User-centric Communications and Content Delivery

“User-centric Communications and Content Delivery”, IEEE CAMAD 2017, June 19-21, 2017, Lund, Sweden.

The workshop is organized by CASPER, a H2020 MSCA-RISE project (http://casper-h2020.eu/), as part of the IEEE Computer-Aided Modeling Analysis and Design of Communication Links and Networks (CAMAD) conference (http://ieee-camad.org/).

The rapid growth of multi-modal media services, ranging from conventional video conferencing to interactive immersive experiences, necessitates user-centric methodologies and approaches in order to assess and evaluate the perceived multimedia quality. Towards this direction, the key challenge is to understand Quality of Experience (QoE) notion and define QoE provisioning chains in the era of 5G networks, by incorporating advanced capabilities on: i) storage/computing/network resource management; ii) central service and network orchestration; iii) network softwarisation; and iv) Big data analytics. Although some important steps have been made in this direction, new advanced solutions are required towards: i) best match network performance metrics to end-consumers’ satisfaction level; ii) fully exploit QoE insights to take advantage of new technologies and networking tools; and iii) well define QoE-oriented business models and marketing schemes.

In this context, the workshop focuses on bringing together researchers from academia and industry to identify and discuss technical challenges and novel ideas, regarding a variety of topics, including, but not limited to:

  • QoE evaluation methodologies and metrics
  • QoE-based network monitoring and troubleshooting
  • QoE-based service and network management
  • QoE provisioning over SDN/NFV -enabled networks
  • QoE-based adaptive video streaming
  • QoE for emerging interactive applications (Immersive/360 video, Gaming, Haptics)
  • Prediction and learning algorithms for QoE provisioning
  • QoE-oriented applications and platforms
  • Testbeds and online tools for QoE evaluation (Crowd-sourcing, Field testing, etc.)
  • Datasets for QoE validation and benchmarking
  • Media analytics from QoE Big Data

IMPORTANT DATES

Submission deadline: March 20, 2017

Notification of acceptance:  April 14, 2017
Submission of camera-ready papers:  April 23, 2017

SUBMISSION INFORMATION

Perspective authors are invited to submit their papers using the EDAS system, through the following link:

https://edas.info/newPaper.php?c=23206&track=84434

Authors should submit a full paper of not more than five (5) IEEE style pages including results, figures and references. Papers will be reviewed with the standard reviewing procedure (with at least 3 independent anonymous reviews). Accepted papers will be published on IEEExplore (http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/ ).

The TPC co-chairs:

Dr. Luigi Pomante: Email: luigi.pomante@univaq.it

Dr. Dimitris Tsolkas, Email: dtsolkas@di.uoa.gr

Dr. Kostas Ramantas, Email: kramantas@iquadrat.com

HDMI Forum announces v2.1

HDMI Forum, Inc. announced on 4 January 2017 the upcoming release of Version 2.1 of the HDMI Specification. This latest HDMI Specification supports a range of Higher Video Resolutions and refresh rates including 8K60 and 4K120, Dynamic HDR, and increased bandwidth with a new 48G cable. Version 2.1 of the HDMI Specification is backward compatible with earlier versions of the Specification, and was developed by the HDMI Forum’s Technical Working Group whose members represent some of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics, personal computers, mobile devices, cables and components.

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“This new release of the Specification offers a broad range of advanced features for enhancing the consumer entertainment experience, as well as providing robust solutions to the commercial AV sector,” said Robert Blanchard of Sony Electronics, president of the HDMI Forum. “This is part of the HDMI Forum’s continuing mission to develop specifications for the HDMI eco-system that meet the growing demand for compelling, high-performance and exciting features.”

HDMI Specification 2.1 Features Include:

  • Higher Video Resolutions support a range of higher resolutions and faster refresh rates including 8K60Hz and 4K120Hz for immersive viewing and smooth fast-action detail.
  • Dynamic HDR ensures every moment of a video is displayed at its ideal values for depth, detail, brightness, contrast, and wider color gamuts—on a scene-by-scene or even a frame-by-frame basis.
  • 48G cables enable up to 48Gbps bandwidth for uncompressed HDMI 2.1 feature support including 8K video with HDR. The cable is backwards compatible with earlier versions of the HDMI Specification and can be used with existing HDMI devices.
  • eARC supports the most advanced audio formats such as object-based audio, and enables advanced audio signal control capabilities including device auto-detect.
  • Game Mode VRR features variable refresh rate, which enables a 3D graphics processor to display the image at the moment it is rendered for more fluid and better detailed gameplay, and for reducing or eliminating lag, stutter, and frame tearing.

The new specification will be available to all HDMI 2.0 Adopters and they will be notified when it is released early in Q2 2017.

Original Announcement is available here.

 

Ultra HD Premium: The commercial logo of HDR TV

High dynamic range imaging (HDR) is a technique used in imaging and photography to reproduce a greater dynamic range of luminosity than is possible with standard digital imaging or photographic techniques. The aim is to present the human eye with a similar range of luminance to that which, through the visual system, is familiar in everyday life. The human eye, through adaptation of the iris and other methods, adjusts constantly to the broad dynamic changes ubiquitous in our environment. The brain continuously interprets this information so that a viewer can see in a wide range of light conditions.

For imaging, HDR, as its name implies, is a method that aims to add more “dynamic range” to photographs, where dynamic range is the ratio of light to dark in a photograph. In principle, when HDR is enabled during that image capture, the camera instead of taking one photo, three photos are taken at different light exposures. Then, either with an automatic software (as is done at Mobile Phone cameras) or with a sophisticated image editing software, the pictures with the different exposures are overlayed  and the best parts of each photo are highlighted.

Toward the HDR TVs, the UHD Alliance (UHDA) [1] of TV manufacturers, broadcasters and film producers have decided to create a new brand logo beyond UHD, the Ultra HD Premium that defines the technical specifications that a TV must meet in order to deliver a HDR/premium 4K experience.

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The UHDA’s new ULTRA HD PREMIUM specifications cover multiple display technologies and reference established industry standards and recommended practices from the Consumer Technology Association, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, the International Telecommunications Union and others. Moving further forward, UHDA Launches “ULTRA HD PREMIUM” Logo and Certification Licensing for Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Players.

Summarizing the minimum requirements [2]:

Minimum resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 – which remains the same as the 4K/Ultra HD TVs.

10-bit color depth – In contrast to the 8-bit color space that Blu-Ray players use today, the UHD Premium TVs must be able to receive and process a 10-bit colour signal, often called ‘deep color’, supporting over a billion colors.

Minimum of 90% of P3 colors – To certify a TV as an Ultra HD Premium TV, the TV must be able to display 90% of the colors defined by the P3 color space [3] (More info here).

Signal Input– BT.2020 color representation [4]

High Dynamic Range – SMPTE ST2084 EOTF [5]

Minimum dynamic range – To qualify with UHD Premium, a TV should meet a minimum standard for the maximum and the minimum brightness it can achieve.

There are two different requirements in order to accommodate the pros and cons of different TV technologies.
  1. Aiming at LED TVs: More than 1,000 nits peak brightness and less than 0.05nits black level
  2. Aiming at OLED TVs: More than 540 nits brightness and less than 0.0005 nits black level

Please note that TVs could be certified Ultra HD Premium retroactively, but few TVs released in 2015 can meet the standard.

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