Interactive Digital TV Laboratory

Interactive Digital TV Laboratory



The working group of the IDTV Laboratory (Interactive Digital TV) is made up at present of 11 professors (9 PhD). Since its foundation in 1995, our main research area was the development of design methodologies for distributed communication systems. In this field, the group has produced several PhDs and published many papers in international conferences and journals. Our main publications in this area are available here. Besides, this research area has been funded by several national and international R+D projects.

In the last years, our group has been applying its know-how in distributed system design and development to a new research line devoted to the study of digital TV issues, mainly related to the new MHP standard for interoperable Set-Top Boxes and the design and development of telematic applications. For this new field, our main current projects and achievements are the following:

  1. The development of the middleware for an MHP receiver which includes a web browser for a digital TV environment based on DVB-HTML (more information).
  2. Currently, we are developing a recommender application for digital TV contents and telematic applications. This application, running on the SetTop box or on the content provider machines, is aimed at identifying the most appropriate programs/services for each user based on the user profile, TV content characteristics and past history of watching/buying programs (more information).
  3. A development tool to create distance learning contents for TV (broadly known as T-learning). Besides, we are defining how to personalize the pedagogical contents for each TV viewer (more information).
  4. We are also studying how to allow the interaction between MHP and OSGi applications, which will promote the coordination of the IDTV and smart home worlds (more information).

All these research lines are being founded by national and european research proyects and their results are being published in international conferences and journals. For more detailed information, please visit the sections Proyects and Publications in this website.