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Mission Statement

The research group "Multimedia Communication (MMC)" strives for high-quality research, technology transfer, and teaching in the field of communication and adaptation of multimedia data (audio-visual contents).

In terms of research, this means performing, or participating in, excellent research projects both on the fundamental research and on the application-oriented levels. Projects of the former type were and are being funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF (currently, CONCERT), examples of the latter are several projects (BRIDGE, SocialSensor) within the EC FP7 Framework Programme (see "Projects"). In terms of publication platforms, highly ranked journals and conferences in the field are targeted, such as the ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications (ACM TOMM) and the ACM Multimedia Systems (ACM MMSys Conference (see "Publications").

Technology transfer currently mainly happens via our startup company bitmovin ( A specific type of effort in this area has been the group’s long-standing and intense contribution to standardization within the ISO/IEC MPEG group, mainly on MPEG-21 (the Multimedia Framework) and on MPEG-DASH (Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP).

In teaching, we are committed to giving high-quality lectures and lab courses in the Informatics Bachelor and Master study programs. The teaching activities are linked with, and specifically benefit from, the research activities, most directly in the courses of the specialization area "Distributed Multimedia Systems" in the Master program. Furthermore, current and challenging topics for Master theses and internship work are provided within the research projects.

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