It is nowadays very common that public places such as pubs, restaurants, and fitness club have large TV screens to entertain their customers -- especially during national or international sports championship events. For the venue owner it would be desirable if they could control which commercials are shown to their audience. In other words they may have the desire to replace untargeted commercials by target commericals of their choice.

In this joint project with  Half Minute Media Ltd. we research algorithms for robost real-time commercial detection and control (such as replacement) in live streams. We are especially developing fast and extremely reliable algorithms for

  • Mining video channels automatically in order to extract all commercials and
  • Detecting known commericials in live streams using highly compact, but discriminate clip descriptors



  • Rainer Lienhart, Christoph Kuhmünch and Wolfgang Effelsberg. On the Detection and Recognition of Television Commercials, Proc. IEEE Conf. on Multimedia Computing and Systems, Ottawa, Canada, pp. 509 - 516, June 1997.
    Also: Technical Report TR-96-016, University of Mannheim, Dezember 1996.