The Qualinet Industry Forum aims at establishing a meeting place between academia and industry to seed the bilateral exchange of knowledge and information. The Industry Forum session at the Creative Media Days will bring together experts with a joint interest in Quality of Experience. The 2012 Qualinet Industry Forum will focus on recent achievements and mature QoE technologies, with an eye to (funding) opportunities for technology transfer and collaboration among industry and academia. Experts in QoE will address cutting edge topics such as HDR and 3D visual technologies, automated measures of QoE, Web and Crowd QoE, Certification and many more.

Current forecasts on multimedia communication predict an aggressive growth. The transition from single medium communication (typically telephone and conversation based on voice) to interactive multimedia with (possibly augmented) 3D audiovisual content (media streaming, IPTV, multimodal teleconferences, NGN communication scenarios, etc.) encompasses the capability of reaching more complete and natural forms of expression and communication.

Perceived quality is one of the most fundamental goals when developing multimedia technologies, products and services. Thus, an approach for the design and assessment of next generation multimedia services needs to be based on effective and reliable metrics predicting the subjectively perceived quality. Quality optimization is meaningless if the notion of quality is not precisely defined, preventing effectiveness, efficiency, and user satisfaction.

COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is one of the longest-running European instruments supporting cooperation among scientists and researchers across Europe. The European Network on Quality of Experience in Multimedia Systems and Services is one of the recent actions within the COST program. Qualinet aims at extending the notion of network-centric Quality of Service (QoS) in multimedia systems, by relying on the concept of Quality of Experience (QoE). The main scientific objective is the development of methodologies for subjective and objective quality metrics taking into account current and new trends in multimedia communication systems as witnessed by the appearance of new types of content and interactions. Current members include around 60 organizations from 25 European countries and 6 non- European countries.

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