PV 2009

May. 11-12, 2009

Panel: What are the Next Exciting Topics for Packet Video?

The Packet Video workshop has been devoted to present technological advancements and innovations in multimedia and video transmission over packet networks, in particular wireless and Internet. Over the years, the topics of Packet Video workshop are constantly evolving to reflect the state-of-the-art technology developed in the  academia and also the trend in media delivery in industry.

What will be the next hot topics of Packet Video in the next 5-10 years? What will be a fundamental ground shaking development for the community? Will it be more advanced media coding technology? Scalable media compression? Distributed source coding? Error resilient technology? P2P system design? Rate control and congestion control? QoS for VoIP and video delivery?

Please join the discussion with our distinguished panelists in a journey that will explore the future of media delivery, in both academia and industry. Each panelist will present a brief 3-5 minute position statement. The rest of the panel will be devoted to Q&A.

About the Panelists

Bernd GirodBernd Girod is Professor of Electrical Engineering and (by courtesy) Computer Science in the Information Systems Laboratory of Stanford University, California, since 1999. Previously, he was Professor of Telecommunications in the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. His current research interests are in the areas of video compression and networked media systems. He has published over 400 conference and journal papers, as well as 5 books, receiving the EURASIP Signal Processing Best Paper Award in 2002, the IEEE Multimedia Communication Best Paper Award in 2007, the EURASIP Image Communication Best Paper Award in 2008, as well as the the EURASIP Technical Achievement Award in 2004. As an entrepreneur, Professor Girod has been involved with several startup ventures as founder, director, investor, or advisor, among them Polycom (Nasdaq:PLCM), Vivo Software, 8x8 (Nasdaq: EGHT), and RealNetworks (Nasdaq: RNWK). He received an Engineering Doctorate from University of Hannover, Germany, and an M.S. Degree from Georgia Institute of Technology. Prof. Girod is a Fellow of the IEEE, a EURASIP Fellow, and a member of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina).



Hsueh-Ming HangHsueh-Ming Hang received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, in 1978 and 1980, respectively, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, in 1984. From 1984 to 1991, he was with AT&T Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, NJ, and then he joined the Electronics Engineering Department of National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, in December 1991. He took a leave from NCTU and joined the Computer Science Department of National Taipei University of Technology (NTUT) in August 2006 and is currently the Dean of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science College of NTUT. He has been actively involved in the international MPEG standards since 1984 and his current research interests include multimedia compression, image/signal processing algorithms and architectures, and multimedia communication systems.

Dr. Hang holds 11 patents (ROC, US and Japan) and has published over 150 technical papers related to image compression, signal processing, and video codec architecture. He was a conference co-chair of the Symposium on Visual Communications and Image Processing (VCIP) in 1993, and the program chair in 1995. He was a co-program chair for the IEEE International Symposium on Consumer Electronics in 1998 and the IEEE Signal Processing Systems Workshop in 1999. He was an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing (1992-1994), the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology (1997-1999), and currently an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing again. He is co-editor and contributor of the Handbook of Visual Communications published by Academic Press. He is a recipient of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, the IEEE ISCE Outstanding Service Award and the Distinguished Engineering Professor Award (Chinese Institute of Engineers). He is a Fellow of IEEE and IET and a member of Sigma Xi.

Ralf SchaferRalf Schäfer received his Dipl.-Ing. and Dr.-Ing. degrees both in electrical engineering from the Technical Unversity of Berlin. In October 1977 he joined the Heinrich-Hertz-Institut (HHI) in Berlin. Since 1989 he is head of the Image Processing Department, whre he is responsible for about 60 researchers and technicians.

Ralf Schäfer is member of the German „Society for Information Technology“ (ITG), where he is chairman of the experts group „Digital Coding“ (FG 3.2). Furthermore he is member of the German „Society for Television and Motion Picture Technology“ (FKTG), where he belongs to the URTEL Award Committee.

In 1986 he received the paper award of the ITG and in 2000 the Richard Theile Medal of the FKTG.



Ali C. BegenAli C. Begen is with the Video and Content Platforms Research and Advanced Development Group at Cisco, where he participates in video transport and distribution projects. His interests include networked entertainment, multimedia transport protocols, and content distribution. Begen has a PhD in electrical and computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Begen received the Best Student-paper Award at IEEE ICIP 2003 for his paper "Rate-distortion optimized on-demand media streaming with server diversity." In 2008, he received the Most-cited Paper Award with his paper "Multi-path selection for multiple description video streaming over overlay networks," from Elsevier Signal Processing: Image Communication. Begen is a member of the IEEE and ACM.