Erik Mannens

Erik Mannens is Research Manager - Future Media & Imaging Dept. / experienced Project Manager at iMinds (formerly known as IBBT) since 2005 where he has successfully managed +30 projects. He received his PhD degree in Computer Science Engineering (2011) at UGent, his Master’s degree in Computer Science (1995) at K.U. Leuven University, and his Master’s degree in Electro-Mechanical Engineering (1992) at KAHO Ghent.


Before joining IBBT-MMLab in 2005 as project manager, he was a software engineering consultant and Java architect for over a decade. His major expertise is centered around metadata modeling, semantic web technologies, broadcasting workflows, iDTV and web development in general. He is involved in several projects as senior researcher and just finished up his PhD on Semantic News Production; he is co-chair of the W3C Media Fragments Working Group and actively participating in other W3C’s semantic web standardization activities (Media Annotations, Provenance, and eGovernment).


Since 2008 Erik is paving the Open Data path in Flanders. He stood at the cradle of the first Hackatons and is a founding member of the Open Knowledge Foundation. (Belgian Chapter). Since then, he is frequently invited as Open Data evangelist at national and international events. He currently actively participates in W3C’s eGov and Linked Data Platform working groups. Furthermore his team is owner of the Open Sourced Linked Open Data Publishing frameworks TheDataTank and R&Wbase.


On all of these subjects he has published several papers and book chapters. He is also member of the technical committee of MTAP, ACM Multimedia, MareSO, CCNC, and SAMT. His full curriculum can be found on LinkedIn.


Specialties: (Linked) Open Data, Big Data Analysis, (Semantic) Web development, project management, W3C standardization (MMSEM, Video WG - Media Fragments & Media Annotation, Provenance WG), Java architect, iDT

 

Open Data Evangelist

  • OpenTransportNet: EU Project (1 Feb 2014 - 27 Feb 2017). Participating as a technical consultant for Open Data tooling & publishing in a European Open Data Transport Network.
  • Apps4EU (Apps For Europe): EU project (1 Jan 2013 - 31 Dec 2014). Participating as workpackage leader and technology provider on the publication of Linked Open Data concerning the different European Apps Competitions.
  • Flander's Open Data Publishing: EWI project (1 Jan 2013 - 30 Jun 2014). Participating as overall leader & workpackage leader on Open Data Publishing in Flanders. Awareness creation and the deployment of Open Data within three Use Cases are key, i.e., Academic Publishing, Data Journalism, and Governmental Data re-use.
  • R&Wbase: iMinds Open Source Framework (1 Jan 2013 - ongoing). Code base owner of "Git for Triples" incorporating a full Read-Write Web with Versioning & Provenance (beta deployed)
  • TheDataTank: iMinds Open Source Framework (1 Oct 2011 - ongoing). Code base owner of "15 minutes" Linked Open Data Publishing framework (v4 deployed)
  • Strategic Open Data Consultant (1 Jan 2009 - ongoing) for Belgian Federal Government, Flander's Government, local Governments (a.o. V-ICT-OR, City of Ghent, Digipolis, etc.), Belgian Ministry of Defense, EWI, VIAA, Apps4X (Antwerp, Ghent, Kortrijk, ...), Westtoer, VDAB, Essent, ...

 

Projects

Erik Mannens has been leading several national research projects within the domain of broadcast workflow processes, multimedia adaptation, metadata modelling, and ontology building.

