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Multimedia Coding and Watermarking Group (MCWG), University of Patras
The Multimedia Coding and Watermarking Group is scientifically supported by three significant Research and Academic Institutions: the University of Patras (www.upatras.gr), the Hellenic Open University (www.eap.gr) and the Computer Technology Institute (www.cti.gr). It is an active research group headed by Prof. A. N. Skodras and comprised of academic staff, post-doctoral and doctoral researchers and a number of master and undergraduate students. The Group exhibits important research activity and interest in the fields of:

·Image and Video Watermarking
·Image and Video Coding
·Transform Domain Processing
·Fast Transforms
·Solar Image Processing
·Compression Standards
·eLearning
·Pattern Recognition
·Data Fusion
·Signal Detection

Group’s activities and expertise is reflected to a respectable number of publications and two international patents held. During the last years the Group has organized 2 international conferences, published 6 books and a volume of articles both in international journals and conferences. The Group has strong cooperation links established with other academia, research institutes and companies especially in the Informatics and Telecommunications sectors. MCWG is or has been actively involved in a variety of EU and nationally funded research or R&D programs such as:

·LeGE-WG: Learning Grid of Excellence Working Group (EC: IST)
·PSEF-YDA: Digital Image Watermarking (GSRT)
·Development of V.34 MoDem (Intracom)
·Teleworking 2000: Human networks for teleworking (GSRT)
·PNEUMA: Watermarking of Images (GSRT)
·EUROSTILL: A Concerted European Initiative Towards The Standardization of the Next Generation Still Image Compression – JPEG 2000 (EC: ESPRIT)
·CVC: Low Bit Rate Video Coding for Personal Communication System Applications (GR-UK Joint Research)
·DIAS: Human Networks For the Dissemination of the S+T Knowledge (GSRT)
·Vision Algorithms and Optical Computer Architectures (EC: Human Capital and Mobility)
·ESLI: European Sign Language Interactive (EC: TIDE)
·R&TD II (EC: EUROMANAGEMENT)
·Videoconference System for an Industrial Environment (GSRT)

For additional information about the members’ profiles, expertise, research activities and publications’ record, please visit our web site at www.mcwg.gr

Contact person:
Prof A. N. Skodras
Tel: +30 2610 997463
Fax: +30 2610 997456 or 997463
URL: www.upatras.gr/ieee/skodras

Research Academic
Computer Technology Institute
GR-26221 Patras, Greece
E-mail: skodras@cti.gr

Hellenic Open University
School of Sciences and Technology
GR-26222 Patras, Greece
E-mail: skodras@eap.gr










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