AI, ML, and Automation in Streaming Video Workflows: What’s Possible?

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 10:00am (PST)

The technology behind streaming is evolving, just as broadcast is evolving to streaming. As software development transforms from siloed, monolithic architectures to scalable, containerized microservices, new opportunities for enhanced functionality within the streaming workflow are appearing. Whether that’s employing AI and ML and the edge or implementing automation, such as ticket generation based on exceeding KPI thresholds, the future of the streaming technology stack seems to have no limits. In this webinar, we’ll explore the state of some of key technologies, such as AI, ML, and Edge Compute, and how they might be applied in the streaming workflow to improve operations, resiliency, and the viewer experience. Panelists will be announced shortly. This webinar will be moderated by Jason Thibeault, Executive Director of the Streaming Video Alliance.

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Topics Covered

  1. What is the distinction between AI and ML?
  2. Where are some of the places within the streaming workflow where AI and ML are being used today?
  3. Have we seen any promising results from the application of AI and ML to streaming components within the technology stack?
  4. How is the use of AI and ML changing streaming architectures? Are we seeing more interest in edge compute as AI and ML gain ground? Will this drive further adoption of serverless functions?
  5. Let’s look at one AI and ML use case: automation. What are some of the ways automation can improve streaming workflows?
  6. If the idea is to apply AI and ML to analytics, such as with algorithms that recommend content, how do we remove bias?
  7. What are some of the challenges in building and employing AI and ML in streaming workflows? Is it fine tuning algorithms? Training systems?
  8. What are some of the promising use cases of AI and ML in streaming? Where is the application of these technologies headed?
  9. Are there any new developments in AI and ML that will help make them easier to integrate into streaming technologies?

Panelists

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Abdul Rehman (President and CEO at SSIMWAVE)

Dr. Abdul Rehman is the CEO/CTO at SSIMWAVE. Software solutions offered by the company are used to measure and optimize the Viewer Experience across tens of millions of viewers everyday. His team was also awarded a PrimeTime Engineering Emmy award for significantly impacting television technology. The Television Academy had this to say, “SSIMWAVE’s measurement standard represents a generational breakthrough in the video industry.” He holds a Ph.D. in Information and Communication Systems from the University of Waterloo and a Master’s in Communications Engineering from the Technical University of Munich.

When he isn’t working, Abdul can be found entertaining his energetic baby girl and spending time with his family. He enjoys the outdoors and challenging himself (like hiking the entire Grand Canyon!).  He’s an avid traveler, and has  explored 25 countries and counting. He’s a cricket enthusiast, and played the sport for many years.

Jose Jesus (Director, Product Management at Conviva)

As Director of Product Management, José is responsible for Conviva Experience Insights, which is used by streaming publishers for real-time measurement and optimization of viewer experience. Working in the digital TV space for 13 years, José’s main areas of focus include streaming performance, analytics workflows, AI and automation, metrics and metadata definition. José holds a master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and previously worked in different roles: Technical Sales, Technical Account Management, Solutions Architect and Integration Engineer.

Thierry Fautier (VP, Video Strategy at Harmonic)

As Vice President of Video Strategy at Harmonic, Thierry Fautier is in charge of defining and driving
the execution of the long-term strategy of Harmonic’s video business. In addition, Thierry is the current
President of the Ultra HD Forum, the global organization responsible for promoting market adoption of
UHD by defining industry best practices for the phased introduction of the wide set of technologies that
will facilitate the next-generation viewing experience. An experienced speaker, he has presented at
leading industry conferences throughout the world.

Thomas Guionnet (Fellow Research Engineer at Ateme)

Dr. Thomas Guionnet is a Fellow Research Engineer at Ateme, where he currently leads the Innovation team’s research on artificial intelligence applied to video compression. Beyond his work for Ateme, he has also contributed to the ISO/MPEG – ITU-T/VCEG – HEVC and HEVC-3D standardization process; he teaches video compression at the ESIR engineering school in Rennes; and he has authored numerous publications including patents, international conference papers, and journal papers. Prior to joining Ateme, he spent 10 years at Envivio conducting research on real-time encoding, video-preprocessing, and video quality assessment. He holds a Ph.D. from Rennes 1 university, with his Ph.D. contributions included in JPEG2000 part 12, JPWL.

