ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29 N 7999
DATE: 2006-11-18
 

ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29
Coding of Audio, Picture, Multimedia and Hypermedia Information
Secretariat: Japan (JISC)

DOC. TYPE Meeting Announcement and Draft Agenda
TITLE Calling Notice and Draft Agenda, the 79th SC 29/WG 11 Meeting, 2007-01-15/19, Marrakech, Morocco  [SC 29/WG 11 N 8437]
SOURCE Convener, ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29/WG 11
PROJECT  
STATUS Calling Notice and Draft Agenda [Requested action: Each SC 29 member is requested to forward a list showing the names and employers of its delegates and also the name of the head of delegation to the WG 11 Convener and the SC 29 Secretariat by due date.]
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DUE DATE 2006-12-15
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79th MPEG notice

INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION FOR STANDARDISATION
ORGANISATION INTERNATIONALE DE NORMALISATION
ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29/WG 11
CODING OF MOVING PICTURES AND AUDIO

ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29/WG 11 N8437

 October 2006

Source:

Leonardo Chiariglione- Convenor

Title:

79th WG11 meeting notice

The 79th MPEG Meeting will take place 15 - 19 January 2007 at

Palais des congrès de Marrakech
Avenue Mohamed VI
40000 Marrakech
Morocco

Please find additional information here

Note that

  1. Facilities fees will be charged on participants (see Logistic Information)
  2. Some ad hoc groups will meet on the week end before the meeting.

You are strongly urged to register with the Convenor.


Proposed agenda

     

     

Agenda item

1.

   

Opening

2

   

Roll call of participants

3

   

Approval of agenda

4

   

Allocation of contributions

5

   

Communications from Convenor

6

   

Report of previous meeting

7

   

Processing of NB Position Papers

 

1

 

Media coding

   

1

Fixed point implementation of DCT/IDCT

   

2

Colour spaces

   

3

Colour spaces

   

4

Colour spaces

   

5

Advanced 4:4:4 Profile

   

6

Scalable Video Coding

   

7

Multiview Video Coding

   

8

Auxiliary Video Data Representation

   

9

BSAC Extensions

   

10

Symbolic Music Representation

   

11

Geometry and Shadow

   

12

XML Binarisation

   

13

Reconfigurable Video Coding

   

14

Increased video compression

   

15

Scalable audio and speech coding

 

2

 

Composition coding

   

1

Lightweight Scene Representation

   

2

Symbolic Music Representation

 

3

 

Description Coding

   

1

Schema definition

   

2

Visual Descriptor Extensions

   

3

Technologies for digital photo mgmt using MPEG-7 visual tools

   

4

MPEG-7 Query Format

 

4

 

Systems support

   

1

Fragments Request Unit

   

2

JPEG2000 support in MPEG-4 Systems

 

5

 

IPMP

   

1

MPEG-21 IPMP Component Base Profile

   

2

REL Profiles - the DAC profile

   

3

Rights Data Dictionary

 

6

1

Digital Item

   

2

Dynamic and Distributed Adaptations

 

7

 

Transport and File Format

   

1

Transport of Auxiliary Video Data

   

2

Transport of MPEG Surround data in AAC

   

3

File Format extensions for Description of Timed Metadata

   

4

Flute Hint Track

   

5

AVC File Format extensions for FRExt

   

6

AVC File Format extensions for SVC

   

7

File Format Issues for Support of Audio Media

   

8

Digital Item Streaming

 

8

 

Multimedia architecture

   

1

M3W Architecture

   

2

M3W Multimedia API

   

3

M3W Component Model

   

4

M3W Resource and Quality Management

   

5

M3W Component Download

   

6

M3W Fault Management

   

7

M3W System Integrity Management

 

9

 

Application formats

   

1

Protected Music Player MAF

   

2

Photo Player MAF

   

3

Musical Slide Show MAF

   

4

Media Streaming MAF

   

5

Audio Archival MAF

   

6

MAFs under consideration

       
 

10

 

Reference implementation

   

1

MPEG Surround Reference Software

   

2

File Format Reference Software

   

3

Morphing & Textures Reference Software

   

4

MPEG-J GFX Reference Software

   

5

Reference Hardware Description

   

6

MPEG-7 Systems Reference Software

   

7

Perceptual 3D Shape Reference Software

   

8

MPEG-21 REL Reference Software

   

9

MPEG-21 DIA Reference Software

   

10

Binary MPEG format for XML Reference Software

   

11

M3W Reference Software

 

11

 

Conformance

   

1

Audio BIFS v3 Conformance

   

2

MPEG-1 and -2 Audio in MPEG-4 Conformance

   

3

BSAC conformance

   

4

1-bit Oversampled Audio Conformance

   

