BBC Research & Development is the national technical research department of the BBC.

It has responsibility for researching and developing advanced and emerging media technologies for the benefit of the corporation, and wider UK and European media industries, and is also the technical design authority for a number of major technical infrastructure transformation projects for the UK broadcasting industry.

Cenatus has worked on two projects within R&D:

Editorial Algorithms

At the heart of the experimental system created through this project is a scalable pipeline for the ingestion and analysis of online textual content.

Cenatus worked on an API to allow the creation and storage of arbitrary streams of data ingested by the system. We also built separate UI component allowing end users to configure streams of data based upon a subset of data sources ingested by the system, filtered by entities from DBpedia. [more info].


CODAM is a collaborative project funded by Innovate UK in the area of video fingerprinting and visual search. The partners in the project are the University of Surrey and Visual Atoms. The project aims to deliver a toolkit to track and identify footage in very large video archives. This could be of significant help to broadcasters who quickly need to find a piece of footage for legal reasons, or for programme makers who want to find shots of a particular object or scene.

Cenatus worked on developing and enhancing the existing web front end that allowed video ingestion and users to search for frames or video clips ingested by the system as well as searching for ‘similar’ objects within a particular frame. [more info].

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Published on 04 Apr 2017