April 19th - Paulo Figueiredo

Paulo Figueiredo (L2F)

Video Summaries for Science Talks


Scientific talks range from conference presentations to lectures and documentaries. Even though some formats have high-grade content, such as lectures, their presentation is not always the most appealing. On the other hand, documentaries and other entertainment-driven programs can present consolidated information benefiting from aesthetically assured visual and audible effects. Motivated by these aspects, we illustrate the topics of a physics lecture through the use of documentaries. Our main concerns are the process of content selection and coherence aspects. The creation process uses a summarized transcript of a physics lecture to select topic-related content from a collection of documentaries. The issue of coherence is addressed as a consequence of the content selection process, as well as by means of video composition techniques via content organization.


Bio: Paulo Figueiredo received both his MSc (2015) and BSc (2013) degree in Information Systems and Computer Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lisbon, Portugal. His MSc thesis, entitled “Video Summaries for Science Talks”, was done in collaboration with the Spoken Language Systems (L2F) of INESC-ID advised by professor David Martins de Matos and Ricardo Ribeiro. Recently, he published “Summarization of films and documentaries based on subtitles and scripts” in Elsevier’s Pattern Recognition Letters.