Multimedia Communications

Course Description

Multimedia communication system: concept and model. Influence of communication parameters onto quality of service (QoS). Audio, video and synthetic multimedia content. Models of multimedia spatial and temporal synchronization. Multimedia content: metadata, description format, security. Multi-user multimedia applications, architectures and communication protocols. Multimedia streaming. QoS models. Technical and market-related aspects of QoS. QoS mechanisms. Introducing QoS in the Internet. Internet telephony. Multimedia communication in new generation networks. Networked games.

General Competencies

Knowledge of communication architectures and protocols for multimedia transfer and control. Understanding of technical and market-related aspects of problems related to introducing and providing quality of service. Theoretical and practical knowledge about multimedia communication in new generation networks.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain fundamental principles and ways of coding audio, video and synthetic content
  2. Explain multimedia quality and synchronization metrics
  3. Explain separation of control and data in multimedia applications
  4. Describe and explain key Internet protocols for multimedia services
  5. Describe and compare the ways to introduce QoS in Internet
  6. Explain VoIP architecture and communication protocols
  7. Explain the architecture and requirements of advanced multimeida applications, with focus on networked games.

Forms of Teaching

Lectures

Lectures in student groups, 3 hours per week.

Exams

Midterm exam and final exam.

Consultations

Instructors are available during a fixed slot on a weekly basis plus on individual appointment basis during office hours.

Acquisition of Skills

Three individual homework assignments involving multimedia applications and simulation tools.

Programming Exercises

One project assignment within profile laboratory (LTI2/LOI2).

Other Forms of Group and Self Study

Four homework assignments.

Grading Method

Continuous Assessment Exam
Type Threshold Percent of Grade Threshold Percent of Grade
Homeworks 0 % 20 % 0 % 20 %
Class participation 0 % 10 % 0 % 10 %
Mid Term Exam: Written 50 % 30 % 0 %
Final Exam: Written 50 % 40 %
Exam: Written 50 % 40 %
Exam: Oral 30 %

Week by Week Schedule

  1. Introduction to multimedia communication. Multimedia types; influence of communication parameters onto quality of service (QoS). Metods of media coding and compression; review of entropy and source coding methods.
  2. Audio content. Advanced coding methods, standards. Processing within the multimedia communication system. Loss and delay compensation.
  3. Still image coding. Principles and selected coding methods, standards.
  4. Video content. Advanced coding methods, standards. Processing within the multimedia communication system. Loss and delay compensation.
  5. Synthetic content. Models of multimedia spatial and temporal synchronization. Quality requirements.
  6. Multimedia communication system architecture.
  7. Multi-user multimedia applications. Group communication model. Communication architectures and multicast routing protocols.
  8. Mid-term exam.
  9. Internet communication protocols for multimedia session support in Internet.
  10. Multimedia streaming model, communication protocols.
  11. Internet telephony and Voice over IP. Architecture, protocols and standards. QoS.
  12. Introducing quality of service (QoS) in the Internet: QoS models. Technical and market-related aspects of QoS. Service Level Agreements. QoS mechanisms: classification, shaping, scheduling, policing.
  13. Introducing QoS in the Internet: IntServ, Diffserv.
  14. Multimedia services in new generation networks. IP multimedia subsystem in UMTS.
  15. Final exam.

Study Programmes

University graduate
Information Processing (profile)
Theoretical Course (2. semester)
Telecommunication and Informatics (profile)
Theoretical Course (2. semester)

Prerequisites

Literature

J. Crowcroft, M. Handley, I. Wakeman (1999.), Internetworking Multimedia, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers
Fred Halsall (2000.), Multimedia Communications: Applications, Networks, Protocols, and Standards, Addison-Wesley
Gonzalo Camarillo, Miguel-Angel Garcia-Martin (2008.), The 3G IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS): Merging the Internet and the Cellular Worlds (3rd ed.), John Wiley & Sons
Ralf Steinmetz, Klara Nahrstedt (2010.), Multimedia Systems, Springer

General

ID 34403
  Summer semester
5 ECTS
L0 English Level
L1 e-Learning
45 Lectures
0 Exercises
0 Laboratory exercises
0 Project laboratory

Grading System

85 Excellent
75 Very Good
65 Good
55 Acceptable