Packet Video 2018: Best Paper Award

Packet Video 2018 Best Paper Award Candidates:

  • A. Zare, A. Aminlou, M. Hannuksela, 6K Effective Resolution with 4K HEVC Decoding Capability for OMAF-compliant 360° Video Streaming
  • J. Schneider, M. Bläser, M. Wien, Sparse Coding based Frequency Adaptive Loop Filtering for Video Coding
  • S. Arisu, A. Begen, Quickly Starting Media Streams Using QUIC
… and the winner of the Packet Video 2018 Best Paper Award is:
6K Effective Resolution with 4K HEVC Decoding Capability for OMAF-compliant 360° Video Streaming
A. Zare, A. Aminlou, M. Hannuksela
Abstract: The recent Omnidirectional MediA Format (OMAF) standard specifies delivery of 360° video content. OMAF supports only equirectangular (ERP) and cubemap projections and their region- wise packing with a limitation on video decoding capability to the maximum resolution of 4K (e.g., 4096×2048). Streaming of 4K ERP content allows only a limited viewport resolution, which is lower than the resolution of many current head-mounted displays (HMDs). In order to take the full advantage of those HMDs, this work proposes a specific mixed-resolution packing of 6K (6144×3072) ERP content and its realization in tile-based streaming, while complying with the 4K-decoding constraint and the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard. Experimental results indicate that, using Zonal-PSNR test methodology, the proposed layout decreases the streaming bitrate up to 32% in terms of BD-rate, when compared to mixed-quality viewport-adaptive streaming of 4K ERP as an alternative solution.
T. Schierl (left), A. Zare (middle), R. Zimmermann (right)

Welcome Message and Call for Participation

It is our pleasure to welcome you to ACM PV 2018, the 23rd Packet Video Workshop, co-located with ACM MMSys 2018 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The Packet Video Workshop series is devoted to presenting technological advancements and innovations in video and multimedia transmission over packet networks. The workshop provides a unique venue for people from the media coding and networking fields to meet, interact and exchange ideas. Its charter is to promote the research and development in both established and emerging areas of video streaming and multimedia networking.

The workshop is a single-track event and includes paper submissions from both cutting-edge research as well as business and consumer applications. It specifically targets papers in all areas of media delivery over current Internet Protocol (IP) and future networks. Authors are especially encouraged to submit papers with real-world experimental results and datasets.

This year’s edition of Packet Video [program] comprises three technical sessions related to new media applications, content coding, and media streaming. We are happy having Jason Burgess (Comcast) at Packet Video to give a keynote about Simultaneous Migration of Codecs, Formats and DRM. Finally, we invite everyone joining the PV 2018 happy hour (“borrel”) sponsored by DASH-IF and participate in an interactive, moderated discussion, where we will discuss key topics and questions related to Packet Video and HTTP adaptive streaming (HAS).

We sincerely hope that the carefully crafted technical program, social events, scientific discussions, and your other activities in Amsterdam and its surroundings will make your ACM PV 2018 participation worthwhile and a memorable experience.

General Chairs

  • Ali C. Begen (Ozyegin University / Networked Media, Turkey)
  • Christian Timmerer (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt / Bitmovin Inc., Austria)

Technical Program Committee Chairs

  • Roger Zimmermann (National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore)
  • Thomas Schierl (Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI), Germany)

PV2018 Accepted Papers

PaperID / Authors, Title

3001 / A. Zare, A. Aminlou, M. Hannuksela, 6K Effective Resolution with 4K HEVC Decoding Capability for OMAF-compliant 360° Video Streaming

3002 / S. Arisu, A. Begen, Quickly Starting Media Streams Using QUIC

3003 / J. Schneider, M. Bläser, M. Wien, Sparse Coding based Frequency Adaptive Loop Filtering for Video Coding

3004 / C. Hollmann, R. Sjöberg, Guided Transcoding Using Deflation and Inflation

3005 / M. Hosseini, C. Timmerer, Dynamic Adaptive Point Cloud Streaming

3006 / S. D’aronco, P. Frossard, A Bayesian Bandit Approach to Adaptive Delay-based Congestion Control

3007 / A. Trattnig, C. Timmerer, C. Mueller, Investigation of YouTube regarding Content Provisioning for HTTP Adaptive Streaming

3008 / S. Silva, J. Bruneau-Queyreix, M. Lacaud, D. Négru, L. Réveillère, MUSLIN: Achieving High, Fairly Shared QoE Through Multi-Source Live Streaming

