Neural Style Transfer

Digital Masterpieces, a start-up company of the Hasso Plattner Institut for Digital Engineering, has recently finish a first full version of digital imaging system based on neural style transfer. The app, freely available as “BeCasso”, instantly converts digital photography into “pieces of artworks”, providing a large number of styles derived from world-class painters (
BeCasso technology received the Best Paper Award at the SIGGRAPH Asia 2017 Symposium on Mobile Graphics and Interactive Applications (MGIA) where it also received the Best Demo Award for the contribution "Pictory - Neural Style Transfer and Editing with CoreML".


This technology delivers features required by future digital brushes, digital paints and digital imaging solutions. As a service-oriented system, it can be integrated as component into complex workflows of image-based or video-based processing systems as well. Research Retreat

The Research Retreat aims at

  • bringing together researchers from computer graphics, multimodal and multimedia technologies and visual interactive digital media technologies;
  • focusing on dedicated key-innovation topics with small groups of researchers from members and associates of;
  • developing proposals for joint research projects and joint development activities;
  • setting the base for joint publications and research agendas in “buttom-up” mode;
  • strengthening network building and alumni networks.

The Research Retreat also targets at strengthening knowledge about the partners’ activities and research projects. In particular, it contributes a platform to present, discuss, and relate own research works such as ongoing or finished works on Master or Ph.D. theses. The Research Retreat also provides a platform to invite leading corporate partners from industry that can provide students and researchers insights into industry perspectives. Prof. Dr. Jürgen Döllner (Hasso Plattner Institute) leads the Research Retreat with its office in Málaga, Spain.

Cabling systems: detecting defects before a failure occurs

List, a CEA Tech institute and member, has developed the first-ever industrial-scale reflectometry-based embedded early cable defect detection demonstrator system.

When it comes to aircraft cabling systems, early-stage defects account for 45% of damage-inducing faults. And yet, traditional reflectometry techniques are mainly useful in detecting dead shorts. A system to detect early-stage defects would let aircraft maintenance technicians attend to these defects before they generate faults.

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The demonstrator developed by List leverages a circuit board that injects an orthogonal multi-tone time domain reflectometry (OMTDR) signal into the cabling system. When the signal passes through a defective area, some of its energy is sent back to the injection point, while the rest continues to propagate throughout the system. The circuit board creates the reflectogram from the data, and then uses an innovative algorithm protected by several patents to fuse the results from several post-processing methods to provide robust, multi-criteria diagnostics. Another benefit is that a master circuit board can communicate with additional slave circuit boards that send their own reflectograms, resulting in an even more precise combined analysis.

The demonstrator system can detect smaller insulation and shielding defects on twisted-pair and twisted-quad cables than current detection systems. For example, the system picked up a 5 mm-long shielding defect and a bend radius of ten times or less than the cable's diameter during testing, a world-first. The compact system can be integrated into connectors to build self-diagnosing complex cable assemblies. The demonstrator system was presented at a conference and will soon be scaled-up by Nicomatic for manufacturing.

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REPLICATE – cReative-asset harvEsting PipeLine to Inspire Collective-AuThoring and Experimentation

REPLICATE‘s main goal is to stimulate and support collaborative creativity for everyone anywhere and anytime (ubiquitous co-creativity). To achieve this goal, the H2020 project, in which partner Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI) is participating, will address different aspects that currently complicate the process of content creation and collaborative co-creation

REPLICATE aims to build upon leading research into the use of Smartphones and their sensors to deliver robust image-based 3D reconstruction of objects and their surroundings via highly visual, tactile and haptic user interfaces. In order to deliver real-time, interactive tools for high-quality 3D asset production, the project will balance device-based vs. cloud-based computational loading, rather than simply replacing regular computers by mobile devices. In this way, REPLICATE will facilitate everyone to take part in the creative process, anywhere and anytime, through a seamless user experience, ranging from the capturing of the real-world, modifying and adjusting objects for flexible usage, and then finally repurposing them via co-creative, MR workspaces to form novel creative media or through physical expression via rapid prototyping.

More information can be obtained at the project web site.