after the beginning of the 5-year program, QUAERO is going through its second progress
review, with OSEO during the following weeks. This
will enable the consortium members to evaluate the first results of the program
since its start-up.
is also an opportunity to recall the progress made since the setting up of this
major initiative. The
idea was of a large private-public French-German collaborative project, dealing
with automatic processing of multimedia digital contents (voice, images, video,
texts, music etc.) and multilingual contents. A
better definition of the strategic main lines of the program was given during
the preparation phase which followed. The
topics cover automatic information retrieval, analysis, segmentation and
classification of multimedia and multilingual content. Technologies and
services resulting from QUAERO will provide useful, context aware information
on any type of media (e-book, Internet, television, mobile, etc.) Beyond these
targeted results, the aim is to increase in value every form of information -inexhaustible
but eminently unstable as it is when improperly manipulated - used as basic raw
material by a fast-growing new industry.
course, all these research and innovation fields do not only apply to QUAERO, other
interesting initiatives have emerged. The
original part of the QUAERO program is the collaborative dimension of it as
well as the large spectrum of its activities. Up
to now, no other project has ever shared such an amount of skills, combined so
many outlet opportunities. Naturally,
in order to supervise the diversity of these ideas, the AII, followed by OSEO,
were particularly careful about the suggested organization and the balance between
public and private management in charge.
construction was not easy and the encountered difficulties were as high as QUAERO’s
of all, the different partners had to agree on the details of the program
without giving up their requirements and admit priority differences between them. Then,
the financial partners had to be convinced of the quality of the project and its
participants and obtain approval of the European Commission for this large-scale
government aid, with the concern not to create competitive injustices beyond the
positive effects for society.
the decision had been taken, the project had to be launched with rigor and
method and the targets fixed for the first year. This
was done on May 1st, 2008. The first progress review at the end of 2008, which
marked the conclusion of the program start-up and the detailed technical targets
of the first period, allowed to check that the program was on the way and the
mission of everyone was precisely defined. The
program also managed to adapt itself to welcome new partners and other
promising development perspectives.
We are thus today in the middle of the action. QUAERO
is not a 5-year "channel" program but a succession of 5 increasing cycles
of 15 months (with a 3 month-overlap to match the annual periodicity) consisting
of several parallel sub-projects sharing a variety of state of art technological
researches . The
next step should bring the first results.
demonstrations already available on the Web sites of QUAERO (see Videos and
Demos) and of some of its members, the consortium plans public demonstrations
looking forward to the communication of these new results. It
will be the opportunity to show that the state and partners’ contribution is beginning to give its
first results and that it therefore supports the creation of knowledge and
values for the research, the industry and the society.