Media Communicaitons Lab


Lab Name and Affiliation

Media Communicaitons Lab

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA

Lab Director (or Principal Investigator)

Professor C.-C. Jay Kuo received the B.S. degree from the National Taiwan University in 1980 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT in 1985 and 1987, respectively. He is currently Professor of EE, CS and Mathematics at the University of Southern California. His research interests are in the areas of multimedia coding, communication and networking, multimedia content analysis and modeling, and information forensics and security. He is Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security and Editor Emeritus for the Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation.

Professor Kuo received the best paper awards from the Multimedia Communication Technical Committee of the IEEE Communication Society (2005), from the IEEE Vehicular Technology Fall Conference (2006), and from IEEE Conference on Intelligent Information Hiding and Multimedia Signal Processing (2006). He was an IEEE Signal Processing Society Distinguished Lecturer (2006), the recipient of the Electronic Imaging Scientist of the Year Award (2010), a holder of the Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information and Communications Technologies (2010-2011), and a recipient of the Pan Wen-Yuan Outstanding Research Award (2011). Professor Kuo is a Fellow of AAAS, IEEE and SPIE, and President of Asia-Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association from 2012 to 2014.

Lab Introduction

Media Communications Lab (MCL) led by Prof. C.-C. Jay Kuo at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering is devoted to theoretical studies and practical applications of multimedia data processing, communication and networking technologies. Current MCL's research activities include: multimedia coding, audiovisual content analysis, abstraction and management, graphic modeling and rendering, machine learning and computer vision. MCL has contributed to international standards such as JPEG2000, MPEG- 4, MPEG-7, H.263++. MCL has a close tie with the industry and has received research grants from more than 60 companies. MCL has produced about 210 journal papers, 850 conference papers and 12 research monographs over the last 25 years.

MCL has contributed to the multimedia industry via funded projects, standard activities, and supply of well-trained MS/PhD students. His lab at USC has received 150 funded projects with leading IT companies (e.g., Acer, Boeing, Conexant, Cisco, Disney, Hughes, HP, IBM, Intel, KDDI, Korean Airlines, LG Electronics, Lockheed-Martin, Mediatek, Northrop, Pratt-Whitney, Rockwell, Samsung, Sprint, Sierra Semiconductor, TRW, TCL, Verizon) and start-ups. MCL has produced about 120 PhD alumni, which ranks Professor Kuo the top advisor in the Mathematics Genealogy Project (in the number of supervised PhD students). One quarter of MCL alumni are professors in top-ranked Asian universities, e.g. the National Taiwan/Chiao-Tung/Cheng-Kung Universities (Taiwan), the Peking University (China), the Seoul National University, the Korea University (Korea), etc. Some of them work in world-class research labs, e.g. the Microsoft Lab, the IBM Watson Lab, the HP Lab, the KDDI Lab and the MERL Lab. Others work in companies as senior engineers or managers such as Acer, Apple, Boeing, Broadcom, Cisco, Google, Intel, LG Electronics, Mediatek, Microsoft, Motorola, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, Samsung, etc. The large and closely bounded alumni network is one of MCL's most valuable assets.

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