Dr. John W. Woods

Contact Information

Professor John W. Woods
Department of ECSE
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY 12180-3590

e-mail: woods@ecse.rpi.edu

tel: 518-276-6079
fax: 518-276-6261

Office: JEC 6018
Office hours: Monday and Wednesday, 3-4 pm, when classes are in session.


Since 1976 Dr. Woods has been with the ECSE Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York. He currently teaches graduate courses on information theory, stochastic processes, and digital image and video processing.  His broad research interests include image and video estimation, restoration, filtering, and specially video compression coding.  He has authored or coauthored over 100 papers in these fields.  His recent work has concentrated on robust and scalable video coding for networks.  He has co-authored one text in the area of probability and random processes with Henry Stark ( 4th edition, 2012), was the editor of the 1990 book Subband Image Coding, and editor with Ming Hang of the 1995 Handbook of Visual Communications. His graduate textbook Multidimensional Signal, Image, and Video Processing and Coding MSIVPC was published by Elsevier in 2006, with a second edition in 2011. During the academic year 1985/1986, he was visiting professor in the Information Theory Group at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. He directed the Circuits and Signal Processing Program at the National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C., in 1987-1988. In 2000, he was on sabbatical as Visiting Professor at Heinrich Hertz Institute, Berlin, Germany, working on video compression problems.

Dr. Woods was co-recipient of 1976 and 1987 Senior Paper Awards of the now IEEE Signal Processing (SP) Society.  He is a former Associate Editor of the SP Society Transactions.  He is a former Chairman of the Society Technical Committee on Multidimensional Signal Processing.  He is a former member of the Administrative Committee of the SP Society.  He was founding Chairman of the Signal Processing Society Education Committee.  He served on the editorial board of Graphical Models and Image Processing and was chairman of the Seventh Workshop on Multidimensional Signal Processing in 1991.  He received the IEEE SP Society Meritorious Service Award in 1990.  He received an SP Society Technical Achievement Award for 1993.  He was a founding member of the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions Circuits and Systems for Video Technology.  He was co-chairman of the technical program committee of the First IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, Austin, TX, Nov. 1994.  Dr. Woods is a Fellow of the IEEE.  He received an IEEE Third Millennium Medal in 2000.  He received a best paper award of the, now IEEE, then SPIE Visual Communications and Image Processing (VCIP) in 2009.

Research Interests

Available Master's Thesis/Project

Selected Publications

Q. Gong, J. W. Woods, K. Kar, and J. Chakareski, “Fine-Grain Scalable Video Caching,” Proceedings of IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia, Miami, FL, December 2015 (to appear). ISM2015_final.pdf

Hang Zhang, Adarsh K. Ramasubramonian, Koushik Kar, John W. Woods, "Distortion-Optimal Receiver Grouping for MD-FEC coded Video Streaming," Proc. IEEE VCIP 2012, San Diego, CA, November 2012, accepted. Hang1  (for technical report - Hang TR )

Hang Zhang, Koushik Kar, and John W. Woods, "Statistical Multiplexing of MDFEC-coded Heterogeneous Video Streaming," submitted to MMM2013, 19th Intl. Conf. on Multimedia Modeling, Huangshan, China, January 2013. Hang2

A. K. Ramasubramonian and J. W. Woods, "Multiple description coding and Network coding for video multicast," accepted IEEE Signal Processing Letters, Dec. 2009. Adarsh2

A. K. Ramasubramonian and J. W. Woods, "Video Multicast using Network Coding,"  Proc. SPIE VCIP, Jan. 2009, San Jose CA. VCIP2009

Y. Shan, I. V. Bajic, J. W. Woods, and S. Kalyanaraman, "Scalable Video Streaming with Fine Grain Adaptive Forward Error Correction," IEEE Trans. CSVT, Sept.. 2009.  ShanCSVT.

Y. Wu, K. Hanke, T. Rusert, and J. W. Woods, "Enhanced MC-EZBC Scalable Video Coder," IEEE Trans. CSVT, vol 18, No. 10, Oct. 2008. PDF

Y. Wu and J. W. Woods, "Aliasing Reduction via Frequency Roll-off for Scalable Image/video Coding," IEEE Trans. CSVT  PDF

A. Golwelkar and J. W. Woods, "Motion-compensated Temporal Filtering and Motion Vector Coding using Biorthogonal Filters,"  IEEE Trans. Video Technology, vol. 17,  April 2007, p. 417-428. PDF

Y. Wu and J. W. Woods,  "Scalable Motion Vector Coding based on CABAC for MC-EZBC," IEEE Trans. Video Technology, vol. 17, no. 6, June 2007, p. 790-795. PDF

K. Wang and J. W. Woods, "MPEG Motion Picture Coding with Long-Term Constraint on Distortion Variation," IEEE Trans. Video Technology,  vol 18, in press. PDF

