Auszeichnungen von ITEC Mitarbeitern

We are happy to announce and our congratulations to Dr. Hermann Hellwagner for receiving the appreciation award of Carinthia in the area of natural/technical sciences.


Student travel award at IEEE Cluster 2022

Narges Mehran got the student award for presenting the paper titled “Matching-based Scheduling of Asynchronous Data Processing Workflows on the Computing Continuum” at IEEE Cluster 2022.

The presentation was on the 7th of September:

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).

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.

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.

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



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.

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.

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).