Multimedia Systems

Subject description


  1. Introduction to multimedia, overview of the field and challenges
  2. Manipulation of image data
  3. Video standards and manipulation of video data
  4. Text-based information retrieval
  5. Architecture of multimedia information retrieval
  6. Evaluation of multimedia systems for information retrieval
  7. Automatic image content description
  8. Segmentation of image content
  9. Segmentation of video content
  10. Interactive media and augmented reality in multimedia systems
  11. Lossless compression standards in multimedia
  12. Lossy compression standards in multimedia

Exercises and seminar:

Exercises will take a form of project-oriented exercises and seminars in properly equipped student laboratories. Students will implement various algorithms, that will be covered in lectures, and test them on different datasets using a variety of sensor systems. Exercises will support an in-depth understanding of the theory. They will also encourage independent thinking and creativity.

The subject is taught in programs

Objectives and competences

Multimedia systems are an indispensable part of modern information technology. In the framework of this course, the students will acquire knowledge and skills needed for use, design and development of multimedia systems. The course will also deal with the problems related to efficient representations and processing multimedia data, such as text, graphics, animations, images, and video.

In addition, the students will obtain the following competences:

  • The ability to understand and solve professional challenges in computer and information science.
  • The ability of professional communication in the native language as well as a foreign language.
  • The ability to independently perform both less demanding and complex engineering and organisational tasks in certain narrow areas and independently solve specific well-defined tasks in computer and information science.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, laboratory exercises in computer classroom with active participation. Individual work on excercises. Theory from the lectures made concrete with hands-on laboratory exercises. Special emphasis will be put on continuous assessment at exercises.

Expected study results

After completing this course a students will be able to:

– understand the basics of image decomposition and transformation for use in infomation and multimedia systems,

– understand the basics of text-based information retrieval systems,

– implement systems for automatic video decomposition and video querying,

– understand the basics of image and video compression used in standard codecs,

– understand the basics of augmented reality and be able to design marker-based augmented reality systems,

– know the algorithmic background of computer technologies and methodologies specific for modern multimedia applications.

Basic sources and literature


  • Mark S. Li Ze-Nian and Drew, Fundamentals of Multimedia, Prentice-Hall of India (2005)
  • C. D. Manning, P. Raghavan, H. Schütze, Introduction to Information Retrieval, Cambridge University Press. 2008


  • A. Del Bimbo: Visual Information Retrieval, Morgan Kaufmann 1999, ISBN 1-55860-624-6.

Članki iz revij, kot npr. IEEE Multimedia. (dostopno na spletu)

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