ATHENA Summer School 2020: Call for Participation

Summer School on Adaptive Streaming over HTTP and Emerging Networked Multimedia Services

July 13-17, 2020 | Klagenfurt am Wörthersee | Austria

Real-time multimedia information and entertainment services – specifically, streaming of digital video and audio content – account for the majority of today’s traffic on the Internet, and their amount and share of traffic are still growing. Users expect to generate, distribute, share, and consume any media content, anywhere, anytime, on any device, in high quality.

The aim of this summer school to learn about basic and advanced concepts related to adaptive streaming over HTTP and emerging networked multimedia services, targeting the following topic areas:

  • multimedia content provisioning,
  • content delivery, and
  • content consumption in the media delivery chain as well as for
  • end-to-end aspects, with a focus on, but not being limited to, HTTP Adaptive Streaming (HAS)

with a particular focus on gaming- and learning-based approaches related to the topics areas identified above and possibly also beyond.

Any practitioner and Ph.D. student interested in adaptive streaming over HTTP and emerging networked multimedia services including games (streaming) development and learning-based approaches (machine learning, deep learning). You will find our program interesting if you are working on multimedia content provisioning (i.e., video coding and packaging for HAS), content delivery (i.e., content distribution networks, caching, video networking, SDN, ICN, 5G), content consumption (i.e., dynamic adaptive streaming), or/and end-to-end aspects thereof including Quality of Experience (QoE) issues.

We also cordially invite master students, post-docs, and researchers (upon availability).

Participants will learn from renowned experts in the field basic concepts and advanced topics through keynotes, lectures, as well as hands-on practical work by means of mini projects (hackathon) including presentations thereof. Mini projects will be worked on in small teams clustered according to the research interests of participants according to the four topic areas as outlined in the scope. A typical day in this summer school looks like the following. In the morning there will be keynotes/lectures providing the theoretical background. The afternoon is dedicated to group work which brings the theoretical background into practice and the evening is planned for social activities and networking. The last day will be used to wrap up the summer school and present results of the mini-projects potentially leading to joint publications in the respective domains.

Important information:

  • Confirmed speakers
  • Participation information incl. application form (deadline: March 31, 2020)
  • ACM SIGMM kindly provides travel grants for Ph.D. students (details to be announced)
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