Ali C. Begen (aka ACBEGEN)

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

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 Advanced Technology and Standards 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. In 2020, he was listed among the world's most influential scientists in the subfield of networking and telecommunications. More details are at https://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 teaches and advises 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 JPEG and MPEG under ISO/IEC JTC1/SC29. He was also listed among the world's most influential scientists in the subfield of networking and telecommunications in 2020.

To learn more about Ali's projects, publications, talks, and teaching, standards and professional activities, visit https://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 a faculty at Ozyegin University Computer Science Department, where I am currently 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

  • You Deserve Low-Latency Sports and We Serve It via Content-Aware Playback (link, slides, video)
    Demuxed - Oct. 2021
  • Advances in Multimedia Streaming: Algorithms, Standards and Optimization Techniques (link, slides)
    IEEE ICIP Tutorial - Sept. 2021
  • A Master’s Toolbox and Algorithms for Low-Latency Live Streaming (link, slides)
    IEEE MIPR Tutorial - Sept. 2021
  • Manus Manum Lavat: Media Clients and Servers Cooperating with Common Media Client/Server Data (link, slides, talk)
    ACM/IRTF ANRW (Invited talk) - July 2021
  • Adaptive Streaming of Content-Aware-Encoded Videos in dash.js (link)
    VSF May Meeting Series - May 2021

Recent News

  • Winner in YouTube’s grand challenge on "Detecting Cheapfakes"
  • My students and I received four awards at ACM MMSys 2021 and one of this year's dash.js Contributor Awards (link)
  • I served as the general co-chair for ACM MMSys 2021, the first-ever hybrid MMSys (link)
  • Runner-up in Twitch’s grand challenge on "Adaptation Algorithms for Near-second Latency"
  • Best-paper award at QoMEX 2020