MSc Multimedia Technology Open Day


The 5th October 2002



Provisional Schedule for Talks, Venue G19




Student / Project



Opening Message



Catherine Batch, PR Interactive

S. Bean


Sile Quirke, On-Line Search Application …

S. Bean


Aine McCarthy, Visual Text To Speech Synthesis

S. Bean


Paul Harty, Online Music Distribution Service

D. Murphy





Paul Murphy, CASE Tool to Model and Generate …

D. Murphy


Sarah Nugent / Blaneth Mc Sharry, Multimedia Francais

S. Tabirca


Orna Ní Shúilleabháin, Online Choral Resource using MIDI

I. Pitt


Helen Walsh, Farm Safety Training System

S. Bean





Project Presentations (Venue: Prefab Lab)




PR Interactive

Catherine Batch


Abstract: ‘PR Interactive’ explores the possibilities multimedia technology holds for the Public Relations (PR) industry.  The PR industry relies on reporting its ‘successes’ to clients to ensure its merits are recognized.  By embracing new technology the PR industry can begin to streamline activity and reduce cost. 


The application ‘PR interactive’, developed specifically for this Master Project, offers a suite of tools for the PR practitioner.  The tools include the ‘self capture media training device’ designed with Java and Java Media Framework and a ‘multimedia database and reporting system’ developed in PHP and MySQL.


Throughout the development of this project, it has been realised PR Interactive is a versatile tool that has the potential to be used in other industries.


On-Line Search Application for the Multimedia Centre

Sile Quirke


Abstract: This thesis concerns the design of an On-Line Search Application for the Multimedia Centre, situated in the Boole Library, University College Cork. The application is based on a Web database publishing system. The primary concept of a Web database system is to store the content of the site in a database. This content is dynamically extracted from the database as a Web page and viewed using a Web browser.


With regard to cataloging, a growing volume of acquisitions is pressurizing the Multimedia Centre. Currently, the Multimedia Centre catalogues such information in static files, accessible by Director or Composer. In addition, it must be noted that the Video collection is searchable using the Boole Library website. However, it was decided that an On-Line Search Application dedicated to the collections within the Multimedia Centre would be of great benefit.


The fundamental idea of this project is to use SQL to search the database directly from a Web browser. The database is stored on a UNIX server, while PHP is used to interact with the Web pages. A search facility is provided for a student to search one of the three collections - Video, Compact Disc and Vinyl contained within the Multimedia Centre. A further feature provides a simple interface enabling the librarian to maintain the database without any knowledge of programming or databases.


Visual Text To Speech Synthesis

Aine McCarthy


Abstract: Human speech communication relies not only on sound, but also on sight, especially during poor linguistic conditions or if the person is either deaf or hard of hearing. In these situations the face in particular becomes an important support to speech. The face affords the interaction very important linguistic and extra-linguistic information in terms of emotion and emphasis that cannot be gained through speech alone. Therefore to take maximum advantage of audio text to speech technology it is very important to understand the extra dimension in terms of intelligibility and interaction that applications can gain through the combination of facial animation and text to speech synthesis. The integration of text-to-to speech(TTS)synthesis and animated synthetic faces allows new applications like visual computer interfaces using agents or avatars. This particular project is based on a basic screen reader design but with an added 3D head. The lips of the model are synched so as to increase the realism of the character. The faces is also animated to again to increase the realism of the character and hopefully as an end product the immersiveness of the user, the intelligibility of the speech and the usefulness of the product in it’s many adaptive fields.

Keywords: Visual text to speech synthesis, facial animation,3D, avatar, lip synching.


An Online Music Distribution Service

Paul Harty


The advancements in multimedia technology over the last decade has led to numerous possibilities for the distribution of digital media. The revolution in digital music and the ever increasing dependence on the Internet as a medium, has started a trend which has changed how we, purchase, store and listen to music. This thesis explores thistrend and strives to predict future innovations this revolution will take in a consumer society.


            This thesis conceptualises, designs and develops an online digital music subscription service for businesses premises. In addition, the service is resented in a format that is different to other major service providers. An easy to use service that delivers a high quality product in as fast a time as possible. This aim and final piece of practical work was achieved through three main methods:


1.  Analysis of current methods for digital music distribution. This analysis was conducted by critically evaluating current online services and through researching of media literature such as books, web journals and various websites.


2.  Utilisation of multimedia software tools to create high quality alternative ways of producing and presenting music as a consumer product.


3.  Creation of a usable and interactive multimedia environment to access the music. The Internet is used as the platform and this required a stable backend system to track, store and dynamically update the content. This overall design was achieved through direction and advice from industry professionals and the use of current specifications of web programming languages and technologies such as JavaScript, Tango and Flash.


The thesis concludes with an evaluation of its findings and an evaluation of how it could be developed further as a viable multimedia product.



CASE Tool to Model and Generate the Structure and Behavior of a Virtual Reality Environment using Scene Graph Diagrams


Paul Murphy


Abstract: The development of a Virtual Reality environment differs from the development of a regular software system. Existing software design tools do not cater for these differences. A design tool, which targets these unique requirements is of considerable advantage to VR developers.  The construction of such a tool consists of several different challenges from the areas of Virtual Reality Software Development, Meta-Modelling, Code Generation, CASE (computer-aided software engineering), Visual Programming, and User Interfaces. The concept of an interactive scene graph diagram is important to such a tool.


Multimedia Francais – Interactive Learning French on-line.

Sarah Nugent and Blaneth Mc Sharry


Abstract: Current trends in e-learning prompted the development of a highly interactive website to learn French. It makes use of the latest technologies such as Java, Javascript, Flash, PHP and MySQL. The French language is made both accessible and attainable by combining video and audio elements to maintain the interest and attention of the user. The website is also database driven which allows the user to chart their progress.


Online Choral Resource using MIDI

Orna Ní Shúilleabháin BSc


The objective of this project is to construct a web-based application for use by choir members and choral conductors.  A database of four-part MIDI files is maintained.  The user selects the required MIDI file and the relevant lines are displayed on screen using Scalable Vector Graphics.  There are options for playing each line or all four lines on the available MIDI player.  The notes can be highlighted as they are played.


Farm Safety Training System

Helen Walsh


Abstract: The purpose of this project was to put into place a user friendly and accessible Farm Safety Training System for persons aged 14 years and upwards.  Farm Safety is an extremely important issue in Ireland at present.  40% of all fatal accidents at work occur in the farming sector. Despite this there is little if any information available for farming families.  The information that is available has to be actively sought and is not easily accessible.  In addition it is necessary to pay in order to obtain any of this information i.e. any documentation or video material that might be available.


This project focused on setting up a system, which could be accessible to all farming families from their own homes at no cost, except the cost of accessing the Internet.  In addition the system could be used internally in the Agricultural Colleges, i.e. through the setting up on an intranet.


The system needed to achieve four goals:

1.Be easily accessible to farming families.

2.Be relatively cheap to implement.

3.Have a user friendly and interactive environment, which would suit different types of learners.

Have some method whereby an administrator could take responsibility for a group of learners, and could receive feedback from them on what was being learnt.