  • DisQover: IWT O&O Project (1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2015). Participating as as overall leader & workpackage leader on a federated querying & SPARQL algebra reasoning system for bio-informatics.
  • ORCA (Ontology based Reasoning for nurse CAll): IWT O&O Project (1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2015). Participating as as overall leader & workpackage leader on a distributed semantics reasoning framework for a nurse call system.
  • R.A.M.P. (Real-time Automated Media production): iMinds-MiX project (1 Sep 2013 - 30 Sep 2014). Participating as as overall leader & workpackage leader on a robust semantic reasoning engine of a multimedia stream, based on the fusion of contextual information and the analysis of enriched media content.
  • Unified Thesaurus: iMinds-MiX project (1 Sep 2013 - 31 Jan 2014). Participating as as overall leader & workpackage leader on feasability study for a unifying SKOS thesaurus across both media and cultural domains.
  • TISP: EU Project (1 Jan 2013 - 31 Dec 2015). Participating as a technical consult within this Network of Excellence with our expertise of an open standards (HTML5 & ePub3) based eBook publishing platform.
  • Streamstore: iMinds-MiX project (1 Oct 2012 - 30 Sep 2013). Participating as as workpackage leader on aggregating hyper-personalised media via a semantics recommendation engine.
  • Meten: iMinds-MiX project (1 Oct 2012 - 30 Sep 2013). Participating as as overall leader & workpackage leader on a new measuring protocol for cross-platform & multiple-type media consumption, a.o. based on social media analytics.
  • UvdT (Publisher of the Future): IWT-VIS project (1 Jul 2012 - 30 Jun 2016). Participating as as overall leader & workpackage leader on an open standards (HTML5 & ePub3) based eBook publishing platform.
  • iRead+: iMinds project (1 Jan 2012 - 31 Dec 2013). Participating as workpackage leader on a linguistic semantics enriching pipeline of an intelligent reader of enriched textual and multimedia materials.
  • Europeana Inside: EU project (1 Jan 2012 - 30 Jun 2014). Participating as tool implementor on an Europeana Connect Kit for Flickr.
  • DCA (Digitising Contemporary Art): EU project (1 Jan 2011 - 30 Jun 2013). Participating as workpackage leader on the metadata implementation guidelines for digitised contemporary artworks and the recommendation on contextualisation and interlinking digitised contemporary artworks.
  • SMIF (Smart Media In Flanders): iMinds project (1 Oct 2010 - 31 Dec 2012). Participating as workpackage leader on semantic metadata modelling, enrichment, clustering and provenance on news and sports multimedia assets.
  • Archipel (Network-centric approach to sustainable digital archives): iMinds project (1 Oct 2009 - 31 Dec 2011). Participating as overall leader on semantic metadata modelling, aggregating, harvesting, exchanging, and archiving of Flanders valuable multimedia assets. See also Archipel's Concept Video, Archipel's Technical Video, or Archipel's Demos Video.
  • MAPLE (Mobile, Adaptive & Personalized Learning Experience) : iMinds project (1 Oct 2009 - 30 Sep 2011). Participating as workpackage leader on semantic metadata modelling, enrichment, and reasoning on eLearning multimedia assets. See also MAPLE's Results Video.
  • LLINGO (Language Learning in an Interactive Game Environment): iMinds project (1 Oct 2009 - 30 Sep 2011). Participating as overall leader & workpackage leader on infinite 3D-gaming texture modeling. See also LLINGO's Results Video.
  • EPICS (eLearning Platform in the Cultural heritage Sector): iMinds project (1 Oct 2009 - 30 Sep 2011). Participating as workpackage leader on semantic metadata modelling, and didactization of digital heritage content in a eLearning platform. See also EPICS' Results Video.
