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Computer Science Professor to Collaborate on New Video Compression Standard for China

December 21, 2004

University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) Computer Science & Engineering Professor Ishfaq Ahmad has received a research grant of $200,000, plus equipment, from Sun Microsystems to help develop a new digital signal compression standard for use in China.

The new standard, known as Advanced Audio Video Coding Standard in Information Technology (AVS), will seek to set guidelines for the creation of new technologies in China that compress digital audio and video signals. China initiated the new standard to reduce its reliance on technologies that use international standards heavily influenced by companies in Western countries. The standard will be used in the development of video players, stereos, interactive educational programs, surveillance systems and other audio and video products developed for the Chinese market.

The Sun Microsystems-funded research will be conducted through the UTA College of Engineering’s Multimedia Lab and the Institute of Research and Security, both of which are headed by Dr. Ahmad.

Dr. Ahmad is well known in the audio/video industry, having previously contributed to defining the MPEG-4 international audio and video compression standard. That global multimedia standard was finalized in 2000 by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG), which is part of the International Organization for Standardization.