Virtual & Immersive Technologies

The Media Internet Area explores new immersive and interactive experiences and develops the systems that enable the Internet distribution and consumption of such experiences. Its research activities bring forward the newest formats and experiences, focusing on how to capture, produce, distribute and render them. The main research areas are: Distributed and Interactive Systems, Human Computer Interaction and Immersive Media Formats:

Distributed and Interactive Systems (DIS)

Technological aspects and solutions to next-generation distributed systems over heterogeneous environments, while guaranteeing high-performance, scalability, ubiquity, adaptability and synchronization, among other relevant challenges.

Immersive and Interactive Media (IIM)

Novel capturing, production, encoding, rendering Technologies and Formats (360º video, point cloud, 3D, object- & scene-based audio, light fields, etc.).

Human & Computer Interaction (HCI)

Analysing how humans interact with the technology and contents and among other users using the technology in order to maximize accessibility, social integration, comfortability, comprehension or usability. Likewise, MIA is also interested in exploring what evaluation metrics and methodologies are best suited to determine the benefits in these research fields.

Research Challenges

Networked Media

The main goal of this research line is to study and develop efficient software systems to manipulate digital media over the network by using and aggregating industry standards. The Media Internet Area implements core services which are easy to orchestrate and appropriated for a cloud-based virtualized environment, where scalability and orchestration is a major requirement.

Technologies

Network Protocols

Adaptive Delivery

Hybrid Broadcast Broadband

Content Delivery Networks

Clock Synchronization

Advanced Encoding

Metadata Models

Cloud Computing

Virtualization & SDN

Applications

Connected TV Services

Ultra-HD media delivery

Low-latency video communication

Cloud operations (transcoding, mixing)

Content Delivery Networks

Immersive & Interactive Media

This research line works towards the creation of new content formats and experiences for mobile devices and head-mounted displays. The objective is to offer new and richer content experiences, immersive and interactive, and the tools to create them.

Technologies

Omnidirectional Media

Spatial / Depth-based Media

Object-based Media

Eye Tracking

Lightfields

Field of View (FoV)-based delivery

Virtual Reality

Augmented Reality

Mixed Reality

Applications

Novel content formats

Multiplatform content (HMD, TV, tablet, mobile)

Cultural heritage 

e-learning

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