Subjective Quality Assessment of Asymmetric Stereoscopic 3D Video

Lecture / Panel
For NYU Community

Speaker: Moncef Gabbouj

Faculty Host: Professor Wang Yao

In asymmetric stereoscopic video, the views are coded with different quality. According to the binocular suppression theory, the perceived quality is closer to that of the higher-fidelity view. Hence, a higher compression ratio is potentially achieved through asymmetric coding. Furthermore, when mixed-resolution coding, in which one view has a lower spatial resolution, is applied, the complexity of the coding and decoding is reduced. In this talk, we show how asymmetric stereoscopic video coding achieves the mentioned claimed benefits. Two sets of systematic subjective quality evaluation experiments will be presented in the talk. In the first set, we analyze the extent of downsampling for the lower-resolution view in mixed-resolution (MR) stereoscopic videos. We show that the lower-resolution view becomes dominant in the subjective quality rating at a certain downsampling ratio, and this is dependent on the sequence, the angular resolution, and the angular width. In the second set of experiments, we compare symmetric stereoscopic video coding, quality-asymmetric stereoscopic video coding, and mixed-resolution coding subjectively. We show that in many cases, mixed-resolution coding achieves a similar subjective quality to that of symmetric stereoscopic video coding, while the computational complexity is significantly reduced.

About the Speaker
Dr. Moncef Gabbouj received his BS degree in electrical engineering in 1985 from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, and his MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, in 1986 and 1989, respectively.

Dr. Gabbouj is an Academy Professor and Professor at the Department of Signal Processing at Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland. He is currently a visiting professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. He was Head of the Department during 2002-2007. Dr. Gabbouj was on sabbatical leave at the American University of Sharjah, UAE in 2007-2008. Dr. Gabbouj was Senior Research Fellow of the Academy of Finland during 2007-2008 and 1997-1998. Dr. Gabbouj is the co-founder and past CEO of SuviSoft Oy Ltd. From 1995 to 1998 he was a Professor with the Department of Information Technology of Pori School of Technology and Economics. From 1994 to 1995 he was an Associate Professor with the Signal Processing Laboratory of Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland. From 1990 to 1993 he was a senior research scientist with the Research Institute for Information Technology, Tampere, Finland. His research interests include multimedia content-based analysis, indexing and retrieval; nonlinear signal and image processing and analysis; and video processing, coding and communications.

Dr. Gabbouj is an IEEE Fellow. He served as Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society in 2004-2005, and Past-Chairman of the IEEE-EURASIP NSIP (Nonlinear Signal and Image Processing) Board. He was chairman of the Algorithm Group of the EC COST 211quat.
He served as associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, and was guest editor of Multimedia Tools and Applications, the European journal Applied Signal Processing. He is the past chairman of the IEEE Finland Section, the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, Technical Committee on Digital Signal Processing, and the IEEE SP/CAS Finland Chapter. He was also Chairman of CBMI 2005, WIAMIS 2001 and the TPC Chair of ISCCSP 2006 and 2004, CBMI 2003, EUSIPCO 2000, NORSIG 1996 and the DSP track chair of the 1996 IEEE ISCAS. He is also member of EURASIP Advisory Board and past member of AdCom. He also served as Publication Chair and Publicity Chair of IEEE ICIP 2005 and IEEE ICASSP 2006, respectively. Dr. Gabbouj is a Honorary Guest Professor of Jilin University, China (2005-2010).

Dr. Gabbouj was the Director of the International University Programs in Information Technology (1991-2007) and vice member of the Council of the Department of Information Technology at Tampere University of Technology. He is also the Vice-Director of the Academy of Finland Center of Excellence SPAG, Secretary of the International Advisory Board of Tampere International Center of Signal Processing, TICSP, and member of the Board of the Digital Media Institute. He served as Tutoring Professor for Nokia Mobile Phones Leading Science Program (2005-2007 and 1998-2001). He is a member of IEEE SP and CAS societies.

Dr. Gabbouj was the recipient of the 2005 Nokia Foundation Recognition Award and co-recipient of the Myril B. Reed Best Paper Award from the 32nd Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems and co-recipient of the NORSIG 94 Best Paper Award from the 1994 Nordic Signal Processing Symposium. He is co-author of nearly 400 publications.

Dr. Gabbouj has been involved in several past and current EU Research and education projects and programs, including ESPRIT, HCM, IST, COST, Tempus and Erasmus. He also served as Evaluator of IST proposals, and Auditor of a number of ACTS and IST projects on multimedia security, augmented and virtual reality, image and video signal processing.