Three Problems in Confederated Media

Event Date: 

Friday, October 22, 2004 - 5:00pm

Event Location: 

  • CTL Trailer 932

Ketan Mayer-Patel

Ketan Mayer-Patel is professor of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He was visiting UC Santa Barbara at the time of the recording. A decade ago, many multimedia researchers and experts were predicting that the myriad devices in our homes that receive, display, create, and otherwise manipulate media information (e.g., televisions, VCR's, phones, etc.) would be replaced by fewer, more powerful, devices that satisfied many of these functions. This idea was known as "convergence" and it has, for the most part, not come to pass. In this talk, Dr. Mayer-Patel explores some of the barriers to media convergence and characterize when and why convergence can be successful and when and why convergence is likely to fail. In doing so, he articulates a new model for thinking about the future of multimedia which he calls "confederated media". One essential feature of future multimedia applications within a confederated media context is that applications are likely to be distributed over a number of different specialized devices that share resources in a local environment while transmitting and receiving a number of independent, but semantically related media streams. Within the confederated media model are a number of challenges and open research questions concerning application adaptation, network coordination, and media representation. The talk will provide a survey of Dr. Mayer-Patel’s research group's efforts to address these problems along with a more detailed examination of their proposed network mechanisms for coordinated, peer-aware streaming. Originally recorded October 22, 2004 at UC Santa Barbara.