Digital Media Technology Lab

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The Digital Media Technology (DMT) Lab focuses on the development of methods for creating, processing evaluating and distributing digital media. The Lab focuses on four core themes: digital audio processing, digital image processing, mixed reality and digital media distribution. The team has expertise in the digital representation, distribution, processing analysis of data that maps directly to the human senses, especially sight and hearing.

Image Processing and Mixed Reality / Digital Image Technology

This group researches both image and video processing, and mixed reality research, and is linked directly to a wide variety of application domains including medical image analysis systems, video and image distribution systems, low-level image assessment, image feature classification, real-time video processing, 3D modelling and 3D processing, live television studios and mixed reality presentation systems.

Our Mixed Reality work in the development and assessment of systems for the interaction of real actors with virtual objects. We have demonstrated systems where presenters manually interacted with anatomical models derived from MRI scans at forums such as the Digital Health and Wellness Summit 2017 in Barcelona.

Our Digital Image Processing work in the segmentation of images within noisy or highly textured regions. We have developed novel 3D edge detection schemes for MRI and CT data that is currently been in collaboration with Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Current Research Activities

  • Real-time interaction in Mixed Reality
  • Onset pre-visualisation in film production
  • Illumination and colour coherence in video compositing.
  • 2D and 3D edge detection using statistical features
  • 3D segmentation of CT and MRI Images.
  • Objective performance evaluation of edge detection methods

Staff working in this group

  • Cham Athwal
  • Ian Williams
  • Mathew Randall
Key Publications
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Digital Audio Processing

The Digital Audio Processing Group is a multidisciplinary research group working in the areas of Music Informatics, Digital Signal Processing (DSP), and computational musicology.

It studies technologies for analysing and processing music, using a range of Digital Signal Processing (DSP) techniques. This involves processing musical event data in real-time and the processing of digital audio signals. Our research extends to embrace psychoacoustics and music theory/analysis/synthesis subject areas.

With a wealth of knowledge gained from working alongside industry and in collaboration with other institutions, we are ideally placed to engage in cutting-edge research work. As part of a Faculty with a long history of working alongside creative companies, we use innovative computational techniques to develop a range of outputs that can be employed by forward-thinking businesses.

The Group is a vibrant hub for audio technology research. With close links to research teams in Digital Image and Video Processing as well as the Centre for Music and Performance at Birmingham Conservatoire, the research within this group is focused on using a range of scientific and mathematical techniques and draws on a strong emphasis on DSP. We have expanding opportunities for students wishing to pursue MPhil and PhD study.

Current Research Activities

  • Low Latency High Resolution Audio Processing
  • Semantic Music Production and Retrieval
  • Application of perceptual models to automatic music mixing
  • Probabilistic Models for Expressive Musical Performance
  • Adaptive Digital Audio Effects
  • Acoustic Variance in Musical Performance
  • Signal P{rocessing for Folk Music Analysis

Staff working in this group

  • Cham Athwal
  • Ryan Stables
  • Islah Ali-Machlachlan
  • Leo Wang
  • Jason Hockman

Digital Media Distribution

The School of Computing and Digital Technology has a focus on the distribution of media across all existing infrastructures and the evolution of new services across these networks.

The broadcast and film industries are continually developing new ways of allowing (and encouraging) the user to interact with content. The research of this group aims to propose and develop content creation methods, interactivity and distribution for next generation media formats. Research activities focus on personalisation, interactivity and also the low latency delivery of media over the internet.

The School works closely with leading industry practitioners, network developers and operators to ensure that research is industry-centric with immediate relevance and also uses research work to augment the School's taught programme content.

The School delivers the BEng Broadcasting and Communication Engineering to all BBC technology apprentices and MSc Broadcast Technology to all BBC technology graduate trainees.

Current Research Activities

  • Personalised interactive TV and online video
  • Low-latency media network technology

Staff working in this group

  • Cham Athwal
  • Ian Williams
  • Jerry Foss

Research Projects in this Group

Real-Time Interaction in Mixed Reality

3D surface segmentation of Computed Tomography Images

Low-Latency High-Resolution Audio Processing

Acoustic Variance in Musical Performance

Personalised Interactive Online Video

Low-Latency media on IP networks

Meet the staff

Ian Williams
Ryan Stables
Jason Hockman final image - DMT staff
Jason Hockman
Chris Creed
Chris Creed
Jerry Foss
Islah Maclachlan
Islah Ali-Maclachlan
Mathew Randall
Andy White
Andy White
Dr Maite Frutos-Pascual
Maite Frutos-Pascual
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Alan Dolhasz