Chris Poppe

Chris Poppe received the Master degree in Industrial Sciences from KaHo Sint-Lieven, Belgium, in 2002 and received his Master degree in Computer Science from Ghent University, Belgium, in 2004. He joined the Multimedia Lab, Department of Electronics and Information Systems (ELIS), iMinds, where he obtained the PhD degree in 2009. In his PhD he investigated new ways of detecting moving objects for video surveillance applications. The analysis was performed both on original video sequences (pixel-based analysis) and compressed video streams. Additionally, the manner of representing these detected objects using standardized metadata was studied.

Since June 2009, Chris Poppe was working as a post-doctoral employee in the Multimedia Lab. His current research interests include video coding technologies, video analysis, and multimedia metadata extraction, processing and representation, with a strong focus on standardization processes.


Starting January 2011, he has joined TomTom Ghent and is currently exploring new research areas in the field of navigation, geospatial science, and traffic.



Chris Poppe has supervised several courses related to all aspects of multimedia and internet technologies. Currently he is head supervisor of the exercises part of the course Advanced Multimedia Applications.

  • 2009-2010: Advanced Multimedia Applications (project course teached in English)
  • 2009-2010: Design of Multimedia Applications (teached in English)
  • 2008-2009: Design of Multimedia Applications
  • 2007-2008: Multimedia
  • 2006-2007: Multimedia
  • 2005-2006: Internet Applications
  • 2004-2005: Multimedia Techniques


During his work at Multimedia Lab Chris Poppe has actively participated in standardization processes within the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG), which lead to 5 standardization contributions in MPEG. Chris Poppe was also a contributing member of the W3C Multimedia Semantics Incubator Group and is currently a participant and editor within the W3C Media Annotations Working Group.


Chris Poppe has been involved in several national and international research projects within the domain of content analysis and the usage of metadata.

  • iCoCoon (Immersive COmmunication by means of COmputer visiON) iMinds project (1/4/2010 – 31/12/2011).
    Participating as workpackage leader on visualization for immersive video conferencing systems.
  • ISYSS (Intelligent Systems for Security and Safety) iMinds project (1/1/2008 – 31/12/2009).
    Participating as workpackage leader on video analytics for video surveillance applications.
  • PeCMan (Personal Content Management Platform) iMinds project (1/1/2007 – 31/1/2009).
    Participated as workpackage leader on metadata for content management systems.
  • DANAE (Dynamic and distributed Adaptation of scalable multimedia coNtent in a context-Aware Environment) (1/2004 – 06/2006) IST FP6 project.
    Participated as researcher and developer on the application of MPEG-21 for distributed multimedia platforms.


Journal publications: 

  1. Gaëtan Martens, Chris Poppe, Peter Lambert, and Rik Van de Walle.

    Noise- and compression-robust biological features for texture classification.

    VISUAL COMPUTER. Vol. 26. 2010

  2. Chris Poppe, Sarah De Bruyne, Tom Paridaens, Peter Lambert, and Rik Van de Walle.
    Moving Object Detection in the H.264/AVC Compressed Domain for Video Surveillance Applications.
    Visual Communication and Image Representation, August 2009
  3. Chris Poppe, Gaëtan Martens, Erik Mannens, and Rik Van de Walle.
    Personal Content Management System a Semantic Approach.
    Visual Communication and Image Representation, February 2009
  4. Chris Poppe, Gaëtan Martens, Sarah De Bruyne, Peter Lambert, and Rik Van de Walle.
    Robust spatio-temporal multimodal background subtraction for video surveillance.
    Optical Engineering, 47:110101, October 2008
  5. Davy De Schrijver, Chris Poppe, Sam Lerouge, Wesley De Neve, and Rik Van de Walle.
    MPEG-21 Bitstream Syntax Descriptions for Scalable Video Codecs.
    Multimedia Systems, 11:403–421, June 2006

In 2008 he received the best poster award for advanced researchers at the 9e FirW PhD Symposium in Ghent (Belgium) for the paper:
High-speed Moving Object Detection in H.264/AVC Compressed Domain (Poster, Paper).

More publications by Chris Poppe can be found in the ELIS database.


Chris Poppe has been a reviewer for publications and project proposals:

  • ITS European Congress 2011
  • Multimedia Tools and Applications 2010, 2011
  • The Second International Conference on Creative Content Technologies (CONTENT) 2010
  • The International Workshop on Multimedia and Semantic Technologies (MUST) 2010
  • The International Conference on Multimedia and Ubiquitous Engineering (MUE) 2010
  • Workshop on Interoperable Social Multimedia Applications (WISMA) 2010
  • Workshop on Semantic Multimedia Database Technologies (SeMuDate) 2009
  • Asian Semantic Web Conference (ASWC) 2009
  • Book chapters in “Data Management in Semantic Web”, published by NOVA Science Publishers
  • Project proposal within National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF/CNRS) 2009
  • ITS World Congress 2008, 2010, 2011


Chris Poppe


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