COST Training School


3D AudioVisual Content Processing and Communications

3D-AVCom 2015


Program Venue
Lectures  Accommodation
Best Poster Award  Registration
Supplementary material  Organisation
  Social Events

The COST Training School on 3D Audiovisual Content Processing and Communications (3D-AVCom 2015) is organized by 3D-ConTourNet, ICT COST Action IC1105 in cooperation with ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa and Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal.The School program is organized in lectures, hands-on exercises and group discussion on topics within the field of 3D audiovisual communications taught by several distinguished Lecturers. Besides active participation in the lectures, the attendees also have the possibility to present their research in a poster session, and receiving feedback from their fellow participants and the lecturers. The Best Poster Award will distinguish an innovative research in the field of 3D audiovisual communications. The Training School will include several social events and networking opportunities for the participants. 

Aims and scope
In recent years, worldwide research has been driving significant innovation and enabling promising 3D multimedia technology with audio and visual information playing a major role and consuming a large share of available communication and computational resources. The COST Training School aims to provide knowledge and understanding on advanced methods and technologies with potential use in a broad range of 3D audiovisual applications and services in immersive multimedia communications. The topics addressed during three days include 3D content capture and processing, quality of experience and human factors, along with recent evolution in the fields of multimedia compression and delivery over diverse networking environments.The Training School is intended for researchers, PhD-students, engineers, scientists and other individuals interested in some of the most recent advances and advanced knowledge of 3D audiovisual capture, transmission and processing at different stages of the communication chain. The School program covers different topics from spatial audio, depth and 3D media processing, communications and user experience.   Participants from institutions in COST inclusiveness countries, involved in 3D-ConTourNet, female researchers and young researchers are particularly welcome.


Gene Cheung
National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo
Short Bio
Gene Cheung received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University in 1995, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1998 and 2000, respectively. He was a senior researcher in Hewlett-Packard Laboratories Japan, Tokyo, from 2000 till 2009. He is now an associate professor in National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo, Japan. He is an adjunct associate professor in the Hong Kong University of Science Technology (HKUST) since 2015. His research interests include image video representation, immersive visual communication and graph signal processing. He has published over 150 international conference and journal publications. He has served as associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Multimedia (2007–2011) and currently serves as associate editor for DSP Applications Column in IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, APSIPA journal on signal information processing and SPIE Journal of Electronic Imaging, and as area editor for EURASIP Signal Processing: Image Communication. He serves as the lead guest editor of the special issue on  “Interactive Media Processing for Immersive Communication” in IEEE Journal on Special Topics on Signal Processing, target date March 2015. He served as member of the Multimedia Signal Processing Technical Committee (MMSP-TC) in IEEE SPS (2012-2014), and serves as member of the Image, Video, and Multidimensional Signal Processing Technical Committee (IVMSP-TC) (2015-2017). He has also served as area chair in IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP) 2010, 2012-2013, 2015, technical program co-chair of International Packet Video Workshop (PV) 2010, track co-chair for Multimedia Signal Processing track in IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME) 2011, symposium co-chair for CSSMA Symposium in IEEE GLOBECOM 2012, and area chair for ICME 2013. He was invited as plenary speaker for IEEE International Workshop on Multimedia Signal Processing (MMSP) 2013 on the topic “3D visual communication: media representation, transport and rendering”. He is a co-author of best student paper award in IEEE Workshop on Streaming and Media Communications 2011 (in conjunction with ICME 2011), best paper finalists in ICME 2011 and ICIP 2011, best paper runner-up award in ICME 2012, and best student paper award in ICIP 2013.


Erhan Ekmekcioglu
Institute for Digital Technologies,
Loughborough University in London
Short Bio
Erhan Ekmekcioglu received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Surrey, UK, in 2010, with his thesis titled “Advanced Multi-View Coding Techniques”. He is currently a research associate at the Institute for Digital Technologies, Loughborough University in London. His research interests include 3D and multi-view video compression, 3D video processing, and multimedia over hybrid network technologies, including broadcast and P2P systems. He has been actively involved in a number of EU funded ICT collaborative research projects, such as DIOMEDES, MUSCADE and ROMEO, all related to networked 3D multimedia. He is the author of several research papers, book chapters, and a book on 3D video compression, processing, 3D immersive multimedia systems, and wireless multimedia communications. He has co-chaired a number of special sessions on 3D multimedia processing and delivery in various international conferences.


