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MPEG awarded a Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award for DASH

MPEG, specifically, ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29/WG 3 (MPEG Systems), has been just awarded a Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award for its ground-breaking MPEG-DASH standard. Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH) is the first international de-jure standard that enables efficient streaming of video over the Internet and it has changed the entire video streaming industry including — but not limited to —  on-demand, live, and low latency streaming and even for 5G and the next generation of hybrid broadcast-broadband. The first edition has been published in April 2012 and MPEG is currently working towards publishing the 5th edition demonstrating an active and lively ecosystem still being further developed and improved to address requirements and challenges for modern media transport applications and services.

This award belongs to 90+ researchers and engineers from around 60 companies all around the world who participated in the development of the MPEG-DASH standard for over 12 years.

From left to right: Kyung-mo Park, Cyril Concolato, Thomas Stockhammer, Yuriy Reznik, Alex Giladi, Mike Dolan, Iraj Sodagar, Ali Begen, Christian Timmerer, Gary Sullivan, Per Fröjdh, Young-Kwon Lim, Ye-Kui Wang. (Photo © Yuriy Reznik)

Christian Timmerer, director of the Christian Doppler Laboratory ATHENA, chaired the evaluation of responses to the call for proposals and since that served as MPEG-DASH Ad-hoc Group (AHG) / Break-out Group (BoG) co-chair as well as co-editor for Part 2 of the standard. For a more detailed history of the MPEG-DASH standard, the interested reader is referred to Christian Timmerer’s blog post “HTTP Streaming of MPEG Media” (capturing the development of the first edition) and Nicolas Weill’s blog post “MPEG-DASH: The ABR Esperanto” (DASH timeline).

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MPEG DASH video streaming technology co-developed in Klagenfurt wins Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award

The Emmy® Awards do not only honour the work of actors and directors, but they also recognise technologies that are steadily improving the viewing experience for consumers. This year, the winners include the MPEG DASH Standard. Christian Timmerer (Department of Information Technology) played a leading role in its development. Read more about it here.

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ANGELA won the 2nd Best Paper Award in IFIP/IEEE PEMWN 2021 Conference

The ANGELA: HTTP Adaptive Streaming and Edge Computing Simulator paper from ATHENA CD laboratory has won the 2nd Best Paper Award in the 10th IFIP/IEEE International Conference on Performance Evaluation and Modeling in Wired and Wireless Networks (PEMWN).

More information about the paper can be found in the blog post.

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Emmy Award Bitmovin for Innovation at University Klagenfurt

We happily announce, the #Emmy Award Bitmovin (link) for innovation in online TV for @bitmovin arrived at University of Klagenfurt.

 

 

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FaRes-ML Won the Best New Streaming Innovation Award in the Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards 2021

The Fast Multi-Resolution and Multi-Rate Encoding for HTTP Adaptive Streaming Using Machine Learning paper from ATHENA lab has won the Best New Streaming Innovation Award in the Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards 2021.

The journey that led to the publication of the FaRes-ML paper was quite an insightful one.

It all started with the question, “How to efficiently provide multi-rate representations over a wide range of resolutions for HTTP Adaptive Streaming?“. This led to the first publication, Fast Multi-Rate Encoding for Adaptive HTTP Streaming, in which we proposed a double-bound approach to speed up the multi-rate encoding. After analyzing the results, we saw room for improvement in parallel encoding performance, which led to the second publication Towards Optimal Multirate Encoding for HTTP Adaptive Streaming. The results were promising, but we believed we could improve the encoding performance by utilizing machine learning. That was the primary motivation behind our third paper, FaME-ML: Fast Multirate Encoding for HTTP Adaptive Streaming Using Machine Learning. In FaMe-ML, we have used convolutional neural networks (CNNs) to use the information from the reference representation better to encode other representations, resulting in significant improvement in the multi-rate encoding performance. Finally, we proposed FaRes-ML to extend our FaME-ML approach to include multi-resolution scenarios in Fast Multi-Resolution and Multi-Rate Encoding for HTTP Adaptive Streaming Using Machine Learning paper.

