A special session on "Human-centric Internet and Multimedia Systems" will be organized at the ACM Multimedia Systems Conference (MMSys 2018) will be held from June 12 - 15, 2018 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Important information
  • Submission deadline: December 15, 2017
  • Acceptance notification: February 21, 2018
  • Camera ready deadline: April 19, 2018
  • Online submission: https://submissions.mmsys2018.org/humancentric
  • Submission format: 6-12 pages, using ACM style  format (double-blind). Please see the submission guidelines for more information about the process.
  • Reproducibility: obtain an ACM reproducibility badge by making datasets and code available (authors will be contacted to make their artifacts available after paper acceptance)

Scope & Goals

Internet services and multimedia services are nowadays facing a human-centric paradigm in the design of architectures and protocols, the operation and management of systems, but also in the assessment of those services. Multimedia and consumer services aim to satisfy its customers by delivering high Quality of Experience (QoE), aiming for more extensive user engagement through improvements in perceived quality and immersive techniques. At the same time, the competitive edge depends on cost-efficient operations. Empowered by the cloud and emerging concepts like deep learning, new algorithms and protocols are attracting attention. Among other applications, these enable the design of services and devices that anticipate and respond to the user’s perception and behavior, learn usage patterns, measure context information, or even emulate user and device interactions. Despite the new possibilities, financial, timely and legal considerations impose restrictions on their use and introduce potential trade-offs, such as weighing QoE, privacy and fairness among users up against production, hardware and operation costs. Likewise for the Internet of Things (IoT) and data-centric Internet services, the Quality of Information (QoI) is the crucial quality indicator. Measurement data may be obtained from mobile sensors, like smart devices or IoT devices, which may also rely on  crowdsourcing approaches. Again, several trade-offs arise concerning QoI, costs and privacy.


This special session addresses recent technologies and latest advances, their benefits and challenges to creating human-centric Internet services and multimedia systems. This includes the study of user intent and user behavior, the analysis of trade-offs as well as metrics, measures, and measurement tools to assess QoE, QoI, costs, along with ethical considerations like privacy. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:


Topics of Interest

  • User-centric algorithms in multimedia systems covering e.g. QoE and user engagement

  • Human-centric algorithms for Internet data services, e.g. Internet of Things, Smart Cities

  • Design of human-centric architectures and protocols

  • Human-centric operation and management of Internet and multimedia services

  • Machine learning approaches in human-centric Internet and multimedia systems

  • Trade-off between QoE and aspects like costs, energy, fairness, privacy, etc.

  • Methodologies, theoretical modeling and frameworks for human-centric Internet

  • Metrics, measures, and measurement tools for Quality of Information and Quality of Experience addressing IoT services and consumer services

  • Ethical and legal aspects in designing algorithms, collecting data, network measurements, subjective experiments

DASH-IF Excellence in DASH Award

The DASH Industry Forum is proud to announce the DASH Award. This award offers a financial prize for those papers which best meet the following requirements. 

  • Paper must substantially address MPEG-DASH as the presentation format.
  • Paper must be selected for presentation in the main conference, special sessions, or co-located workshops at ACM MMSys 2018.
  • Preference given to practical enhancements and developments which can sustain future commercial usefulness of DASH.
  • DASH format used should conform to the DASH-IF Interoperability Points.  
In order for your paper to be considered for the competition, please check the checkbox labelled “DASH Award” on the submission page and your paper will be forwarded to the DASH-IF for review.