January 16, 2018

Internet-QoE 2018

IEEE ICDCS 3rd Workshop on QoE-based Analysis and Management of Data Communication Networks

July 2, 2018 @Vienna, Austria

co-located with 38th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems

After two highly successful editions of Internet-QoE at ACM SIGCOMM 2016 and ACM SIGCOMM 2017, we are happy to announce the 3rd edition of Internet-QoE at IEEE ICDCS 2018.


08:30 - 08:45Workshop Opening

08:45 - 09:30Keynote - A Data-driven Approach to Speeding Up the Internet

Theophilus Benson, Brown University, USA.

Theophilus Benson is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Brown University. His group works on designing frameworks and algorithms for solving practical networking problems with an emphasis on speeding up the internet, improving network reliability, and simplifying network management. He has won multiple awards including best paper awards, an applied network research prize, various Yahoo! and Facebook Faculty Awards, and an NSF Career award.

09:30 - 10:00Coffee Break

10:00 - 12:00Session I - Internet-QoE Measurements and Analysis

  • Enhancing Machine Learning based QoE Prediction by Ensemble Models
    Pedro Casas, Michael Seufert, Nikolas Wehner (AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria), Anika Schwind, Florian Wamser (University of Würzburg, Germany)
  • InspectorGadget: Inferring Network Protocol Configuration for Web Services
    Usama Naseer, Theophilus Benson (Brown University, USA)
  • Web Browsing Measurements: An Above-The-Fold Browser-Based Technique
    Antoine Saverimoutou, Bertrand Mathieu (Orange Labs, France), Sandrine Vaton (Institut Mines Telecom Atlantique, France)

12:00 - 13:30Lunch Break

13:30 - 14:30Keynote - HTTP Adaptive Streaming - State of the Art and Challenges Ahead

Christian Timmerer, Klagenfurt University and Bitmovin Inc., Austria.

Christian Timmerer is an Associate Professor with Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt, Austria. He is a co-founder of Bitmovin Inc., San Francsico, CA, USA, where he holds the position of Chief Innovation Officer, specifically Head of Research and Standardization. His research interests include immersive multimedia communications, streaming, adaptation, and Quality of Experience (QoE). He coauthored seven patents and more than 190 publications in workshops, conferences, journals, and book chapters. Dr. Timmerer was the General Chair of WIAMIS 2008, QoMEX 2013, ACM MMSys 2016, and ACM Packet Video 2018. He participated in several EC-funded projects, notably, DANAE, ENTHRONE, P2P-Next, ALICANTE, SocialSensor, ICoSOLE, and the COST Action IC1003 QUALINET. He also participated in ISO/MPEG work for several years, notably, in the areas of MPEG- 21, MPEG-M, MPEG-V, and MPEG-DASH.

14:30 - 15:30Keynote - Predictable Data Communications With (Self-)Adjusting Networks

Stefan Schmid, University of Vienna, Austria.

Stefan Schmid is a Professor in Computer Science at the University of Vienna. He obtained his MSc and PhD from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, was a Postdoc at TU Munich and a Senior Research Scientist at T-Labs in Berlin, a visiting professor at CNRS-LAAS Toulouse and UCL Belgium, and an Associate Professor at Aalborg University. Stefan Schmid's research interests revolve around networked and distributed systems, with a focus on algorithms. Stefan Schmid serves as the Editor of the Distributed Computing Column of the Bulletin of the European Association of Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS), and as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management (TNSM). He received the IEEE Communications Society ITC Early Career Award 2016.

