Mathematical Coding Theory in Multimedia Streaming (15w5150)


(University of Kentucky)

(University of Toronto)

(University of Zurich)

(Bell Labs Research)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Mathematical Coding Theory in Multimedia Streaming" workshop from October 11th to October 16th, 2015.

The explosive growth of multimedia traffic in general, and mobile video in particular, has resulted in a strong demand for implementing highly efficient approaches for video transmission. Forward Error Correction (FEC) codes provide a natural mechanism for protecting video packets against channel errors and are being considered in a number of emerging standards. Ideal FEC for video streaming must operate under low-latency, sequential encoding and decoding constraints, and as such are fundamentally different from
classical error correction codes. This workshop will be devoted towards the theory and practice of such codes.

The proposed workshop will bring together researchers working on mathematical coding theory and the communication theory of multimedia systems. This will expose researchers in coding theory to the relevant source and channel abstractions used in multimedia systems, and spark their interest in stimulating research questions involving low-latency streaming codes. Researchers in communication theory will be exposed to both classical and modern results in the dynamical systems theory of convolutional codes and new distance metrics that may have operational significance in streaming systems. We expect the proposed workshop to be an important step towards our ultimate objective of initiating a general theory of error
correction codes for multimedia streaming applications.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).