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Professor Mohammad Ghanbari, PhD, CEng, FIET, FIEEE

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Mohammed (known Ali to friends) is a professor in the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering with the main research interest in the areas of Video Networking (more details of our Lab activity can be found in a set of slides in http://www.essex.ac.uk/dces/research/vidnet_lab/index.aspx).   He graduated from Sharif (Aryamehr) University of Technology, Tehran, Iran with a BSc degree in Electrical Engineering in 1970 and MSc in Telecommunications and PhD in Electronics from the University of Essex, England in 1976 and 1979 respectively.   After 10 years work in Radio and Television broadcasting he started his academic career in 1986 as a Research Fellow working on Video coding for Packet Networks.  He was then appointed as a Lecturer at the Department of Electronic Systems Engineering, University of Essex,  in 1988 and promoted to Senior Lecturer then Reader in 1993 and 1995 respectively.  He was appointed a personal chair in 1996.

He is best known for his pioneering work on layered video coding  (which earned him IEEE Fellowship in 2001), now is known as SNR scalability in the standard video codecs.  He has registered for eleven international patents and has published more than 550 technical articles on various aspects of video networking. Many of his pioneering works, such as scalable coding, motion estimation, transcoding and video quality metrics, have fundamental impacts in video research community. He has authored/co-authored 6 books and edited a book,  where his book Video coding: an introduction to standard codecs,  published by IET press in 1999, received the year 2000 best book award by IET. The third edition of this book , under the name of Standard codecs: Image compression to advanced video coding will be available in January 2011.

He has been an organizing member of several international conferences and workshops.  He was the general chair of 1997 international workshop on Packet Video and Guest Editor to numerous special issue journals on Video and Multimedia technology and applications.  He has been the founding Associate Editor to IEEE Transactions on Multimedia (IEEE-T-MM) and represented University of Essex as one of the six academic partners in the UK Virtual Centre of Excellence in Digital Broadcasting and Multimedia. He is a Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of IET and Chartered Engineer (CEng).

More: http://privatewww.essex.ac.uk/~ghan/