Y. Shan, J. W. Woods, and S. Kalyanaraman, "Distributed Fine  Grain Adaptive - FEC Scheme for Scalable Video Streaming," Proc. SPIE Visual Comm. and Image Process. (VCIP), San Jose, CA, Jan. 2008. VCIP2008

Y. Shan, J. W. Woods, and S. Kalyanaraman, "Fine Grain Adaptive FEC (FGA-FEC) over Wireless Networks," Proc. IEEE Int'l.
Conf. on Image Process (ICIP), San Antonio, TX, Sept. 2007. ICIP2007

R. A. Cohen and J. W. Woods, "Resolution Scalable Motion-Compensated JPEG 2000," Proc.15th Int'l.
Conf. on DSP (DSP 2007), July 2007, Cardiff, Wales, UK. DSP2007

Y. Shan, I. V. Bajic, S. Kalyanaraman, and J. W. Woods, "Joint Source,Network Error Control Coding for Scalable Overlay Video Streaming," Proc. IEEE ICIP, 2005. ICIP2005

Y. Wu and J. W. Woods, "Directional Spatial I-blocks for the MC-EZBC Video Coder," Proc. IEEE ICASSP, Montreal, CA, 2004.

P. Chen and J. W. Woods, "Bi-directional MC-EZBC with lifting implementation," IEEE Trans. Video Technology, vol. 14, no. 10, Oct.  2004, p. 1183-1194. PDF

Hsiang and J. W. Woods, “ Embedded video coding using invertible motion compensated 3-D subband/wavelet filter bank,” Signal Processing: Image Communication, vol. 16, no. 8, pp. 705-724. May 2001.

I. V. Bajić, J. W. Woods, and A. M. Chaudry, "Robust transmission of packet video through dispersive packetization and error concealment," Proc. Packet Video 2000, Sardinia, 2000.

S.-J. Choi and J. W. Woods,“Motion-compensated 3-D subband coding of video,” IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, vol: 8 , p:155 - 167, Feb. 1999.

J. Kim and J. W. Woods, "Spatio-temporal Adaptive 3-D Kalman Filter for Video," IEEE Trans. on Image Process., vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 414-424, Mar. 1997.

R. Krishnamurthy, P. Moulin, and J. W. Woods, "Multiscale Motion Models for Scalable Video Coding," Proc. IEEE Int. Conf. Image Processing , Lausanne, Switzerland, 1996.

S.C. Han, L. Boroczky, and J. W. Woods, "Joint Motion Estimation/Segmentation for Object-based Video Coding," Signal processing VIII, Theories and Applications, Proc. of EUSIPCO'96 Trieste, Italy, 10-13 Sept. 1996, Vol. 2., pp. 1075 - 1078.

T. Naveen and J. W. Woods, "Motion Compensated Multiresolution Transmission of High Definition Video,'' IEEE Trans. on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, Feb 1994.

MPEG contributions

1.  John W. Woods and Peisong Chen, Improved MC-EZBC with Quarter-pixel Motion Vectors , ISO/IEC JTC1/SC29/WG11 MPEG, m8366, Fairfax, VA, May 2002. m8366

Thomas Rusert, Konstantin Hanke, Peisong Chen, and John W. Woods, Recent Improvements to MC-EZBC
, ISO/IEC JTC1/SC29/WG11 MPEG, m9232, Awaji Island, Jpan, December 2002. m9232

Abhijeet Golwelkar and John W. Woods, Motion Compensated Temporal Filtering using Longer Filters, ISO/IEC JTC1/SC29/WG11 MPEG, m9280, Awaji Island, Jpan, December 2002. m9280

Abhijeet Golwelkar, Ivan Bajic, and John W. Woods, Response to Call for Evidence on Scalable Video Coding , ISO/IEC JTC1/SC29/WG11 MPEG, m9723, Trondheim, Norway, July 2003. m9723

Yongjun Wu, Robert A. Cohen, and John W. Woods, An Overlapped Block Motion Estimation for MC-EZBC, ISO/IEC JTC1/SC29/WG11 MPEG, m10158, Brisbane, Australia, October 2003. m10158

  Yongjun Wu and John W. Woods, Recent Improvements in the MC-EZBC Video Coder,  ISO/IEC JTC1/SC29/WG11 MPEG, m10396, Hawaii, USA, December 2003. m10396

Abhijeet Golwelkar and John W. Woods, Improved Motion Vector Coding for the Sliding Window (SW-) EZBC Video Coder,  ISO/IEC JTC1/SC29/WG11 MPEG, m10415, Hawaii, USA, December 2003. m10415

Yongjun Wu, Abhijeet Golwelkar, and John W. Woods, MC-EZBC Video Proposal from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,  ISO/IEC JTC1/SC29/WG11 MPEG, m10569/S15, Munich, Germany, March 2004. m10569/S15

Motion Compensated JPEG 2000

the thesis work of Robert Cohen at CIPR    PDF