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  • Audioforensik-Forscher Luca Cuccovillo vom Ilmenauer Fraunhofer-Institut für Digitale Medientechnologie IDMT

    Since November 2023, Luca Cuccovillo, an audio forensics researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT in Ilmenau, has been leading the ENFSI expert working group on Forensic Speech and Audio Analysis (FSAAWG). The group promotes research activities, best practices, training opportunities, and development of innovative techniques in the field of audio forensic science across Europe.

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  • Speech technologies that help us!

    News / January 03, 2024

    © Fraunhofer IDMT/Leona Hofmann

    Laura Tuschen, head of the Assistive Speech and Language Analysis group, gives an insight into the work of the research group. The focus is on technologies that support people in verbal communication.

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  • Woman hands playing music notes
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    On October 1, 2023, the starting signal was given for a new project in which artificial intelligence (AI) is to be combined with human intuition. The project is being led by Professor Jörn Arnecke from the Center for Music Theory at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT in Weimar. Andrew McLeod, researcher at Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT, is playing a supporting role as an advisor for the artificial musical intelligence in the project. The aim of the "Musik-Automat" project is to create new ways to learn musical composition through the interactive interplay between students and AI. An app is to be developed for this purpose.

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  • Screenshot der Audiovisual Identity Suite zeigt mit Heat Map, wie oft eine bestimmte Persönlichkeit im Erhebungszeitraum bei welchem Fernsehsender präsent war.
    © Fraunhofer IDMT

    On October 24, 2023, the German actress and co-founder of the MaLisa Foundation, Maria Furtwängler, presented the results of the study "Climate change and biodiversity: What does television show - what do viewers want?" in Munich. The study was initiated jointly by the MaLisa Foundation and the four German major television stations ARD, ZDF, ProSiebenSat.1 and RTL Deutschland. The study investigated whether there is a discrepancy between the presentation of the climate crisis and biodiversity in German television programs and the perception of these topics by viewers. The Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT was responsible for the audio and video analysis of the television program as a research partner in the one-year project.

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  • © Fraunhofer IDMT/Anika Bödecker; Konzeptbild

    Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT in Oldenburg have developed a new method for collecting and analyzing vital signs from the human body by using radar. The key feature is that the radar can be positioned sideways to collect particularly robust, non-contact vital data such as respiration and heartbeat pulse from various areas of the body. In combination with intelligent analysis methods, this opens new application possibilities ranging from medical to automotive applications.

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  • Audiovidual Identity Suite erkennt Personen an Stimme und Gesicht.
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    At the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) trade fair in Amsterdam, the German Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT is presenting for the first time a solution that can automatically localize and identify people in large media archives based on their face and voice. For the "Audiovisual Identity Suite", the research institute has combined technologies for face and speaker recognition. With the help of Artificial Intelligence, vast amounts of media content are quickly analyzed for the presence of specific individuals.

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  • Alfred Pecher und Michael Vorländer bilden den neuen Kuratoriumsvorsitz am Fraunhofer IDMT

    Today, Professor Alfred Pecher, Head of Research and Development at Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG, was elected as the new chairman of the board of trustees of the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT. He succeeds the long-time Chair of the Board of Trustees, Professor Dagmar Schipanski, who passed away in September 2022.

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  • Intelligent acoustic sensor systems for hearing cars

    Press Release / Oldenburg / August 16, 2023

    Tomorrow’s vehicles will be equipped with a sense of hearing, which will enable them to perceive, for example, bicycle bells, children playing or the sirens of approaching emergency vehicles. Experts at the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT in Oldenburg are working on The Hearing Car and developing AI-based system solutions for acoustic event recognition in the vicinity of vehicles. A mobile system for in-vehicle electroencephalography (EEG) for optimizing human-machine interaction and the YourSound assistant for personalizing sound experiences complete the system. The researchers will provide an insight into the latest developments at the IAA MOBILITY trade show in Munich from September 5 to 8, 2023, at the joint Fraunhofer booth in Hall B1, Booth D11.

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  • Im Fahrzeuginnenraum der neuen E-Klasse wird ein Lichtband passend zu Musik und Sounds angesteuert.

    Today, the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT is able to announce that Active Ambient Lighting with Sound Visualisation, developed by Mercedes-Benz AG in cooperation with the German research institute, has been integrated into its 2023 E-Class series of automobiles. With the new tool, the lighting mood in the vehicle adapts to the music and sounds being played.

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  • © Bundesministerium für Gesundheit

    The consortium of the "MOND" project followed up a special invitation last week. The German Federal Ministry of Health hosted the high-ranking "Data for Health Conference 2023" on June 20 and 21 in Berlin. Selected AI projects and new technologies were given a stage. Experts from the U.S. and Europe discussed a wide range of health-related topics and their implications at the conference.

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