Digital Media Technology (DMT)

The programme in Digital Media Technology focuses on enabling technologies for digital media systems, including technologies for analysing media, generating interactive media, processing and coding, optimising wired and wireless transfer, and distributing digital 3D contents.

Graduates of the DMT programme will be both specialists and innovators that are able to shape future digital media technology. The first year will be similar at the DMT entry point universities KTH, TU Delft, and Trento with four basic courses on signal processing, computer graphics, web services, and communication networks. The second year will accommodate the technical specialisation.

The programme will offer six specialisations: (1) Hypermedia, (2) Media Processing and Communications, (3) Medical Imaging, (4) Media Communications Services, (5) Virtual Environments, (6) Semantic Media.

Programme

The first year is similar at the entry points with four basic courses on signal processing, computer graphics, programming web services and internet communication. In addition, some elective courses may be chosen to prepare for a specialisation.

An important part of the programme are the Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E) courses. The I&E basics course provides an introduction to business and management. The Business Development Lab extends media systems engineering projects by a market survey, a business model generation process, and a venture development exercise. We emphasize user driven innovation and holistic analysis of service, technology, organisation and financial perspectives, as new media technologies are disruptive for existing business models and almost always have a significant impact on the culture and social relations. Society-relevant themes will also be at the core of the summer schools, which will bring students from the different entry points together.

Students participating in the DMT track are offered an internship with an industry partner or research centre of the EIT Digital to work on their thesis project. Directly linked to the master thesis is the I&E minor thesis that specifies the requirements, strategy and business plan for the selected thesis project.

The I&E thesis allows students to study issues such as user driven digital media innovation and evaluation of user experience social media digital media ecosystem analysis, business models for content providers in the context of next generation networks, role of video communication and collaboration tools in enterprises, business aspects of e-health and telemedicine services.

The first year is offered by the following universities:

  • KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • University of Technology Delft, the Netherlands
  • University of Trento, Italy

Specialisations

Specialisations are provided in the second year.

The DMT programme offers 6 specialisations, each at a different location. To meet the requirements for geographic mobility, the chosen exit point needs to differ from the chosen entry point.

  • Hypermedia at Aalto
  • Media Processing and Communications at KTH
  • Medical Visualization at TU Delft
  • Media Communications Services at BME Budapest
  • Virtual Environments at UCL
  • Semantic Media at UNITN

Testimonials

Haoyun Zhang

Haoyun Zhang: What this master program really attracts me and what it differs from others is its strong connection to innovation and entrepreneurship. Innovations are created if one can think from both technology and business sides as they fit the market better.

EIT ICT Digital Master School offers a great opportunity to learn how to turn technology to business, as they provide business courses and internships, and they have close relationships with local companies. For example, the Business Development course we have in the second semester is to develop practical solutions for the real world. This course helps us to sharpen our skill in business modeling, and enable us to use the technical skill to solve practical problems. 

It is very likely that our classmates are from different countries, which means we have to work with people who are not of “our owns”. Studying and working in a multicultural environment is a challenging but very exciting thing, as culture difference might be the obstacle. However, learning how to work with people from different cultural backgrounds is necessary. Sometimes I am surprised with the thoughts from my partners that I had never heard before but they work very well. It is quite nice to know and learn different ways of thinking as well as different cultures. And I believe this is also the reason why many foreign students choose to study abroad. Choosing EIT ICT Digital Master School, this objective will be entirely achieved.

Andor Szamos

Andor Szamos: As a European student I believe that to achieve goals one has to know several languages. Europe is a multinational and multicultural atmosphere with strong economy which requires fluent language knowledge in all aspects. In business and in research, communication is one of the most important soft skill. The multinational atmosphere offered by the Masterschool is a great opportunity to practice personal skills in depth. The program requires both oral and written communication. One has the feeling that it is a professional workplace where one studies through participating in several research projects. The emphasis on team working is significant.

EIT Digital works with several universities together which makes it possible to have a really enjoyable student life. There is a variety of cities to live, one can really have fun in the free time because of the large number of possibilities in the city. Travelling is not a problem because public transport is very developed, connections are dense, and the trains are always on time. If one wants to fly to a different country the fares are cheap.


