ICT4S Workshop: Towards Sustainable and Energy-Aware Video Communications (SEViC)

The workshop „Towards Sustainable and Energy-Aware Video Communications (SEViC)“ is part of the International Conference on Information and Communications Technology for Sustainability (ICT4S) in Rennes, France, which will be held June 5th until June 9th 2023. We invite researchers from all over the world to present and discuss latest trends and developments in the field of sustainable video communications. The workshop is co-organized by Olivier Le Meur (InterDigital, France) and Christian Herglotz (FAU, Germany).

The workshop is live-streamed!

Morning session Afternoon session

The workshop will take place on Friday, June 9th 2023 with the following program.

Time Speaker Affiliation Title
9h00 – 9h10 Olivier Le Meur & Christian Herglotz Introduction to the Workshop
9h10 – 9h40 Daniel Schien (Senior Lecturer) University of Bristol (UK) The Carbon Emissions from Video Streaming: Assessment Methods and Dynamics of Technological Change
9h40 – 10h20 Samira Afzal (Post-Doctoral Researcher) Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt (Austria) Energy Consumption in Video Streaming: Components, Measurements, and Strategies
10h30 – 11h00 COFFEE BREAK
11h00 – 11h30 Angela Ciocan (PhD Student) LA Rochelle University – L3i (France) Sustainability of neural network applications in training and inference – Some approaches and practices
11h30 – 12h00 Christian Herglotz (Senior Researcher) Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany) Joint QoE and Energy Optimization in Video Communications
12h00 – 12h30 PANEL
12h30 – 14h00 LUNCH BREAK
14h00 – 14h30 Daniel Menard (Full Professor) University of Rennes, INSA Rennes, CNRS, IETR – UMR 6164 (France) Low power VVC decoding with OpenVVC
14h30 – 15h00 Olivier Le Meur (Principal Scientist) InterDigital (France) Energy-aware images
15h00 – 15h30 Erik Reinhard (Distinguished Scientist) InterDigital (France) Media-Related Standards Activities Around Sustainability

Significant changes in social behavior and consumer demand has triggered exponential growth in video consumption, with video now accounting for more than 82% of online data traffic. This rapid growth will continue in the coming years requiring massive energy to support the production, the delivery, and the end-user consumption. This is not at all sustainable with respect to the amount of energy required and the ecological emergency we have to face.

Given the complexity of the challenges, all actors, going from the video production to the final video consumption by the end users, have to promote, support and develop initiatives that would contribute to the energy consumption reduction.

This full-day workshop will not only present the magnitude of the energy consumption problem but will also elaborate on key initiatives for reducing the energy consumption.

The objectives of the proposed workshop are (i) to raise industrial and public awareness for a sustainable information and communication technology (ICT), (ii) to monitor and evaluate the energy consumption all along the video chain, (iii) to introduce new energy-aware technologies, (iv) to present standardization activities. The one-page long abstracts and presentation slides will be published on the website of the workshop and in the conference proceedings.