Thomas Sikora, Heinrich-Hertz-Institute for Communication Technology Berlin GmbH (Germany)
The MPEG video group is currently developing the so-called MPEG-4 video coding standard, targeted for future interactive multimedia video communications calling for content-based functionalities, universal access in error prone environments and high coding efficiency. Besides the provisions for content-based functionalities the MPEG-4 video standard win assist the efficient storage and transmission of images and video in error prone environments over a range of bit rates between 5 kbit/s and 4 Mb/s This paper outlines the techniques that are currently being investigated by MPEG-4 and discusses the scope of some of the promising techniques under investigation.
Guillermo Sapiro, University of Minnesota (U.S.A.)
(No abstract available for this paper)
Gary Starkweather, Microsoft Corporation (U.S.A.)
Electronic imaging has made impressive progress, with the first laser printers becoming commercial about 20 years ago. Now, electronic printing in color has come sufficiently down in cost so as to reside in many homes. We shall explore some interesting data concerning electronic printers as well as how one might analyze progress. How much room for improvement is there? Combined with electronic printing is the area of personal imaging. Scanners are now affordable by almost anyone. Will imaging become a part of the next century's family life just as photography became part of the family in the earlier part of this century? What can electronic images provide that is unique and useful? We shall explore some of the reasons why electronic imaging may become an indispensable part of our lives.