ELG 5121 / CSI 7163A
Multimedia Communications


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  • Check: Droid@Screen, PhoneGap,

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Dear researchers,

Please note that my view of a graduate course is that It should be interactive, and due to the nature of the topic matter - Multimedia Communications - I will cover a wide range of topics and you will also cover another wide range. At a graduate level it is not only the teacher who presents information to the information hungry students "YOU" but also research capable students like you should contribute to the knowledge enhancement of their professor and peers. This will be achieved by presenting the developed projects including the different media.

As a matter of fact, there will be a number of quizes/essays throughout this course, the material covered is everything we do in class, and the questions will be based on the understanding of the subject matter rather than learning by heart. Sure, I will be asking questions from some of the project presentations you will be doing.


Marking scheme

  • Final Exam (30%): the final exam will deal with all the material addressed in class
  • Essays and Ad-hoc Quizzes (30%) ==> We will consider the best (n-1) marks where n is the number of essays/quizzes we perform
    • A) Ad-hoc Quizzes covering all the classes so far ==> max 1 quiz can be missed
    • B) Essays: Every student must send me max 10 slides covering the essay and no more than 1000 words short report covering a topic which will be posted on time.
    • Essays and Quizzes are given at any class through out the semester Essays’ deadline is the subsequent Monday 11:59 pm
  • Project (40%)
    • Presentation and Project Demo and code/HW explanation (30%)
    • Project documentation :Technical report including formal design methodologies and implementation details (10%)


0) Organizational issues (3 slides per page)

1) Slides for Why Multimedia Communications are on-line (3 slides per page)

2) Slides for Multimedia Communications & Networking are on-line (3 slides per page)

3) Slides for Multimedia Compression are on-line (3 slides per page)

4) Slides for Multimedia Synchronization are on-line (3 slides per page)

5) Slides for Multimedia Internet are on-line (3 slides per page)

6) Slides for Multimedia QoS are on-line (3 slides per page)

7) Slides for Multimedia Conferencing are on-line (3 slides per page)

8) Slides for Multimedia Security are on-line (3 slides per page)

List of possible projects is online (please choose a topic)

  • Each project is to be done by a team of two persons
  • Send e-mail to reserve a project, use three choices (1st, 2nd, 3rd)

At the end of the course the student will be able to:
  • have an excellent understanding of multimedia enabling technologies, services and applications;
  • master basic Internet concepts and protocols;
  • have a good multimedia experience through a project.
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering
  • Time & Place:
    • Tuesday, 10:00 - 13:00 Lees A130
  • Project Presentations: see project list (TBD)
  • R. Steinmetz and K.Nahrstedt,Media Coding and Content Processing, Prentice Hall, 2002
  • G. Lu, "Communication and Computing for Distributed Multimedia Systems", Artech House, 1996
  • R. Steinmetz and K.Nahrstedt, Multimedia: Computing, Communications and Applications, Prentice Hall, 1995
  • P.K.Andleigh and K. Thakrar, Multimedia Systems Design, Prentice Hall, 1996
  • D. Minoli and R. Keinath, Distributed Multimedia through Broadband Communication Services, Artech House, Boston, 1994
  • J.F.K.Buford (edit.), Multimedia Systems, ACM Press, New York, 1994
  • W. Stallings, "Data and Computer Communications", Prentice Hall, 5th edition, 1997.
  • IEEE Multimedia Magazine
  • On line Index to Multimedia Sources: http://viswiz.gmd.de/MultimediaInfo
  • Third-Generation Wireless standardization: http://www.itu.org/imt
  • WAP Forum: http://www.wapforum.com
  • Bluetooth: http://www.bluetooth.com
  • Hiperlan2 Global Forum: http://www.hiperlan2.com
  • Differentiated Services: http://www.ietf.org/html.charters/diffserv-charter.html
  • C.Merz, "Differentiated Services", IEEE Multimedia,  July-Sept. 2000, pp. 84-90
  • No specialized tools are required for completing the project. Library, provided papers and Web access will be sufficient

Part of these applets were implemented during my work at Multimedia Communication Department (KOM) within the Multibook project sponsored by by theFederal Ministry for Education and Research