CONTESSA — Content Transformation Engine Supporting Universal Access

Project Code: IST-2001-28567 (International)
Funding programme: IST
Funding Agency: European Commission
Project type: RTD
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Starting date: 2001-06-15
Ending date: 2003-07-15
AUEB budget: 302,960 EUR
Total budget: 4,698,425 EUR

Scientific coordinator: Diomidis Spinellis
Contact: Diomidis Spinellis


CONTESSA aims to transform the content creation and distribution industry by allowing content to be automatically and cost effectively adapted to any requesting device (PC, smart phones, mobile phones, PDAs, DTV set-top-boxes, etc.) seamlessly over any network infrastructure. The main objectives of CONTESSA are:

  • Develop a content transformation engine that will provide translation and integration of content into device-tailored user interfaces through alternative communication channels. The system will track and manage alternative access devices while providing a personalized environment for content deployment based on a standardized XML framework that will allow the content to be extracted, converted and integrated, without the creator's interference.
  • Validate the system through a number of interactive transactional services to be delivered over multiple types of networks, to devices using different access protocols enabling e-Commerce and e-Business widespread application.


    • Intracom (GR)
    • Pouliadis (GR)
    • Flash Multimedia (GR)
    • Danmarks Radio (GR)
    • Canal + (BE)
    • Ibermatica (ES)
    • INESC Porto (PT)


Monographs and Edited Volumes

    • Diomidis Spinellis, editor. Cross-Media Service Delivery. Volume 740 of The Kluwer international series in engineering and computer science. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston, MA, 2003. ISBN 1-4020-7480-8.

Journal Articles

    • Konstantinos Chorianopoulos and Diomidis Spinellis. User interface development for interactive television: extending a commercial DTV platform to the virtual channel API. Computers & Graphics, 28(2):157–166, April 2004.