Ali C. Begen

Welcome to my personal Website. I live in Konya, Turkey with my wife Melda and baby girl Meryem.

My Background Upcoming/Recent Talks Recent News

My Background

Ali C. Begen is currently a computer science professor at Ozyegin University and a technical consultant in the Video Architecture, Strategy and Technology group at Comcast. Previously, he was a research and development engineer at Cisco. Begen received his PhD in electrical and computer engineering from Georgia Tech in 2006. To date he received a number of academic and industry awards and was granted 30+ US patents. More details are at http://ali.begen.net.

Ali C. Begen is the co-founder of Networked Media, a technology company that offers consulting services to industrial, legal and academic institutions in the IP video space. He has been a research and development engineer since 2001, and has broad experience in mathematical modeling, performance analysis, optimization, standards development, intellectual property and innovation. Between 2007 and 2015, he was with the Video and Content Platforms Research and Advanced Development Group at Cisco, where he designed and developed algorithms, protocols, products and solutions in the service provider and enterprise video domains. Currently, he is also affiliated with Ozyegin University, where he is teaching and advising students in the computer science department.

Ali has a PhD in electrical and computer engineering from Georgia Tech. To date, he received a number of academic and industry awards, and was granted 30+ US patents. He held editorial positions in prestigious magazines and journals, and served in the organizing committee of several international conferences and workshops in the field. He is a senior member of both the IEEE and ACM. In 2016, he was elected distinguished lecturer by the IEEE Communications Society, and in 2018, he was re-elected for another two-year term. In 2017, he initiated and since then has been chairing the Turkish delegation for WG1 (JPEG) and WG11 (MPEG) under ISO/IEC JTC1/SC29.

To learn more about Ali's projects, publications, talks, and teaching, standards and professional activities, visit http://ali.begen.net.

After finishing my undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Bilkent University in 2001, I went to Georgia Tech to get my PhD in electrical and computer engineering. Since then, I have been working on problems associated with multimedia applications that generate many (often high-bandwidth and time-critical) flows of information with complex inter-flow semantic relationships. After graduating in 2006, I started at Cisco's Video and Content Platforms Research and Advanced Development Group. I architected, designed and developed algorithms, protocols, products and solutions in the service provider and enterprise video domains. Papers, talks and presentations from my Cisco projects are available here.

I left Cisco in late 2015, and started my own company - Networked Media, where I offer consulting services to industrial, legal and academic institutions in the IP video space. In June 2016, I also started as an assistant professor at Özyeğin University Computer Science Department, where I am teaching networking and multimedia courses to grads and undergrads. I also spend a considerable amount of time on services in the academic world.

Upcoming/Recent Talks

  • A Journey towards Fully Immersive Media Access (link, slides)
    ACM Multimedia Tutorial - Oct. 2019
  • Low Latency: Encoding, Delivery and Players
    Mile High Video Panel Session - July 2019
  • Algorithms and Formats for Adaptive Streaming
    IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Speaker Program - July 2019
    • July 5th: University of Oslo
    • July 12th: Chalmers University of Technology
  • Bandwidth Prediction in Low-Latency Chunked Streaming (slides)
    ACM NOSSDAV - June 2019
  • Streaming on Steroids: Are We There Yet? (link)
    ACM Multimedia 2019 TPC Meeting and Workshop - June 2019
  • Bandwidth Prediction in Low-Latency Chunked Streaming
    8th Media Web Symposium - May 2019
  • Make Streaming Great Again
    Sky Technology Conference (Keynote, internal) - May 2019
  • Algorithms and Formats for Adaptive Streaming
    IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Speaker Program - Oct. 2018
    • Oct. 10th: University of Macau
    • Oct. 15th: The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (link)
  • Algorithms and Formats for Adaptive Streaming (link, slides)
    Mile High Video - July 2018

Recent News

  • I am serving as the general co-chair for ACM MMSys 2020 (link)
  • Our ACM NOSSDAV 2019 paper received the DASH-IF Excellence in DASH Award (1st Place) (link, link, link)
  • We won the Grand Challenge on DASH in IEEE ICME 2018 (link, link, link)
  • Our ACM MMSys 2018 paper received two awards: DASH-IF Excellence in DASH Award (1st Place) and Best Student-paper Award (link, link, link, link)
  • I served as the general chair for ACM NOSSDAV 2019 (link) and as the TPC co-chair for ACM MMSys 2019 (link)
  • Alex Giladi, Yuriy Reznik and I organized a special session (Video Coding at Scale) at IEEE ICIP 2018 (link)
  • I was re-elected distinguished lecturer by the IEEE Communications Society for another two-year term in 2018 (link)
  • Turkish MPEGers Web site is up and running (link)