The field of multimedia is unique in offering a rich and dynamic forum for researchers from
“traditional” fields to collaborate and develop new solutions and knowledge that transcend the
boundaries of individual disciplines. Despite the prolific research activities and outcomes, however,
few efforts have been made to develop books that serve as an introduction to the rich spectrum of
topics covered by this broad field. A few books are available that either focus on specific subfields or
basic background in multimedia. Tutorial-style materials covering the active topics being pursued by
the leading researchers at frontiers of the field are currently lacking...until now.
Each chapter discusses the problems, technical challenges, state-of-the-art approaches and
performances, open issues, and promising direction for future work. Collectively, the chapters
provide an excellent sampling of major topics addressed by the community as a whole. This book,
capturing some of the outcomes of such efforts, is well positioned to fill the aforementioned needs in
providing tutorial-style reference materials for frontier topics in multimedia.