Multimedia Communication

ITEC researchers presenting at 25th IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP) in Athens, Greece on October 7-10, 2018

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The 25th IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP; https://2018.ieeeicip.org/) will be held in Athens, Greece on October 7-10, 2018. ITEC researcher Anatoliy Zabrovskiy will present “A Practical Evaluation of Video Codecs for Large-Scale HTTP Adaptive Streaming Services” within the special session on “Video Coding at Scale”. The abstract is as follows: The number of bandwidth-hungry applications and services is constantly growing. HTTP adaptive streaming of audiovisual content accounts for the majority of today’s internet traffic. Although the internet bandwidth increases also constantly, audio-visual compression technology is inevitable and we are currently facing the challenge to be confronted with multiple video codecs. This paper provides a practical evaluation of state of the art video codecs (i. e., AV1, AVC/libx264, HEVC/libx265, VP9/Iibvpx-vp9) for large-scale HTTP adaptive streaming services. In anticipation of the results, AV1 shows promising performance compared to established video codecs. Additionally, AV1 is intended to be royalty free making it worthwhile to be considered for large scale HTTP adaptive streaming services. Read more

Hermann Hellwagner @ IKT-Konvent 2018

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Hermann Hellwagner actively participated in the “IKT-Konvent 2018” in Vienna on September 17, 2018. The event was to boost Austrian R&D, commercial, and educational activities toward the fully digital and connected world. As one of the panel members, Hellwagner contributed to the session “5G Applications” which discussed potential applications and benefits of future 5G networks, how to prototype and introduce 5G infrastructure and applications, and which cooperations among industry, academia, and government are required to perform 5G projects and become a frontrunner in the 5G area.

Christian Timmerer

A Survey on Bitrate Adaptation Schemes for Streaming Media over HTTP accepted in IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorial

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ITEC researcher Christian Timmerer co-authored a survey on bitrate adaptation schemes for streaming media over HTTP which has been accepted in IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorial and will be available as open access. This journal covers all aspects of the communication field with an impact factor of 20.23 according to IEEEExplore.

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Philipp Moll

Philipp Moll @ UCLA

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Philipp Moll is currently visiting his Mentor Jeff Burke at UCLA in Los Angeles. During the stay at UCLA, he is working together with the researchers of the _Center for Research in Engineering, Media, and Performance_ (REMAP) and with Lixia Zhang’s group of the _Internet Research Lab_ (IRL).

The stay is enabled by the Young Scientists Mentoring Program of AAU, where Philipp Moll is taking part and mentored by Prof. Jeff Burke.

Christian Timmerer

Christian Timmerer to give a tutorial at IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME) 2018 in San Diego, CA, USA

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The IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME) is sponsored by four IEEE societies since 2000 and provides a forum to discuss latest developments in the domain of multimedia technologies related to circuits and systems, communications, computer, and signal processing communities. Dr. Timmerer will give a full-day tutorial on “Delivering Traditional and Omnidirectional Media” together with renowned experts Ali C. Begen and Liangping Ma. Furthermore, he will participate in IEEE business meetings, notably board meeting of IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, IEEE Multimedia Communications Technical Committee (MMTC), and IEEE Technical Committee on Multimedia Computing (TCMC).

Links:

– http://www.icme2018.org/

– https://multimediacommunication.blogspot.com/2018/01/delivering-traditional-and.html

Christian Timmerer

Christian Timmerer attends 123rd ISO/IEC MPEG meeting in Ljubljana to discuss latest standardization efforts in multimedia communication

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The 123rd MPEG meeting will be hosted from Monday, 16 July 2018 to Friday, 20 July 2018 in Ljubljana. The agenda contains various standardization items in the area of audio, video, 3D graphics, and systems, specifically on versatile video coding (VVC), MPEG-DASH, and MPEG-I. Dr. Timmerer is a long-standing MPEG member and currently works in the area of MPEG-DASH and MPEG-I. Additionally, he’s an advisor to the MPEG convenor and MPEG’s spokesperson. He maintains a MPEG news archive which can be found here: https://multimediacommunication.blogspot.com/2013/04/mpeg-news-archive.html

Link: https://mpeg.chiariglione.org/meetings/123

Prof. Hermann Hellwagner gives Keynote at SPLITECH 2018 on June 28 in Split, Croatia

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This keynote speech will give an overview of the research work on multi‐UAV systems (or: drone swarms) at AAU Klagenfurt, performed over almost a decade in the research focus area ‘Networked and Autonomous Systems’.

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Christian Timmerer

Christian Timmerer gives Keynote at Internet-QoE workshop co-located with IEEE ICDCS 2018 on July 2 in Vienna, Austria

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Real-time entertainment services deployed over the open, unmanaged Internet – streaming audio and video – account now for more than 70% of the Internet traffic and it is assumed that this number will reach 80% by 2021. Read more

Seven ITEC-Members participate and present their papers/posters at MMSys2018 June 12-15, 2018

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ACM MMSys 2018: Multi-Codec DASH Dataset

Authors: Anatoliy Zabrovskiy (Petrozavodsk State University & Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt), Christian Feldmann (Bitmovin Inc.), and Christian Timmerer (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt & Bitmovin Inc.)