  • Share4Health (Healthcare professional’s collaboration Space): iMinds project (1 May 2008 - 30 Apr 2010). Participating as workpackage leader on patient ontology building and patient data exchange.
  • CHF (Chronic Heart Failure Disease Management): iMinds project (1 May 2008 - 30 Apr 2009). Participating as workpackage leader on CHF ontology building.
  • BOM-Vl (Archiving & Disclosure of Flanders valuable Multimedia assets): iMinds project (1 Jan 2008 - 30 Jun 2009). Participating as overall leader & workpackage leader on semantic metadata modelling, and exchanging & archiving of Flanders valuable multimedia assets.
  • CUPID (Cultural Profile & Information Database): iMinds project (1 Jan 2008 - 31 Dec 2009). Participating as workpackage leader on events and profile ontology buiding, and data aggregation and enrichment.
  • IFIP (Independent Films In Progress): iMinds project (1 Jan 2008 - 31 Dec 2009). Participating as overall leader & workpackage leader on multimedia workflow and exchange platform.
  • CoCoNut (Communication & Collaboration Network Utilities): iMinds project (1 Jan 2008 - 31 Dec 2009). Participating as consultant on web2.0 collaboration tool set.
  • Heritage 2.0 (Social interactive location-based Cultural Heritage Experience): iMinds project (1 Apr 2007 - 31 Mar 2009). Participating as workpackage leader on semantic metadata modelling, data aggregation and data exchange of Cultural Heritage Records.
  • PISA (Production, Indexing and Search of Audio-visual material): iMinds project (1 Mar 2007 - 30 Sep 2008). Participating as overall leader & workpackage leader on metadata modelling of media production tools.
  • PokuMOn (Performing arts Multimedia Dissemination): iMinds project (1 Apr 2007 - 31 Mar 2009). Participating as overall leader & workpackage leader on semantic metadata modelling, online distribution and archiving of multimedia of performing arts.
  • Geisha (Grid Enabled Infrastructure for Service Oriented High Definition Media Applications): iMinds project (1 Mar 2007 - 28 Feb 2009). Participated as workpackage leader on HD-based media infrastructure and corresponding multimedia compression and container formats.
  • PeCMan (Personal Content Management Platform): iMinds project (1 Feb 2007 - 31 Jan 2009). Participated as workpackage leader on metadata modelling for personal content management systems.
  • Video QSAC (Video To The Home - Quality Sensing, Aggregation & Control): iMinds project (1 Jan 2007 - 31 Dec 2009). Participating as workpackage leader on DRM business modelling and multimedia encoding & bitstream adaptation.
  • MADUF (MAximizing Dvb Usage in Flanders): iMinds project (1 Jan 2006 - 31 Mar 2008). Participating as workpackage leader on deploying interactive services for mobile television using DVB-H.
  • MultiGov (Multichannel strategy for e-Government): iMinds project (1 Sep 2005 - 31 Oct 2007). Participated as consultant on how multimedia information flows can be optimally delivered.
  • MCDP (Multimedia Content Distribution Platform): iMinds project (1 Jan 2005 - 28 Feb 2007). Participating as workpackage leader on a multimodal multimedia content distribution system.
  • FIPA (File based Integrated Production Architecture): iMinds project (1 Jan 2005 - 31 Dec 2006). Participating as overall leader & workpackage leader on digital media production.
  • IPEA (Innovative Platform for Electronic Archiving): iMinds project (1 Jan 2005 - 31 Dec 2006). Participating as overall leader & workpackage leader on exchanging and archiving of multimedia broadcast material.

