The Moving Picture Experts Group

MPEG 113 - Geneva

Monday, 19 October 2015 to Friday, 23 October 2015
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Louis Casaï 75-77
1216 Genève - Cointrin
Press release: 

MPEG explores new frontiers for coding technologies with Genome Compression

Geneva, CH − The 113th MPEG meeting was held in Geneva, CH, from 19 – 23 October 2015

MPEG issues Call for Evidence (CfE) for Genome Compression and Storage

At its 113th meeting, MPEG has taken its first formal step toward leveraging its compression expertise to code an entirely new kind of essential information, i.e. the single recipe that describes each one of us as an individual — the human genome.  A genome is comprised of the DNA sequences that may contain up to 300 billion DNA pairs, that make up the genetic information within each human cell.  It is fundamentally the complete set of our hereditary information. 

To aid in the representation and storage of this unique information, MPEG has issued a Call for Evidence (CfE) on Genome Compression and Storage with the goal to assess the performance of new technologies for the efficient compression of genomic information when compared to currently used file formats. This is vitally important because the amount of genomic and related information from a sequences can be as high as several Tbytes (trillion bytes).

Additional purposes of the call are to:

  • become aware of which additional functionalities (e.g. non sequential access, lossy compression efficiency, etc. ) are provided by these new technologies
  • collect information that may be used in drafting a future Call for Proposals

Responses to the CfE will be evaluated during the 114th MPEG meeting in February 2016.

Detailed information, including how to respond to the CfE, will soon be available as documents N15740 and N15739 at the 113th meeting website.

Future Video Coding workshop explores requirements and technologies for the next video codec

A workshop on Future Video Coding Applications and Technologies was held on October 21st, 2015 during the 113th MPEG meeting in Geneva. The workshop was organized to acquire relevant information about the context in which video coding will be operating in the future, and to review the status of existing technologies with merits beyond the capabilities of HEVC, with the goal of guiding future codec standardization activity.

The event featured speakers from the MPEG community and invited outside experts from industry and academia, and covered several topics related to video coding. Prof. Patrick Le Callet from the University of Nantes presented recent results in the field of objective and subjective video quality evaluation. Various applications of video compression were introduced by Prof. Doug Young Suh from Kyung Hee University, Stephan Wenger from Vidyo, Jonatan Samuelsson from Ericsson, and Don Wu from HiSilicon. Dr. Stefano Andriani presented the Digital Cinema Workflow from ARRI. Finally, Debargha Mukherjee from Google and Tim Terriberry from Mozilla gave an overview of recent algorithmic improvements in the development of the VP10 and Daala codecs, and discussed the motivation for the royalty-free video compression technologies developed by their companies.

The workshop took place at a very timely moment when MPEG and VCEG (ITU-T SG16 Q9) experts decided to join efforts in developing extensions of the HEVC standard for HDR.

MPEG‑V 3rd Edition reaches FDIS status for communication between actors in virtual and physical worlds

Parts 1‑6 of the 3rd Edition of MPEG‑V, to be published as ISO/IEC 23005‑[1‑6]:2016, have reached FDIS status — the final stage in the development of a standard prior to formal publication by ISO/IEC — at the 113th MPEG meeting. MPEG‑V specifies the architecture and associated representations to enable interaction between digital content and virtual worlds with the physical one, as well as information exchange between virtual worlds. Features of MPEG‑V enable the specification of multi-sensorial content associated with audio/video data, and control of multimedia applications via advanced interaction devices. In this 3rd Edition, MPEG‑V also includes technology for environmental and camera-related sensors, and 4D-theater effects.

Configurable decoder framework extended with new bitstream parser

The Reconfigurable Media Coding framework — MPEG’s toolkit that enables the expression of a functions of a decoder in terms of functional units and data models — has been extended by a novel new building block, called Parser Instantiation from BSD. Parser Instantiation from BSD can interpret information about a bitstream that is described via the Bitstream Syntax Description Language (defined in ISO/IEC 23001-5), and automatically instantiate a functional unit that is able to correctly parse the bitstream. This will, for example, enable on-the-fly decoding of bitstreams that have been reconfigured for dedicated purposes. The specification of the new technology will be included in a new edition of ISO/IEC 23001-4, which has also been issued by MPEG at its 113th meeting.