Abdul Rehman (President and CEO at SSIMWAVE)

Dr. Abdul Rehman is the CEO/CTO at SSIMWAVE. Software solutions offered by the company are used to measure and optimize the Viewer Experience across tens of millions of viewers everyday. His team was also awarded a PrimeTime Engineering Emmy award for significantly impacting television technology. The Television Academy had this to say, “SSIMWAVE’s measurement standard represents a generational breakthrough in the video industry.” He holds a Ph.D. in Information and Communication Systems from the University of Waterloo and a Master’s in Communications Engineering from the Technical University of Munich.

When he isn’t working, Abdul can be found entertaining his energetic baby girl and spending time with his family. He enjoys the outdoors and challenging himself (like hiking the entire Grand Canyon!).  He’s an avid traveler, and has  explored 25 countries and counting. He’s a cricket enthusiast, and played the sport for many years.

Jose Jesus (Director, Product Management at Conviva)

As Director of Product Management, José is responsible for Conviva Experience Insights, which is used by streaming publishers for real-time measurement and optimization of viewer experience. Working in the digital TV space for 13 years, José’s main areas of focus include streaming performance, analytics workflows, AI and automation, metrics and metadata definition. José holds a master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and previously worked in different roles: Technical Sales, Technical Account Management, Solutions Architect and Integration Engineer.

Thierry Fautier (VP, Video Strategy at Harmonic)

As Vice President of Video Strategy at Harmonic, Thierry Fautier is in charge of defining and driving
the execution of the long-term strategy of Harmonic’s video business. In addition, Thierry is the current
President of the Ultra HD Forum, the global organization responsible for promoting market adoption of
UHD by defining industry best practices for the phased introduction of the wide set of technologies that
will facilitate the next-generation viewing experience. An experienced speaker, he has presented at
leading industry conferences throughout the world.

Thomas Guionnet (Fellow Research Engineer at Ateme)

Dr. Thomas Guionnet is a Fellow Research Engineer at Ateme, where he currently leads the Innovation team’s research on artificial intelligence applied to video compression. Beyond his work for Ateme, he has also contributed to the ISO/MPEG – ITU-T/VCEG – HEVC and HEVC-3D standardization process; he teaches video compression at the ESIR engineering school in Rennes; and he has authored numerous publications including patents, international conference papers, and journal papers. Prior to joining Ateme, he spent 10 years at Envivio conducting research on real-time encoding, video-preprocessing, and video quality assessment. He holds a Ph.D. from Rennes 1 university, with his Ph.D. contributions included in JPEG2000 part 12, JPWL.

Moderated by Jason Thibeault

Executive Director

Jason Thibeault is the Executive Director of the Streaming Video Alliance, a global association of companies collaborating to solve critical challenges in delivering a better streaming video experience and increasing adoption. Prior to this role, Jason spent eight years at Limelight Networks, a leading CDN, where he held several roles including product manager and marketing strategist. Jason is an inventor on multiple technical patents in the streaming industry and a proven entrepreneur. He is also a contributing editor to Streaming Media Magazine.

About the Streaming Video Alliance

The Streaming Video Alliance is a global technical association addressing critical challenges in streaming video. By educating the industry on the technical nature of the issues, providing a neutral forum for collaboration across the video ecosystem, and publishing documentation that defines technical solutions, the Alliance is helping to improve the streaming video experience at scale. Over 75 companies including network operators, content rights holders, OTT platforms, service providers, and technology vendors – representing some of the biggest names in global streaming – participate in bi-weekly working group activities and quarterly face-to-face meetings. You can find out more about membership here.

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