Location: George E. Pake Auditorium, 3333 Coyote Hill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304

Time: May 27, Tuesday, 1:00pm - 5:00pm          Agenda          See who's attending

From Quality of Service to Quality of Experiences in 3D Tele-immersive Environments

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

We are seeing a rapid growth of 3D tele-immersive environments over the last decade with applications ranging from health care, training to entertainment. Despite their intensity of user-involved interactions, existing evaluation frameworks of these 3D teleimmersive environments remain mostly system-centric, utilizing Quality of Service (QoS) evaluation metrics. Over the last few years we are also seeing intensified efforts towards experience-centric approaches, utilizing Quality of Experience (QoE) evaluation metrics. However, the journey towards experience-centric evaluation of tele-immersive environments is very challenging due to (a) multi-modal media in tele-immersive environments, (b) multitude of underlying end-to-end networking and computational technologies, and (c) diverse human activities conducted and experienced in these immersive spaces.

In this talk we discuss the challenges and approaches to evaluate tele-immersive environments, including diverse tele-immersive services and their mediated human experiences; transformations from system-centric to experience-centric evaluation frameworks; and experiential dependencies on activities and psychophysics in tele-immersive spaces. Based on selected tele-immersive systems in the multimedia community, we present promising findings to sketch next steps towards future evaluation frameworks of experiential tele-immersive environments.


Telemedicine for Iraq Kurdistan, Shell Nigeria, and 3M Americans

CEO, VSee Labs, Inc.

The VSee team has traveled to Iraq Kurdistan, Nigeria, Rwanda, and numerous other locations working from offshore oil platforms to refugee camps.  This talk will describe field experience of deploying video conferencing for telemedicine, including body sensor device streaming over a wide range of field conditions from 3G to satellite.

New Networked Applications with the Internet of Things: Technology Challenges and Opportunities

John Apostolopoulos

VP/CTO Enterprise Networking Group, and Lab Director of Enterprise Networking Labs, Cisco

Rapid advances in computing, information processing, networking, and communication are transforming our ability to interact with the world around us. This talk will discuss exciting recent advances in the Internet of Things (IoT), indoor-location-based services (indoor-LBS), and the software defined infrastructure (SDI) that enables them. While IoT and indoor-LBS will be directly visible to the end-user, SDI is largely invisible and a key enabler to these networked applications. This talk will highlight some of the key technical challenges we face, recent advances toward their solution, and the importance of interdisciplinary research to solve these problems. In particular we will showcase the importance of signal processing, and related fields such as analytics, in advancing the above areas, and also discuss promising future directions for research.


Delivering Multimedia using Software Defined Networks

Chris Lauwers

CEO, Ubicity Corp

Today many enterprises worldwide are adopting Unified Communications (UC) as a primary tool to help streamline their global operations. Unfortunately, anecdotal evidence suggests that many UC deployments suffer from a variety of quality and reliability issues that prevent customers from realizing the full value of their UC deployments. Information from large UC deployments suggests that 60% to 80% of Quality of Experience (QoE) problems are caused by issues with the underlying network. In practice, troubleshooting UC network issues is a non-trivial task and when problems have been identified, addressing them often requires infrastructure upgrades or network reconfigurations, all of which have a significant negative impact on total cost of ownership.

This presentation investigates the use of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) as a solution to these quality challenges . We present how SDN can be used to dynamically adapt Traffic Engineering infrastructure to actual traffic patterns, to automate QoS marking of voice and video traffic, and to integrate Call Admission Control at the network level rather than in UC applications.

By allowing UC infrastructure to dynamically interact with the network we aim to close the loop between the application layer and the network, which will ensure that application-level quality and performance requirements can be met by the underlying network infrastructure.


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BAMMF is a Bay Area Multimedia Forum series. Experts from both academia and industry are invited to exchange ideas and information through talks, tutorials, panel discussions and networking sessions. Topics of the forum will include emerging areas in multimedia, advancement in algorithms and development, demonstration of new inventions, product innovation, business opportunities, etc. If you are interested in giving a talk at the forum, please contact us.

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