Multimedia Preservation Application Format (MP-AF) is finalized

At the 113th MPEG meeting, the Multimedia Preservation Application Format (MP-AF, ISO/IEC 23000-15) has reached the Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) stage. This new standard provides standardized description information to enable users to plan, execute, and evaluate preservation operations (e.g., checking preserved content integrity, migrating preserved content from one system to another system, replicating subpart or entire preserved content, etc.) in order to achieve the objectives of digital preservation.  The standard also provides the industry with a coherent and consistent approach in managing multimedia preservation so that it can be implemented in a variety of scenarios. This includes applications, systems, and methods and different hardware and software in varying administrative domains, independent of technological changes.

Implementation guidelines and reference software for MP-AF are under development and have reached Draft Amendment stage at the 113th MPEG meeting. This latest amendment contains examples of applying MP-AF to use cases from the media industry. The final International Standard of MP-AF is expected to be issued at the 114th meeting (February 2016, San Diego).

Seminar for Genome Compression Standardization planned for the 114th MPEG meeting

After its successful seminar on “Prospects on Genome Compression Standardization” held in Geneva during the 113th meeting, MPEG plans to hold another open seminar at its next meeting in San Diego, California on 23rd February 2016 to collect further input and perspectives on genome data standardization from parties interested in the acquisition and processing of genome data.

The main topics covered by the planned seminar presentations are:

  • New approaches, tools and algorithms to compress genome sequence data
  • Genome compression and genomic medicine applications
  • Objectives and issues of quality scores compression and impact on downstream analysis applications

All interested parties are invited to join the seminar to learn more about genome data processing challenges and planned MPEG standardization activities in this area, share opinions, and work together towards the definition of standard technologies supporting improved storage, transport and new functionality for the processing of genomic information.

The seminar is open to the public and registration is free of charge.

Other logistic information on the 114th MPEG meeting are available online together with the detailed program of the Seminar.

How to contact MPEG, learn more, and find other MPEG facts

To learn about MPEG basics, discover how to participate in the committee, or find out more about the array of technologies developed or currently under development by MPEG, visit MPEG’s home page at  There you will find information publicly available from MPEG experts past and present including tutorials, white papers, vision documents, and requirements under consideration for new standards efforts.

Examples of tutorials that can be found on the MPEG homepage include tutorials for: High Efficiency Video Coding, Advanced Audio Coding, Universal Speech and Audio Coding, and DASH to name a few.   A rich repository of white papers can also be found and continues to grow.  You can find these papers and tutorials for many of MPEG’s standards freely available.  Press releases from previous MPEG meetings are also available.  Journalists that wish to receive MPEG Press Releases by email should contact Dr. Arianne T. Hinds at

Further Information

Future MPEG meetings are planned as follows:

No. 114, San Diego, CA, USA, 22 – 26 February 2016

No. 115, Geneva, CH, 30 – 03 May – June 2016

No. 116, Chengdu, CN, 17 – 21 October 2016

No. 117, Geneva, CH, 16 – 20 January, 2017

For further information about MPEG, please contact:

Dr. Leonardo Chiariglione (Convenor of MPEG, Italy)

Via Borgionera, 103

10040 Villar Dora (TO), Italy

Tel: +39 011 935 04 61


Dr. Arianne T. Hinds

Cable Television Laboratories

858 Coal Creek Circle

Louisville, Colorado 80027 USA

Tel: +1 303 661 3419

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Meeting notice: 

The 113th MPEG Meeting will take place from 19 to 23 October 2015 at

Crowne Plaza Geneva

T +41 22 710 30 00

Avenue Louis-Casaï 75-77

1216 Geneva - Cointrin




Please note the following

  • The main meeting (2015/10/19-23) will be preceded by ad hoc group meetings (2015/10/17-18) held in the ITU buildings
  • The HDR/WCG meeting will be held in the ITU buildings on Monday (19 October pm) and Tuesday (20 October all day)
  • The meetings of the JCT-VC and JCT-3V will be held under the auspices of the ITU
  • Members will need to pay facilities fees at the Crowne Plaza Hotel

Meeting website:


2.1Facility fees

Advanced registration
(until 2015-09-19)

Regular rate
(from 2015-09-20)

400 EUR

500 EUR


Other fees (f.e. changing name, billing adress): 50 EUR

2.2Cancellation penalties

  • 50 EUR before 2015/09/29.
  • 50% before 2015/09/20.
  • No refund from and after 2015-06-12.

2.3MPEG registration includes

  • Meeting facilities, including A/V equipment and free wireless Internet access.
  • Coffee-breaks (once a day).Lunches and Dinners are not included in the fees.


Please make your registration here.

Please note, the registration is complete after receiving the payment on our account. After that you will receive a confirmation email.
For questions regarding payment please contact kenzler conference management.

