Tutorial TM1
Wireless Multimedia

Half day, Level Intermediate


Dr. Borko Furht
Professor and of Computer Science and Engineering
Director of NSF Multimedia Laboratory
Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton, Florida 33431
Tel: (561) 297-3486
Fax: (561) 297-2800
Email: borko@cse.fau.edu
Web: http://www.cse.fau.edu/~borko


This tutorial is intended for academicians, scientists, system designers, and engineers who are involved in wireless Internet and multimedia systems. It is also intended to anyone interested in receiving an overview and future trends in wireless multimedia technologies and applications. The tutorial assumes some familiarity with multimedia and Internet.


This tutorial is designed to excite curiosity of the audience in the field of wireless multimedia technologies and applications. Participants will get the fundamental knowledge of wireless network architectures, including 3G wireless system, wireless Internet, and various wireless devices. Furthermore, participants will get familiar with major issues and challenges in designing and applying wireless multimedia systems. A spectrum of potential wireless multimedia applications and future trends in wireless multimedia systems will be discussed as well.


The multimedia and Internet technologies including World Wide Web, have already created many benefits, but we can still only guess at many benefits these liberating new technologies will create in the future. Today, nations and corporations are making enormous efforts to establish a wireless infrastructure, including declaring a new wireless spectrum, building new towers, and inventing new handesets, high-speed chips, and protocols.

The goal of this tutorial is to link present "wireless realities" to the future of technology. It should bring to participants 21st century thinking today. In the first part of the tutorial we will present fundamental technologies and architectures of wireless Internet, including network technologies, generations of wireless systems (from 1G to 3G), and wireless devices.

The second part of the tutorial will focus on 3G systems that will provide data transmission speeds of several Mbps, which are needed for multimedia. We will present wireless multimedia architectures, wireless multimedia protocols, and related standards. We will also discuss wireless multimedia challenges including (a) error resilience when delivering rich digital media over wireless networks at low and varying transmission speeds, (b) adaptive decoding that will optimize digital media for mobile devices with limited processing power, (c) network access, and other. The synergy between the 3G wireless Internet and multimedia promises to bring a tremendous explosion in application possibilities. The tutorial will end with a brief discussion on future trends in Wireless Internet and multimedia.


Class notes including copies of all slides.


  1. From Wired to Wireless Internet
  2. Wireless Internet Network and Access Technologies
  3. Wireless Devices
  4. Wireless Multimedia Architecture
  5. Wireless Multimedia Protocols and Standards
  6. Wireless Multimedia Challenges
  7. Wireless Multimedia Applications
  8. Future of Wireless Internet

Lecturer's Biography

Borko Furht is a professor of computer science and engineering at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton, Florida. He is the founder and director of the Multimedia Laboratory at FAU, funded by National Science Foundation. Before joining FAU, he was a vice president of research and a senior director of development at Modcomp, a computer company of Daimler Benz, Germany, and a professor at University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

His current research is in multimedia systems and Internet, video coding and compression, video databases, and wireless multimedia. He has published over 160 papers, 17 books, and holds 2 patents. Dr. Furht received research grants from national agencies such as NSF and NASA, and from industrial corporations such as IBM, General Electric, Xerox, Datacom, and Modcomp.

Dr. Furht is a founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Multimedia Tools and Applications (Kluwer Academic Publishers). He recently completed three handbooks, to be published by the CRC Press, "Handbook of Internet Computing" (2000) "Handbook of Multimedia Computing", (1999) and "Handbook of Internet and Multimedia Systems and Applications" (1999). He was the Program Chairman for America for the IEEE Conference on Multimedia Systems and Computing 99 in Florence, Italy and area chairman for the IEEE Conference on Multimedia and Expo, Tokyo 2001. He is also consulting editor for the Book Series on Multimedia Systems and Applications (Kluwer) and Internet and Communications (CRC Press).

Dr. Furht has initiated the graduate program on multimedia and Internet at FAU, and has presented tutorials, seminars, invited lectures, and keynote addresses at various IEEE and ACM conferences. He has received several technical and publishing awards, and has consulted for IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Xerox, General Electric, JPL, NASA, Honeywell, and RCA.