Ana B. Benitez

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Digital images and video are becoming an integral part of human communications. The ease of capturing and creating digital images has caused most on-line information sources look more “visual”. We use more and more visual content in expressing ideas, reporting, education, and entertainment. With the tremendous amount of visual information becoming on-line,(More)
In this paper, we present MediaNet, which is a knowledge representation framework that uses multimedia content for representing semantic and perceptual information. The main components of MediaNet include conceptual entities, which correspond to real world objects, and relationships among concepts. MediaNet allows the concepts and relationships to be(More)
Search engines are the most powerful resources for finding information on the rapidly expanding World Wide Web (WWW). Finding the desired search engines and learning how to use them, however, can be very time consuming. The integration of such search tools enables the users to access information across the world in a transparent and efficient manner. These(More)
This paper presents exploratory research evaluating a conceptual structure for the description of visual content of images. The structure, which was developed from empirical research in several fields (e.g., Computer Science, Psychology, Information Studies, etc.), classifies visual attributes into a Pyramid containing four syntactic levels (type/technique,(More)
In this paper, we describe description schemes (DSs) for image, video, multimedia, home media, and archive content proposed to the MPEG-7 standard. MPEG-7 aims to create a multimedia content description standard in order to facilitate various multimedia searching and "ltering applications. During the design process, special care was taken to provide simple(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess how data obtained by invasive diagnostic techniques may affect management and outcome of patients with suspected ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), in comparison with noninvasive qualitative techniques. DESIGN Prospective study. SETTING An 18-bed medical and surgical intensive care unit. PATIENTS A total of 91 patients(More)