3Visa Information

Some countries require a formal invitation to the meeting. It is suggested that you check with the Swiss consulate to ascertain the need for a Visa.

If you need a letter of invitation, please fill out the template letter below and send it by email to kenzler conference management as early as possible, in order to leave plenty of time to process the application.

We suggest submitting it before September 1, 2015.

Note that registration must be made before requesting an invitation letter.

4General information

4.1Meeting venue

Crowne Plaza Geneva

Avenue Louis-Casaï 75-77 - 1218 Geneva - Cointrin - Switzerland

Tel. +41 22 710 30 00 -

4.2Getting to meeting venue from GVA (Geneva Airport)

The distance from the airport to the meeting venue is about 1,5 km.

Visit the GVA website for more information.

4.3Meeting organizer

kenzler conference management
Silke Kenzler
Karla-Schmidt-Str. 14
D-30655 Hannover
Tel. +49.51165581860


Click here for our map to see your locations or download the map as PDF.


Distance to

Room price around


Hotel / Stars

Distance to Conf. hotel

Distance by foot

Single (Double)


Crowne Plaza Geneva (Conference Hotel) / 4



176,- (200,-) EUR


Hotel Phönix / 3



142,- (147,-) EUR


Trente Trois / 3



144,- EUR


Nash Airport Hotel / 3



136,- (136,-) EUR


ibis Aeroport / 3



114,- (114,-) EUR


Mövenpick Geneva / 5



254,- (254,-) EUR


Express by Holiday Inn / 3



167,- (167,-) EUR


Etap Suite Novotel / 3



173,- (173,-) EUR


5.1Please note additional costs:

City and local tax: 4,00 CHF/person/night

5.2Room contingent

A contingent of rooms is reserved at the Crowne Plaza Geneva for the meetings with the password "MPEG". Please put the password in your reservation-mail.

Check also online booking systems, to get cheaper offers for the aforementioned hotels.

Opening times please see F.A.Q.



Distance to conf. hotel (m)

min/by foot

Crowne Plaza



Hotel Phoenix



Restaurant La Gioconda



Osteria di Oreste



Restaurant P´tit music hohl



Swiss Bistro



Suite Novotel



many restaurants in Balexert





Distance to conf. Hotel (m)

min/by foot


(biggest shopping mall of Geneva)




Transport to conf. hotel



Hotel shuttle bus from 5:35 to 23:30


Public bus, route 10, bus stop: De Joinville in front of the hotel


Public bus (bus stop on the other side of the street

De Joinville - Airport, Airport - Place des Nations)



From fixed phones:

Medical Emergencies: 144

Police: 117

Using mobile phones: remember to dial the local code before the number, for example:

117 to call the police in Geneva. Emergency calls from phone boxes are free of charge. If you do not know the local code, dial the general emergency number for mobile phones: 112. The operator will request the appropriate emergency unit. We recommend using direct emergency numbers in the case of danger because in some areas the general emergency number (112) still does not work properly.


The standard power supply is 220 Volts, 50Hz.

The conference rooms provide power sockets Type C and Type F.

6.3Business Hours










closed, except for convenience stores and shops in the airport.

Source: Geneve-Tourisme

6.4Money needs

Automated Teller Machines (ATM) for foreign travelers

Travelers who carry internationally recognized credit cards (such as VISA and MasterCard) can get a cash advance in Geneva at Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) installed at banks, airports, major hotels, department stores, subway stations and tourist attractions.



The Swiss city of Geneva enjoys a relatively high altitude, some 370 meters / 1,210 feet above sea level, and as such, the winter months are known to occasionally suffer strong northerly winds, known locally as the 'Bise' winds.

