Taiwan, officially called the Republic of China, is a delightful island.

Located off the southeastern coast of China, Taiwan is about the same size as Belgium and was named Formosa Island by Portuguese explorers in the 16th century due to its stunning natural beauty.

Chinese mainlanders started settling in Taiwan dating back to the 17th century, and the Japanese colonization of the island ended in 1945. Due to its historical mixture of influences, Taiwan has its own distinct culture.

Not many people know just how amazing the country is, which makes it one of the most underrated destinations in Asia.

Here are 23 reasons why you should visit Taiwan immediately:

1. Let's start with the food. Taiwanese people love to eat. The dishes people miss the most when they leave include beef noodle soup, soup dumplings from Din Tai Fung, and the uniquely Taiwanese oyster omelets.


Famous soup dumplings at Din Tai Fung Lyndsay Hemphill/Business Insider


2. If you've never had Taiwanese breakfast, you're missing out. Fuhang Doujiang in Taipei has a line out the door every morning and the wait for soy milk, egg crepes, and fried dough sticks is worth it.


Typical breakfast in Taiwan includes either sweet or savory doujiang, or soy milk Lyndsay Hemphill/Business Insider


3. Every major city has at least one night market — and all of them are worth visiting to try local specialty snacks and shop for souvenirs. Taipei alone has several night markets, including Shilin and Raohe. The city of Keelung's night market is arguably the country's largest and most renowned.


Liuhe night market in Kaohsiung, Taiwan Lyndsay Hemphill/Business Insider


4. Bubble tea was invented here, and tea shops are even more ubiquitous than Starbucks or 7-Eleven.


Bubble tea with tapioca "pearls" Jirka Matousek/Flickr

To know all the reasons, please click here to see full article and those stunning photos. (Lyndsay Hemphill/Business Insider)

We are happy to announce a diverse set of papers from different areas of multimedia systems in the Research Track.

  1. Towards Engineering a Web-Scale Multimedia Service: A Case Study Using Spark
    • Gylfi Þór Guðmundsson (Reykjavik University); Laurent Amsaleg (CNRS-IRISA); Björn Þór Jónsson (Reykjavik University); Michael J. Franklin (University of Chicago)
  2. SAP: Stall-Aware Pacing for Improved DASH Video Experience in Cellular Networks
    • Ahmed Zahran, Jason J. Quinlan (University College Cork); K. K. Ramakrishnan (University of California, Riverside); Cormac J. Sreenan (University College Cork)
  3. A Boundary and Texture Preserving Mesh Simplification Algorithm for Virtual Reality
    • Kanchan Bahirat, Chengyuan Lai, Ryan McMahan, Balakrishnan Prabhakaran (The University of Texas at Dallas)
  4. Load Balancing of Multimedia Workloads for Energy Efficiency on the Tegra K1 Multicore Architecture
    • Kristoffer Robin Stokke, Håkon Kvale Stensland, Carsten Griwodz, Pål Halvorsen (Simula Research Laboratory & University of Oslo)
  5. Follow Me: Personalized IPTV Channel Switching Guide
    • Chenguang Yu, Hao Ding (New York University); Houwei Cao (New York Institute of Technology); Yong Liu (New York University); Can Yang (South China University of Technology)
  6. A Holistic Multimedia System for Gastrointestinal Tract Disease Detection
    • Konstantin Pogorelov, Carsten Griwodz (Simula & University of Oslo); Sigrun Losada (Vestre Viken); Duc Tien Dang Nguyen (DCU); Håkon Stensland (Simula & University of Oslo); Thomas de Lange (Cancer Registry); Dag Johansen (University of Trondheim); Francesco De Natale (University of Trento); Kristin Ranheim (Cancer Registry); Pål Halvorsen (Simula & University of Oslo)
  7. Network Assisted Content Distribution for Adaptive Bitrate Video Streaming
    • Divyashri Bhat (University of Massachusetts Amherst); Amr Rizk (Technische Universitat Darmstadt); Michael Zink (University of Massachusetts Amherst); Ralf Steinmetz (Technische Universitat Darmstadt)
  8. A Measurement Study of Oculus 360 Degree Video Streaming
    • Chao Zhou (SUNY Binghamton); Zhenhua Li (Tsinghua University); Yao Liu (SUNY Binghamton)
  9. BUFFEST: Predicting Buffer Conditions and Real-time Requirements of HTTP(S) Adaptive Streaming Clients
    • Vengatanathan Krishnamoorthi, Niklas Carlsson (Linköping university)
  10. Real Time Stable Haptic Rendering of 3D Deformable Streaming Surface
    • Yuan Tian, Chao Li, Xiaohu Guo, Balakrishnan Prabhakaran (University of Texas at Dallas)
  11. Proactive Caching of Music Videos based on Audio Features, Mood, and Genre
    • Christian Koch, Ganna Krupii, David Hausheer (Technische Universität Darmstadt)
  12. A Scalable and Privacy-Aware IoT Service for Live Video Analytics
    • Junjue Wang, Brandon Amos, Anupam Das (Carnegie Mellon University); Padmanabhan Pillai (Intel Labs); Norman Sadeh, Mahadev Satyanarayanan (Carnegie Mellon University)
  13. A Measurement Study on Achieving Imperceptible Latency in Mobile Cloud Gaming
    • Teemu Kämäräinen, Matti Siekkinen, Antti Ylä-Jääski (Aalto University); Wenxiao Zhang, Pan Hui (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

We are pleased to announce that Adobe has committed to another year of Gold Sponsorship with MMSys.

We are also very happy to welcome NVIDIA as our new Gold Sponsor and HTC as our new Bronze Sponsor.

