Memorias de investigación
Design and optimization of protection strategies based on the Pro-MPEG COP3 codes for time-sensitive multimedia streams

Research Areas
  • Electronic technology and of the communications

This thesis examines strategies to improve the performance of the Pro-MPEG COP3 codes without compromising their simplicity and preserving their encoding and decoding procedures. These strategies aim at a generalization and optimization of these codes, through, among other ways, enabling that they can be used to protect unequally the data packet stream. First, we propose two extensions to the standard Pro-MPEG COP3 codes. The first one is an equal error protection (EEP) scheme that allows the use of up to three interleaving depths to boost further channel adaptation and error decorrelation. The second one is a low-complexity unequal error protection (UEP) framework that allows to allocate unequally the available protection resources among different sets of data packets regarding their relevance. To do that, the proposed approach enables the use of not only one, as in the standard Pro-MPEG COP3 codes, but a number of matrices of dissimilar dimensions per protection block. The use of this extension allows to apply uneven code rates to unevenly important data units. Then, we present a procedure for optimizing the selection of suitable configurations to protect data when using the proposed UEP framework. This optimization strategy is based on the hybridization of two very well known metaheuristics: simulated annealing (SA) and tabu search (TS), whose core procedures are modified to fit the characteristics of the considered scenario, and so find near-optimal solutions when strict time restrictions apply. This strategy takes as input the importance of the video data packets and the available resources, and finds in real time near-optimal configurations to protect them, in terms of number of matrices to be used and their dimensions. Finally, we introduce a full-context-aware, yet lightweight distortion model. The proposed approach estimates the contribution of any given video packet to the resulting overall expected distortion of the sequence, and thus, its actual relevance, by taking into account upper-level characteristics of the encoded video streams and the behavior of the communication channel. This contribution is estimated considering not only the image degradation that its loss will potentially introduce in the sequence and the likelihood of this event occurring, but also the effect that the potential loss of data in reference frames/slices have on the actual importance of that packet.
Mark Rating
Sobresaliente cum laude

Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Grupo de Tratamiento de Imágenes (GTI)
  • Centro o Instituto I+D+i: Centro de I+d+i en Procesado de la Información y Telecomunicaciones
  • Departamento: Señales, Sistemas y Radiocomunicaciones