August 4, 2021

SVCP 2020 at Fraunhofer HHI: 3IT brings together tomorrow's minds in video coding

August 4, 2021

The "3IT - Innovation Center for Immersive Imaging Technologies ", a cooperation platform operated by Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI), hosted the "6th ITG/VDE Graduate Summer School on Video Coding and Processing" (SVCP). The event, initially scheduled for October 2020, took place from July 25 to 27, 2021. The Summer School was organized by the ITG Expert Committee MT 2 "Image Communication and Processing" (speaker: Prof. André Kaup). It provides an opportunity for young researchers who work in the fields of video coding, image processing or multimedia communication to exchange research ideas in their specific areas.

The hybrid meeting was the first multi-day event held in-person at the institute since the outbreak of the Corona pandemic. The hygiene concept was strictly maintained and ensured safe participation for the 32 attendees. In addition to that group, 20 participants from around the world joined the event virtually.

The three-day event featured several presentations, demonstrations and social events. Day one started with guided tours of the Fraunhofer HHI collaboration platforms "3IT" and
"CINIQ Center ". Subsequently, the researchers visited the institute-owned showroom "TiME Lab - Tomorrow's immersive Media Experience Lab .” A social get-together wrapped up the summer school’s first day.

On the second and third day, presentations and demos focused on knowledge transfer. Four Fraunhofer HHI researchers were among the presenters. Jonathan Pfaff from the "Video Communication and Applications" department gave the opening keynote on "Machine Learning Methods for Video Compression". His colleague Adam Wieckowski spoke about the international video coding standard H.266/VVC , which was co-developed by the institute. He presented optimized open source implementations Versatile Video Encoder (VVenC) and Versatile Video Decoder (VVdeC) that were created by Fraunhofer HHI. Niklas Gard and Eric Wisotzky from the department "Vision and Imaging Technologies" presented their research on AR assistance systems.

The event concluded with all participants voting for two winners of the "Best Presentation Award.” Dominic Mehlem and Jens Schneider from RWTH Aachen University were honored with the award for their compelling presentations.

For more information on the event, click here .

Participants of SVCP 2020 during the presentations at CINIQ Center.
Guided tour through the 3IT – Innovation Center for Immersive Imaging Technologies.
Guided tour through the CINIQ Center.
Dr. Ralf Schäfer, Division Director Video at Fraunhofer HHI, welcomes the participants of SVCP 2020.
Prof. André Kaup, Chair of Multimedia Communications and Signal Processing at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, talks about the aims of SVCP.
Prof. Thomas Wiegand, Executive Director at Fraunhofer HHI, introduces the work of Fraunhofer HHI to the participants.
Winner of “Best Presentation Award”, Dominic Mehlem from RWTH Aachen.
Winner of “Best Presentation Award”, Jens Schneider from RWTH Aachen.