Multimedia Systems and Applications
Fall 2011, Syllabus

General Information:

      Class Time:  
              8:00 - 11:25: November 10
              10:35 -12:10: November 11
              14:00 - 17:20: October 9, 15, 16;     November 7, 8, 9, 12, 13
              19:00 - 21:25: October 10, 12, 13, 14;     November 11
      Location: TBD
      Instructor: Dr. James Z. Wang
      Office: TBD
      Phone: 13925022396
      Office Hours: Any time other than class hours (by appointment only).
      Course Website:



Multimedia has become an indispensable part of modern computer technology. In this course, students will be introduced to principles and current technologies of multimedia systems. Issues in effectively representing, processing, and retrieving multimedia data such as sound and music, graphics, image and video will be addressed. The students will gain hands-on experience in those areas by implementing some components of a multimedia streaming system as their term project. Latest Web technologies and some advanced topics in current multimedia research will also be discussed.

Topics to cover:

This course will cover topics in the emerging area of multimedia systems including (not limiting to) the following:

Tentative Schedule:

Attendance Policy:

Project Policy:


Grading Scale:

     A (90 - 100), B (80 - 89), C (70 - 79), D (60 - 69), F (0 - 59) (The scale may be curved down at the end of the semester.)

Primary References:

  1. ACM Multimedia Conference Proceedings
  2. Fundamentals of Multimedia, Ze-Nian Li, and Mark S. Drew, Pearson Prentice Hall, October 2003.
  3. Multimedia Communication Systems, K. Rammohanarao, Z. S. Bolzkovic, D. A. Milanovic, 1st edition, Prentice Hall, May 2002.
  4. Video Processing and Communications, Yao Wang, Joern Ostermann, and Ya-Qin Zhang, Prentice Hall, 2002.
  5. Web Caching and Replication, Michael Rabinovich and Oliver Spatscheck, Addison-Wesley, 2002.
  6. Multimedia Communications: Applications, Networks, Protocols and Standards, Fred Halsall, Addison-Wesley, 2001.
  7. Latest publications in multimedia related conferences and journals.

Additional References:

  1. Multimedia: Concepts and Practice, Stephen McGloughlin, November 2000, Prentice Hall
  2. Digital Multimedia, Nigel Chapman and Jenny Chapman, Wiley, 2000.
  3. Multimedia Systems, Standards, and Networks, A. Puri, T. Chen (editors.), Marcel Dekker, 2000
  4. Multimedia Database Management Systems, Guojun Lu, Artech House Publishers, October 1999.
  5. Multimedia: Computing, Communications and Applications, R. Steinmetz and K. Nahrstedt, Prentice Hall, 1997.
  6. Multimedia Systems Design, P. K. Andleigh & K. Thakrar, Prentice Hall, 1996.
  7. Image and Video Compression Standards: Algorithms and Architecture, V. Bhaskaran and K. Konstantinides, 2nd ed., Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1997.
  8. Compressed Video over Networks, Ming-Ting Sun, Amy R. Reibman (editors.), Marcel Dekker, 2000
  9. Internetworking Multimedia, Jon Crowcroft, Mark Handley and Ian Wakeman, Taylor and Francis, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 1999.
  10. Managing Multimedia, Elaine England and Andy Finney, 2nd Edition, Addison-Wesley, 1999.
  11. Multicast Networking and Applications, C. Kenneth Miller, Addison-Wesley, 1999.
  12. Multimedia Information Networking, Nalin K. Sharda, Prentice Hall, 1999.
  13. The Emergence of Net-Centric Computing, Bernard C. Cole, Prentice Hall, 1999.
  14. Modern Information Retrieval, Ricardo Baeza-Yates and Berthier Ribiero-Neto, Addison Wesley, 1999
  15. Handbook of Multimedia Computing, Borko Furht (Editor), CRC Press, 1999.
  16. Video Information Retrieval, A. D. Bimbo, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 1999.
  17. Computed Synchronization for Multimedia Applications, Charles B. Owen et. al., Kluwer Academic, August 1999.
  18. Intelligent Image Databases Towards Advanced Image Retrieval, Y. Gong, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1998
  19. Wireless Multimedia Communications, Networking, Video, Voice, and Data, E.K. Wesel, Kluwer Academic, 1998.
  20. Video Coding – An Introduction to Standard Codecs, Mohammed Ghanbari, The Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE), London, UK, 1999.
  21. Networked Multimedia Systems, by S. V. Raghavan, Satish K. Tripathi, Prentice Hall, 1998.
  22. Multimedia Communications: Protocols and Applications, F. Kuo, W. Effelsberg, J.J. Garcia-Luna-Aceves, Prentice Hall PTR, 1998
  23. Multimedia Information Retrieval Content-Based Information Retrieval from Large Text and Audio Databases, Peter Schduble, Kluwer Academic, 1997.
  24. Video Database Systems Issues, Products, and Applications, Ahmed K. Elmagarmid, Kluwer Academic, 1997.
  25. Representation and Retrieval of Visual Media in Multimedia Systems, HongJiang Zhang et al., Kluwer Academic, 1996.
  26. Multimedia Database Management Systems, B. Prabhakaran, Kluwer Academic, 1996.
  27. Searching Multimedia Databases by Content, Christos Faloutsos, Kluwer Academic, 1996.
  28. Distributed multimedia, P. W. Agnew, A. S. Kellerman, Addison-Wesley, 1996.
  29. Multimedia Systems Design Prabhat K. Andleigh and Kiran Thakrar, Prentice Hall PTR, 1996.
  30. A Guided Tour of Multimedia Systems and Applications, B. Furht and M. Milenkovic, IEEE Computer Society Press, 1995.
  31. Image and Video Processing in Multimedia Systems, B. Furht, S. Smoliar, and HJ Zhang, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1995.
  32. Digital Video Processing, A. Murat Tekalp, Prentice Hall, 1995.
  33. Understanding Networked Multimedia: applications and technology, Francois Fluckiger, Prentice Hall, 1995
  34. Image and Video Compression Standards: Algorithms and Architectures, Vasudev Bhaskaran and Konstantinos Konstantinides, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1995