Semester Offering: January

Due to advances in digitization and coding, a number of information bearing services such as speech, data, text, audio, video graphics etc., can be processed, stored and retrieved in a unified manner. These information bearing services together loosely form Multimedia. This course is intended to provide the fundamentals of multimedia and its use, storage and retrieval.


General Concept and Definition of Multimedia, Video and Audio Compression Techniques Systems and Standards, QoS Architecture, Multimedia Support in Shared Media LAN and MAN, Transport Network Architectures and Technologies for Multimedia Services, Multimedia OA&M and Services.


Consent of Instructor


I Definition of Multimedia
1. General Description and Standards
2. Transmission and Switching System Technology
3. Services offered by Multimedia Communications

II Multimedia Support in Shared Media LAN and MAN
1. The original IEEE 802 Local Area Networks
2. ANSI Fiber Distributed Data Interface

III Quality of Service
1. Generalized QoS Framework
2. QoS Principles and Specifications
3. QoS in Networked Multimedia System

IV Video and Audio Coding Techniques and Standards
1. Discrete Cosine Transform (DCT)

2. Coding of Still Images (JPEG, JPEG2000)
3. Coding of Moving Pictures (MPEG 1, MPEG 2, MPEG 4, MPEG21)

V Multimedia Operations, Administration, Management and Services
1. Network Element and Network-Level OA&M
2. OA&M System Technologies


Lecture Notes


Atul Puri and Tsuhan Chen:
Multimedia Systems, Standards, and Networks, Marcel Dekker, Inc. 2000
Borko Furht:
Handbook of Internet and Multimedia: Systems and Applications, IEEE Press 1999
Mallikarjun Tatipamula and Bhumip Khasnabish:
Multimedia Communications Networks: Technologies and Services, Artech House, Inc. 1998
S.V. Raghavan and Satish K. Tripathi
Networked Multimedia Systems, Concepts, Architecture and Design, Prentice Hall, Inc. 1998
Timothy Kwok:
ATM: The new Paradigm for Internet, Intranet & Residential Broadband Services
& Applications
, Prentice Hall, Inc. 1998
M.Sexton and A.Reid:
Transmission Networking: SONET and the Synchronous Digital Hierarchy, Artech
House, Inc. 1992
ISO/IEC 11172-1, 2, 3 Information technology – Coding of moving pictures and associated audio for digital storage media at up to about 1.5 Mbit/s: Systems; Video; Audio, respectively.
ISO/IEC 13818-1, 2, 3 Information technology – Generic coding of moving pictures and
associated audio information: Systems, Video, Audio, respectively.
ISO/IEC 14469-1, 2, 3 Coding of audio-visual objects, International Standard MPEG-4:
Systems; Visual; Audio, respectively.


IEEE/ACM Transaction on Networking
IEEE Communication Magazine
IEEE Network Magazine
IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
IEEE Transaction on Communications
International Journal of Communication Systems




The final grade will be computed from the following components: midsem exam. (30%), final exam. (50%), assignment (20%).
Closed-book examination is naormally used in both midsem exam and final exam.