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June 10, 2008

Competition on new multimedia search technologies

A total of 56 teams from 17 countries will attend a competition in Singapore to foster the development of the world's next-generation multimedia search technology, the competition's organizer, Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research announced Monday.

Next-generation multimedia search technologies will transform the way users interact with rich-media material, an emerging need with the exponential growth of multimedia content and the proliferation of user-generated platforms like YouTube, Facebook and Flicker.

The 56 teams taking up the challenge comprises search engine enthusiasts as well as some of the world's top laboratories in developing new search technologies and algorithms, said the organiser.

They include China's Tsinghua and Peking Universities, France' sLaboratoire d'Informatique de Grenoble, India's Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).

The first round of the competition will begin on June 15. Real-world data from TV documentaries, commercials and news bulletins will be used in the competition.

The grand finals will be on October 23 in Singapore as part of the activities to mark the opening of Fusionopolis, Singapore's new science and technology hub.

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