Here is the list of publications that led to FaRes-ML:

  1. Fast Multi-Rate Encoding for Adaptive HTTP Streaming. Published in DCC’20.
  2. Towards Optimal Multirate Encoding for HTTP Adaptive Streaming. Published in MMM’21.
  3. FaME-ML: Fast Multirate Encoding for HTTP Adaptive Streaming Using Machine Learning. Published in VCIP’20.
  4. Fast Multi-Resolution and Multi-Rate Encoding for HTTP Adaptive Streaming Using Machine Learning. Published in IEEE OJ-SP.
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Best Doctoral Symposium Paper Award at ACM MMSys 2021

Ekrem Çetinkaya got the Best Doctoral Symposium Paper Award at ACM MMSys 2021 for his paper titled “Machine Learning Based Video Coding Enhancements for HTTP Adaptive Streaming”. More information about the paper can be found HERE.

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Master thesis at ITEC wins Dynatrace Outstanding IT-Thesis Award

With his master thesis about “Animating Characters using Deep Learning based Pose Estimation”, Fabian Schober won the “Dynatrace Outstanding IT-Thesis Award” (DO*IT*TA). The award brings attention to extraordinary theses, motivates creativity, and provides insight into modern technologies.
In his thesis, Fabian Schober focuses on animating 2D (video game) characters using the PoseNet pose estimation model. He delivers a proof of concept on how new machine learning technologies can assist in video game development. Read more at the University press release (German only).

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This paper won the second best paper award at the CCGrid 2021 conference.

Title: “A Two-Sided Matching Model for Data Stream Processing in the Cloud-Fog Continuum” by: Narges Mehran, Dragi Kimovski and Radu Prodan, was virtually presented in the CCgrid2021 conference.

We at @alpenadriauni are proud of Narges and her work in the @EU_H2020 @DataCloud2020 project awarded at cloudbus.org/ccgrid2021/.

Watch award presentation at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSnzDpd5Kqc

Bitmovin wins Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award

We are happy and proud to see Bitmovin among the 72nd Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards Recipients. The award is received for “Development of Massive Processing Optimized Compression Technologies” which acknowledges Bitmovin’s Encoding product including its reportedly best per-title encoding feature.

Bitmovins press release can be found here and approximately one year we had the official opening ceremony of the ATHENA project that will continue to fed the innovation pipeline with respect to HTTP Adaptive Streaming (HAS) and beyond. Please see our latest publications in this field and in case of questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Christian Timmerer
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Bitmovin received the 2nd prize of the 2020 Houska Award for the PROMETHEUS project

September 24, 2020.  Bitmovin received 2nd prize of the 2020 Houska Award for the PROMETHEUS project, a joint project with the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt funded in part by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) in the “Basisprogramm”. The Houska Award is Austria’s biggest private award for application-oriented research and comprises two categories: (i) academic research; (ii) research & development in SMEs. Bitmovin was nominated in the second category and received the 2nd prize of this prestigious award in Austria.Bitmovin gets 2nd. prize Houska Award

The main objective of PROMETHEUS is to research and develop the next generation video streaming infrastructure to
– enable the efficient and optimized adaptive streaming of bandwidth-hungry interactive video applications – including but not limited to augmented reality, virtual reality, and omnidirectional 360° video – within heterogeneous environments;
– support immersive media applications taking into account recent advances in media coding (i.e., high-dynamic range, white color gamut, and other range extensions) as well as proprietary formats depending on the market needs (e.g., AV1, VP9, etc.);
– provide means to quantify the Quality of Experience (QoE) of the above mentioned applications domains in order to analyze and improve the video quality on the Web.

Project leaders:

Stefan Lederer and Christopher Müller (Bitmovin)

Christian Timmerer (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt / Bitmovin)

Short videos about the project are available here (in German)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcJpG6bz5-w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_61kZuIn5Y

Research activities/results of PROMETHEUS can be found here: https://campus.aau.at/cris/project/0f4de0c95dc78fbf015dcc4fe70000c8?lang=en&#links

Further details about the Houska Award can be found here (in German): https://bcgruppe.at/houskapreis/