Abstract: The number of bandwidth-hungry applications and services is constantly growing. HTTP adaptive streaming of audio-visual content accounts for the majority of today’s internet traffic. Although the internet bandwidth increases also constantly, audio-visual compression technology is inevitable and we are currently facing the challenge to be confronted with multiple video codecs. This paper proposes a multi-codec DASH dataset comprising AVC, HEVC, VP9, and AV1 in order to enable interoperability testing and streaming experiments for the efficient usage of these codecs under various conditions. We adopt state of the art encoding and packaging options and also provide basic quality metrics along with the DASH segments. Additionally, we briefly introduce a multi-codec DASH scheme and possible usage scenarios. Finally, we provide a preliminary evaluation of the encoding efficiency in the context of HTTP adaptive streaming services and applications.

Packet Video 2018: Investigation of YouTube regarding Content Provisioning for HTTP Adaptive Streaming

Authors: Armin Trattnig (Bitmovin Inc.), Christian Timmerer (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt / Bitmovin Inc.), and Christopher Mueller (Bitmovin Inc.)

Abstract: About 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. The main technology to delivery YouTube content to various clients is HTTP adaptive streaming and the majority of today’s internet traffic comprises streaming audio and video. In this paper, we investigate content provisioning for HTTP adaptive streaming under predefined aspects representing content features and upload characteristics as well and apply it to YouTube. Additionally, we compare the YouTube’s content upload and processing functions with a commercially available video encoding service. The results reveal insights into YouTube’s content upload and processing functions and the methodology can be applied to similar services. All experiments conducted within the paper allow for reproducibility thanks to the usage of open source tools, publicly available datasets, and scripts used to conduct the experiments on virtual machines.

Packet Video 2018: Dynamic Adaptive Point Cloud Streaming

Authors: Mohammad Hosseini (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)) and Christian Timmerer (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Bitmovin Inc.)

Abstract: High-quality point clouds have recently gained interest as an emerging form of representing immersive 3D graphics. Unfortunately, these 3D media are bulky and severely bandwidth intensive, which makes it difficult for streaming to resource-limited and mobile devices. This has called researchers to propose efficient and adaptive approaches for streaming of high-quality point clouds. In this paper, we run a pilot study towards dynamic adaptive point cloud streaming, and extend the concept of dynamic adaptive streaming over HTTP (DASH) towards DASH-PC, a dynamic adaptive bandwidth-efficient and view-aware point cloud streaming system. DASH-PC can tackle the huge bandwidth demands of dense point cloud streaming while at the same time can semantically link to human visual acuity to maintain high visual quality when needed. In order to describe the various quality representations, we propose multiple thinning approaches to spatially sub-sample point clouds in the 3D space, and design a DASH Media Presentation Description manifest specific for point cloud streaming. Our initial evaluations show that we can achieve significant bandwidth and performance improvement on dense point cloud streaming with minor negative quality impacts compared to the baseline scenario when no adaptations is applied.

A Network Traffic and Player Movement Model to Improve Networking for Competitive Online Games

Authors: Philipp Moll, Mathias Lux, Sebastian Theuermann, Hermann Hellwagner
Abstract: The popularity of computer games is enormously high and is still growing every year. Despite the popularity of gaming, the networking part of computer games relies on decade old technologies, which have never been intended to be used for low latency communication and are often the cause for overloaded and crashing game servers during peak hours. In order to improve the current state-of-the-art technologies, research in the networking field has to be conducted, but is challenging due to the low availability of up-to-date datasets and network traces. Modern networking solutions of computer games try to take the players’ activities as well as geographical closeness of different players in the virtual world into account, in order to achieve a high user satisfaction while keeping the network activity as low as possible. In this paper, we analyze the Battle Royale game mode of Fortnite as an example for a popular online game with demanding technical requirements with respect to networking. Based on the results of our analysis, we extrapolate player movement patterns as well as network traces, which can be used to study how to improve our current networking technology for online gaming, and to investigate possibilites to replace it by novel networking solutions, such as information-centric networking.

Workshop: NetGames 2018 (http://conferences.telecom-bretagne.eu/netgames18/)

Video Dataset of 101 Cataract Surgeries

Authors: Klaus Schoeffmann, Mario Taschwer, Stephanie Sarny, Bernd Münzer, Jürgen Primus, Doris Putzgruber
Abstract: Cataract surgery is one of the most frequently performed microscopic surgeries in the field of ophthalmology. The goal behind this kind of surgery is to replace the human eye lense with an artificial one, an intervention that is often required due to aging. The entire surgery is performed under microscopy, but co-mounted cameras allow to record and archive the procedure. Currently, the recorded videos are used in a postoperative manner for documentation and training. An additional benefit of recording cataract videos is that they enable video analytics (i.e., manual and/or automatic video content analysis) to investigate medically relevant research questions (e.g., the cause of complications). This, however, necessitates a medical multimedia information system trained and evaluated on existing data, which is currently not publicly available. In this work we provide a public video dataset of 101 cataract surgeries that were performed by four different surgeons over a period of 9 months. These surgeons are grouped into moderately experienced and highly experienced surgeons (assistant vs. senior physicians), providing the basis for experience-based video analytics. All videos have been annotated with quasi-standardized operation phases by a senior ophthalmic surgeon.
Links: Preprint of the Paper

DI Dr. Daniel Posch short-listed in the “Heinz Zemanek Dissertation Award”

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Daniel, our former team-member, was one of the 2018 candidates for the Heinz Zemanek Dissertation Award. He presented his dissertation (“Towards Effective Multimedia Dissemination in Information-Centric Networks”, supervised by Prof. Hermann Hellwagner) on May 30, 2018. Unfortunately he did not receive the award it is a great distinction to be among the very best.

Towards Effective Multimedia Dissemination in Information-Centric Networks

Hearing zum Heinz Zemanek Preis 2018