Multimodal Extreme Scale Data Analytics for
Smart Cities Environments

1 Year MARVEL!

It's been already one whole year since the MARVEL project kicked off and what a year it has been! Our H2020 EU-funded project is planning to put extreme-scale audio and visual data at the service of smart cities, to improve the well being and safety of citizens. Within the first year of collaboration, our consortium partners have made a strong team, which has produced valuable results in terms of research, stakeholder engagement and public awareness regarding the MARVEL activities and finally in terms of tangible outcomes with the release of the Minimum Viable Product of the project.

We are looking forward to the developments that will take place in 2022! We hope that you will keep on following our journey and will share your thoughts along the way in order to make us better and eventually have a final result that will benefit every smart city that will decide to adopt it. Take a look at a few of our latest highlights and make sure to follow us online if you are not already, for more immediate updates!

MARVEL in 3 minutes and a half!

Latest Highlights

Our community in zenodo is full of research material!

Thanks to the research teams of our partners as well as international collaborations, MARVEL funds have resulted already in 11 papers that were presented in 9 international conferences and workshops, 3 journal publications and 1 special issue! We are so proud of our partners!

Access all the material here >>

19 project deliverables have been submitted for review to the EC!

The first year of any project is traditionally very active, including set-up activities and related deliverables. However, the use of real personal data in the case of MARVEL and the strive to release the project's MVP within a year since we began working made our first year busier than usually. 19 deliverables were completed, 7 of which are available to the public and open for feedback!

Deliverables overview here >>

MARVEL was a proud sponsor of EBDVF2021!

The flagship event of the European Big Data Value and Data-Driven AI Research and Innovation community took place virtually at the end of November and MARVEL was a proud sponsor. Access to all presentations can be found here.

Read more about the event here >>

MARVEL plenary meeting!

The latest plenary meeting of MARVEL took place in November in a hybrid format. Living in the era of a pandemic, the fact that almost half of the partners were allowed to attend the meeting physically was great for the bonding of the team and getting a few things done faster and easier.

Read more here >>

First meeting with the external advisory board of MARVEL!

The first MARVEL Advisory Board meeting was successfully held in mid-December. The AB members through a fruitful discussion provided their feedback and recommendations aiming to ensure high quality and excellence in the project.

Read more here >>

MARVEL at European Researchers' Night in Trento!

The European Researchers’ Night is a Europe-wide public event, which displays the diversity of science and its impact on citizens’ daily lives in fun and inspiring ways. The team of FBK was present with 4 demos to show the impact the technologies developed in MARVEL have on the wide community.

Read more here >>

MARVEL at Bench'21 international conference!

Sponsored and organized by the International Open Benchmark Council (BenchCouncil), the Bench conference encompasses a wide range of topics in benchmarking, measurement, evaluation methods and tools. Prof. Dragana Bajovic presented the architectural blueprints for three different MARVEL use cases, as well as the initial benchmarking strategy and tools.

Read more here >>

MARVEL knowledge sharing sessions!

MARVEL partners participated in a variety of webinars, sharing insights from the research developed in the context of MARVEL. We have curated all sessions that are available online, in our channel on YouTube for your reference, but you can also find the presentations used or material shared in channels other than YouTube, in the dedicated items in our "News" section on our website.

View videos here >>

Check all MARVEL's latest news here


We have been blogging since the beginning of our project and so far it has led to very interesting discussions! We are happy to have an open dialogue with everyone interested in and/or influenced by MARVEL and consider the thoughts you share. We are looking forward to hearing more often from you not only about the topics we touch but also about anything around the objectives of MARVEL. See our latest blogs below:

Did you know...? blog series

"Did you know..." blog series content is curated by Claudio Cicconetti from the CNR team. It is meant to explain computer science concepts in a brief way and describe how they are applied in MARVEL. Latest episode (4) is available at the blog section of our website.

Read more here >>

Fairness in Machine Learning!

Machine learning has begun to invade all aspects of life, even those protected by anti-discrimination law. It is being used in hiring, credit, criminal justice, advertising, education, and more. Which activities and decisions in your life would you like to have taken by Artificial Intelligence?

Read more here >>

Noise and Sound in the cities surrounding environment!

An important goal for Cities is to explore new urban topics, methods, and collaborations that will ultimately lead to a healthier lifestyle of a far better quality. Living in a fast-paced environment, it is considered valuable to present the topic of health and sound from several angles while also paying attention to both the economic impact and the environmental one. Are you aware of the impact of noise pollution?

Read more here >>

AI in crime prevention policies!

Big data analytics is gaining ground in policy-making because of the use of algorithms as predictive tools for risk analysis or crime prevention. This gives rise to the concept of predictive policing, which involves predicting the time and place of future criminal activity through data analytics. What is your opinion regarding the use of AI for preventing crime and predicting criminal behavior?

Read more here >>

DCASE Challenge: Pushing the state-of-the-art in audio content analysis technologies!

The DCASE (Detection and Classification of Acoustic Scenes and Events) community has had a substantial role in the recent growth of the research interest towards the audio content analysis of everyday environments. The community organizes two major events annually: DCASE Challenge, an evaluation campaign to benchmark the progress in the field, and  DCASE Workshop, a venue to publish and discuss scientific output. Through these, the community offers a strong platform for the discussion of different perspectives and approaches.

Read more here >>

Benchmarking solutions within MARVEL!

Benchmarking can be defined as the way to measure and compare performance metrics or business processes with the current state-of-the-art. The MARVEL framework aims at going beyond the state-of-the-art on different aspects of handling, analysing and managing heterogeneous data, especially of audio-visual (AV) nature.

Read more here >>

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Upcoming Events

January 25, 2022

MARVEL Benchmarking Workshop - The MARVEL consortium will gather to bootstrap the benchmarking of the solutions used in the project's MVP, but also of the assets to be used in the project's prototype that will be released in June 2022.

January 28, 2022

MARVEL Info Day - The MARVEL consortium will give an overview of the project and will demonstrate its Minimum Viable Product in order to collect feedback from the audience. The feedback will be used for the next release of the solution.

January 31st, 2022

MARVEL Special Session paper submission - MARVEL organises a Special Session at the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks 2022 (IJCNN-SS-1) and IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence (WCCI) 2022. More information can be found here.

March 22, 2022

MARVEL organizes PeRConAI - MARVEL organises a workshop on Pervasive and Resource-Constrained AI (PeRConAI)  co-located with IEEE PerCom’22 (A+ conference) in Pisa (Italy) as a hybrid event. More information can be found here.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program under grant agreement No 957337.
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