5

Audio Lossless Conformance

   

6

Audio Scalable to Lossless conformance

   

7

MPEG Surround conformance

   

8

File Format conformance

   

9

Morphing & Textures Conformance

   

10

Advanced Text and Graphics Conformance

   

11

Synthesized Texture Conformance

   

12

MPEG-J GFX Conformance

   

13

Open Font Format conformance

   

14

Perceptual 3D Shape Conformance

   

15

IPMP Components Conformance

   

16

Event Reporting Conformance

   

17

Fragment Identification of MPEG Resources Conformance

   

18

Music Player Application Format Conformance

 

12

 

Maintenance

   

1

Systems coding standards

   

2

Video coding standards

   

3

Audio coding standards

   

4

Visual description coding standards

   

5

Audio description coding standards

   

6

MDS standards

9

   

Liaison matters

10

   

Organisation of this meeting

     

Tasks for subgroups

     

Joint meetings

     

Development of MPEG standards

11

   

Administrative matters

     

Schedule of future MPEG meetings

     

Promotional activities

12

   

Planning of future activities

13

   

Resolutions of this meeting

14

   

A.O.B

15

   

Closing

 Logistic Information

General information and dates

The 79th MPEG Meeting and the 22nd JVT meeting will take place from 13th to 19th January 2007 at Palais des congrès in Marrakech, Morocco. The meeting will be hosted by Ecole Mohammadia d'Ingénieurs (EMI) – Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco (http://www.emi.ac.ma). Additionally, AhG meetings will be held the weekend prior to the actual MPEG/JVT meeting and a workshop on MPEG technologies will be organized the Saturday after the meeting. The exact meeting days are as follows:

For the Ad-Hoc Group meetings on Saturday and Sunday prior to the SC 29/WG 11 meeting, the meeting schedules and the number of meeting rooms with required room capacities should be informed to the meeting organizer, at mpeg79@emi.ac.ma from the WG 11 Convener or subgroup chairs no later than December 15, 2006.

All information can be found at http://mpeg79.emi.ac.ma

Location and venue

All meetings (except the workshop on MPEG technologies) will be held at the

Palais des congrès de Marrakech

Avenue Mohamed VI

40000 Marrakech, Morocco

Phone: +212 (0) 24 33 91 00

Fax: + 212 (0) 24 33 91 20/21

The official e-mail contact is mpeg79@emi.ac.ma

Contact for this meeting will be at Ecole Mohammadia d'Ingénieurs.

Prof. Zouhair Guennoun

Ecole Mohammadia d'Ingénieurs

B.P. 765 Rabat Agdal

Rabat 10000, Morocco

Phone: +212 (0) 66 29 37 23 or +212 (0) 37 77 65 66

Fax: +212 (0) 37 77 88 53

E-mail: zouhair@emi.ac.ma or mpeg79@emi.ac.ma

Also for any direct questions/comments/inquires, please contact:

Dr. Abdellatif Benjelloun Touimi

France Telecom Research and Development

2 avenue Pierre Marzin

22307 Lannion, France

Phone: +33 (0) 2 96 05 36 77

Fax: +33 (0) 2 96 05 35 30

E-mail: abdellatif.benjellountouimi@orange-ftgroup.com or mpeg79@emi.ac.ma

The city of Marrakech

Marrakech known as the "jewel of the south" is a gateway to the desert, and a culmination of an age-old series of civilizations and dynasties. Built in 1070, it has been home to several dynasties, each of which has left its marks in the form of sumptuous palaces, mosques, gardens and medersas (religious and Koranic schools) making this city a top site and a tribute to living memory. Lying at the foot of the Upper Atlas, near the desert and in proximity to snow-capped mountains, Marrakesh casts a spell only a few other tourist destinations around the world could claim. Ochre is the predominate color; from the medina (ancient Arab town) to the ramparts, everything basks in the light of the sunset, transforming the town into a truly fairytale scene.

Located some 300 km from Morocco's capital Rabat and 200 km from Casablanca, Marrakech is accessible by plane, train (http://www.oncf.ma) and cars. In beginning of the winter (when the meeting will take place) the mean temperature is around 11°C/52 °F.

In Marrakesh, one can choose from an impressive array of hotels of different categories in line with his budget. There are more than 300 guesthouses in the middle of the ancient medina along with 11 2-star, 17 3-star, 17 4-star and 13 5-star hotels.

Some links related to Marrakech:

Meeting facilities

The Palais des congrès in Marrakech

The MPEG meeting will be held at Palais des Congrès in Marrakesh which has held several major events: WTO/GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade) creation conference, Plenipotentiary Conference ITU, FIFA world congress 2005, Marrakech Film Festival, ICANN meeting of June 2006 (http://www.icannmarrakech.org), etc... It is located in the tourist circle of the city surrounded by hotels and gardens. It is 10 minutes drives from the International airport of Marrakech and less than 20 minutes walk to the down town or to the old part of the Marrakech city.

