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A Quality of Experience Framework for Video Streaming


Project Description

Funded by School of Engineering - Robert Gordon University offers this Fees-only PhD studentship for home and overseas candidates.

This is a fees-only funded PhD studentship within the School of Engineering at Robert Gordon University (RGU). The successful candidate will be based at RGU in Aberdeen and supervised by Dr Yafan Zhao and Dr Nazila Fough. Research is funded by the School of Engineering and interested candidates will have to secure their own financial support to upkeep their living costs.

Project Summary

The PhD study will focus on the development of a novel Quality of Experience method for measuring and monitoring streaming video quality and an integrated framework for improving users’ experience. This work is aimed to enable real-time evaluation and monitoring of Quality of Experience (QoE) and to improve the QoE for video streaming applications in a consistent and analytical framework.

Fast growing market of mobile internet devices, wide range of multimedia applications has increased the user’ expectation for quick access to the high quality video content. However, the delivery of high quality video over the internet (including video streaming, real-time video communication, video sharing, and game streaming) under the current infrastructure has become the challenge in last few years. Quality of Experience (QoE) captures users’ satisfaction level of the transmitted video and therefore can be used to improve the quality of the multimedia applications.

The most accurate and reliable approach to the QoE evaluation is to collect users’ subjective opinion about the quality of the streaming video. However, this direct study of users’ opinion is time-consuming and expensive and cannot be applied in real-time applications to provide instant measurement. Therefore, an efficient and effective objective QoE evaluation approach is essential to enable efficient real-time QoE measurement and improvement of video streaming services and systems.

This project will build on our research experience on Objective Quality metrics for video quality measurement, video transport protocol and networks. The development will be carried out by the successful PhD applicant and the supervision team will provide the technical guidance, steer the development of key concepts and ensure the achievement of project objectives and novel contributions.

Robert Gordon University is one of the top modern universities in Scotland for engineering research, with a track record of dynamic leadership and a reputation as an innovative and ambitious university. We have an established record of industry engagement, an outstanding record for teaching and learning, and one of the UK’s best graduate employment records.

Please see further information available at http://www.rgu.ac.uk/research/graduateschools/applying-for-a-research-degree/funded-studentship-opportunities

If you have any questions regarding this PhD studentship, please email the following contacts:
Dr Yafan Zhao
T: +44 (0) 122 426 2423
E:
W: http://www3.rgu.ac.uk/dmstaff/zhao-yafan

or

Dr Nazila Fough
T: +44 (0) 122 426 2427
E:
W: https://www3.rgu.ac.uk/dmstaff/fough-nazila

Entry Requirements
• First or Second Class UK honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline such as Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Communications Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer and Network Engineering
Desirable:
o MSc in subject areas of Network, Image Processing and Systems, and Multimedia Communications Engineering is highly desirable
o Knowledge or experience of Video Coding and Transmission is advantageous.

Funding Support
Applicants are eligible for a fee waiver studentship for the duration of the 3 year award dependent upon qualifications and experience. This studentship will cover the tuition fees only for qualified UK/EU or overseas students. A condition of acceptance will be for the successful applicant to provide proof of their ability to cover living expenses.

Successful applicant is expected commence study in September 2019.

Keywords: Quality of Experience, Video Streaming, Quality of Service, Multimedia Communications, Video Coding, Video Compression

Applications should be made by email to: Dr Yafan Zhao
Reference: ENG18-06

Funding Notes

Applicants are eligible for a fee waiver studentship for the duration of the 3 year award dependent upon qualifications and experience. This studentship will cover the tuition fees only for qualified UK/EU or overseas students. Interested candidates will have to secure their own financial support to support their living costs.

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