CMPSCI 754: Multimedia Systems

Instructor: Prashant Shenoy
Class meeting times: TuTh 1:00-2:15
Room: LGRT 321
Schedule #: 396796

Office Hours: Thursday 2:15 - 3:30, LGRC A255, or by appointment.

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Course Description

CMPSCI 754 is an advanced course covering both theoretical and practical issues in designing multimedia systems. Topics to be covered include introduction to multimedia systems, digital video compression techniques, operating system support for digital audio and video, as well as network and transport protocols for multimedia. An emphasis will be placed on current design issues and research topics.


Familiarity with concepts in graduate computer networks and operating system design.


There is no textbook for this course. A collection of recent research articles will be made available in the form of a course packet. The course packet will be available from Copycat Print Shop (located in downtown Amherst) starting February 2nd.

Course Requirements

The instructor will introduce basic concepts on each of the topics. Students will be expected to understand, describe, and critique the research papers during class discussions. Additionally, students will be expected to carry out a semester-long project.

Grades will be determined by a project, examinations, and class participation.

A special laboratory equipped with five Intel P2s (running Linux) has been set up for this course. Course projects involving OS kernel modifications will be given priority access to these machines. Edlab machines are also available for course projects.

Reading List: Spring 1999

Video Compression

  1. R. Steinmetz, ``Data Compression Techniques in Multimedia computing - Principles and Techniques'', ACM Multimedia Systems, Vol. 1, Pages 166-172, 187-204, 1994
  2. G.K. Wallace, ``The JPEG Still Picture Compression Standard'', Communications of the ACM, Vol. 34, No. 4, Pages 31-44, April 1991.
  3. D. Le Gall, ``MPEG: A Video Compression Standard for Multimedia Applications'', Communications of the ACM, Vol. 34, No. 4, Pages 46-58, April 1991.
  4. T. Chiang and D. Anastassiou, ``Hierarchical Coding of Digital Television'', IEEE Communications Magazine, Vol. 32, pp. 38-45, May 1994

Multimedia File Systems

Multimedia Operating Systems

Multimedia Networks

Multimedia Databases

Prashant Shenoy
Last modified: Sat May 15 16:53:07 EDT 1999