SBIR Phase I: Use of No-Reference Measurements of Subjective Quality to enhance Next Generation systems for Video Distribution

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0740897
Agency Tracking Number: 0740897
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: EO
Solitcitation Number: NSF 07-551
Small Business Information
VQlink Incorporated
75 5th Street NW, Suite 314, Atlanta, GA, 30308
Duns: 800751880
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Pravin Mane
 MS
 (404) 894-9212
 pravin.mane@vqlink.com
Business Contact
 Pravin Mane
Title: MS
Phone: (404) 894-9212
Email: pravin.mane@vqlink.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project concerns the design and development of systems for real-time enhancement of the quality of video distributed over IP-based networks, including best-effort links. The proposed research provides a systematic way of realizing the above goal, building upon recent research on the measurement and optimization of video and network subsystems. A central aspect of the proposal is a zero reference method for predicting video quality anywhere in the network, with high correlation with subjective measurements of quality. The research will include the topologically simple example where video quality at a specific place in the network (such as the receiver at the end of the video communication chain) is enhanced by making use of algorithms that are at the core of the system. If successful, the solutions proposed in this research will help content providers, aggregators, distributors and receiver manufacturers in meeting user expectations in emerging systems for entertainment video. This is by itself a significant market. The proposed research will also contribute directly to the science of high-quality visual communications.

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