Georg THALLINGER holds a Dipl.-Ing. in Telematics from the Graz University of Technology. Since 1992 he works with JOANNEUM RESEARCH, DIGITAL – Institute of Information and Communication Technologies. As the research manager for Smart Media Solutions he is responsible for the implementation of innovative solutions in the areas of content based analysis and retrieval of audiovisual media, media monitoring, traffic telematics and security. He has successfully managed numerous national and international projects in the fields (e.g. DIAMANT, FascinatE, ICoSOLE, SIMMARC, SIMPLE, ATLANTIS). Georg is particularly interested to apply research results from the fields stated above to new application domains and to use it for technology transfer to innovative SMEs.