Hypermedia (Aalto)

Petri Vuorimaa
Petri Vuorimaa

Prof. Petri Vuorimaa is the coordinator of the Digital Media Technology programme at Aalto University, Finland. He is a full professor at the Department of Media Technology, School of Science. He has both M.Sc. (1990) and Dr.Tech. (1995) degrees from Tampere University of Technology, Finland. At Aalto University, Media Technology is a popular programme; over the years, Prof. Vuorimaa has supervised over 150 master's theses and 9 doctor of science theses. Currently, Prof. Vuorimaa's research group includes one postdoctoral researcher, five doctoral students and three master's thesis workers. The group's research interest includes web-based services, social media, smart spaces, assisted ambient living, and mobile media applications.

The hypermedia specialisation focuses on linked data and web-based services. Students acquire skills to develop advanced web-based services both on user interface and data level. The topics covered include information retrieval techniques, web service programming, declarative web services, semantic web and web service techniques. The specialisation area is linked to both, Smart Spaces and Future Media and Content Delivery, thematic areas. In Smart Spaces, linked data can be used to integrate information coming from different sensors and devices, while web technologies allow the adaption of the service user interfaces to different devices. Web technologies are commonly used in online media services, while linked data allows the integration of different services together.

Specialization Mandatory Courses:

  • Web Services (4 ECTS)
  • Web Software Development (5 ECTS)
  • WWW Applications, (4 ECTS)

Specialization electives:

  • Special Assignment in WWW and Knowledge Technology, (2-8 ECTS)
  • Explorative Information Visualization (5 ECTS )
  • User Interface Construction (4 ECTS)
  • Seminar on Media Technology, (4-8 ECTS)
  • Mobile Cloud Computing (5 ECTS)

Media Processing and Communications (KTH)

Markus Flierl
Markus Flierl

Welcome to Stockholm! Learn about the fundamentals of digital communications, discover the principles of digital audio and video processing, and create your own wireless multimedia system. Join the ACCESS Distinguished Lecture Series and meet innovators from Bell Labs, HP Labs, or IBM Research. Realize your master thesis project at Ericsson, Dolby, Skype, or with other strong industrial players in the greater Stockholm area. Yours sincerely, Markus Flierl, Associate Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

The specialization ‘Media Processing and Communications’ focuses on the processing of audio, images, video, and immersive visual data for telecommunication applications. The courses emphasize the principles of digital signal processing and digital communications as well as their specific applications. Students that choose this specialisation learn about enabling technologies for communicating digital media. This prepares them to contribute to new technology for better telepresence, smarter mobile media, or future immersive experience.

Contact: Markus Flierl (mflierl@kth.comse)

Specialization Mandatory Course:

  • Image and Video Processing, 7.5 ECTS, or
  • Digital Communications, 9 ECTS

Selected Specialization Electives:

  • Pattern Recognition, 7.5 ECTS
  • Machine Learning, 6 ECTS
  • Speech Signal Processing, 6 ECTS
  • Computational Photography, 6 ECTS
  • Adaptive Signal Processing, 6 ECTS
  • Advanced Digital Communications, 6 ECTS

Medical Visualization (TU Delft)

Elmar Eisemann
Elmar Eisemann
Anna Vilanova
Anna Vilanova
Boudewijn P.F. Lelieveldt
Boudewijn P.F. Lelieveldt

The students are introduced to the techniques for acquiring medical images (CT, MRI), of processing these images, to reconstruct 3D models, and to apply these techniques for medical diagnosis, planning and operative support. The student are introduced to frameworks for medical visualisation and are able to built systems for comparative visualisation of multimodal data to support visual analysis.

New imaging and visualisation applications are invading medical practices, both for diagnosis as well as for supporting minimal invasive surgery. For the development of these applications we work closely together with hospitals and with companies in the health care field.

Elmar Eisemann is heading the Computer Graphics and Visualization Group at TU Delft. Before he was an associated professor at Telecom ParisTech (until 2012) and a senior scientist heading a research group in the Cluster of Excellence (Saarland University / MPI Informatik) (until 2009). His interests include real-time and perceptual rendering, alternative representations, shadow algorithms, global illumination, and GPU acceleration techniques.

