Grant: $498,363 - National Science Foundation - Jun. 2, 2009
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Award Description: 'This award is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5).' A Resource-Scalable Unifying Framework for Aural Signal Coding The objective of this project is to achieve a comprehensive, unifying framework and corresponding universal methodologies for the coding of aural signals. The challenges are due to the combination of elusive perceptual criteria, complex signal structures, and great diversity in signal type, operational setting, complexity and delay requirements. Historical efforts were tailored to narrowly defined signal types and scenarios, such as linear prediction for low rate speech communication versus transform-based music coding for storage and streaming. However, there is a growing realization of their insufficiency to handle the heterogeneous aural signals and network settings encountered in many real-world applications, as evidenced in particular by recent major initiatives of the multimedia and networking industries demanding joint speech-audio coding standardization. The research formalizes the tradeoffs that underly universal aural signal coding, and develops a unifying framework and methodologies to enable efficient optimization of resource-scalable coding under heterogeneous signal and network setting scenarios. The main thrusts of the project are: i) Development of a unifying resource-scalable framework coupled with effective perceptual distortion criteria, which covers the continuous gamut of aural signal types and networking scenarios, and is scalable in bit rate, encoding/decoding complexity and delay, etc.; ii) Theoretical analysis of rate-(perceptual) distortion performance limits within such unified compression paradigms; iii) A new class of universal methodologies and effective optimization algorithms for efficient coder design and various resource allocation within this unifying framework.
Project Description: As defined in the Award Description field. Personnel in place: two PIs and two GSRs. Research underway is focused on the formulation of basic principles and the development of new approaches along two main thrusts: Advancement of audio coding performance by optimal resource scalability, and unification of audio and speech coding paradigms by jointly optimal transform and predictive coding.
Infrastructure Description: N/A
Jobs Summary: Principal Investigator & Two Graduate Student Researchers (Total jobs reported: 2)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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