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Department of Computer Science Colloquium
2007 Series

JPSearch-An Emerging Standard for Search and Retrieval of Images

Prof. Touradj Ebrahimi
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)

Date: October 25, 2007 (Thursday)
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Venue: SCT909, Cha Chi Ming Science Tower, Ho Sin Hang Campus

The JPEG committee, formally known as ISO/IEC JTC1 SC29 WG 1, has throughout the years developed and brought to market successful standards for data representation such as JPEG and JPEG 2000. Recognizing the need of a standard allowing for interoperability between image search and retrieval systems, JPEG has recently launched a new activity, JPSearch, also known more formally as ISO/IEC 24800. The aim of this standard is to allow different image management systems to inter-operate both in terms of their components and their content. It is foreseen that JPSearch will enable more complete solutions and give consumers and businesses confidence in the longevity of their annotations and collection maintenance effort. This talk will discuss the on-going JPSearch standardization activities. It also provides a description of the general framework of image search and retrieval systems as foreseen by JPSearch, as well as its components.

Touradj EBRAHIMI received his M.Sc. and Ph.D., both in Electrical Engineering, from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1989 and 1992 respectively. In 1993, he was a research engineer at the Corporate Research Laboratories of Sony Corporation in Tokyo, where he conducted research on advanced video compression techniques for storage applications. In 1994, he served as a research consultant at AT&T Bell Laboratories working on very low bitrate video coding. He is currently Professor at EPFL involved in research and teaching of multimedia signal processing. He has been the recipient of various distinctions such as the IEEE and Swiss national ASE award, the SNF-PROFILE grant for advanced researchers, Three ISO-Certificates for key contributions to MPEG-4 and JPEG 2000, and the best paper award of IEEE Trans. on Consumer Electronics . He became a Fellow of the international society for optical engineering (SPIE) in 2003. Prof. Ebrahimi has initiated more than two dozen National, European and International cooperation projects with leading companies and research institutes around the world. He is also the head of the Swiss delegation to MPEG, JPEG and SC29, and acts as the Chairman of Advisory Group on Management in SC29. He is a co-founder of Genista SA, a high-tech start-up company in the field of multimedia quality metrics. In 2002, he founded Emitall SA, start-up active in the area of media security and surveillance. He is or has been associate Editor with various IEEE, SPIE, and EURASIP journals, such as IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, IEEE Trans. on Image Processing, IEEE Trans. on Multimedia, EURASIP Image Communication Journal, EURASIP Journal of Applied Signal Processing, SPIE Optical Engineering Magazine. Prof. Ebrahimi is a member of Scientific Advisory Board of various start-up and established companies in the general field of Information Technology. His research interests include still, moving, and 3D image processing and coding, visual information security (rights protection, watermarking, authentication, data integrity, steganography), new media, and human computer interfaces (smart vision, brain computer interface). He is the author or the co-author of more than 100 research publications, and holds 10 patents. More detail in

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