15:30 - 16:00Coffee Break

16:00 - 17:30Session II - QoE-based Network Management and Assessment

  • QoE-Based User-Regulated Congestion Control
    Hengky Susanto (Huawei Future Network Theory Laboratory, USA), Benyuan Liu, ByungGuk Kim (University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA)
  • Investigating the Impact of Advertisement Banners and Clips on Video QoE
    Ondrej Zach, Martin Slanina (Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic), Michael Seufert (AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria)
  • Studying the Impact of HAS QoE Factors on the Standardized QoE Model P.1203
    Michael Seufert, Nikolas Wehner, Pedro Casas (AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria)

17:30 - 17:45Workshop Closing

Call for Papers

Measuring and analyzing complex distributed networks such as the Internet has been the focus of many research efforts for over two decades now. While this approach has lead to an improved understanding of the Internet and an enhancement of the management and operation of large-scale complex systems, little has been done to understand and manage them from a user-centric perspective. QoE remains a poorly understood domain, currently restricted to small scale lab studies and very far from the analysis of real large scale networks. Especially in the industry, QoE has become a buzz word, far from its reality within the research community, and partly due to the complexity involved in deploying QoE-based network analysis and management solutions. Communication networks and distributed systems are becoming more and more end-user experience aware, but there is still a long way to go to make of QoE one of the guiding paradigms for network design, management, and operation. As a first step, we need to better understand real networks and complex systems through the eyes of the end-user.

The goal of the Internet-QoE workshop is to scale QoE out of the lab studies context and bring it to the design, analysis and operation of real world networks and distributed systems. By fostering an explicit and deep integration of the end-user directly into the analysis and management of complex networks, we expect to reduce the gap between QoE research and its application to future network management paradigms, as well as to provide a more targeted end-user perspective to the research on Internet analysis and its future development.

Topics of Interest

Internet-QoE brings together researchers and practitioners from the Internet measurements and analysis domain and the QoE modeling and assessment domain, as well as industry players willing to integrate QoE aspects into the DNA of their daily business, with direct applications in network dimensioning, monitoring, management, and troubleshooting among others. We invite submissions in the following non-exhaustive list of topics:

  • + QoE-aware networking
  • + Internet measurements related to QoE
  • + QoE in encrypted network traffic
  • + QoE characterization from Internet measurements
  • + QoE metrics for smartphones & mobile networks
  • + QoE-based traffic monitoring and troubleshooting
  • + Novel algorithms to improve Internet QoE
  • + QoE-based network management and analysis
  • + QoS/QoE mapping, metrics and measurements in the large-scale
  • + Application of QoE models and metrics to network and traffic analysis
  • + Tools and techniques to gather QoE-related Internet measurements
  • + Large-scale field trials shedding light on QoE aspects
  • + Qualitative measurements for Internet traffic analysis
  • + SDN for QoE-based network management
  • + QoE-based analysis of CDNs and Cloud networks
  • + Large-scale network simulation for QoE analysis
  • + Novel approaches for large-scale QoE crowd-sourcing


Submission Instructions

Submissions must be original, unpublished work, and not under consideration at another conference or journal. Submitted papers must be at most six (6) pages long, including all figures, tables, references, and appendices in two-column 10pt IEEE format, following IEEE ICDCS submissions' format. Papers must include authors names and affiliations for single-blind peer reviewing by the PC. Authors of accepted papers are expected to present their papers at the workshop.

Submit your paper at https://internet-qoe18.ccs.neu.edu/. Papers accepted for presentation will be submitted to IEEE Xplore.

Important Dates

  • + Paper registration: March 25, 2018

  • + Paper registration/submission: April 1 April 8, 2018

  • + Author notification: April 30, 2018

  • + Camera ready: May 3, 2018

Workshop Co-chairs

Technical Program Committee

  • + Rocky Chang, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  • + Amogh Dhamdhere, CAIDA, USA
  • + Sebastian Egger-Lampl, Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria
  • + Marwan Fayed, University of St Andrews, UK
  • + Markus Fiedler, BTH Karlskrona, Sweden
  • + Emir Halepovic, AT&T Research, USA
  • + Oliver Hohlfeld, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • + Maria Papadopouli, University of Crete/ICS-FORTH, Greece
  • + Peter Reichl, University of Vienna, Austria
  • + Michael Seufert, Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria
  • + Lea Skorin-Kapov, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • + Srikanth Sundaresan, Princeton University, USA
  • + Shobha Venkataraman, AT&T Research, USA