David Taubman

Professor, Head of Telecommunications Research Group

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Facsimile: +61 (2) 9385 5993
Room: 303, EE Building


Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 1994
M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 1992
B.E. (Medal) in Electrical Engineering, University of Sydney, 1988
B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Sydney, 1986

Awards and Honours

Best Paper, IEEE Signal Processing Society, for High performance scalable image compression with EBCOT, IEEE Trans. Image Proc., July 2002
Best Paper, IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, for A common framework for rate and distortion based scaling of highly scalable compressed video, IEEE Trans. Circuits and Systems for Video Tech., August 1996, co-authored with A. Zakhor
ISO/IEC Certificate of Appreciation for editorial contributions IS 15444-1 (JPEG2000 Part 1)
University of California Regents Fellowship, 1990-1991
University of Sydney Postgraduate Travelling Fellowship, 1990-1993
The Institute of Engineers Australia Prize, 1988
University Medal, the University of Sydney, 1988
Texas Instruments Prize for Digital Signal Processing (Australasia), 1988

Membership of Professional Societies

Member IEEE
Member Australian Standards Sub-Committee IT-1-29 (Audio-Visual Coding Technology)
Member ISO/IEC JTC1/SC29/WG1 (Joint Photographic Experts Group)
Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing


The University of New South Wales, Professor, 2008 -

Research Interests

Image Compression

  • Developed the EBCOT algorithm, adopted by JPEG2000
  • Authored JPEG2000 VM3A, which is the basis of all subsequent verification models
  • Originated the canvas coordinate system
    • A consistent framework of conventions for partitioning and alignment of the Wavelet transform
    • Imparts many useful features to the JPEG2000 standard, including the ability to efficiently crop and geometrically manipulate images in the compressed domain
  • Originated the error resilient termination mode for JPEG2000, and developed the decoding algorithm
  • Author of Kakadu, a comprehensive software framework for JPEG2000 application developers
  • Author, with Michael Marcellin, of JPEG2000: image compression fundamentals, standards and practice, Kluwer 2002
  • Recent activities in volumetric image compression


Video Compression

  • Highly scalable video compression
  • Motion compensated temporal lifting
  • Motion modeling and scalable motion signalling


Image Processing

  • Demosaicing of digital colour images
  • Medical image analysis


Multimedia Communication

  • Major contributor to the evolving JPIP standard (JPEG2000 Internet Protocol): should become IS 15444-9
  • Highly scalable fixed and variable bit-rate video communication
  • Interactive, highly accessible image and video communication systems


Selected Publications







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