 

Standardization

During his work at Multimedia Lab Erik Mannens also joined the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) as iMinds -representative and is since then actively participating in standardization processes within W3C. Erik Mannens was a contributing member of the W3C Multimedia Semantics Incubator Group, is currently a participant of the W3C Media Annotations Working Group and is currently co-chair and editor within the W3C Media Fragments Working Group. His group further participated/participates in the Provenance WG, eGovernment WG, Linked data Platform WG, Digital Publishing IG, CSV WG, Hydra WG, RDF JavaScript WG, and Data on the Web WG.

 

Publications

Journal publications:

  1. S. Coppens, R. Verborgh, S. Peyrard, K. Ford, T. Creighton, R. Guenther, E. Mannens, and R. Van de Walle. PREMIS OWL - A Semantic Long-Term Preservation Model. Submitted to International Journal on Digital Libraries – Special Issue on Semantic Digital Archives, Springer-Verlag (Impact Factor - 0.500)
  2. S. Coppens, R. Verborgh, E. Mannens, and R. Van de Walle. Archipel – A Distributed, Semantic Long-Term Preservation Infrastructure. Submitted to Multimedia Tools and Applications – Special Issue on Multimedia for Cultural Heritage, Springer-Verlag (Impact Factor - 0.617)
  3. L. De Vocht, S. Softic, M. Ebnerc, E. Mannens, and R. Van de Walle. Finding Useful Resources for Researchers within theWeb of Data. Submitted to Journal of Web Semantics – Special Issue on Semantic Search, Elsevier (Impact Factor - 1.302)
  4. R. Verborgh, S. van Hooland, A. Straup-Cope, S. Chan, E. Mannens, and R. Van deWalle. The Fallacy of theMulti-API Culture: Conceptual and Practical Benefits of REST. Submitted to International Journal of Documentation, Emerald Insight (Impact Factor - 1.138)
  5. R. Verborgh, Karel Vandenbroucke, P. Mechant, E. Mannens, and R. Van de Walle. Addressing the Webs Affordance Paradox with Linked Data and Reasoning. Submitted to International World Wide Web Journal, Springer-Verlag (Impact Factor - 1.196)
  6. R. Verborgh, T. Steiner, S. Van Hoecke, J. De Roo, S. Coppens, E. Mannens, R. Van de Walle, and J. Gabarro Valles. The Pragmatic Proof: A functionality-based approach to Web API Composition. Submitted to International Journal of Theory and Practice of Logic Programming, Cambridge University Press (Impact Factor - 0.29)
  7. T. Steiner, R. Verbogh, J. Gabarro Valles, E. Mannens, and R. Van de Walle. Clustering Media Items Stemming from Social Networks. Accepted for publication Cluster Computing, Springer-Verlag (Impact Factor - 0.519)
  8. D. Van Deursen,W. Van Lancker, E. Mannens, and R. Van deWalle. Experiencing Standardized Media Fragment Annotations within HTML5. Multimedia Tools and Applications, Accepted for publication, Springer-Verlag (Impact Factor - 0.617)
  9. R. Verborgh, D. Van Deursen, E. Mannens, and R. Van de Walle. Application of SemanticWeb Technologies for Automatic Multimedia Annotation. Multimedia Tools and Applications, Accepted for publication, Springer-Verlag (Impact Factor - 0.617)
  10. E. Mannens, D. Van Rijsselbergen, M. Verwaest, R. De Sutter, L. Overmeire, and R. Van de Walle. Generic Architecture Guidelines for a Digital Media Factory. SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, Accepted for publication, SMPTE (Impact Factor - 0.094)
  11. F. Stegmaier, W. Bailer, T. Burger, M.C. Suarez-Figueroa, E. Mannens, J.P. Evain, M. Hoffernig, P.A. Champin, M. Doller, and H. Kosch. Unified Access to Media Metadata on the Web: Towards Interoperability Using a Core Vocabulary. IEEE Multimedia, volume 20, issue 2, pages 22–29, IEEE Computer Society, April, 2013 (Impact Factor - 1.066)
