Interested in video services use and interaction experience? Join our event!


For the kick-off meeting of the TUFIQoE project

Interested in learning more about video services use and interaction experience? Considering a research or science-oriented career path? Wanting to learn more about the status of multimedia experiences research? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this event is for you. 😊

We are a team of researchers from NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology and AGH University of Science and Technology. We focus on multimedia experiences research and related topics. Together, we work in a publicly funded project dedicated to just that. *

We would be happy if you joined us during our first public project kick-off meeting. 🚀

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Please find the event details below.

Where: MS Teams

Date & time: Monday, Dec 6, 2021, 9 am to 1 pm.


  • 9 am–9:30 am — Opening session.
  • 9:30 am–10:00 am — Open discussion.
  • 10:00 am–11:30 am — Project overview and an open discussion.
  • 11:30 am–12:00 pm — Break.
  • 12:00 pm–1:00 pm — Career in science: our reflections and recommendations.

*The project is entitled TUFIQoE, which stands for Towards Better Understanding of Factors Influencing the Quality of Experience by More Ecologically Valid Evaluation Standards. The project has received funding from Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2014-2021 under project 2019/34/H/ST6/00599.

Towards Better Understanding of Factors Influencing the QoE by More Ecologically-Valid Evaluation Standards

The Project “Towards Better Understanding of Factors Influencing the QoE by More Ecologically-Valid Evaluation Standards” aims to understand better which factors play a role when people use video services: why are some experiences positive, while others are negative? Why is the quality sometimes considered “really bad” and in other cases as very good? Which factors play a role in this respect and how do these factors interplay? How users experience with video services the video services quality. We all use video services which are developed continuously. The movie from 80st or 90st played in today’s TV channel looks much worse than the advertising played in the brake, even if the old move goes through enhancing procedure. Many different evolutions and revolutions drive this development. One of the critical technological improvements is better compression algorithms.

The research on the video quality has a long history, and its main force is pixel quality improvement. It is reasonable since pixel quality has the primary influence on our opinion about the quality of service. Nevertheless, this is not the only reason we use a particular service. We are not focusing on the pixel quality and content quality, only. Other factors are making us complain about the quality of a nearly perfect movie watched in a home theatre, designed to watch the best quality you can get, or almost ignore quality problems when we are on vacation with poor internet access, but our favourite team is playing!

Currently, the way we receive information from users is strongly related to pixel quality. It does not include any other factors. Even we explicitly ask people to ignore them! Currently, a typical subjective experiment is showing small short sequences which content is often repeated. The goal of this research is to change it. We are going to include factors like interest in the content by experiments where users have chosen the content they watch. Another critical dimension is related to the content creator; therefore, other planned experiment targets the influence of relation to the content creator. How different is quality if it comes from our family or a stranger. We also target the place where people use the service running some experiments on the user’s mobile phones, which allow for as natural watching experience as possible. The proposed experiment is new, and within the project, we will work on the clear method description so another laboratory can repeat the same or similar experiment. Having two laboratories involved in this process is especially crucial since comparing results between the two laboratories can reveal some problems we have with the procedure description or the experiment itself.

In the proposal, we described seven different experiments which analysis allow us to propose a model of the critical factors. The next part of the project will be focusing on “stressing” this model by proposing new subjective experiments. For example, if the model predicts that the interest in the content has a primary influencing factor we are going to plane subjective experiment with a clear line of the content interest which is ordered by users before the study. Collection results for sequences which have a different level of involvement from a user point of view result in proving or rejecting the content involvement hypothesis. The data obtained from the final experiments will be used to finalize our model, which is the main result of the project.

In parallel, we run long term studies where we are targeting cooperation with users for more than two years. From those observations, we conclude what factors matter the most in the long term. Again the classical experiments ignore the long term effects, and we would like to know how much we lose by asking users only once compared to long and stable cooperation.

All the experiments we conduct have detail description, and we are going to discuss both the procedure and the data analysis with the scientific community. Our goal is to make those experiments procedures to become more popular and used by other researchers. Ultimate solution should be increasing awareness of the newly discovered factors and finally, the better video or other services created for all of us.

AGH UST Scientists Among the Beneficiaries of the GRIEG Competition for Polish-Norwegian Research Projects

The National Science Center has concluded the GRIEG competition, co-financed from Norwegian funds. Among the projects qualified for financing in the field of science, there are two led by scientists from the AGH University of Science and Technology and one in which AGH is a partner.

Projects qualified for financing, led by scientists from AGH:

  • Kinetics of Salt/Particulate Precipitation During CO2 Injection Into the Reservoir
    principal investigator: prof. dr hab. eng. Stanisław Nagy, Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas
    partner: University of Oslo
    co-financing grant amount: PLN 5,936,798 (EUR 1,393,647)
  • Towards Better Understanding of Factors Influencing the QoE by More Ecologically-Valid Evaluation Standards
    principal investigator: dr hab. eng. Lucjan Janowski, Faculty of Computer Science, Electronics and Telecommunications
    partner: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Information Security and Communication Technology
    co-financing grant amount: PLN 4,253,150 (EUR 998,415)

Project qualified for financing, in which AGH is a partner:

  • Study of Charm Production in Heavy Ion Collisions
    principal investigator: dr hab. Seweryn Cezary Kowalski, University of Silesia in Katowice
    partners: University of Bergen; Western Norway University of Applied Sciences; Jagiellonian University, Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science; J. Kochanowski University in Kielce; University of Wrocław, Faculty of Physics and Astronomy; Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Physics; University of Warsaw, Faculty of Physics; National Center for Nuclear Research; Institute of Nuclear Physics H. Niewodniczański PAN; AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Computer Science, Electronics and Telecommunications; University of Oslo
    co-financing grant amount: PLN 6,212,680 (EUR 1,458,410)

In the competition, scientists submitted 305 applications for a total amount of over PLN 1.6 billion, of which experts sent 28 projects for funding: 12 in exact and technical sciences (ST) and 8 in life sciences (NZ) and humanities, Social and Art (HS). In total, all research teams will receive PLN 156,015,144, of which 85% is financed by the Norwegian Financial Mechanism for 2014–2021, and 15% is national co-financing. GRIEG covers all fields of science according to the NCN discipline panels, with particular emphasis on polar research and research in the field of social sciences.

The submitted applications were assessed by international panels of experts. Three panels were established for each group of sciences (HS, NZ, ST), and scientists from Poland and Norway could not evaluate the conclusions. Each project was assessed by three experts. The final list of winning projects was approved by the Fundamental Research Program Committee, and the funding decisions were made by the NCN director.

GRIEG is a competition for research projects carried out jointly by research teams from Poland and Norway. Teams must consist of at least one Polish partner acting as the partnership leader and at least one Norwegian partner. The manager of a project implemented in the GRIEG call may be a scientist holding at least a doctoral degree, employed in a Polish research institution, and the leader of the Norwegian part of the research team must be a research organization. The partnership may include research institutions, entrepreneurs and non-governmental organizations. Projects that will be implemented in the GRIEG call may last 24 or 36 months.

GRIEG is one of the three competitions financed under the 3rd edition of the EEA and Norway Grants for 2014–2021 under the “Research” program, in which the National Science Center acts as the operator responsible for basic research. The “Research” program, with an allocation of over EUR 129 million, is aimed at supporting Polish science and intensifying cooperation between science, business and society. 40% of the funds are earmarked for supporting basic research.