The MediaEval Multimedia Evaluation benchmark was founded in 2008 as VideoCLEF and in 2011 became an independent benchmarking initiative. Each year it offers tasks that are related to multimedia retrieval, analysis, and exploration.
WeVerify is an EU granted project that aims to address the complex content verification challenges through a participatory verification approach, open-source algorithms, low-overhead human-in-the-loop machine learning and intuitive visualizations. The MeVer team leads the ‘Cross-modal Disinformation Detection and Content Verification’ work package and in collaboration with the University of Sheffield (USFD) have developed tools that will bring together features from text, images and videos to tackle the challenge of cross-modal disinformation detection and content verification.
On the 24th of April 2020, a huge coronavirus-related hackathon started, the EUvsVirus Hackathon, organized by the European Commission. Over 20,900 people across the EU and beyond took part, with 2,150 solutions submitted in areas including health and life (898), business continuity (381), remote working and education (270), social and political cohesion (452), digital finance (75) and other challenges (83).
A lot of our research and development activities rely on large collections of web media content sourced from social media platforms, such as YouTube and Twitter, and then manually curated and annotated by our researchers with the purpose of creating “ground truth” datasets. This helps us train machine learning models on specific tasks and then benchmark those models along with competing approaches in order to select the best method per case.
The Context Aggregation and Analysis tool was developed by the MeVer team within the InVID project and continues to evolve within the WeVerify project. The tool aims to facilitate the verification of user-generated videos posted by three well-known platforms – YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. It collects information surrounding the video, analyses and filters it and creates a verification report that is then presented to the end user (journalist) who is responsible to inspect the verification cues and decide about the video veracity.
The Truth and Trust Online conference achieved its mission to bring together people with different backgrounds, levels of seniority, origin and also from various disciplines. It covered a wide range of issues around the challenge of misinformation and the 257 participants had two days of amazing talks from people of well known companies, universities, media organizations, NGOs, such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, Microsoft, BBC, Full Fact and others.
The Thessaloniki edition of the Researchers’ Night was held on September 27 and tried to bring researchers closer to society and inspire more young people to get involved with research.
The International Workshop on Reducing Online Misinformation Exposure ROME 2019 was co-located with the 42nd International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, which took place on July 21-25, 2019 in Paris.
The Media Verification team of CERTH-ITI was invited to organize a hackathon, titled ‘The Web Media Verification Challenge’, in the 1st EURASIP-GAIPDM Seasonal School, that took place in Thessaloniki, Greece on July 15-19. 2019.