  12. S. van Hoolandt, R. Verborgh, M. DeWilde, J. Hercher, E. Mannens, and R. Van de Walle. Evaluating the Success of Vocabulary Reconciliation for Cultural Heritage Collections. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, volume 64, issue 3, pages 464– 479, Wiley, March, 2013 (Impact Factor - 2.137)
  13. E. Mannens, S. Coppens, T. De Pessemier, H. Dacquin, D. Van Deursen, R. De Sutter, and R. Van de Walle. Automatic News Recommendations via Aggregated Profiling. Multimedia Tools and Applications – Special Issue on Automated Information Extraction in Media Production, volume 63, issue 2, pages 407–425, Springer-Verlag, March, 2013 (Impact Factor - 0.617)
  14. P. De Potter, H. Cools, K. Depraetere, G. Mels, P. Debevere, J. De Roo, C. Huszka, D. Colaert, E. Mannens, and R. Van de Walle. Semantic Patient Information Aggregation and Medicinal Decision Support. Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine, volume 108, issue 2, pages 724–735, Elsevier, January, 2013 (Impact Factor - 1.516)
  15. E. Mannens, R. Verborgh, S. van Hoolandt, L. Hautekeete, S. Coppens, D. Van Deursen, and R. Van de Walle. On the Origin of Metadata – How the Evolution of (Meta)Data can be mapped remarkably well to Darwin’s Theories. Information – Special Issue on Information: Its Different Modes and Its Relation to Meaning, volume 3, issue 4, pages 790–808, MDPI, December, 2012
  16. R. Verborgh, D. Van Deursen, E. Mannens, and R. Van de Walle. Enabling Context-aware Multimedia Annotation by a Novel Generic Semantic Problem-solving Platform. Multimedia Tools and Applications – Special Issue on Multimedia and Semantic Technologies for Future Computing Environments, volume 61, issue 1, pages 105–129, Springer- Verlag, November, 2012 (Impact Factor - 0.617)
  17. E. Mannens, D. Van Deursen, S. Pfeiffer, C. Parker, R. Troncy, Y. Lafon, J. Janssen, M. Hausenblas, and R. Van deWalle. A URI-based Approach for addressing Fragments of Media Resources on the Web. Multimedia Tools and Applications – Special Issue on Multimedia Data Semantics, volume 59, issue 2, pages 691–715, Springer-Verlag, July, 2012 (Impact Factor - 0.617)
  18. D. Van Rijsselbergen, M. Verwaest, C. Poppe, E. Mannens, and R. Van de Walle. Semantic Mastering: Content Adaptation in the Creative Drama ProductionWorkflow. Multimedia Tools and Applications – Special Issue on Intelligent Interactive Multimedia Systems and Services, volume 59, issue 1, pages 307–340, Springer-Verlag, July, 2012 (Impact Factor - 0.617)
  19. T. De Pessemier, S. Coppens, K. Geebelen, C. Vleugels, S. Bannier, E. Mannens, K. Vanhecke, and L. Martens. Collaborative Recommendations with Content-based Filters for Cultural Activities via a Scalable Event Distribution Platform. Multimedia Tools and Applications, volume 58, issue 1, pages 167–213, Springer-Verlag, May, 2012 (Impact Factor - 0.617)
  20. W. Van Lancker, D. Van Deursen, E. Mannens, and R. Van de Walle. Implementation Strategies for Efficient Media Fragment Retrieval. Multimedia Tools and Applications – Special Issue on Recent Advances and Future Directions in Multimedia and Mobile Computing, volume 57, issue 2, pages 243–267), Springer-Verlag, March, 2012 (Impact Factor - 0.617)
  21. S. Coppens, E. Mannens, T. De Pessemier, K. Geebelen, H. Dacquin, D. Van Deursen, and R. Van de Walle. Unifying and Targeting Cultural Activities via Events Modelling and Profiling. Multimedia Tools and Applications – Special Issue on Events in Multimedia, volume 57, issue 1, pages 199–236, Springer-Verlag, February, 2012 (Impact Factor - 0.617)
  22. L. Hauttekeete, K. De Moor, D. Schuurman, T. Evens, E. Mannens, and R. Van de Walle. Archives in Motion: Concrete Steps towards the Digital Disclosure of Audio-visual Content. International Journal of Cultural Heritage, volume 12, issue 4, pages 459–465, Elsevier, October, 2011 (Impact Factor - 1.079)
