RIT Hosts International Video Compression Expert Iain Richardson

New coding concepts to improve time-to-market and multiple formats will be the subject of training program

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Video compression technologies continue to evolve to improve storage of data and images, as well as allow coders to initiate real-time changes to processes as needed. These latest techniques in fully configurable video coding are the invention of researcher Iain Richardson, director of the Centre for Video Communications at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom. Richardson will give a training session 1-5 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 at the Golisano College Auditorium on the campus of Rochester Institute of Technology.

The training, “Video Coding: Standards, Implementation and Adaptation,” will include a discussion of adaptable and reconfigurable coding, specifically related to Richardson’s pilot of fully configurable video coding. Participants will learn about system architecture, configuration mechanisms and current research challenges.

The presentation describes a new approach to video coding. This approach has the potential to shorten the time-to-market for new video coding concepts, to reduce the cost of supporting multiple video formats in consumer devices, and to enable significant gains in compression performance through dynamic adaptation. The dynamically configurable coding concept is presented and compared to standard functions. Initial results and a first working prototype will be demonstrated.

The program is $25 for IEEE members, $35 for non-members and $20 for students. The registration costs include the program and dinner afterward. Register at http://www.rochester_cs.ezregister.com. Space is limited for the program.

Richardson specializes in video compression technology, standards and systems. He wrote the world’s first book on the well-known H.264 compression standard, has researched and written extensively on MPEG and H.264 video compression and holds several patents. Richardson provides consulting and analysis services to businesses and industry groups. His current research interests include video codec implementation, human perception and video coding, and dynamic configuration of video codecs.

The training program is sponsored by the professional and student chapters of the IEEE Computer Society.