On October 24 and 25, the W3C workshop "Real-time Multimedia and the Web" will take place at the W3C site at INRIA Sophia-Antipolis.
The number of participants at the workshop is limited to 80 people. Currently, about 60 participants have registered, among them: the chair of the IETF working group on conference control (Mark Handley), one of the chief architects of Apple Quicktime (Peter Hoddie), one of the co-authors of RTSP (Rob Lanphier), one of the editors of the RTP standard (Henning Schulzrinne), the former chair of the MPEG Systems group (Jan van der Meer) and the deputy director of W3C (Vincent Quint). 25% of the participants come from the US, and 75% come from other countries. Moreover, 53% of the participants come from industry and 47% from research organizations.
The first day of this two-day event will deal with multimedia formats. Morning presentations both from industry (Alcatel, Macromedia, Apple) and from research organizations (GMD, University of Massachusetts/Lowell, INRIA Grenoble) will set the stage for the discussions in the breakout sessions in the afternoon. The day will end with a sessions on "wild ideas and strong opinions" featuring talks on integrating games into the Web (University of Oslo), a caching infrastructure (Oracle) and a call for action to browser developers for better integration of live media (University of Ulm).
The hot topic of the second day is audio and video transmission on the Internet. It will include a presentation of RTSP (Real-Time Streaming Protocol) by one of the co-authors of this standard. RTSP has been proposed on October 9 by Netscape and Progressive Networks as a standard protocol for accessing real-time multimedia sources on the Internet. The first set of presentations discuss the feasibility of A/V transmission on the Internet (University of Lancaster, Columbia University, Nemesys). This is followed by a session in which interactive television experts (Philips) will discuss with Internet experts (Lulea University, UCL) whether digital television services could be realized using Web technology. The second day will finish with a discussion on the future directions of W3C work in the area of real-time multimedia on the Web, and the establishment of a working group.
The workshop will be transmitted live on the MBone using IP multicast. Please see the workshop Web site for upcoming further details on the MBone transmission.
On October 16, representatives of the following organisations had registered for RTMW '96: Adobe (USA), Alcatel (France), Apple (USA), Bell Laboratories (USA), Canon (Japan), CCETT (France), CDT (Sweden), CSELT (Italy), Columbia University (USA), CWI (Netherlands), ENST (France), Ericsson (Sweden), GMD (Germany), Havas Editions Electroniques (France), IBM (France), IGD Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (Germany), IMAG (France), INRIA, (France) Lancaster University (UK), Lucent (USA), Nemesys (UK), Nokia (Finland), Oracle (USA), Technical University Valencia (Spain), Telecom Italia, Macromedia (USA+UK), MC-Tel (Monaco), Philips Consumer Electronics (Netherlands), Progressive Networks (USA), UCL/ISI (UK), University of Massachusetts/Lowell (USA), University of Oslo (Norway), University of Ulm (Germany).