3009 / R. Mekuria, C. Kylili, A. Wagenaar, D. Griffioen, Performance Assessment and Improvement of the Video Streaming Backend with Cloud Storage and On-the-fly Format Conversion

3010 / N. Barman, S. Schmidt, S. Zadtootaghaj, M. Martini, S. Möller, An Evaluation of Video Quality Assessment Metrics for Gaming Video Streaming

3011 / G. Xylomenos, A. Phinikarides, I. Doumanis, X. Vasilakos, Y. Thomas, D. Trossen, M. Georgiades, S. Porter, IPTV Over ICN

3012 / Y. Reznik, K. Lillevolf, A. Jagannath, J. Greer, J. Corley, Optimal Design of Encoding Profiles for ABR Streaming

3013 / D. Naik, I. Curcio, H. Toukomaa, Optimized Viewport Dependent Streaming of Stereoscopic Omnidirectional Video

PV2018 adopts an “almost double-open” review process

This year’s Packet Video (PV2018) workshop adopted an “almost double-open” review process as follows:

  • The author names and affiliations will be visible to the reviewers.
  • A meta reviewer will be assigned to each submission among the TPC members who will have reviewed the submission, and her/his identity will be conveyed to the author(s) during the notification.
  • There will not be a rebuttal phase.

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Special Issues: ACM TOMM and Int’l Journal of Network Management

We are happy to announce that selected papers will be invited submitting extended versions to ACM TOMM or the International Journal of Network Management.

ACM TOMM: A number of outstanding accepted papers will be selected from the ACM MMSys research track, 5 special sessions and 4 workshops to submit extended versions of their work (min 30% new material). These papers will be from a wide range of topics of existing and future directions of Multimedia Systems related research. Authors of selected papers will receive invitation to extend and submit a manuscript for this special issue.

International Journal of Network Management: Outstanding and topical papers submitted to the workshop will be considered for inclusion in this special issue. Select authors will be explicitly invited to produce an extended version of their work conforming to the submission guidelines.

Keynote: Simultaneous Migration of Codecs, Formats and DRM by Jason Burgess, Comcast

The 23rd Packet Video Workshop 2018 co-located with ACM MMSys’18 in Amsterdam is proud to announce the following keynote:

Simultaneous Migration of Codecs, Formats and DRM
by Jason Burgess, Comcast

Abstract: Over the operational life of a large video service, codecs, formats, and digital rights management may all have to be changed to support different business needs, devices, or other technological advances. Adding or changing any one of these facets is a significant change for any service. Making changes to all three simultaneously while maintaining an uninterrupted service would seem to require feats of engineering heroics. We will explore how Comcast’s addition of HEVC, migration from HLS to DASH, and swapping of digital rights management solutions impacted its IP Video platform: what changes were needed to the architecture, and how we managed the transition of users across technologies.

Bio: Jason is the lead architect for strategic initiatives within Comcast’s VIPER (Video IP Engineering & Research) group. He has an extensive background in software and systems architecture as well as application development and systems administration. He joined Comcast 7 years ago and has lead design and development of many components of Comcast’s IP video solution. He is currently leading efforts to optimize and simplify Comcast’s IP video pipeline and prepare Comcast for the next decade of video delivery. His passion for innovation has led to multiple patent awards and filings in IP video.

Excellence in DASH Award ACM MMSys 2018

In conjunction with ACM MMSys 2018, being held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands | June 12-15, 2018, the DASH Industry Forum is proud to announce the

DASH Industry Forum Excellence in DASH Award

This award offers a financial prize for those papers which best meet the following requirements:

  • Paper must substantially address MPEG-DASH as the presentation format
  • Paper must be selected for presentation in the main conference, special sessions, or co-located workshops at ACM MMSys 2018 [this includes Packet Video Workshop!]
  • Preference given to practical enhancements and developments which can sustain future commercial usefulness of DASH.
  • DASH format used should conform to the DASH-IF Interoperability Points as defined by

Three levels of prize are awarded:

  • First place – €1000
  • Second place – €500
  • Third place – €250


Winners are chosen by a DASH Industry Forum appointed committee and results are final. If papers of sufficient quality are not received, then some or all of the awards may not be granted. The competition is open to any individual, commercial or academic institution. No preference is given to DASH-IF members and membership is not required in order to participate in the competition.

How to enter:

In order for your paper to be considered for the competition, please check the checkbox labelled “DASH Award” on the submission page and your paper will be forwarded to the DASH-IF for review.