Université de Nantes and Capacités receive an Emmy® Award

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) recently presented Université de Nantes with the Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award. This prestigious award was granted to the Nantes researchers in recognition of their development of “open” tools that optimise the perceptual quality of video compression. Capacités’s teams played an important role in this major contribution to the field of audio-visual sciences.

“We are very pleased and, above all, very proud. This Emmy recognises the open innovation approach that resulted from an exemplary collaboration between industrial stakeholders and academic institutions”, explained Patrick Le Callet, a professor at Polytech Nantes, a researcher at the Laboratoire des sciences du numérique de Nantes (LS2N, Nantes Digital Science Laboratory) and a lead scientist at CAPACITÉS. “The subtle, intelligent and agile interaction of all those involved, notably Université de Nantes Foundation and CAPACITÉS, was the deciding factor with respect to the success of this endeavour.”

The Laboratoire des sciences du numérique de Nantes (LS2N) enjoys global recognition for its expertise in the field of visual perception for multimedia applications. Its researchers have spent several years working on the automatic evaluation of image and video quality, as well as on improving this quality.

Since 2017, assisted by CAPACITÉS and two American universities, they have been developing a particular encoding system (called the “dynamic optimizer”) for a renowned VOD giant, namely Netflix. Their main objective was to preserve video quality, even when streaming over low bandwidth on a smartphone, which was considered a major contribution to the field of new technologies.

Find out more about the video encoding algorithms that were developed for Netflix under Our Achievements.

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