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FITCE Congress 2018

57th FITCE Congress, UK 2018

Delivery and Consumption of Digital Media

6-7 September 2018, MediaCityUK, Salford


The FITCE Congress comprised a Technical Programme and an associated Companion Programme. A summary of the Technical Programme is presented below. All presentations were video recorded and these may now be viewed online by clicking the title of each presentation shown under the ‘Topic’ column or by clicking the associated session name. In addiiton, some of the presenters have made available a version of their presentaion as a PDF download.

Thursday 6th September 2018
Time Activity Speaker Topic
09:30 to 09:45 Formal Opening Chair:
Nigel Linge
Professor Helen Marshall, VC, University of Salford Welcome to the University of Salford
Professor Andy Valdar, President, FITCE Welcome to the 57th FITCE Congress
09:45 to 10:50 KEYNOTES Chair:
Nigel Linge
Jamie Hindhaugh, Chief Operating Officer, BT Sport The BT Sport studios facility
Ian Macrae, Director of Market Intelligence, Ofcom The changing picture: trends in how we access and watch TV and other video
10:50 to 11:20 Break
11:20 to 13:00 PAPER SESSION 1 Chair:
Guntram Kraus
Andy Sutton, BT 5G Network Architecture - Enabling the Future Delivery and Consumption of Digital Media
Juan Riol Martín, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Towards 5G: Techno-economic analysis of suitable 5G use cases
Hassan Hamdoun, Video Delivery Research, Future Consumer Applications & Services Labs, BT Technology Media Delivery in 5G
Berit Bettina Schubert, ATOS, Germany Pathways to digital transformation in the media industry
13:00 to 14:00 Break
14:00 to 14:30 KEYNOTES Chair:
Andy Valdar
Laurence Murphy, University of Salford / SMPTE 8K and holography, their impact on communications and future media technology
14:30 to 16:10 PAPER SESSION 2 Chair:
Miguel Merino
Ed Smith, BT QUIC’s role as a transport mechanism for IP video
Tom Evens, Ghent University, Belgium Platform Mania in Television Distribution
Doug Williams, BT Why the future of Media Distribution may be object based: Exploring the power of this new approach to media distribution using content genres as diverse as live theatre and sport.
Silvia Rossi, UCL Learning optimal streaming strategies for virtual reality applications
16:10 to 16:40 Break
16:30 to 18:15 Technical Visit The first day of the FITCE Congress concluded with a technical visit to the dock10 studios and media production facilities at MediaCityUK. dock10 is the home of some of the biggest television programme productions in the UK including The Voice, Mastermind, Countdown and Match of the Day.
Friday 7th September 2018
Time Activity Speaker Topic
09:30 to 10:35 KEYNOTES Chair:
Nigel Linge
Ian Wagdin, Senior Technology Transfer Manager, BBC R&D The impact of future networks on media content creation and distribution
Fernando Garcia Calvo, Director, Huawei Video Business (Europe) New TV and video services
10:35 to 11:05 Break
11:05 to 13:00 PAPER SESSION 3 Chair:
José Van Ooteghem
Brahim Allan, Video Delivery Research, BT Technology, Service & Operations High Dynamic Range Subjective Testing
Ed Smith, BT and Mauro Ugolini, Roma Tre University What is the future for media in the Post Information Age?
Peggy Valcke, KU Leuven Accountable, not liable: Is regulating video-sharing platforms under the new AVMS Directive a slippery slope towards internet censorship?
Seamus Simpson, University of Salford Public Policy and Media Convergence: Paths, Limitations and Prospects
13:00 to 14:00 Break
14:00 to 15:20 PAPER SESSION 4 Chair:
Peter Leonhardt
Andy Valdar, UCL Important Developments in Telecommunications Network Architecture
Doug Williams, BT Does exploding data drive a demand for Gigabit connections?
Jon Hart, BT 5G Network Slicing and Convergence: Key technologies in Next Generation Networks
15:20 to 15:45 Break
15:45 to 16:45 PANEL SESSION Chair:
Nigel Linge

Panel comprised:

Andrzej Dulka, CEO, Alcatel-Lucent, Poland

Laurence Murphy, Senior Lecturer in Media Technology, University of Salford

Andy Sutton, Principal Network Architect, BT

George Williamson, Consultant

The panel discussed: “The next 5 years; opportunities and challenges”
16:45 to 17:00 Formal Close Chair:
Nigel Linge
Millie Banerjee Concluding insights and remarks
Professor Andy Valdar, President, FITCE Formal closure of the 57th FITCE Congress.