Course Unit Page


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Decent work and economic growth Industry, innovation and infrastructure Partnerships for the goals

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, the student will have knowledge of the main mechanisms and techniques for efficiently represent, transmit and manage multimedia contents by focusing on the main standards for voice, audio, image, video compression, on multimedia communication and networking protocols (VoIP, RTP), multimedia content distribution, cloud computing and multimedia services.

Course contents

  • Introduction
  • Notes on Information Theory: Definition of Information, Entropy
  • Source Coding: Notes on Lossless Coding and Lossy Coding;
  • Image Coding: Image representations, JPEG
  • Video Coding: Video Signal, Motion Compensation Techniques, H.261 and H.263, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4
  • Audio Coding: Basic of Digital Audio, Speech encoders, Vocoders, MPEG Audio (MP3)
  • Multimedia Broadcasting: MPEG Transport Stream, MPEG Program Stream, DVB Standards
  • Multimedia Services and Protocols: QoS management in IP Networks (DiffServ, IntServ, Buffer, Leaky Bucket), QoS for voice services; QoS for streaming services;
  • Multimedia Networks: Media Transport (RTP/RTCP) and Signaling (SIP, RTSP), IP Multmiedia Subsystem, Content Distribution Networks (Akamai), Multimedia Distribution Networks (Netflix)
  • Multimedia and Cloud: Cloud Networking, Multimedia Cloud systems


  • Z.-N. Li, M. S. Drew, and J. Liu, "Fundamentals of Multimedia", 2nd Edition, Springer International Publishing, 2014
  • Hans W. Barz and Gregory A. Basset, "Multimedia Networks: Protocols, Design and Applications", Wiley, March 2016
  • L. Sun, I.-H. Mkwawa, E. Jammeh, and E. Ifeachor, "Guide to Voice and Video over IP - For Fixed and Mobile Networks", Springer International Publishing, 2013
  • J. F. Kurose, and K. W. Ross "Computer Networking: A Top-down Approach", 6th Edition, Pearson, 2013
  • Additional material distributed in class

Teaching methods

Frontal lectures in classroom

Assessment methods

The assessment of the teaching activity will be performed through an oral exam.

Teaching tools

Use of slides during the lessons.

Office hours

See the website of Daniele Tarchi