Challenges In Multimedia Compression, Networking and Computer Architecture Research

October 10, 2003
Professor Mihaela van der Schaar, Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of California, Davis

The academic fields of multimedia compression and processing, networking and computer architecture have usually been investigated independently. However, with the advent of universal multimedia access, where pervasive computing devices and the convergence of different wireless and Internet networks will allow users more ubiquitous access to a variety of information, an Increasing number of applications require a combination of theory, tools and methods from these three fields. Recently, a lot of exciting research has occurred at the intersection of these fields and further cross-fertilization is likely to catalyze many interesting and relevant new research topics and applications. In this talk, I will present several such research topics and applications, including the emerging MPEG-video coding and streaming standards, novel multimedia transmission solutions for peer-to-peer networking, distributed coding and streaming, cross-layer optimized multimedia transmission over ad-hoc wireless networks, reconfigurable architectures for adaptive and scalable transmission of multimedia.

Mihaela van der Schaar received both the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, in 1996 and 2001, respectively. Prior to joining the UCLA Electrical Engineering Department faculty on July 1st, 2005, she was between 1996 and June 2003 a senior researcher at Philips Research in the Netherlands and USA, where she led a team of researchers working on multimedia coding, processing, networking, and streaming algorithms and architectures. From January to September 2003, she was also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University. From July 1st, 2003 until July 1st, 2005, she was an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at University of California, Davis. Prof. van der Schaar has published extensively on multimedia communications, networking, architectures, systems, compression and processing, and holds 30 granted US patents and several more pending. Since 1999, she has been an active participant in the ISO Motion Picture Expert Group (MPEG) standard, to which she has made more than 50 contributions and for which she has received three ISO recognition awards. She also chaired the ad-hoc group on MPEG-21 Scalable Video Coding for three years, and co-chaired the MPEG ad-hoc group on Multimedia Test-beds. She was a guest editor of the EURASIP Special Issue on Multimedia over IP and Wireless Networks, and was the general chair of Picture Coding Symposium 2004, the oldest conference on image/video coding. She is a senior member of IEEE, and was also elected as a Member of the Technical Committee on Multimedia Signal Processing, as well as the Technical Committee on Image and Multiple Dimensional Signal Processing of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. She was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Multimedia and the SPIE Electronic Imaging Journal from 2002-2005. Currently, she is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and System for Video Technology, of the IEEE Signal Processing Letters, and of the newly founded IEEE Signal Processing Society e-Newsletter.