Omar Abdul-Hmeed
Institute for Digital Technologies,
Loughborough University in London
Short Bio
Omar Abdul-Hameed received his BEng degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering with a First Class Honours from the University of Surrey, UK in 2003. He then joined the I-Lab, Multimedia Communications Research at the University of Surrey, where he obtained his Ph.D. degree in 2009. From 2007 to 2014, he has been actively involved and working in several EU-funded FP6 and FP7 collaborative research projects as a Research Fellow. He then joined the Institute for Digital Technologies (IDT) at Loughborough University in London as a Research Associate. His main research interests include radio resource management in mobile broadband networks, 2D/3D and multi-view content delivery over wireless networks, experimental test-bed design and implementation with IP-based multimedia applications, and technologies for 5G communications. He has several publications in international journals and conferences as well as several book chapters.

Sanghoon Lee
Yonsei University, Korea
Short Bio
Sanghoon Lee (M’05-SM’12) received the B.S. in E.E. from Yonsei University in 1989 and the M.S. in E.E. from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in 1991. From 1991 to 1996, he worked for Korea Telecom. He received his Ph.D. in E.E. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000. From 1999 to 2002, he worked for Lucent Technologies on 3G wireless and multimedia networks. In March 2003, he joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, where he is a Full Professor. He was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Trans. Image Processing (2010-2014). He has been an Associate Editor of IEEE Signal Processing Letters (2014-) and Chair of the IEEE P3333.1 Quality Assessment Working Group (2011-). He currently serves on the IEEE IVMSP Technical Committee (2014-), was Technical Program Co-chair of the International Conference on Information Networking (ICOIN) 2014, and of the Global 3D Forum 2012 and 2013, and was General Chair of the 2013 IEEE IVMSP Workshop. He also served as a special issue Guest Editor of IEEE Trans. Image Processing in 2013, and as Editor of the Journal of Communications and Networks (JCN) (2009-2015). He received a 2012 Special Service Award from the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society and a 2013 Special Service Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society. His research interests include image/video quality assessment, medical image processing, cloud computing, sensors and sensor networks, wireless multimedia communications and wireless networks.


Fabio Antonacci
Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Short Bio


Karim Helwani
Huawei, Germany
Short Bio:
Karim Helwani received his Dipl.-Ing. degree from the departement of electrical engineering and computer sciences at the University of Saarland in Germany and the Dr.-Ing. degree with distinction in 2013 from the Technische Universität in Berlin. From 2007 to 2008 he was research associate at the Audio Communication Group of the Technische Universität Berlin besides his activities as embedded systems engineer at PikeTec GmbH in Berlin. In 2008 he was member of the research staff at the Institute of Microelectronic Systems, Leibniz University Hanover, where he worked on developing system architectures for adaptive music classification.From 2008 to 2013 he was employed as research scientist at the Deutsche Telekom Laboratories in Berlin. 2013 he joined the MediaLab of Huawei’s European research center in Munich as research engineer. Karim Helwani is member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society and the German Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies (VDE).


The Training School will be hosted in Lisbon, by ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL), a public university established in 1972. Pursuing teaching, research and community service activities, the strategic objectives of ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon are: innovation, quality, internationalization and development of an entrepreneurial culture. Lisbon is the capital of Portugal, located on the north bank of Tagus river, on the Atlantic coast. It is the westernmost city in continental Europe and lies approximately in the center of the country. Lisbon offers a wide variety of interesting options to visitors, including historic buildings, museums, rich gastronomy, shopping and houses of Fado.

Sessions’ room: Building II – Floor 1 – Room C1.03
Registration desk: Reception of Building II – Floor 1 (near the entrance)


Social events
The school organizes several social events where participants networking opportunities, share knowledge and experiences beyond technology.




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