The generous sponsorship of NVIDIA allows to provide one NVIDIA Tesla M40, The World's Fastest Deep Learning Training Accelerator.


We greatly appreciate the support of our generous sponsors Adobe, NVIDIA and HTC.

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In conjunction with ACM MMSys 2017, being held in Taipei Taiwan, the DASH Industry Forum is proud to announce the establishment of the

DASH Industry Forum Excellence in DASH Award

This award offers a financial prize for those papers (Research Track only) which best meet the following requirements:

  1. Paper must substantially address MPEG-DASH as the presentation format
  2. Paper must be selected for presentation at ACM MMSys 2017
  3. Preference given to practical enhancements and developments which can sustain future commercial usefulness of DASH
  4. DASH format used should conform to the DASH IF Interoperability Points as defined by http://dashif.org/guidelines/

Three levels of prize are awarded

  1. First place – €1000
  2. Second place – €500
  3. Third place – €250


  1. Winners are chosen by a DASH Industry Forum appointed committee and results are final.
  2. If papers of sufficient quality are not received, then some or all of the awards may not be granted.
  3. The competition is open to any individual, commercial or academic institution.  No preference is given to DASH IF members and membership is not required in order to participate in the competition.

How to enter

In order for your paper to be considered for the competition, please check the checkbox labelled “Join the DASH-IF Award Competition” on the submission page and your paper will be forwarded to the DASH IF for review.

(Call for Papers in PDF)


The 27th ACM SIGMM Workshop on Network and Operating Systems Support for Digital Audio and Video

Chairs: Chun-Ying Huang (National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan)
Pan Hui (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong)

The 27th ACM SIGMM Workshop on NOSSDAV, will be co-located with MMSys 2017 in Taiwan. As in previous years, the workshop will continue to focus on both established and emerging research topics, high-risk high-return ideas and proposals, and future research directions in multi-media networking and systems, in a single-track format the encourages active participation and discussions among academic and industry researchers and practitioners. Out-of-the-box ideas are particularly welcome.

MoVid 2017

The 9th ACM Workshop on Mobile Video

Chairs: Qi Han (Colorado School of Mines, USA)
Kate Lin (National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan)

ACM MoVid 2017 solicits original and unpublished research achievements in various aspects of mobile video services. The focus of this workshop is to present and discuss recent advances in the broad area of mobile video services. The workshop will provide an venue to discuss widely varying beliefs and understanding being formed among the academic and industrial communities in terms of how next generation mobile video services should be delivered to end users.

NetGames 2017

The 15th Annual Workshop on Network and Systems Support for Games

Chairs: David Chu (Google, US)
Yutaka Ishibashi (Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan)

NetGames brings together researchers and practitioners from academia and industry across the globe to present their latest research on the challenges of today's networked games, and to further understand the requirements and explore the possibilities of future generations of networked games. The workshop welcomes submissions on all aspects of networked games. It will have a keynote
and panel discussions with participants (or invited talks) from both academia and industry.

MMVE 2017

The 9th International Workshop on Virtual Environments

Chairs: Alexandru Iosup (TU Delft, The Netherlands)
Gregor Schiele (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)

Virtual Environment systems are spatial simulations that provide real-time human interactions with other users or a simulated virtual world. The workshop seeks to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners in the field, and will encourage discussions based on the presented papers to identify current and future research topics. As an intended focal point of discussion, we particularly solicit contributions related to the various challenges that recent advances in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) pose to MMVE systems and architectures.

(Call for Papers in PDF)

Open Dataset and Software Track
Chair: Gwendal Simon (TELECOM Bretagne, France)

One aspect of MMSys that we encourage is the reproducibility of research work and the use of common artefacts (open dataset, source code, and so on). Sharing artefacts is a way to advance the field, which allows others to replicate research results more easily, to build and improve multimedia systems. This track provides an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to make their work available and citable. Authors publishing artefacts, including datasets and code, will benefit by increasing the public awareness of their effort. The accepted papers that describe the artefacts will be included in the conference proceedings and on the ACM Digital Libraries with the appropriate ACM reproducibility badge. The authors of accepted artefacts will be invited to present their work at the MMSys 2017.

Demo Track
Chair: Vincent Charvillat (University of Toulouse, France)

As in previous years, the demo sessions will promote applied research, application prototypes and systems along with the scientific program. The sessions will not only showcase the applicability of recent results to real world problems but also trigger ideas exchanges between theory and practice and collaborations between MMSys attendees. Submissions from both industries and universities are encouraged. A submission must describe the demonstrated system and the underlying scientific problem, The novelty of the work and what is going to be demonstrated should also be clearly explained.

Special Sessions

Cloud-based Multimedia

Jiangchuan Liu (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
Chuan Wu (The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
Niklas Carlsson (Linköping University, Sweden)

Multi-sensory Experiences

Niall Murray (AIT, Ireland)
George Ghinea (Brunel University, UK)
Gabriel-Miro Muntean (Dublin City University, Germany)
Christian Timmerer (Alpen-Adria-Universitat, Austria)
Weisi Lin (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Wu-Yuin Hwang (National Central University, Taiwan)

Immersive Experiences in AR and VR

Simon Gunkel (TNO, The Netherlands)
Christian Timmerer (Alpen-Adria-Universitat, Austria)
Jacob Chakareski (University of Alabama, US)
Daisuke Iwai (Osaka University, Japan)

IoT Connectivity and Infrastructure

Valerie Issarny (Inria, France)
Francoise Sailhan (CNAM, France)
Kishore Ramachandran (Georgia Tech, US)
Nalini Venkatasubramanian (UC Irvine, US)