Multimedia Systems (ETF RIO MS 4765 )

General information

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Multimedia Systems

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Computing and Informatics





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Module goal - Knowledge and skill to be achieved by students

  Objective of this course is to show technical and conceptual basis for understanding multimedia systems in computing. Furthermore, students should adopt the principles of planning and development of multimedia systems, principles of software engineering for multimedia systems, and learn about algorithms and data structures used for development of multimedia systems.


  1. Introduction to multimedia systems. <br>
2. Description, understanding and illustration of basic principles of multimedia systems. <br>
3. Hardware equipment and devices. <br>
4. Display of multimedia data: audio, video, text, images and animation. <br>
5. Multimedia data compression standards. Overview of data compression algorithms. Overview of the most important standards: JPEG, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MPEG-7. <br>
6. Specifics of multimedia appliance on the Internet. <br>
7. Specifics of multimedia appliance in mobile telephony. <br>
8. Methods and description of development stages of multimedia systems. <br>
9. Project management for construction of multimedia systems. <br>
10. Implementation and distribution of multimedia systems. <br>
11. Choice of programming languages and development tools. <br>
12. Rules of multimedia applications design and their integration into a single product. <br>
13. Software engineering for multimedia systems <br>
14. Data structures and algorithms used in development of multimedia systems. <br>
15. Project management tools for construction of multimedia applications. <br>
16. Appliance of multimedia systems in education, business presentations, medicine, science and telecommunications. <br>
17. Multimedia databases. <br>
18. Information and science visualization. <br>
19. Intelligent multimedia systems. <br>
20. Multimedia television, marketing, videoconferencing and virtual reality. <br>
21. Examples of multimedia systems construction. <br>
22. Current scientific researches in the field of multimedia systems. <br>


Recommended1. Notes and slides from lectures (See Faculty WEB Site) <br>
2. Chapman & Chapman, Digital Multimedia, <br>
3. J. Wiley. Steinmetz, Nahrstedt, Multimedia: Computing, Communications, and Applications, Prentice Hall, 2002 <br>
4. Tannenbaum, R. S., Theoretical Foundations of Multimedia. Computer Science Press, New York, 2000. <br>
5. Furth, B., Handbok of Multimedia Computing. CRC Press, Boca Raton, 1998 . <br>

Didactic methods

  Through lectures, students will learn about the theory, tasks and applicative examples within thematic units. Lectures consist of theoretical part, presentational descriptive examples, genesis and resolution of specific tasks. In this way, students will have basis for appliance of skilled material in engineering applications. Additional examples and exam tasks are discussed and solved during the laboratory exercises. Laboratory practice and home assignments will enable students of continuous work and their knowledge verification.


  During the course students will collect points according to the following system: <br>
- Attending lectures, exercises and tutorial classes: 10 points, student with more then three absences from lectures, exercises and/or tutorials can not achieve these points; <br>
- Home assignments: maximum of 10 points, assuming solving 5 to 10 assignments evenly distributed throughout the semester; <br>
- Partial exams: two written partial exams, maximum of 20 points for each positively evaluated partial exam; <br>
Student who during the semester achieved less than 20 points must re-enroll this course. <br>
Student who during the semester achieved 40 or more points will access to final oral exam, the exam consists of discussing the partial exams tasks, home assignments and answers to simple questions related to course topics. <br>
Final oral exam provides maximum of 40 points. To achieve a positive final grade, students in this exam must achieve a minimum of 20 points. Students who do not achieve this minimum will access to makeup oral exam. <br>
Student who during the semester achieved 20 or more points, and less than 40 points will access to makeup exam. Makeup exam is structured as follows: <br>
- Written part structured in the same way as a partial written exam, during which students solve problems in topics they failed on partial exams (achieved less then 10 points), <br>
- Oral part structured in the same way as a final oral exam. <br>
Only students who, after passing the written part of the makeup exam managed to achieve a total score of 40 or more points, can access to oral makeup exam, where the score consists of points achieved through attending classes, home assignments, passing partial exams and passing the written part of makeup exam. <br>
Oral makeup exam provides maximum of 40 points. To achieve a positive final grade, students in this exam must achieve a minimum of 20 points. Students who do not achieve this minimum must re-enroll this course. <br>

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