MMSys 2015 Summary

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Executive Summary

The 6th ACM Multimedia Systems Conference (MMSys’15) was held at the Hilton Hotel and Executive Tower, Portland, Oregon, USA, from 18th to 20th of March 2015.   There were 93 participants.  The acceptance rate for the main technical track of MMSys’15 was 28% (12/41).  MMSys’15 was co-located with three workshops: NOSSDAV’15, MMVE’15, and MoVid’15.  A highlight of the workshop program was the NOSSDAV 25th Anniversary Panel.   Innovations of MMSys’15 include: (i) new registration fee structure to promote more attendees, (ii) sharing CVs of students with sponsors, (iii) assistant professor’s lunch.  Other noteworthy initiative for MMSys organization includes: (iv) open poster session and (v) tiered sponsorship.

Best Paper Award

The best paper was announced during the conference banquet, and was awarded to the paper titled “Dynamic Configuration of Single Frequency Networks in Mobile Streaming Systems” by Saleh Almowuena and Mohamed Hefeeda from Simon Fraser University.   The paper proposed to dynamically configure wireless cells to form single frequency networks depending on the mobile video streaming workload.  By formulating the configuration as a resource allocation problem, the proposed technique can significantly increase the number of media streams served (up to 40 times more compared to commonly-used unicast technique).

The award selection committee consists of Wu-chi Feng, Feng Liu, Pablo Cesar, and Carsten Griwodz.


MMSys’15 was pleased to have Oscar Nestares from Intel Corp. as the keynote speaker for the conference.  The keynote, titled “Changing the Paradigm of Imaging Through Immersive Media Experiences,” provided an overview of the challenges and opportunities in computational imaging.  The talk explored the evolution of photography and personal media, highlights new computational imaging technologies that have been incorporated into recent Intel products, and concluded with the new research opportunities offered by these technologies.



The program booklet can be previewed here. You may register to attend the conference and its co-located workshop here.

Photo credit: Andika Murandi