Welcome to Multicom Lab
Multimedia Communications

TITLE: Multimedia Communications

The module mainly focuses on providing key concepts about multimedia signals
(audio, images and video) and relevant compression and transmission techniques.

To provide students with:

  • An understanding of Quality of Service (QoS) parameters and mechanism
    applied to IP networks.
  • An understanding of the principles of source coding applied to voice, audio,
    image and video compression.
  • Experience of managing multimedia data and relevant transmission aspects
    through different software tools.

On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:

  • Analyse specific source coding techniques for multimedia sources and
    relevant transmission aspects
  • Specify the QoS support required by different multimedia sources.
  • Apply the learned concepts in a laboratory environment.

Graphics and image data representation

  • Graphics/image data types
  • Popular file formats

Fundamental concepts in video

  • Types of video signal
  • Digital video
  • Video quality assessment

Digital audio

  • Digitization of sound
  • Quantisation and transmission of audio

Lossless compression algorithms

  • Information theory
  • Huffman coding
  • Dictionary-based coding
  • Lossless image compression

Lossy compression algorithms

  • Distortion measures
  • The rate-distortion theory
  • Quantisation
  • DCT
  • Image compression standards
  • JPEG

Video compression techniques

  • Motion compensation
  • MPEG-1
  • MPEG-2
  • MPEG-4
  • H.264
  • SVC

Audio compression techniques

  • Audio compression
  • Psychoacoustics
  • MPEG audio

Audio and video transmission over noisy channels

  • Channel models
  • Forward error correction
  • Joint source and channel coding
  • Unequal Error Protection
  • Error Concealment
  • Error resilience and relevant tools in the main video coding standards

Multimedia network communications

  • Quality of multimedia data transmission
  • Multimedia over IP
  • Transport of MPEG-4/H.264
  • Cross-Layer design
  • Media-on-demand
  • Peer2Peer video transmission


Core Text:

  1. Z. Li and M. Drew, Fundamentals of Multimedia, Prentice Hal, 2004.

Recommended Reading:

  1. J. Woods, Multidimensional Signal, Image, and Video Processing and Coding, Academic Press, 2006.
  2. J. Proakis,Digital Communications, 4th ed., McGraw Hill, 2000.
  3. G. Smol and D. Chapman, Message Coding, T305/BLK03, The Open University, 1999.
  4. J. Kurose and W. Ross, Computer Networking, 3rd ed., Addison Wesley, 2003.
  5. A. Tanenbaum, Computer Networks, 4th ed., Prentice-Hall, 2003.

Teaching Material 2011-12