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News of the MMSPG

MMSPL organizes the 18th General Assembly of Digital Media Project (DMP)
Our research team hosts the 18th General Assembly of DMP on May 3-4, 2008. Details can be found at: http://www.dmpf.org/project/ga18/index.html
Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 11:08
MMSPL organizes the 84th MPEG meeting in Archamps, France.
Our research team organizes the 84th MPEG meeting from April 27th to May 2nd 2008. This is the forth time we are organizing an MPEG meeting, after doing it in Geneva (2000), Montreux (2006), and Lausanne (2007). Information about the meeting can be found at:
http://www.mpegswissmeeting.ch
Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 6:39
Ivan Ivanov joins MMSPL as a research assistant and Ph.D. student
Ivan Ivanov has joined Multimedia Signal Processing Group from April 2008 as a research assistant and Ph.D. student.
Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 20:35
Prof. Touradj Ebrahimi invited as a panelist at the International Film Festival "visions du réel"
"visions du réel" is an international film festival which takes place every year in the city of Nyon. This year's program which spans from 17-23 April 2008 includes a panel entitled "HD & 16:9 A must?".
Prof. Touradj Ebrahimi is invited as a panelist to this event.
The complete program of the festival can be consulted from the following url:
http://www.visionsdureel.ch/en.html
Details of the panel can be found in the file below:
Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 20:25
The First IEEE International Workshop on IP Multimedia Communications (IPMC)
The First IEEE International Workshop on IP Multimedia Communications (IPMC)
August 4 - 7, 2008
St. Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands

In conjunction with IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications and Network (ICCCN) 2008

The rapidly growing momentum behind worldwide broadband deployment and the emerging convergence of voice, video and data services offer the base for various modern multimedia applications such as movie on demand, video streaming, video conferencing, IPTV, and gaming over IP networks. The technology advances in a variety of aspects of the multimedia communications chain, ranging from multimedia coding, network infrastructure, content distribution protocols, quality of service (QoS) management to post-processing, have been driving those applications to move forward. For example, peer-to-peer (P2P) technology has been widely embraced by Internet users, due to its capability to provide scalability, inherent robustness and fault tolerance to the best effort-based Internet. On the other hand, IPTV, built on managed IP network, is growing rapidly, targeting at providing high quality video viewing experience that is at least as good as what is offered by today's cable/satellite TV. At the same time, advances in wireless network technologies and video delivery mechanisms such as IEEE 802.11 (Wi-Fi) and the 3G and 4G cellular systems provide alternatives to their wired peers, allowing users to access and produce video at any time from anywhere.

The greatest challenge that those applications face for them to be successfully deployed is the state of the transport network, which has limited bandwidth that can hardly meet the high QoS requirement for video content. Novel video source and channel coding techniques such as multiple description codes, transcoding, and network coding specially designed for P2P systems can certainly improve the efficiency of video transmission over the Internet. Since P2P traffic including voice and video will likely dominate the Internet in the near future, the key for the successful deployment of IPTV, which shares the same IP network with unmanaged traffic such as P2P traffic, will be advanced traffic measurement, classification, prioritizing and shaping architectures. These architectures ought to be able to enable fair use of network resources among different types of traffics while still achieving efficient and robust content delivery. Besides, better video viewing experience always calls for better compression algorithm, data rate adaptation, adaptive error control, and error concealment technologies. Adaptations are especially important for multimedia transmission over more hostile wireless channels compared to its wired link counterparts, especially when transmitting video to heterogeneous terminals with a wide range of computational and display capabilities, access bandwidth, and user preferences.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together industry and academic researchers to provide an up-to-date picture of the state-of-the-art research in the field of IP multimedia communications. It is also intended to provide a forum to exchange varying beliefs and understandings in terms of how multimedia, especially video, should be delivered to end-users over IP networks. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, the following:

* Multimedia transmission networks, systems, and applications
* QoS management
* Content-aware multimedia distribution
* P2P multimedia networks
* Video coding for P2P systems
* Joint source-channel video coding
* Distributed video coding
* Multiple description video coding
* Video transcoding
* IPTV standards
* Network security for P2P and IPTV services
* Internet traffic classification and management algorithm and architecture for IPTV
* P2P mobile video and mobile IPTV services
* Video over 802.11 WLAN/802.11n and 3G/4G cellular networks
* Error control and concealment
* Video quality assessment

PLENARY TALK:"Video Quality and Video Databases"
Prof. Al Bovik (IEEE Fellow, OSA Fellow, SPIE Fellow), The University of Texas at Austin, USA

SPECIAL SESSIONS:

* IPTV architectures and standards
* P2P video streaming
* Video coding and quality assessment

Authors are invited to submit original and unpublished papers limited to 6 pages. Please see the Author Information page for the details of paper format in the ICCCN 2008 website. Authors can submit papers through either

1) the IPMC Workshop submission URL (http://edas.info/newPaper.php?c=6304&) directly, or

2) the general ICCCN submission link (http://edas.info/newPaper.php?c=6067&), drop down and find the IPMC workshop "IPMC 2008 Workshop at ICCCN 2008" and click the corresponding Submit icon.

and login using your EDAS email address and password (If you are not registered yet, please create one).

