IEEE MIPR Keynote Speakers

Hermann Hellwagner
Professor, University of Klagenfurt, Austria
Title: Advances in Edge-Based and In-Network Media Processing for Adaptive Video Streaming


Media traffic (mainly, video) on the Internet is constantly growing; networked multimedia applications consume a predominant share of the available Internet bandwidth. A major technical breakthrough and enabler in multimedia systems research was the HTTP Adaptive Streaming (HAS) technique. While this technique is widely used and works well in industrial networked multimedia services today, challenges exist for future multimedia systems, dealing with the trade-offs between (i) the ever-increasing content complexity, (ii) various requirements with respect to time (most importantly, low latency), and (iii) quality of experience (QoE). This situation sets the stage for our research work in the ATHENA Christian Doppler (CD) Laboratory (Adaptive Streaming over HTTP and Emerging Networked Multimedia Services;, jointly funded by public sources and industry.

In this talk, I'll explore one facet of the ATHENA research, namely how and with which benefits edge-based and in-network media processing can cope with adverse network conditions and/or improve media quality/perception. Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) are the classical example of supporting content distribution on today's Internet. In recent years, though, techniques like Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC), Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Peer Assistance (PA) for CDNs, and Machine Learning (ML) have emerged that can additionally be leveraged to support adaptive video streaming services. In the talk, I'll present several approaches of edge-based and in-network media processing in support of adaptive streaming, in four groups:

  1. Edge Computing (EC) support, for instance transcoding, content prefetching, and adaptive bitrate algorithms at the edge.
  2. Virtualized Network Function (VNF) support for live video streaming.
  3. Hybrid P2P, Edge and CDN support including content caching, transcoding, and super-resolution at various layers of the system.
  4. Machine Learning (ML) techniques facilitating various (end-to-end) properties of an adaptive streaming system.

Dr. Hermann Hellwagner received the M.Sc. (Dipl.-Ing.) and Ph.D. (Dr. techn.) degrees in Informatics from the University of Linz, Austria, in 1983 and 1988, respectively. He is a full professor of Informatics in the Department of Information Technology (ITEC), Klagenfurt University, Austria, leading the Multimedia Communications group. Earlier, he held positions as an associate professor at the University of Technology in Munich (TUM) and as a senior researcher at Siemens Corporate Research in Munich.

His current research areas are distributed multimedia systems, multimedia communications, quality of experience, and communication in multi-drone systems. He has received many research grants from national (Austria, Germany) and European funding agencies as well as from industry. He has published widely on parallel computer architecture, parallel programming, and multimedia communications and adaptation. He is a senior member of the IEEE and of the ACM. In 2013, BITMOVIN ( was founded as a spin-off of the research group. In the ATHENA CD Lab, jointly funded by BITMOVIN and public sources, he led the research work on content delivery. He was a member of the Scientific Board of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) (2005-2016) and an FWF Vice President (2013–2016).

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Abdulmotaleb El Saddik
Abdulmotaleb El Saddik
Distinguished Professor, University of Ottawa & MBZUAI
Title: The Metaverse: AI-Powered Universe of Persistent Digital Twins


A digital twin is a digital replication of a living or non-living physical entity. By bridging the physical and the virtual worlds, data is transmitted seamlessly enabling the virtual entity to coexist with its real counterpart. Utilizing AI, the digital twin monitors, comprehends, and optimizes the functions of the physical entity, offering continuous insights to enhance citizens' quality of life and well-being.

A Metaverse encompasses an interconnected realm of persistent Digital Twins. Within this research initiative, we delve into designing and developing frameworks, methodologies, and strategies that converge multimedia technologies (AR/VR, AI, IoT, Big Data, Cybersecurity, and 5G) to shape the Metaverse. We will explore techniques for sensory data fusion and streaming within the metaverse context, addressing unresolved questions and potential avenues for further research and development.


Abdulmotaleb El Saddik is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Ottawa and MBZUAI, UAE. His global recognition stems from profound contributions to intelligent multimedia computing, communications, and applications. Serving as Editor-in-Chief of ACM TOMM, as well as Associate Editor & Guest Editor for multiple Transactions and Journals, he influences the scholarly landscape.

With over 600 publications and 10 co-authored books, he has also overseen 150+ researchers and chaired numerous conferences and workshops. His research grants exceed $20M, showcasing his dedication to innovation. He's the author of "Haptics Technologies: Bringing Touch to Multimedia."

Dr. El Saddik's accomplishments extend to fellowships in esteemed organizations like the Royal Society of Canada, IEEE, Canadian Academy of Engineering, and the Engineering Institute of Canada. His laurels include the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Award, IEEE Technical Achievement Award, ACM Distinguished Scientist title, and recognition such as the IEEE Canada C.C. Gotlieb (Computer) Medal, A.G.L. McNaughton Gold Medal, and IEEE TCSC Achievement Award for Excellence in Scalable Computing.

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