What is TRENDS ?

TRENDS’ goal is the achievement of an interactive software for the elaboration of design trend boards dedicated to product designers in B to C markets such as for the automotive and original equipment manufacturers.

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TRENDS' goal is the achievement of an interactive software for the elaboration of design trend boards dedicated to product designers in B to C markets such as for the automotive and original equipment manufacturers. To achieve this, TRENDS aims in mobilising and greatly enhancing three innovative technologies:

  • Intelligent Web crawling to collect automatically images from the Web and other digital databases, using a semantic approach.
  • Automatic image analysis to automate the maximum of currently "hand-made" tasks during the elaboration of the trend boards.
  • Semantic multimedia search engine to link lexical and iconic information on the base of semiotic and semantic knowledge.
The TRENDS system will contribute to significantly reducing design delays, costs and notably improve product creativity thanks to a more efficient trend boards' elaboration process. Capable of cross lingual information retrieval capacities, TRENDS will offer multi-disciplinary support dedicated to specific professions involved in the early design process such as in marketing, innovation, design, and ergonomics areas.

Research challenges are the following :
  • Improvement of the early design process.
  • Integration of 3 innovative technologies : web search agent, image indexing and graphical user interface.
  • Enhancement of the exhaustiveness of the input data used by the designers as inspirational sources and brief requirements.
  • Achievement of new application domain for image retrieval and cross-modal information retrieval by visual and textual content.
TRENDS main innovations are related to both knowledge/semantics and engineering/integration with the following research results :
  • TRENDS associated innovative method for early design process,
  • Semantic meta-search engine to directly find on internet texts and images related to a very complex request based on semantics,
  • New data mining methods in combined signature feature spaces,
  • Enhanced Lexical and cross-lingual technology using bilingual dictionaries to multi-lingual queries and filtered results by contextual semantics,
  • Enhanced multimedia technology through queries mixing text and image.

Administrative Details

TRENDS is a Specific Targeted Research Project of the European Union's 6th Framework Programme - call 4.
TRENDS contract number is IST-27916
TRENDS started on January 1st, 2006 and finishes on December 31th, 2008.
The overall budget is 2.45 million euro.
8 partners from 5 European countries are involved in the project.