Seminar on Multimedia Signal Processing

Multimedia Signal Processing Seminar
Crowdsourcing and Deep Learning for Visual Quality Assessment in the Wild

In this seminar we cover topics related to our research focus and that may be relevant to  Bachelor, Master, and PhD projects in the Multimedia Signal Processing Group.

  • Image and video quality assessment (IQA/VQA): Nowadays, multimedia data are ubiquitous. You take pictures and videos with your camera and camcorders everyday. Have you thought about how you can judge the perceptual quality of the pictures and videos you made and how good your camera/camcorder is? In this seminar, we will discuss algorithms for image and video quality assessment, especially for the purpose of assessing performance of digital cameras and camcorders. The following aspects of perceptual quality are of interests: blur/sharpness, noise, color fidelity, resolution, geometric distortions, blockiness, ringing, frame dropping and freezing, and so on. Topics will be related to our ongoing VQA Project in the SFB TRR 161. 
  • Recently deep learning has been applied the problem of IQA/VQA and we may cover several approaches in the seminar.
  • Besides quality assessment for multimedia, algorithms for assessing similar perceptual properties like aesthetics and enhancement of media heve been porposed and will be a topic in the seminar.
  • We also discuss crowdsourcing applications not only for multimedia quality assessment, but also for other purposes like social experiments and employing methods of psychometrics for the data analysis. 
  • Literature will be selected in the first week of the seminar.

To participate in this seminar, please register online in ZEuS. You will receive an email with an invitation for the first online meeting.


Requirements for obtaining ECTS credits for this seminar are:

  • regular attendance at the weekly seminar
  • self-study of one or more scientific papers on selected topics
  • oral presentation of 45 minutes including discussion
  • written essay on the subject of the presentation (about 10-20 pages, typeset, electronic submission as one pdf)


Students with a keen interest in multimedia signal processing are welcome to participate in the seminar. It may be helpful if previously related courses were taken like Digital Signal Processing, Eye Tracking Theory and Practice, Image Processing, but this is not required.