Geneva weather in October: 14°C / 57°F; 4°C / 39°F

Source: world guide



Silke Kenzler Conference Management

Karla-Schmidt-Str. 14
D-30655 Hannover

Tel: +49 (0)511 65581860
Fax: +49 (0)511 65581861
Mobile: +49 (0)170 5233340

VAT No. DE 213626018

Standard documents published in MPEG 113 - Geneva

Standard: Exploration
# Part name Title Type Status
1 Transport and Storage of Genomic Information Call for Evidence for Genome Compression and Storage Document related to Part
1 Transport and Storage of Genomic Information Requirements on Genome Compression and Storage Document related to Part
1 Transport and Storage of Genomic Information Presentations of the MPEG Seminar on Prospect of Genome Compression and Storage Standardization Document related to Part
1 Transport and Storage of Genomic Information Lossy Compression Framework for Genome Data Document related to Part
1 Transport and Storage of Genomic Information Announcement of Seminar on Genome Compression Standardization Document related to Part
3 Versatile Video Coding N15791, Work Plan for Investigation of Test Sequence Encoding Document related to Part
3 Versatile Video Coding N15902, Presentations of the Seminar on Future Video Coding Standardisation Document related to Part
3 Versatile Video Coding N15790, Algorithm Description of Joint Exploration Test Model 1 (JEM1) Document related to Part
7 Immersive Video Call for Evidence on Free-Viewpoint Television: Super-Multiview and Free Navigation – update Document related to Part
13 Media orchestration Context and Objectives of Media Orchestration v.2 Document related to Part
13 Media orchestration Draft Call for Proposals on Media Orchestration Technologies Document related to Part
13 Media orchestration Requirements for Media Orchestration v.2 Document related to Part
15 Compact descriptors for video analysis Evaluation Framework for Compact Descriptors for Video Analysis - Search and Retrieval – Version 2.0 Document related to Part
Standard: MPEG-H
# Part name Title Type Status
2 High Efficiency Video Coding N15801, HDR CE8: Viewable SDR testing Document related to Part
2 High Efficiency Video Coding N15777, High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) Test Model 16 (HM16) Improved Encoder Description Update 4 Document related to Part
2 High Efficiency Video Coding N15800, HDR CE7: Hybrid Log Gamma investigation Document related to Part
2 High Efficiency Video Coding N15798, HDR CE5: Colour transforms and sampling filters Document related to Part
2 High Efficiency Video Coding N15796, HDR CE3: Objective/subjective metrics Document related to Part
2 High Efficiency Video Coding N15794, HDR CE1: Optimization without HEVC specification change Document related to Part
2 High Efficiency Video Coding N15793, Common test conditions for HDR/WCG video coding experiments Document related to Part
2 High Efficiency Video Coding N15778, Scalable HEVC (SHVC) Test Model 11 (SHM 11) Document related to Part
2 High Efficiency Video Coding N15780, 3D-HEVC Verification Test Report Document related to Part
2 High Efficiency Video Coding N15792, Exploratory Test Model for HDR extension of HEVC Document related to Part
2 High Efficiency Video Coding N15799, HDR CE6: Non-normative post processing Document related to Part
2 High Efficiency Video Coding N15797, HDR CE4: Consumer monitor testing Document related to Part
2 High Efficiency Video Coding N15795, HDR CE2: 4:2:0 YCbCr NCL fixed point for HDR video coding Document related to Part
2 High Efficiency Video Coding N15779, HEVC Screen Content Coding Test Model 6 (SCM 6) Document related to Part
3 3D Audio 15853 Performance of LC Profile of 3D Audio Document related to Part
Standard: MPEG-D
# Part name Title Type Status
2 Spatial Audio Object Coding 15820 White Paper on MPEG Technology: Spatial Audio Object Coding Document related to Part
Standard: MPEG-C
# Part name Title Type Status
4 Video Tool Library N15769, Text of ISO/IEC 23002-4:2014/PDAM3 FU and FN descriptions for parser instantiation from BSD Document related to Part
4 Video Tool Library N15770, Working Draft of VTL extensions for Scalable and Main 10 profiles of HEVC, and improved parallel processing Document related to Part
5 Reconfigurable Media Coding Conformance and Reference Software N15774, Text of ISO/IEC 23002-5:2013/PDAM3 Reference Software for Parser instantiation from BSD Document related to Part
6 Tools for reconfigurable media coding implementations N15775, WD of TR ISO/IEC 23002-6 Tools for reconfigurable media coding implementations Document related to Part
Standard: MPEG-4
# Part name Title Type Status
3 Audio N15825 Text of ISO/IEC 14496-3:2009/COR 7, AAC-ELD clarifications Corrigendum COR
4 Conformance testing N15747, Text of ISO/IEC 14496-4:2004/PDAM46 Conformance Testing for Internet Video Coding Document related to Part
5 Reference Software N15750, Text of ISO/IEC 14496-5:2001/PDAM41 Reference Software for Internet Video Coding Document related to Part
5 Reference Software N15752, Text of ISO/IEC 14496-5:2001/PDAM42 Reference Software for Alternative Depth Information SEI Message Document related to Part
33 Internet Video Coding N15760, Internet Video Coding Test Model (ITM) v 14.0 Document related to Part
33 Internet Video Coding N15762, Collection of information related to IVC technologies Document related to Part

Other documents published in MPEG 113 - Geneva