Dr. Anna Vilanova is associate professor at the Computer Graphics and Visualization Group at TU Delft. She received her PhD degree in 2001 from the Vienna University of Technology with a PhD thesis on “Visualization Techniques for Virtual Endoscopy”. Currently she is working on the subject of multivalued image analysis and visualization, focusing on Diffusion Weighted Imaging and 4D Flow. Her research interests include medical visualization, volume visualization, multi-valued visualization, and medical image analysis.

Boudewijn P.F. Lelieveldt is a Professor of Biomedical Imaging at Delft University of Technology, as well as head of the Knowledge Guided Image Processing section of the Division of Image Processing, Department of Radiology, Leiden University Medical Centre. His main research interest is the integration of a-priori knowledge into segmentation and registration algorithms, with main applications to cardiac imaging and multi-modal pre-clinical imaging.

Specialization Mandatory Courses (16 ECTS):

  • Advanced Digital Image Processing, 6 ECTS
  • Medical Visualization, 5 ECTS
  • Seminar Computer Graphics and Visualization, 5 ECTS

Specialization Electives:

  • Multimedia Compression, 6 ECTS
  • Multimedia Information Retrieval, 3 ECTS
  • Capita Selecta Medisign, 3 ECTS

Media Communications Services (BME Budapest)

Vilmos Simon
Vilmos Simon

This specialisation focuses on communications and delivery networks, systems, enabling technologies and platforms for providing media services in smart cities, considering also the communication between vehicles and IoT devices.

Students who complete this specialisation obtain a thorough understanding of the state-of-the-art technologies of media communications and are capable of designing, implementing and operating media communications services over new generation telecommunications networks, in particular wireless and mobile networks. Topics include quality of service provisioning, media delivery over heterogeneous access networks, vehicle-to-vehicle communication, digital broadcasting systems, interactive services, media communications over IP networks and the Internet, content delivery networks and security aspects of media delivery.

The coordinator of this program is Associate Professor Vilmos Simon. Prof. Simon’s professional career has been a combination of outstanding academic record and extensive innovation and business experience. The company he co-founded became market leader in social networks in the region. He is the Head of the Laboratory of Multimedia Networks (MEDIANETS) within the Dept. of Networked Systems and Services. He is one of the founder mentors of the BME Venture Mentoring Service modelled by MIT, which supports innovation and entrepreneurial activity throughout the BME community and beyond by matching both prospective and experienced entrepreneurs with skilled volunteer mentors. The members of the laboratory have been active in numerous national and EU projects relevant to this specialisation, e.g. the FP7 CONCERTO project or the FIRST - Future Internet Research, Services and Technology national project.

Facilities for students include an Apple, a Cisco and a vehicle communication laboratory, where they can design and implement new media services for smart cities. Interesting I&E and master thesis tasks and internship opportunities will be offered in cooperation with industrial members and partners of our MEDIANETS Lab, such as Ericsson, Magyar Telekom and Commsignia.

Specialization Mandatory Courses (12 ECTS):

  • Media Communications Networks, 4 ECTS
  • Broadband Media Communication Systems and Services, 4 ECTS
  • Project in Media Communications Services, 4 ECTS

Specialization Electives:

  • Service Delivery Architectures and Platforms, 4 ECTS
  • Content Delivery Networks, 4 ECTS
  • Communications Acoustics, 4 ECTS
  • Media Content Management Systems, 4 ECTS
  • Security in Media Communications, 4 ECTS

Virtual Environments (UCL)

Anthony Steed
Anthony Steed

UCL offers a specialisation in Virtual Environments with courses focused on the technical aspects of virtual reality systems as well as the underlying technologies. Students are trained in the current state-of-the-art concerning all aspects of virtual environments: design and implementation of virtual environments, advanced computer graphics, and visual computing. Elective course are offered to cover multimedia, machine vision, and interaction aspects. The UCL Department of Computer Science is particularly renowned in this area and the courses will be taught by world-leading researchers. Students are benefitting from the available facilities, such as an immersive CAVE-like display system, head-mounted and 3D displays, haptic input devices, 3D scanners, multi-touch tables, motion tracking systems, etc. The specialisation falls into the thematic area of Smart Spaces, where the use of virtual and mixed reality improve the quality of telepresence and thus reduce the need for physical travel. Virtual environments also enable shared virtual collaborative spaces, a likely avenue in Future Media and Content Delivery.

