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Imaging research, development, and applications are growing at an astounding rate, and image-processing researchers can take credit for having created much of the enabling technologies that have fueled this growth. The development of image and video coding standards, such as JPEG and MPEG, has enabled the web as a center for commerce and entertainment. Ubiquitous technologies, such as Direct TV, DVDs, BlueRay, and TiVo, depend on these standards; streaming Internet video services, like Tunes' recently announced movie rental feature, are well on their way to replacing traditional analog broadcast video. Other consumer products, such as home printers, digital cameras, and mobile video devices, have each been a major disruptive product enabled by fundamental innovation from image-processing researchers.
Date of Publication: April 2008