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We investigate the problem of transmitting embedded encoded object-oriented images over the packet-erasure networks. After giving a review of the existing combined unequal error protection (CUEP) and individual unequal error protection (IUEP) schemes, a novel weighted unequal error protection (WUEP) packetization scheme is proposed, which serves as an alternative to the existing methods. In our proposed framework, the embedded bitstreams of all concerned image objects are packetized into multiple description packet streams before transmission. Two levels of rate allocation are introduced: intraobject rate allocation provides unequal error protection to the embedded bitstream of each object and minimizes its associated mean distortion; interobject rate allocation aims at minimizing the weighted mean distortion by adaptively allocating the rate budget among different objects according to their importance. Furthermore, our proposed packetization scheme ensures independent access and manipulation of individual image object. A detailed comparison between CUEP, IUEP, and WUEP is presented along with the experimental results, so that one can choose the most suitable approach according to the requirements.
Date of Publication: Feb. 2005