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 Monday, August 22, 2005

In conjunction with ISO/IEC’s Joint Picture Experts Group (JPEG), ITU-T’s Study Group 16 hosted a workshop on Video and Image Coding and Applications (VICA) at ITU headquarters in Geneva, 22 to 23 July. 

Key experts joined users to review the development, assessment and application of video and image coding and to discuss and start work on an action plan and a roadmap for VICA standardization.

Introducing the workshop, Houlin Zhao, director of TSB, emphasized the importance of video and image compression not only from a telecommunication perspective, but also for consumers. He highlighted ITU-T’s extensive and constructive partnerships with both MPEG, and ISO/IEC’s Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG), which have achieved practical and innovative results. He also highlighted the importance of the work from universities in the field.

The workshop introduced topics including the history and challenges of video and image compression up to the development of ITU-T Recommendation H.264, and of the JPEG-2000 family of standards. It looked at how these standards will be applied to current and future technologies surrounding television, computers, videoconferencing, home networking and mobile phones, and how VICA standards are affected by the evolution of multimedia services and applications.

Presentations also stimulated discussion on how standards work in the field, including how next generation networks (NGN) can support the development of so-called ubiquitous networks – any device, anytime, anywhere. Current work on home network environments was also taken into account.

Following the event, Study Group 16 met from 26 July to 5 August and further discussed the results of the workshop in order to continue to develop standards that will improve the quality of service and ubiquity of telecommunication technologies and facilitate the global dissemination of multimedia content.

Monday, August 22, 2005 8:07:02 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

ITU-T hosted the 36th JPEG Meeting, Geneva July 18-22. The Joint Picture Experts Group (JPEG), formed many years ago by both ITU-T Study Group 16 and ISO/IEC JTC1 SG 29, is best known for its JPEG and JPEG-2000 image compression standards. 

In ITU-T, Study Group 16 is home to all media coding work, such as the H-Series of Recommendations, and includes work done together with ISO/IEC's JPEG, and JPEG-2000 groups in image compression, as well as work done with MPEG in developing video compression standards such as H.264. ISO/IEC JTC1 SG 29 is the focal point in ISO/IEC JTC1 for image, video and audio compression standards.

The meeting surveyed the progress of technologies broached in the previous JPEG meeting, held in Lisbon in March 2005, including image security in JPEG-2000 which is being addressed by JPEG’s JPSEC ad hoc group. The group is developing a standard that will enable protected images to retain JPEG-2000 system features, such as scalability. This new feature within JPEG images will allow international distribution of digital images containing encrypted content, while still retaining the ability to adaptively deliver content for a wide variety of devices with varying display capabilities.

The meeting also followed up on JPEG’s Digital Cinema ad hoc group and its advances in developing profiles for JPEG-2000 digital cinema applications. The Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) organization has adopted JPEG-2000 for future distribution of digital movies to theatres. JPEG is working closely with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) to standardize aspects of this future architecture. 

The Video and Image Coding and Applications (VICA) workshop, 22-23 July 2005, which followed the ITU-T-hosted JPEG meeting, aimed to build upon the presence of JPEG and ITU-T SG 16 experts (who met July 26 - August 5 this year). The workshop reviewed existing video and image compression standards, their current applications, and future directions in the field. See related news for more details on the workshop. 

Monday, August 22, 2005 8:05:32 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, August 18, 2005

The ITU-T “Opportunities and Challenges in Home Networking” Workshop (13-14 October 2005, Geneva) will allow for a small exhibition where companies and organizations can present some small equipment to illustrate various aspects of the workshop topic(s). The exhibition will take place in front of the meeting room in the 2nd basement of the ITU Tower building of the ITU Headquarters in Geneva.

If you plan to participate at the Exhibition, kindly fill out the “Exhibition Participation Form” and return it to the TSB by 16 September 2005.

General information and time schedule

  • Requests for participation must be sent to tsbworkshops@itu.int with the “Exhibition Participation Form” filled out. The deadline for requests is 16 September 2005.
  • Exhibition space is limited and available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
  • The installation of stands will be done on Thursday, 12 October 2005 from 08:00 (one day before the Workshop starts). Exhibitors arriving on the 13 October 2005 (1st day of the Workshop) can set up on that day if they have reserved a place.
  • The exhibition will run from 09:00 to 18:00 during the 1st day (13 October 2005). On the 2nd day (14 October 2005), dismantling should start after 16:00 and must finish by 18:00. You should arrange for your equipment to be picked up on Friday, 14 October 2005, from 18:00.

More on the Opportunities and Challenges in Home Networking Workshop

Thursday, August 18, 2005 10:36:17 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, August 16, 2005

AAP Announcement UPDATE NOTIFICATION

The following files relative to AAP have been updated since 2005-08-15

Group : aap
updated :          2005-08-15 18:11:10      
title :          [019] AAP Announcement No. 19, 16 August 2005 (SG 5, 15, 16)
url :          http://www.itu.int/itudoc/itu-t/aap/announce/05-08/019.html
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Note : This is an automatic message for ITU-T/TSB Alternative Approval Process

 - For further questions, please contact TSB EDH at tsbedh@itu.int
 - For documentation, go to http://www.itu.int/ITU-T/aap/index.html 
 - Comments on Recommendations under AAP should be submitted by filling the appropriate forms in each Study Group AAP web page and sent to the relevant Study Group email address

More on AAP

Tuesday, August 16, 2005 8:44:45 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, August 10, 2005

El Centro de Excelencia en América Latina , junto a otras entidades de la industria y del mundo académico, organiza el Postgrado en Tecnología de las Telecomunicaciones que será dictado en línea, a través del Centro de capacitación a distancia de la Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones (ITU eLearningCentre).

El fin de los Centros de Excelencia de la UIT es el de desarrollar y reforzar la capacidad de generar competencias, conocimientos y aprovechar la experiencia de los países para satisfacer las necesidades prioritarias en materia de capacitación y desarrollo del Talento Humano del más alto nivel del Sector de Telecomunicaciones de las Regiones.

El plazo de inscripción se ha extendido hasta el 11 de Agosto. Para más información sobre participación, programa, equipo docente y otros detalles véase Postgrado en Tecnología de las Telecomunicaciones

Wednesday, August 10, 2005 5:42:42 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Next meeting of Study Group 17 - Security, languages and telecommunication software

Geneva, 5 - 14 October 2005

Registration Form

See TSB Collective-letter 2/17 for more information.

Study Group 17 Home

Wednesday, August 10, 2005 3:33:21 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, August 01, 2005

Next meeting of Study Group 4 - Telecommunication Management

Geneva, 20-30 September 2005

Registration Form

See TSB Collective-letter 3/4 for more information.

Study Group 4 Home

Monday, August 01, 2005 2:49:33 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

AAP Announcement UPDATE NOTIFICATION

The following files relative to AAP have been updated since 2005-07-29

Group : aap
updated :          2005-07-29 20:15:58      
title :          [018] AAP Announcement No. 18, 01 August 2005, (SG 5, 15, 17)
url :          http://www.itu.int/itudoc/itu-t/aap/announce/05-08/018.html
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Note : This is an automatic message for ITU-T/TSB Alternative Approval Process

 - For further questions, please contact TSB EDH at tsbedh@itu.int
 - For documentation, go to http://www.itu.int/ITU-T/aap/index.html 
 - Comments on Recommendations under AAP should be submitted by filling the appropriate forms in each Study Group AAP web page and sent to the relevant Study Group email address

More on AAP

Monday, August 01, 2005 10:08:54 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |