The multimedia revolution, driven by explosive consumer demand for faster and broader world wide web access and more sophisticated communications tools, requires ongoing signal processing advances. Already, recent achievements in signal processing are nothing short of amazing, whether the intended application be high definition television, personal communication systems, improved access to modern technology for lesser-developed countries, or the web.
These developments have captured the interest of many engineers and mathematicians in search of novel approaches to practical problems. Current research across the broad spectrum of multimedia signal processing, including such topics as sampling, coding, compression, filtering, communications, and audio and video processing, has become closely knit with traditional and emerging mathematical techniques such as harmonic analysis, wavelets, fractals, and approximation theory.
The authors of this volume address their talks and chapters to an audience which consists of a broad spectrum of pure and applied mathematicians, as well as a diverse group of engineers and scientists. Thus, the reader has the opportunity to learn or reinforce fundamental concepts from the individuals who have created and developed the flourishing field of multimedia signal processing, and to see them discuss in accessible terms their profound contributions and ideas for future research.