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The First IEEE International Workshop on IP Multimedia Communications (IPMC)

The First IEEE International Workshop on IP Multimedia Communications (IPMC)
August 4 - 7, 2008
St. Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands

In conjunction with IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications and Network (ICCCN) 2008

The rapidly growing momentum behind worldwide broadband deployment and the emerging convergence of voice, video and data services offer the base for various modern multimedia applications such as movie on demand, video streaming, video conferencing, IPTV, and gaming over IP networks. The technology advances in a variety of aspects of the multimedia communications chain, ranging from multimedia coding, network infrastructure, content distribution protocols, quality of service (QoS) management to post-processing, have been driving those applications to move forward. For example, peer-to-peer (P2P) technology has been widely embraced by Internet users, due to its capability to provide scalability, inherent robustness and fault tolerance to the best effort-based Internet. On the other hand, IPTV, built on managed IP network, is growing rapidly, targeting at providing high quality video viewing experience that is at least as good as what is offered by today's cable/satellite TV. At the same time, advances in wireless network technologies and video delivery mechanisms such as IEEE 802.11 (Wi-Fi) and the 3G and 4G cellular systems provide alternatives to their wired peers, allowing users to access and produce video at any time from anywhere.

The greatest challenge that those applications face for them to be successfully deployed is the state of the transport network, which has limited bandwidth that can hardly meet the high QoS requirement for video content. Novel video source and channel coding techniques such as multiple description codes, transcoding, and network coding specially designed for P2P systems can certainly improve the efficiency of video transmission over the Internet. Since P2P traffic including voice and video will likely dominate the Internet in the near future, the key for the successful deployment of IPTV, which shares the same IP network with unmanaged traffic such as P2P traffic, will be advanced traffic measurement, classification, prioritizing and shaping architectures. These architectures ought to be able to enable fair use of network resources among different types of traffics while still achieving efficient and robust content delivery. Besides, better video viewing experience always calls for better compression algorithm, data rate adaptation, adaptive error control, and error concealment technologies. Adaptations are especially important for multimedia transmission over more hostile wireless channels compared to its wired link counterparts, especially when transmitting video to heterogeneous terminals with a wide range of computational and display capabilities, access bandwidth, and user preferences.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together industry and academic researchers to provide an up-to-date picture of the state-of-the-art research in the field of IP multimedia communications. It is also intended to provide a forum to exchange varying beliefs and understandings in terms of how multimedia, especially video, should be delivered to end-users over IP networks. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, the following:

* Multimedia transmission networks, systems, and applications
* QoS management
* Content-aware multimedia distribution
* P2P multimedia networks
* Video coding for P2P systems
* Joint source-channel video coding
* Distributed video coding
* Multiple description video coding
* Video transcoding
* IPTV standards
* Network security for P2P and IPTV services
* Internet traffic classification and management algorithm and architecture for IPTV
* P2P mobile video and mobile IPTV services
* Video over 802.11 WLAN/802.11n and 3G/4G cellular networks
* Error control and concealment
* Video quality assessment

PLENARY TALK:"Video Quality and Video Databases"
Prof. Al Bovik (IEEE Fellow, OSA Fellow, SPIE Fellow), The University of Texas at Austin, USA

SPECIAL SESSIONS:

* IPTV architectures and standards
* P2P video streaming
* Video coding and quality assessment

Authors are invited to submit original and unpublished papers limited to 6 pages. Please see the Author Information page for the details of paper format in the ICCCN 2008 website. Authors can submit papers through either

1) the IPMC Workshop submission URL (http://edas.info/newPaper.php?c=6304&) directly, or

2) the general ICCCN submission link (http://edas.info/newPaper.php?c=6067&), drop down and find the IPMC workshop "IPMC 2008 Workshop at ICCCN 2008" and click the corresponding Submit icon.

and login using your EDAS email address and password (If you are not registered yet, please create one).

The proceedings of the workshops program will be published, as the ICCCN 2008 main conference, by IEEE Communications Society and IEEE Digital Library, and indexed by EI.



IMPORTANT DATES:

Paper submission due: April 15, 2008 (Extended)
Notification of acceptance: May 12, 2008
Camera-ready paper due: May 22, 2008

Co-Chairs:
Rajarathnam Chandramouli, Stevens Institute of Technology, USA
Fan Zhai, Texas Instruments, USA
Steven Wright, AT&T, USA

TPC (List incomplete):
Minghua Chen, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Touradj Ebrahimi, EPFL, Switzerland
Khaled El-Maleh, Qualcomm, USA
Aggelos Katsaggelos, Northwestern University, USA
Lisimachos Kondi, University of Ioannina, Greece
Shiguo Lian, France Telecom R&D Beijing, China
Marco Mellia, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Truong Nguyen, University of California, San Diego, USA
Luca Salgarelli, University di Brescia, Italy
Thomas Stockhammer, Nomor Research, Bergen, Germany
Wai-tian Tan, HP Labs, USA
Jo-Yew Tham, Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore
Ye-Kui Wang, Nokia Research Center, Finland
Wenjun Zeng, University of Missouri, USA
Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi on Sunday 13 April 2008 at 11:24