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Course number and title: EE238 Multimedia Communications and Processing
Credits: 4
Instructor(s)-in-charge: M. van der Schaar (
Course type: Lecture
Required or Elective: A Signals and Systems course.
Course Schedule:
Lecture: 4 hrs/week
Outside Study: 8 hrs/week
Office Hours: 2 hrs/week
Course Assessment:
Homework: Several assignments
Project Reports: 1 project
Exams: 1 midterm
Grading Policy: Typically, 20% homework, 10% presentation, 30% midterm, 40% project
Course Prerequisites: EE131A
Catalog Description: The course covers the key concepts, principles and algorithms used in emerging, state-of-the-art real-time multimedia communications and networking across heterogeneous Internet and wireless channels.  
Textbook and any related course material:
Multimedia Communication and Networking edited by P. Chou and M. van der Schaar.
Seevral journal papers.
Course Website
Topics covered in the course:
Defining multimedia utility functions: operational rate-distortion theory, traffic models
Cross-layer design principles and methodology
A systematic framework for cross-layer optimization
Defining actions, states, utility functions, interlayer communication for dynamic cross-layer design
Joint source-channel coding revised: new decomposition and separation principles for cross-layer optimization
Error Control and Processing for Multimedia over Packet Networks (with and without feedback)
Bitstream shaping methods for multimedia streaming (rate control, traffic shaping, transcoding, etc.)
Resource allocation concepts and methods for multi-user multimedia communications
Advanced topics in multimedia research
Will this course involve computer assignments? YES Will this course have TA(s) when it is offered? NO

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