Palais des congrès in Marrakech becomes an important meeting point of high-tech communities as Dr. Vinton G. Cerf, chairman of the board of ICANN, a Google vice president and one of the pioneers of the Internet, has indicated during the Public Forum of Marrakech ICANN meeting in last June 2006: "… It's occurring to me that this location has a fascinating character. It's near the Mediterranean, it is in North Africa, it is not far from Europe and the Middle East. It's a very central location for this part of the world. And if this complex is any indication, it will become a very important meeting point for high-tech communities. And I can see now that in addition to ICANN, the MPEG group will be enjoying this facility in early January…" (see http://www.icann.org/meetings/marrakech/captioning-forum1-28jun06.htm).

 For the MPEG/JVT Meetings the following rooms will be available:

 All meeting rooms will be equipped with a video-projector, sound and microphone equipment (large ones), flipcharts, notepads, pencils, water bottles, wireless Internet access and power plugs.

 Other facilities:

Registration and fees

The registration has to be made online via http://mpeg79.emi.ac.ma and will start November 1st, 2006. The registration includes access to meeting rooms, free Internet access, coffee-breaks (twice a day) and social event. The lunches (Monday – Friday) are also included.

Facilities fees:

Additional tickets for social event:  550 DH per each accompanying person.

Cancellation policy:

For any cancellation the total amount paid will be refunded minus:

Social event

The social event will be held on Wednesday, January 17 in the Gharnata Palace (http://www.gharnata.com). The Gharnata Palace extends over 2000 m2. Ancient house built in XVIth century, belonging to the right hand of the Pasha of Marrakech in 1920 then acquired and restored by Moulay Ahmed Amrani.

The Gharnata Palace is situated between Bahia Palace, prefecture of the medina and Dar Si Said museum, a strategic place, visited by thousand of tourists. Grounds, walls, pillars and doors are the result of a craft wooden work of sculptured and painted Cebar, mosaics finely chiselled and treated in seven colours.

The transport of MPEG delegates from the "Palais des congrès" to Gharnata Palace and the return back to the hotels will be ensured by the organizers.

Hotel accommodation

Rooms have been negotiated with hotels close to the meeting venue in Marrakech. Participants have to make their own reservation online through http://mpeg79.emi.ac.ma at the same time as the registration. All accommodations are to be paid individually and directly to the hotel.

Deadline for hotel reservations to benefit from the negotiated rates: December 20, 2006.

Please note that when reserving a room, you have to pay one night stay as a deposit for reservation. If you cancel your room reservation before January 10, 2007, this deposit will be returned back. No refund if room reservation is cancelled after this date. 

Hotel

Room type

Price

Available rooms

Distance to meeting location

Mansour Eddahbi Hotel 5*

Address:

Boulevard Mohamed VI

40 000 Marrakech

Phone: +212 24 23 91 00

Fax: +212 24 23 91 20

www.hotel-mansoureddahbi.com/eng/

Single room bed & breakfast

1180 Dhs / day

200

In the same site

Double room bed & breakfast

1390 Dhs / day

Taxes

21  Dhs / day / person

Ryad Mogador Menara Hotel 5*

Address:

Boulevard Mohamed VI

40 000 Marrakech

Phone: +212 24 23 93 30

Fax: +212 24 23 93 33

Single room bed & breakfast

925 Dhs / day

60

20 m

Double room bed & breakfast

1010 Dhs / day

Taxes

21  Dhs / day / person

Ryad Mogador Opera Hotel 4*

Address:

Boulevard Mohamed VI

40 000 Marrakech

Phone: +212 24 23 93 90

Fax: +212 24 23 93 92

Single room bed & breakfast

460 Dhs / day

30

60 m

Double room bed & breakfast

600  Dhs / day

Taxes

13  Dhs / day / person

Travel information

Travel by Air:

The most convenient way to get to Marrakech is by airplane. Indeed, Marrakech-Menara International Airport (RAK) has direct scheduled flights coming in from London, Paris and other European capitals. Plenty of low cost companies now fly to Marrakech. If you are flying from the USA, Canada, Asia or elsewhere, you can choose to fly via any one of these European airports deserving Marrakech directly or fly to Casablanca Mohammed V airport, which is Morocco’s main international hub, and then change plane for the 45 minutes flight to Marrakech.

