PhD student wins two awards at ACM Multimedia Systems Conference 2018

28 June 2018 – NUS Computing PhD student Abdelhak Bentaleb won first place in the Excellence in DASH Award and the best student paper award at the 9th ACM International Conference on Multimedia Systems (ACM MMSys) 2018, held in Amsterdam from 12 to 15 June this year.

Abdelhak is a PhD student in Computer Science, under the supervision of Professor Roger Zimmermann, Senior Investigator of Research Centre of Interactive Media at NUSRI. His research focuses on multimedia systems and communication, video streaming architecture and content delivery.

Annually conducted in Amsterdam since 2009, the ACM MMSys conference is a forum for researchers to present and share their latest research findings in multimedia systems. A total of 30 papers were presented in the ACM MMSys conference, with six papers nominated for the best paper and best student paper awards.

Another 30 papers were nominated for the Excellence in DASH award, sponsored by the Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP Industry Forum (DASH-IF). Abdelhak's paper is one of two papers that won first place. The award is conferred to researchers' whose papers address challenges surrounding the new adaptive bitrate (ABR) streaming technology, called Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH). DASH is a next generation video streaming technology that delivers live or on-demand streams over the internet in real-time with the fewest dropouts and least possible buffering. With DASH, video streams can be switched midstream depending on the client's available network speed, as opposed to buffering when the client's network is unable to support the quality of video.