3rd MEDIA MANAGEMENT WEBINAR 2022

AI User’s Contributions Tools and Speech Regionalization Use Cases

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May, 2022

Online

Media Management Webinar 2022 on May 19th online, free access.

Implementation of automation tools based on machine learning and artificial intelligence, what future does AI hold for audiovisual librarians, what role can they play and how to manage such a big change?

In 2015, to deal with the challenges raised by the massification of digital data, INA embarked on a vast project to completely overhaul its information systems.

Embracing a data-centric strategy, this overhaul meets the necessary conditions for implementing automation tools based on machine learning and artificial intelligence to segment and describe audiovisual content. After identifying a few use cases, the work to automate the segmentation and indexing media process was launched in 2019. These technical and material issues come with human and professional challenges, asking for specific business users’ skills and knowledge.

This presentation aims to give a few answers, at least advice and feedback, to a simple question: what future does AI hold for audiovisual librarians, what role can they play and how to manage such a big change?

Regional Languages with Machine Learning: Achievements and Challenges (small languages and dialects). Radiotelevisiun Svizra Rumantscha (RTR, SRG SSR) has launched a project for the written reproduction of spoken Romansh

The Romansh media company Radiotelevisiun Svizra Rumantscha (RTR, SRG SSR) has launched a project for the written reproduction of spoken Romansh. To be able to teach Romansh to the computer at all, RTR first had to acquire data to feed the system to learn Romansh. Bernard Bearth, Head of Data and Archives at RTR, explains the value of the existing archives for this project and the importance of speech-to-text and automatic translation for RTR archives in the future.

Regional Languages with Machine Learning: Achievements and Challenges University of Edinburgh: Gaelic Speech Recognition: Challenges Faced, Lessons Learnt and Future Plans

In this seminar, Dr Will Lamb (University of Edinburgh) will discuss work towards an accurate, general-purpose Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) system for Scottish Gaelic. In 2021, a team of researchers at Edinburgh developed the first working example of such as system, with assistance from MG Alba and several other non-academic partners. By the end of the project, the system achieved an accuracy level of approximately 73%. While this is a far cry from state-of-the-art English systems, used in applications such as Siri and Alexa, it is a promising beginning and confirms the methodology adopted. Modern ASR systems are machine-learning based, and trained upon tens of thousands, if not millions, of hours of the audio and corresponding text. The principal challenge facing minority languages, such as Gaelic, is acquiring suitable training data. In this seminar, Dr Lamb will outline plans to augment the current 103 hours of data fiftyfold (i.e. to 5000 hours). This increase would translate to a much more accurate and robust system. The goal is to develop a subtitling system appropriate for broadcasting purposes in the next 3 to 4 years.

SPEAKERS

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William Lamb
The University of Edinburgh
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Bernard Bearth
RTR
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Olivio Segura
INA
Jennifer
Jennifer Wilson
MMC Co-Chair
BBC Scotland
Archive Manager
Elena Brodie EC
Elena Brodie-Kusa
MMC Chair
A+E Networks
Media Solutions Architect