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Further info on upcoming Multimedia Workshop

From: Philipp Hoschka <hoschka@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 17 Oct 1996 23:15:20 +0200
Message-ID: <3266A1E8.34CA@w3.org>
To: www-multimedia@w3.org
For an html version with lots of pointers, see:


For the workshop web site, see


-Philipp Hoschka, W3C

Only one week left until RTMW '96 !

On October 24 and 25, the W3C workshop "Real-time Multimedia and the Web"
will take place at the W3C site at INRIA Sophia-Antipolis.

The number of participants at the workshop is limited to 80 people.
Currently, about 60 participants have registered, among them: the chair of
the IETF working group on conference control (Mark Handley), one of the
chief architects of Apple Quicktime (Peter Hoddie), one of the co-authors of
RTSP (Rob Lanphier), one of the editors of the RTP standard (Henning
Schulzrinne), the former chair of the MPEG Systems group (Jan van der Meer)
and the deputy director of W3C (Vincent Quint). 25% of the participants come
from the US, and 75% come from other countries. Moreover, 53% of the
participants come from industry and 47% from research organizations.

The first day of this two-day event will deal with multimedia formats.
Morning presentations both from industry (Alcatel, Macromedia, Apple) and
from research organizations (GMD, University of Massachusetts/Lowell, INRIA
Grenoble) will set the stage for the discussions in the breakout sessions in
the afternoon. The day will end with a sessions on "wild ideas and strong
opinions" featuring talks on integrating games into the Web (University of
Oslo), a caching infrastructure (Oracle) and a call for action to browser
developers for better integration of live media (University of Ulm).

The hot topic of the second day is audio and video transmission on the
Internet. It will include a presentation of RTSP (Real-Time Streaming
Protocol) by one of the co-authors of this standard. RTSP has been proposed
on October 9 by Netscape and Progressive Networks as a standard protocol for
accessing real-time multimedia sources on the Internet. The first set of
presentations discuss the feasibility of A/V transmission on the Internet
(University of Lancaster, Columbia University, Nemesys). This is followed by
a session in which interactive television experts (Philips) will discuss
with Internet experts (Lulea University, UCL) whether digital television
services could be realized using Web technology. The second day will finish
with a discussion on the future directions of W3C work in the area of
real-time multimedia on the Web, and the establishment of a working group.

The workshop will be transmitted live on the MBone using IP multicast.
Please see the workshop Web site for upcoming further details on the MBone

On October 16, representatives of the following organisations had registered
for RTMW '96: Adobe (USA), Alcatel (France), Apple (USA), Bell Laboratories
(USA), Canon (Japan), CCETT (France), CDT (Sweden), CSELT (Italy), Columbia
University (USA), CWI (Netherlands), ENST (France), Ericsson (Sweden), GMD
(Germany), Havas Editions Electroniques (France), IBM (France), IGD
Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (Germany), IMAG (France), INRIA, (France) Lancaster
University (UK), Lucent (USA), Nemesys (UK), Nokia (Finland), Oracle (USA),
Technical University Valencia (Spain), Telecom Italia, Macromedia (USA+UK),
MC-Tel (Monaco), Philips Consumer Electronics (Netherlands), Progressive
Networks (USA), UCL/ISI (UK), University of Massachusetts/Lowell (USA),
University of Oslo (Norway), University of Ulm (Germany).
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