SAUCE (Smart Assets for re-Use in Creative Environments) is a three-year EU Research and Innovation project between 9 companies and research institutions to create a step-change in allowing creative industry companies to re-use existing digital assets for future productions.
SAUCE will research, develop, pilot and demonstrate a set of professional tools and techniques for making content ‘smarter’, so that it is fully adaptive in a broad, unprecedented manner: adaptive to context (which facilitates re-use), to purpose (among or within industries), to the user (improving the viewing experience), and to the production environment (so that it is ‘future-proof’). The approach is based on research into
- light-field technology
- automated classification and tagging using deep learning and semantic labeling to describe and draw inferences
- the development of tools for automated asset transformation, smart animation, storage and retrieval.
These new technologies and tools will show that a vast reduction of costs and increases in efficiency are possible, facilitating the production of more content, of higher quality and creativity, for the benefit of the competitiveness of the European creative industries.
Universitat Pompeu Fabra - UPF is the Lead Partner, based in Barcelona and was established in 1990 as a public university with a strong dedication to excellence in research and teaching.
The 8 collaborating partners are:
- Double Negative Visual Effects
- Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Animationsinstitut
- BRNO University of Technology
- Trinity College Dublin
- Universität des Saarlandes
- Disney Research
More information can be found on the official project webpage.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 780470.