Group of the day: Ultravideo group

We are starting a new series, “Group of the day”, in addition to Person and Project of the day. This new series introduces our resreach groups and teams at the Pervasive Computing lab. The order is randomized and we pick a new group about every second week.  The first one is here:

Ultra Video Group is a leading academic video coding group in Finland. We have over 15-year experience in conducting pioneering research on video/image processing systems. The group has grown steadily over the years and it is currently composed of 18 video coding experts. Our growth is mainly driven by industrial demand and we are nowadays an internationally recognized player in the field. During the last five years, we have been a partner in four European research projects including H2B2VS, 4KREPROSYS, VIRTUOSE, and PRYSTINE as well as in several national projects.

Our mission is to create world-class video coding solutions on various platforms ranging from low-power embedded devices to highly distributed cloud environments. We are the creators of the award-winning Kvazaar open-source HEVC encoder and we are also active developers of next-generation video coding technologies and systems such as

  • Immersive 3D/360 video coding for virtual/augmented reality (VR/AR)
  • Versatile Video Coding (VVC)
  • Deep learning based video coding and annotation
  • Hardware accelerated video coding though High-Level Synthesis
  • Multimedia applications powered by Kvazaar

The applications of our particular interest include live HEVC encoding, remote VR gaming, video conferencing, intelligent vehicles, 4K TV production, video surveillance, and video on demand (VoD). One of our primary assets is to provide dedicated video coding solutions not available off the shelf. We are delighted to see our results deployed in the partner companies’ commercial products and welcome collaboration with the most demanding video processing challenges.

We are currently searching for new ambitious and motivated BSc/MSc/PhD students and postdocs to join our team. Please send us ( your CV and study record if you would like to become an expert in the future video coding.

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