  23. C. Hollemeersch, B. Pieters, A. Demeulemeester, B. Van Semmertier, E. Mannens, P. Lambert, and R. Van de Walle. Infinitex: An Interactive Editing System for the Production of Large Texture Data Sets. Computer Graphics – Special Issue on Serious Gaming, volume 34, issue 6, pages 643–654, Elsevier, December, 2010 (Impact Factor - 1.000)
  24. E. Mannens, S. Park, J. Soderberg, G. Adams, P. Le Hegaret, R. Van de Walle, and C. Seon Hong. Video in the Web: Technical Challenges and Accompanying Standardisation Activities. IEEE Multimedia, volume 17, issue 4, pages 90–93, IEEE Computer Society, October, 2010 (Impact Factor - 1.066)
  25. T. Evens, L. De Marez, L. Hauttekeete, D. Biltereyst, E. Mannens, and R. Van deWalle. Attracting the Un-served Audience: The Sustainability of Long Tail-based Business Models for Cultural Television Content. New Media & Society, volume 12, issue 6, pages 1005–1023, SAGE Publications, September, 2010 (Impact Factor - 1.091)
  26. D. Van Rijsselbergen, M. Verwaest, E. Mannens, and R. Van de Walle. On how Metadata Enables Enriched File-Based Production Workflow. SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, volume 119, issue 4, pages 27–38, SMPTE, June, 2010 (Impact Factor - 0.094)
  27. E. Mannens, S. Coppens, L. Hauttekeete, T. Evens, and R. Van deWalle. Semantic Bricks for Performing Arts Archives and Dissemination. IASA Journal, issue 35, pages 40–49, IASA, June, 2010
  28. D. Van Deursen, W. Van Lancker, S. De Bruyne, W. De Neve, E. Mannens, and R. Van de Walle. Format-independent and Metadata-drivenMedia Resource Adaptation using Semantic Web Technologies. Multimedia Systems Journal, volume 16, issue 2, pages 85–104, Springer- Verlag, March, 2010 (Impact Factor - 1.176)
  29. D. Van Deursen, W. Van Lancker, W. De Neve, T. Paridaens, E. Mannens, and R. Van de Walle. NinSuna: a Fully Integrated Platform for Format-independent Multimedia Content Adaptation and Delivery based on Semantic Web Technologies. Multimedia Tools And applications – Special Issue on Data Semantics for Multimedia Systems, volume
    46, issue 2, pages 371–398, Springer-Verlag, January, 2010 (Impact Factor - 0.914)
  30. C. Poppe, G. Martens, E. Mannens, and R. Van deWalle. Personal Content Management System: A Semantic Approach. Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation – Special Issue on Emerging Techniques for Multi-media Content Sharing, Search and Understanding, volume 20, issue 2, pages 131–144, Elsevier, February, 2009 (Impact Factor - 1.326)
  31. E. Mannens, M. Verwaest, and R. Van de Walle. Production and Multichannel Distribution of News. Multimedia Systems – Special Issue on Canonical Processes of Media Production, volume 14, issue 6, pages 359–368, Springer-Verlag, December, 2008 (Impact Factor - 0.679)
  32. E. Mannens. Interoperability of Semantics in News Production. PhD Dissertation, Ghent University, March 2011, pages 1-246, ISBN: 9789085784159.

More publications by Erik Mannens can be found in the UGent database. and the ELIS database.

 

Reviewing

Erik Mannens has been a reviewer for journal & conference publications:

  • Multimedia Tools & Applications Journal (MTAP)
  • ACM International Conference on Multimedia (ACM MM)
  • International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC)
  • International Conference on Multimedia on the Web (MMWeb)
  • International Conference on Multimedia Modelling (MMM)
  • IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking Conference (CCNC)
  • International Conference on Semantic and Digital Media Technologies (SAMT)
  • Multimedia Annotation and Retrieval enabled by Shared Ontologies Workshop (MAReSO)

 

Contact:

dr. Erik Mannens - Research Manager

Ghent University
Faculty of Engineering
Department of Electronics and Information Systems
Multimedia Lab
Gaston Crommenlaan 8, B-9050 Ledeberg-Ghent, Belgium

p: +32 9 331 49 93
f: +32 9 33 14896
e: erik.mannens@ugent.be

t: @erikmannens