IEEE International Symposium on Broadband Multimedia Systems and Broadcasting

Anastasius Gavras

The 16th edition of the IEEE International Symposium on Broadband Multimedia Systems and Broadcasting 2021 (BMSB 2021) was planned to be held in Chengdu, China on 4–6 August 2021. Like many other events, also BMSB 2021 was turned into a fully online event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The symposium is the premier forum for the presentation and exchange of technical advances in the rapidly converging areas of multimedia broadcasting, telecommunications, consumer electronics, and net­-
working technologies.

Overall, the core program of the conference was held according to the published schedule, and the online format only affected the poster and best paper award sessions with a slightly adapted timing.

During the opening of the symposium, three keynote presentations addressed the audience outlining future trends and recent innovations and developments in the sector. Madeleine Noland, President of the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), USA presented her view on innovations in the Next Generation TV. Qingjun Zeng, Deputy Director General of China Broadcasting Network (CBN), China presented the recent developments in 5G broadcast in China. Finally, Dr. Yue Zhang, Associate Professor, University of Leicester, UK and Technical Manager of the EU-funded 5G PPP project 6G BRAINS presented the project.

The main programme featured 10 sessions covering a wide variety of topics, including multimedia transmission systems, artificial intelligence in next generation systems, service quality and content, immersive image processing and applications, multimedia signal processing and last but not least multimedia networking.

Beyond 5G and 6G in broadband multimedia and broadcast systems

In his keynote Dr. Zhang presented the work of 6G BRAINS in view of the emergence of beyond 5G and 6G concepts and prototype solutions that will have a major impact on the broadband multimedia and broadcast industry. Dr. Zhang used a 6G BRAINS use case as a requirements-driving example. High-resolution, high frame-rate wireless video cameras can easily be deployed in a factory environment to unleash a long list of new features and services in an industry environment. Among others this technology contributes to anomaly detection, improved safety, process tracking and logging, remote control and predictive maintenance. State-of-the-art cameras already put a stress of up to 3 Gbps per unit on the wireless network, which along with the high reliability requirements in such a setting, illustrate the ambition.

Further information:
IEEE BMSB 2021 website – https://bmsb.scimeeting.cn/en/web/index/