The proceedings of the workshops program will be published, as the ICCCN 2008 main conference, by IEEE Communications Society and IEEE Digital Library, and indexed by EI.



IMPORTANT DATES:

Paper submission due: April 15, 2008 (Extended)
Notification of acceptance: May 12, 2008
Camera-ready paper due: May 22, 2008

Co-Chairs:
Rajarathnam Chandramouli, Stevens Institute of Technology, USA
Fan Zhai, Texas Instruments, USA
Steven Wright, AT&T, USA

TPC (List incomplete):
Minghua Chen, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Touradj Ebrahimi, EPFL, Switzerland
Khaled El-Maleh, Qualcomm, USA
Aggelos Katsaggelos, Northwestern University, USA
Lisimachos Kondi, University of Ioannina, Greece
Shiguo Lian, France Telecom R&D Beijing, China
Marco Mellia, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Truong Nguyen, University of California, San Diego, USA
Luca Salgarelli, University di Brescia, Italy
Thomas Stockhammer, Nomor Research, Bergen, Germany
Wai-tian Tan, HP Labs, USA
Jo-Yew Tham, Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore
Ye-Kui Wang, Nokia Research Center, Finland
Wenjun Zeng, University of Missouri, USA
Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 11:24
Visnet II Industry Day
A VISNET II Event for the ICT Industries



May, the 20th 2008

Turin, AuditoriumTelecom Italia Lab, Via G. Reiss Romoli 274







About VISNET II

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VISNET II is a Network of Excellence supported by the European Commission within the VI FP-ICT (VI Framework Programme, Information and Communication Technologies) with a clear vision for integration, research and dissemination plans. VISNET II aims at strengthening scientific and technological excellence on the area of networked audiovisual media technologies by integrating resources and expertise on that topic. The project includes a wide range of jointly executed research activities that are clustered in three themes: video coding, audiovisual processing and security.

VISNET II demonstrates the formation of a critical mass by putting together 12 leading organizations across Europe in the field of networked AV systems and home platforms. The consortium consists of 9 universities, 1 research institute, and 2 industrial Telecom companies.

- University of Surrey, UK

- Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich-Hertz Institute, D

- Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, CH

- Instituto Superior Técnico, PT

- Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, SP

- Thales Research and Technology, UK

- Technical University Berlin, D

- Telecom Italia Lab, IT

- Universitat Pompeu Fabra, SP

- Politecnico di Milano, IT

- Warsaw University of Technology, PL

- Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores do Porto, PT



All members are known for their proven track record in audiovisual information and networking technologies and enjoy a national and international reputation in the field. VISNET II integrates a number of researchers who have made significant contributions to the advance of this field through standardization activities, books and paper publications, patents and spin-off SMEs, as well as many other academic and industrial achievements.





The Industry Day

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Within VISNET II, two main application scenarios have been identified to guide the integration among the partners, in terms of harmonization of the research activities, knowledge sharing and personnel exchanges. These two scenarios are:

- Video surveillance

- Virtual collaboration

Both scenarios are of great practical interest and may benefit from the introduction of new AV related technologies. As they involve processing of audiovisual data in a networked setting, they are also excellent application examples for the technologies developed in VISNET II.

This VISNET II Industry Day represents an opportunity for people coming from industries, solution providers, and integrators that work in the field of the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) to take a look at the future trends in these two scenarios and to discuss with researchers from VISNET II about technology exchange and transfer.

Further information can be found at http://atlantis.tilab.com/industryday





Draft Program

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Two sessions will take place, each dedicated to an individual scenario.

Each session will be shaped around an invited speech of a representative from the industry working in the field, a panel session involving people from VISNET II and the industry, and a final presentation of the related technologies being developed within VISNET II.

The following topics will be covered: technological state of the art, future market needs, dissemination of innovative technologies and assessment of their exploitation potentials.

Posters and/or demos will be shown during the event.





Location

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The VISNET II Industry day will be held in Italy, at Telecom Italia LAB Auditorium (via Reiss Romoli 274, Torino, Italy) on May, 20th 2008.





Organizing Committee

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Program Chairs

Giovanni Cordara - Telecom Italia Lab

Gianluca Francini - Telecom Italia Lab



Steering Committee

Maria Teresa Andrade - Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores do Porto

Jaime Delgado - Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya

Touradj Ebrahimi - Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Peter Eisert - Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich-Hertz Institute

Ahmet Kondoz - University of Surrey

Tim Masterton - Thales Research and Technology

Enric Peig - Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Fernando Pereira - Instituto Superior Técnico

Mauro Quaglia - Telecom Italia Lab

Stefano Tubaro - Politecnico di Milano



Technical Chairs

Video Surveillance Session

Frederic Dufaux - Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Francesc Tarres - Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya

