Google TV and YouView.
Bill is working with broadcasters, pay TV operators and major consumer brands to exploit the potential of connected TV with a true understanding of the TV’s context in the home and the need to entertain and stimulate the audience. easeltv’s Clients include Virgin Media, All3Media, Channel 4 and TiVo.
Prior to starting easeltv, Bill created and led the IBM Digital Media Consulting & Systems Integration practice, which delivered a variety of interactive TV, IPTV and Digital Media projects over 9 years. Bill personally managed end-to-end business-driven projects that often started with strategy and moved through execution to operation. In this role, Bill conceived the original idea behind YouView for the BBC in 2005.
Easeltv is a specialist Connected TV company with a mission to make it easy to publish video-centric applications to all major Connected TV platforms; from internet-connected TV sets through to over-the-top integrated broadcast platforms.
Easeltv offers its clients – broadcasters, content producers, pay TV operators and major entertainment and consumer brands – a rapid and efficient combination of a scalable software platform, reusable software components and professional services that results in high quality branded applications which exploit the context of the TV in the home.
Lora AROYO NOTUBE
| Scientific Coordinator
Lora Aroyo is an associate professor at the Web and Media group, at the Department of Computer Science, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her research work is focussed in several projects dealing with semantic web technologies for modeling user interests and context, recommendation systems and personalized access of online multimedia collections, e.g. cultural heritage collections, multimedia archives and interactive TV. Currently she is scientific coordinator of the EU Integrated Project NoTube dealing with the integration of Web and TV data with the help of semantics, a project leader of VU INTERTAIN Experimental Research Lab initiative. She has been co-chair of numerous workshops on interactive television, social web and cultural heritage. Lora is actively involved in the Semantic Web community as a program chair for the European and the International Semantic Web Conferences in 2009 and 2011, and as conference chair for the ESWC2010 Conference. She is also actively involved in the Personalization and User modeling community as vice-president of the User Modeling Inc.
NoTube is an EU funded project based on use cases around TV personalization, the Web, and social networking, and consisting of an international consortium.
The project aims to demonstrate how Semantic Web technologies can be used as a tool to connect TV content and the Web through Linked Open Data, as part of the wider trend of TV and Web convergence. By specifying protocols and APIs to support a variety of realistic user scenarios for experiencing future TV, NoTube offers a novel contribution to the TV media world.
Semantic technologies are a field of standards and technologies which allow a machine-understandable and machine-processable representation of the meaning of digital content, which can be used to create more intelligent, responsive and personalised applications. In NoTube we apply these technologies for two main purposes: (1) Semantic annotation: in the media and television area semantic annotations can enable new types of application which know what users want, and what programmes describe, so that we can build more intelligent services; and (2) User interests from the Social Web: knowledge extractable from a person's TV viewing activity and Social Web presence (on Twitter, Facebook etc.) can enable a semantic application to implicitly determine their interests, and match them to TV programmes. See related research topics.
The work in the project is steered by three use cases: (1) Personalised semantic news, (2) Personalised TV guide with adaptive advertising and (3) TV and the Social Web.
When we started working on NoTube its vision of bringing Web and TV closer together via shared data models and content across multiple devices was ambitious and visionary. Now it is noteworthy how much of the TV industry has caught up with this vision, at least in individual and closed new technologies and products. Yet the NoTube results are now more relevant than ever: TV platforms are proprietary, cross-device communication non-standardized. NoTube services could form the backbone for personalized TV applications where the user still controls their data.
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