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On the applications of multimedia processing to communications

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5 Author(s)
Cox, R.V. ; Speech & Image Process. Services Res. Lab., AT&T Bell Labs., Florham Park, NJ, USA ; Haskell, B.G. ; LeCun, Y. ; Shahraray, B.
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The challenge of multimedia processing is to provide services that seamlessly integrate text, sound, image, and video information and to do it in a way that preserves the ease of use and interactivity of conventional plain old telephone service (POTS) telephony. To achieve this goal, there are a number of technological problems that must be considered, including: compression and coding of multimedia signals, including algorithmic issues, standards issues, and transmission issues; synthesis and recognition of multimedia signals, including speech, images, handwriting, and text; organization, storage, and retrieval of multimedia signals, including the appropriate method and speed of delivery, resolution, and quality of service; access methods to the multimedia signal, including spoken natural language interfaces, agent interfaces, and media conversion tools; searching by text, speech, and image queries; browsing by accessing the text, by voice, or by indexed images. In each of these areas, a great deal of progress has been made in the past few years, driven in part by the relentless growth in multimedia personal computers and in part by the promise of broad-band access from the home and from wireless connections. Standards have also played a key role in driving new multimedia services, both on the POTS network and on the Internet. It is the purpose of this paper to review the status of the technology in each of the areas listed above and to illustrate current capabilities by describing several multimedia applications that have been implemented at AT&T Labs over the past several years

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Proceedings of the IEEE  (Volume:86 ,  Issue: 5 )