Virtual Collaboration Session

Ahmet Kondoz - University of Surrey

Tim Masterton - Thales Research and Technology

Poster & Demo Session

Stefano Tubaro - Politecnico di Milano

Publicity

Peter Eisert - Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich-Hertz Institute

Relations with EC

Mark Saunders - University of Surrey
Posted by Lionel Rhyn at 13:30
Call for Papers: Special Issue on Distributed Video Coding in EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing
EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing

Special Issue on Distributed Video Coding
(http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ivp/si/dvc.html)


Call for Papers

Distributed source coding (DSC) is a new paradigm based on two information theory theorems: Slepian-Wolf and Wyner-Ziv. Basically, the Slepian-Wolf theorem states that, in the lossless case, the optimal rate achieved when performing joint encoding and decoding of two or more correlated sources can theoretically be reached by doing separate encoding and joint decoding. The Wyner-Ziv theorem extends this result to lossy coding. Based on this paradigm, a new video coding model is defined, referred to as distributed video coding (DVC), which relies on a new statistical framework, instead of the deterministic approach of conventional coding techniques such as MPEG standards.

DVC offers a number of potential advantages. It first allows for a flexible partitioning of the complexity between the encoder and decoder. Furthermore, due to its intrinsic joint source-channel coding framework, DVC is robust to channel errors. Because it does no longer rely on a prediction loop, DVC provides codec independent scalability. Finally, DVC is well suited for multiview coding by exploiting correlation between views without requiring communications between the cameras.

High-quality original papers are solicited for this special issue. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

* Architecture of DVC codec
* Coding efficiency improvement
* Side information generation
* Channel statistical modeling and channel coding
* Joint source-channel coding
* DVC for error resilience
* DVC-based scalable coding
* Multiview DVC
* Complexity analysis and reduction
* DSC principles applied to other applications such as encryption, authentication, biometrics, device forensics, query, and retrieval

Authors should follow the EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing manuscript format described at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ivp/.

Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscripts through the EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/, according to the following timetable:

* Manuscript Due: May 1, 2008
* First Round of Reviews: August 1, 2008
* Publication Date: November 1, 2008

Guest Editors

* Frederic Dufaux, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
* Wen Gao, School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Peking University, Beijing, China
* Stefano Tubaro, Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy
* Anthony Vetro, Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Cambridge, MA, USA
Posted by Frédéric Dufaux at 23:04
IM2 NCCR Newsletter has arrived
IM2's latest news letter is out! You can consult it by going to the following url:

http://www.im2.ch/newsletters/newsletter-pdf/issue44.pdf

Among other news, a featured article about MMSPL and the projects by two of our PhD students, Francesca De Simone and Marija Uscumlic.
Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 15:50
New PhD students joined the team: Marija Uscumlic and Gelareh Mohammadi
From January 2008, two new PhD students have joined the MMSPL: Marija Uscumlic and Gelareh Mohammadi.
Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 0:53
Call for Papers in Applications of Digital Image Processing XXXI
Applications of Digital Image Processing XXXI
Conference OP317

Part of the SPIE International Symposium on Optical Engineering + Application
10-14 August 2008 ? San Diego Convention Center ? San Diego, CA USA

Conference Chair
Andrew G. Tescher, AGT Associates
Program Committee
Vasudev Bhaskaran, Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.; Bernard V. Brower, Eastman Kodak Co.; Wo L. Chang, National Institute of Standards and Technology; Touradj Ebrahimi, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland); Ali Habibi, The Aerospace Corp.; T. Russell Hsing, Telcordia Technologies, Inc.; Kristina M. Johnson, Johns Hopkins Univ.; C.-C. Jay Kuo, Univ. of Southern California; Catherine Lambert-Nebout, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France); Andre J. Oosterlinck, Katholieke Univ. Leuven (Belgium); Sethuraman Panchanathan, Arizona State Univ.; Fernando Pereira, Instituto Superior Técnico (Portugal); John A. Saghri, California Polytechnic State Univ.; Peter Schelkens, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium); Gary J. Sullivan, Microsoft Corp.; Pankaj Topiwala, FastVDO LLC; Mihaela van der Schaar, Univ. of California/Los Angeles
The field of digital image processing has experienced continuous and significant expansion in recent years. The usefulness of this technology is apparent in many different disciplines covering medicine through remote sensing. The advances and wide availability of image processing hardware has further enhanced the usefulness of image processing. The Application of Digital Image Processing conference welcomes contributions of new results and novel techniques from this important technology.

Papers are solicited in the broad areas of digital image processing applications, including:

* medical applications
* restorations and enhancements
* digital cinema
* image transmission and coding
* color processing
* remote sensing
* robot vision
* hybrid techniques
* facsimile
* pattern recognition
* registration techniques
* multidimensional image processing
* image processing architectures and workstations
* video processing
* programmable DSPs for video coding
* high-resolution display
* high-quality color representation
* super-high-definition image processing
* impact of standardization on image processing.

Abstract Due Date: 28 January 2008
Manuscript Due Date: 14 July 2008

See more details in the attached pdf file.
Posted by Touradj Ebrahimi at 15:03
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