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Ivan Ivanov receives his PhD degree

Ivan Ivanov receives his PhD degree after successful private and public defenses.

The PhD thesis entitled "Advanced Social Media Analysis" can be consulted here.

Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 9:08
Prof. Touradj Ebrahimi delivers a keynote at 2nd ICT Industry and Technology Trend Forum

ICT Industry and Technology Trend Forum orgnized by Huawei in Shenzhen, China, 16-17 January 2013.

The keynote title is: Quality of Multimedia Experience - Current progress and future trends

 

Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 23:10
EPFL and Ecma International host the 2nd International Workshop on Standards and Technologies in Multimedia Archives and Records (STAR 2013)

Second International Workshop on Standards and Technologies in Multimedia Archives and Records (STAR)

18-19 January 2013 at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland

GENEVA & LAUSANNE, Switzerland--()--The ability to effectively manage and protect digital multimedia content in creation, collection, preservation, and dissemination is increasingly crucial as digital technology continues to produce vast amounts of valuable and irreplaceable knowledge and information. The amount of such digital multimedia information is already huge, but as we speak it is still growing at unbelievable speed and to gigantic amount of such information.

“We are very glad to have the STAR Workshop again and hope that one of the outcomes will be to know better what is still needed for the standardization of long-term multimedia archives that are expected to last for many decades and even for centuries.”

Can data generated yesterday be searchable and displayable by hardware and software today and in future? Will digital content created today be accessible and presentable throughout its lifecycle (i.e. also tomorrow)? How to deal with the large number and quite different incompatible multimedia archives? How to ensure some level of interoperability among them? What are the requirements for multimedia long term archival in general? What do we cover today in standards and what and where are the gaps?

To address these questions a first edition of STAR workshop was organized in 2010 and brought together archive professionals with technical experts working in the research, development and standardization in order to assist the alignment of user needs with the availability of technical solutions. The second edition of the workshop in 2013 aims at continuation of this effort. As in its first edition, the program of the workshop includes invited presentations as well as selected submitted contributions. A discussion panel on key challenges and trends in multimedia archives is an integral part of the workshop.

Invited presentations highlights

  • Special Session on Montreux Jazz Festival Digital Archives
  • Special Session on JPEG 20th Anniversary
  • Special Session on JPEG Extensions for Preservations
  • Advanced Preservation of Digitalized Frescos
  • Archival and Preservation Standards
  • High Dynamic Range Image and Video Formats and Applications
  • Privacy Protection of Digital Archives

More information is available at: http://star.epfl.ch.

Attendance at STAR workshop is free of charge, however all participants are kindly asked to register online at http://star.epfl.ch.

Professor Touradj Ebrahimi head of Multimedia Signal Processing Group at EPFL said: ”Efficient archival of digital media is an interdisciplinary effort. It spans from hardware and software issues, all the way to interoperability and standardization considerations. STAR provides the right environment for exchange of knowledge, know-how, best practices, and information on current and emerging tools, activities and projects on archival and preservation of digital content.“

Dr. Istvan Sebestyen, Secretary General of Ecma International, added: “We are very glad to have the STAR Workshop again and hope that one of the outcomes will be to know better what is still needed for the standardization of long-term multimedia archives that are expected to last for many decades and even for centuries.”

About Ecma International

Since its inception in 1961, Ecma International (Ecma) has developed standards for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Consumer Electronics (CE). Ecma is a non-profit industry association of technology developers, vendors and users. Experts from industry and other organizations work together at Ecma to develop standards. Ecma collaborates with, and contributes to the technical work of, ISO, IEC, ISO/IEC JTC 1 and ETSI; Ecma makes significant use of the fast-track process to elevate its specifications to the status of International or European Standards through the standardization process in these organizations. Ecma publications can be downloaded free of charge from the Ecma International website www.ecma-international.org.

About EPFL

The Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is one of the two Federal Institutes of Technology in Switzerland with the main emphasis on teaching and research in Engineering Sciences and Technologies. Multimedia Signal Processing Group (MMSPG) of EPFL is headed by Prof. Touradj Ebrahimi and is active in research and teaching in the field of multimedia signal processing. The research topics focus on three highly interconnected disciplines of multimedia, namely, compression, processing, and security. Further details available from MMSPG website: http://mmspg.epfl.ch

 

Contacts

Ecma International
Dr. Istvan Sebestyen
Secretary General
Email: istvan@ecma-international.org
Tel: +41 22 849 6000
or
EPFL
Prof. Touradj Ebrahimi
Email: touradj.ebrahimi@epfl.ch
Tel:+41 79 331 99 93

 

Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 23:06
MMSPG proposes a JPEG backward compatible HDR to JPEG committee for standardization

MMSPG responded to the call for technology for a JPEG backward compatible High Dynamic Range image compression issued by JPEG committee. One of the four technologies proposed, MMSPG is the only proposal submitted purely by a university. The algorithm was presented at the Shanghai October meeting of JPEG committee which was also chaired by Prof. Ebrahimi. The JPEG committee is now in the process of converging to a standard, and will meet during 18-21 January 2013, in Lausanne, at EPFL premises.

 

Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 13:00
October issue of Qualinet Newslet 2012 is out

See it here

http://www.qualinet.eu/images/stories/Qualinet-Newslet-Vol-2-2012.pdf

 

 

 

Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 12:54
Prof. Ebrahimi delivers a keynote in Klagenfurt, Austria, at Colloquium on Quality of Experience in Multimedia Systems and Services

Prof. Ebrahimi delivers a keynote in Klagenfurt, Austria, at Colloquium on Quality of Experience in Multimedia Systems and Services, on NOvember 23rd, 2012.

The program and details can be see at the following url:

http://multimediacommunication.blogspot.co.at/2012/11/colloquium-on-quality-of-experience-in.html

Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 12:50
Ivan Ivanov talks about photo album summarization through social gaming (in SNF research magazine Horizonte)

Ivan Ivanov gave an interview in the Swiss research magazine Horizonte (number 94, issue of September 2012) about his work on performing photo album summarization through social gaming. The interview is available in French and German:

Posted by Ivan Ivanov at 13:50
CNET News echoes the results of one of the latest papers produced at MMSPG

A news article by CNET reports the findings of MMSPG recent research comparing performance of the upcoming HEVC video compression standard to AVC. See details here

 

 

Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 7:26
Francesca de Simone receives her PhD degree for thesis entitled : Selected Contributions on Multimedia Quality Evaluation.

Francesca de Simone received her doctoral degree from EPFL on July 27th, 2012. Bravo Dr. de Simone for this great achievement!

Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 21:56
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Prof. Ebrahimi talks about the Retina display on the latest Macbook Pro (in French)

An article in Le Temps newspaper discusses with Prof. Ebrahimi about the Retina Display on the latest MacBook Pro and his opinion about the future trends in this direction. The article in in French!

Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 20:33
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