Transport to the city: The Marrakech-Menara airport is located about 6 km (4 miles) southwest from the city and buses as well as taxis operate throughout the day. Bus 11 is supposed to run to the old Arabic heart of the city, the medina, every half an hour, but services can be unpredictable. There are taxi phones in the arrival and departure lounges and taxis can be caught near the bus stop. Taxi fares to the city are best agreed on before commencing the journey. A grand taxi should not set you back more than 60 DH (80 DH at night), for the run from airport to the modern town. Taxi drivers may accept foreign currency. The major car rental companies are also represented at the airport.

Travel by train:

If you arrive by plane to Casablanca, there are trains running regularly between Casablanca and Marrakech. The trip takes about 4 hours. For all train times see the ONCF web site (http://www.oncf.ma/scripts/horaires1.asp). Once arriving to the train station in Marrakech, you can take a petit taxi to go to the meeting location. The petit taxi fares do not exceed 10-15 DH.

Visa information:

Most of the European and North American nationalities do not need a visa to travel to Morocco. The complete list of nationalities exempted from a visa can be found in the link http://www.maec.gov.ma/fr/consulaires/sansvisa.asp. Other nationalities have to arrange for their visas through the Moroccan Embassy in their country.

In order to obtain a Visa, the organizers will be glad to assist you with an official invitation letter, or other needed documents, provided we receive request (including passport number) before November 30, 2006. Please tick the symbol "Invitation letter needed" in the online registration form.

For more information, visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Morocco web site: http://www.maec.gov.ma/en/visiinterEN.htm or send an email to mpeg79@emi.ac.ma.

Further information

Meals:

Lunch will be provided on the meeting location during the MPEG meeting week (Monday – Friday). For the diner, a number of restaurants are in the hotels around the Palais des congrès or within walking distance. A guide to restaurants in Marrakech will be provided with the “welcome package”.

Language:

Arabic is the official language in Morocco and French is widely spoken. English is generally understood in the tourist areas. In Marrakech as a tourist city you will not find any problem to communicate in English in airport, hotels, restaurants, shops, etc.

Currency and credit cards:

The Moroccan national currency is the dirham (Dh or MAD) which is divided into 100 centimes. The exchange rate is around: 1 EUR = 11 Dh and 1 USD= 9 Dh (http://www.xe.com/ucc). Traveller’s checks and credit cards are also accepted and money can be withdrawn with credit cards at banks or directly at automatic teller machines. Credit cards are generally accepted in upscale hotels, boutiques, restaurants and other shops. All major credit cards are accepted widely like American Express, Visa and MasterCard. 

Business hours:

Banking hours are Mon - Thu: 8:30 AM - 11:30 PM and 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Fri: 8:30 AM - 11:30 PM and 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM. Banks are closed on Saturdays and Sundays. The exchange counters at airports are usually open from the first to the last plane or train, i.e., from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM seven days a week.

Private businesses and government offices are usually open Mon - Fri: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM.

Shops and stores are open Mon - Sat: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM. They are closed on Sundays. Some shops also closed for a one- or two-hour lunch break.

Time:

Local time in Morocco is GMT.

Electricity:

Electrical current in Morocco is 220 V, 50 Hz. Power plugs have twin round pins, as throughout Continental Europe.

Weather:

Morocco has a subtropical climate, tempered by oceanic influences that give the coastal cities moderate temperatures. Toward the interior, winters are colder and summers warmer. Rain falls mainly during the winter months.

The weather in Marrakech is sunny nearly all year round, with pleasantly warm summers and mild winters. In winter the weather in Marrakech remains fairly warm to mild during the day, but nights are very chilly. During January, Marrakech enjoys a temperature around 11 °C/ 52 °F. The average total precipitation for January is around 32 l/m2.

Get around

Marrakech is more a city of colours, sounds and smells than of any great monuments. The labyrinth streets of the souk (old market) are an assault to the senses and they can also be very frustrating – it’s not a city to get anywhere in hurry. However, the area is surprisingly compact and part of the fun is to wander, never knowing what surprises you might stumble upon. Any visit will centre on the medina and square of Jemaa-el-Fna, the heart of the city. Many of the attractions are within walking distance of the square, with the rest being just a short taxi ride away. The Koutoubia Mosque is the main place of worship in the city and entry is forbidden to non-Muslims. However, the architecture can be appreciated from the grounds, which are open to everyone. The city’s three medina-based museums, each with their own unique style, are well worth a slow meander around.

Once in the medina, everything can be seen on foot, though you'll be doing a lot of walking. For exploring more of the city, buses and petit taxis are plentiful. Almost all buses stop at Jemaa-el-Fna and Place Youssef Ben Tachfine and fares range from 2 DH to 5 DH depending on the distance. Important municipal bus lines are: No 1 - Towards Gueliz No 8 - Stops at the central train station No 10 - Stops at the long distance bus station No 11 - Will drop you off at the gardens of Menara