ATHENA Student Projects

Title: Learn how Netflix, YouTube & Co works and contribute to the next generation Video Platform in the context of the ATHENA project

Description: 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. A major technical milestone certainly was the advent of the HTTP Adaptive Streaming (HAS) technique. HAS is being widely deployed in the industry today and has been standardized, e.g., as the ISO/IEC MPEG Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (MPEG-DASH) standard. The Christian Doppler laboratory ATHENA (AdapTive Streaming over HTTP and Emerging Networked MultimediA Services) is jointly proposed by the Institute of Information Technology (ITEC; at Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt (AAU) and Bitmovin GmbH ( to address current and future research and deployment challenges of HAS and emerging streaming methods.

The aim of ATHENA is to research and develop novel paradigms, approaches, (prototype) tools, and evaluation results for the phases

  • multimedia content provisioning (i.e., video coding for HAS);
  • content delivery (i.e., video networking, protocols, etc.), and
  • content consumption (i.e., video player, adaptation, etc.) in the media delivery chain as well as for
  • end-to-end aspects (incl. Quality of Experience (QoE)), with a focus on, but not being limited to, HTTP Adaptive Streaming (HAS).

Student projects (e.g., Bachelor/Master thesis; 621.451 “Softwarepraktikum” (SWP)) are available in all of the above-mentioned research topics and the exact topics can be adapted to the interests and expectations of interested students. Further information about ATHENA can be found at Join this activity, everyone is invited — get involved in and excited about HTTP Adaptive Streaming (HAS).

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