Professor Anthony Steed: ”Most peoples' understanding of virtual environments, or virtual reality, comes from bad Hollywood movies: people in head-mounted displays wearing body suits. However, almost all of the components of that sci-fi vision are now with us: mobile phones with excellent real-time rendering, motion capture systems in the home and very high- quality displays. People talk about "immersion in video games", and "augmented reality" is available on mobile devices. Components of virtual environments technology have thus, un- heralded, become ubiquitous in our lives and it has been brought to us through devices designed for entertainment. At UCL we have a broad experience in the underlying technologies for virtual environments: computer graphics, scanning & capture, modelling and immersive systems. Our research and teaching is high impact and we ensure this through collaborations with over twenty companies in the field. We also have excellent resources that are available for students to use including a range of high-end cameras (surround cameras, depth cameras, SLRs), a CAVE-like systems, clusters of high-end rendering PCs and associated tracking systems, sensors systems and interaction devices.”

Specialization Mandatory Courses (18 ECTS):

  • Virtual Environments, 6 ECTS
  • Advanced Computer Graphics, 6 ECTS
  • Advanced Visual Computing, 6 ECTS

Specialization Electives:

  • Machine Vision, 6 ECTS
  • Geometry of Images, 6 ECTS
  • Image Processing, 6 ECTS
  • Information Processing in Medical Imaging, 6 ECTS
  • Multimedia Systems, 6 ECTS
  • Network and Application Programming, 6 ECTS
  • Interaction Design, 6 ECTS
  • Professional Practice, 6 ECTS

Unfortunately, UCL is not available as an exit for students admitted in 2017.

Semantic Media (UNITN)

Francesco G.B. De Natale
Francesco G.B. De Natale
Fausto Giunchiglia
Fausto Giunchiglia

University of Trento offers a specialization in the highly cross-disciplinary area of Semantic Media. The objective is to bridge the gap between Signal Processing technologies applied to multimedia data, and the relevant fields of Media Analysis and Pattern Recognition and Knowledge Representation that allow associating a semantic to media objects. The program is offered by the Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science (DISI), whose members are very active in these research areas.

Students will benefit not only of the facilities available at UniTN, but also of a preferential access to a network of partner companies, SMEs, and research institutions where they will have the possibility of making experiences, strengthening their entrepreneurial profile, carrying out internships. Moreover, EIT Digital at Italy has a strong focus on digital media content management, witnessed by the co-location of large enterprises (e.g., Engineering SpA, Telecom Italia) with specific emphasis on these technologies.

Francesco G.B. De Natale is a Professor of Telecommunications at University of Trento. He works for more than 20 years in the area of multimedia signal processing, and leads the group of Multimedia at the Dept. of Information Engineering and Computer Science. Recently, he focused on the effort of making traditional signal processing methodologies converge with most advanced semantic technologies to solve complex multimedia analysis tasks in different application domain, including content-based media retrieval, smart interfaces, cognitive environments, behavioral analysis.

Fausto Giunchiglia is a Professor of Computer Science at University of Trento. His research interests span different but related areas, including (in decreasing order of generality): Artificial Intelligence, formal methods, automated reasoning (including context and contextual reasoning), knowledge management. His current interests focus on the notion of “context” as a way to manage data, content and knowledge at large in real-world applications. The reference application domain for such research is peer-to-peer enabled (Semantic) Web, with special attention to the problem of managing diversity in knowledge.

Specialisation Mandatory Courses (12 ECTS):

  • Computer Vision (6 ECTS)
  • Project Course on Media Retrieval (6 ECTS)

Specialisation Electives:

  • Big Data and Social Networks (6 ECTS)
  • Knowledge Representation in an Open World (6 ECTS)
  • Affective Computing (6 ECTS)
  • Language Understanding Systems (6 ECTS)

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