Wednesday, October 20, 2010

MMSys'11: Special Session on Modern Media Transport

List of accepted papers: here
Special Session on Modern Media Transport

**** MMSys 2011 ****
ACM Multimedia Systems 2011
February 23-25, 2011
San Jose, California

Standards developing organizations (SDOs) such as MPEG have developed various technologies for multimedia transport, e.g., MPEG-2 TS (Transport Stream) and MP4 file format. These technologies have been widely accepted and heavily used by various industries and applications, such as digital broadcasting, audio and video transport over the Internet and streaming to mobile phones, etc. At the same time, many other SDOs such as the IETF, IEEE, and 3GPP have been providing various protocols to deliver multimedia content packetized or packaged by such MPEG transport technologies.

Recently, broadcasting services and mobile services have started converging, and it is expected that this convergence trend will continue with other services. Additionally, new emerging multimedia services are being introduced. These developments in the multimedia arena mean that various content and services will be delivered over different networks, and the users expect to consume these services using those networks, depending on the availability and reach of the network at the time of consumption. To deploy efficient solutions for the transport of modern media in an interoperable and universal fashion, especially given the recent increased demand in the heterogeneous network environment, there is urgency for an international multimedia transport standard.

The main objectives of modern media transport are (but not limited to):
  • Efficient delivery of media in an adaptive fashion over various networks with the main emphasis on IP-based networks including terrestrial, satellite, and cable broadcast networks,
  • Enable the use of cross-layer designs to improve the Quality of Service/Experience (QoS/QoE),
  • Enable building integrated services with multiple components for hybrid delivery over heterogeneous network environments,
  • Enable bi-directional low-delay services and applications, such as online gaming and conversational services,
  • Enable efficient signaling, delivery and utilization of multiple content protection and rights management tools.
  • Enable efficient content forwarding and relaying,
  • Enable efficient one-to-many delivery,
  • Provision means for resiliency against errors and packet losses.
Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH)
In recent years, the Internet has become an important channel for delivery of multimedia. The HTTP protocol is widely used on the Internet. Recently, it has also become a primary protocol for the delivery of multimedia content, and a number of proprietary solutions are available. This special session solicits novel contributions and breaking results on all aspects of Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH) and Modern Media Transport. In addition to the main objectives introduced above, we are also interested in (but not limited to) the following areas:
  • Efficient delivery of modern media over HTTP in an adaptive, progressive download/streaming fashion,
  • Support for streaming of live multimedia content,
  • Efficient and ease of use of existing content distribution infrastructure components such as CDNs, proxies, caches, NATs and firewalls;
  • Efficient mapping from existing formats (e.g., MPEG-2 TS, MP4) to delivery formats specifically designed for HTTP streaming.
Important Dates
  • Paper submission: October 29th, 2010
  • Acceptance notification: December 1st, 2010
  • Camera-ready submission: December 15th, 2010

Paper Submission

  • Full papers submitted can be up to 12 pages long.
  • Short papers can be up to 6 pages long.
  • Papers for this special session must be submitted via
Papers must adhere to the standard double-column ACM proceedings style format. Be sure to include space for the conference permission block in the lower left-hand corner of the first page. If using LaTeX, you may use the "tighter alternate style" option.
For more details see:

TPC members
  • Ali C. Begen, Cisco, Canada
  • Laszlo Böszörmenyi, Klagenfurt University, Austria
  • Per Fröjdh, Ericsson Research, Sweden
  • Pascal Frossard, EPFL, Switzerland
  • Carsten Griwodz, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Pål Halvorsen, University of Oslo, Canada
  • Behnoosh Hariri, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Yuwen He, Dolby, USA
  • Hermann Hellwagner, Klagenfurt University, Austria
  • Wei Tsang Ooi, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Jörn Ostermann, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany
  • Thomas Schierl, Fraunhofer/HHI, Germany
  • Thomas Stockhammer, Nomor Research GmbH, Germany
  • Christian Timmerer, Klagenfurt University, Austria
  • Ye-Kui Wang, Huawei, USA
  • Roger Zimmermann, National University of Singapore, Singapore
[1] ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29/WG 11 (MPEG), “Call for Proposals on MPEG Media Transport (MMT)”, N11539, Geneva, Switzerland, July 2010. Available at
[2] ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29/WG 11 (MPEG), “Requirements on MPEG Media Transport (MMT)”, N11540, Geneva, Switzerland, July 2010. Available at
[3] ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29/WG 11 (MPEG), “MPEG Media Transport (MMT) Context and Objective”, N11541, Geneva, Switzerland, July 2010. Available at
[4] ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29/WG 11 (MPEG), “Use Cases for MPEG Media Transport (MMT)”, N11542, Geneva, Switzerland, July 2010. Available at
[5] “HTTP Streaming of MPEG Media”,

Special Session Organizer
Christian Timmerer, Klagenfurt University, Deptartment of Information Technology (ITEC), Multimedia Communications Group; Tel: +43 463 2700 3621; Fax: +43 463 2700 99 3621; E-mail: christian.timmerer(at); Web:; Address: Universitätsstraße 65-67, 9020 Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, Austria

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