Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Faculty of Communications, Health and Science

First Advisor

Professor Kamran Eshraghian

Second Advisor

Dr Hon Nin Cheung


The emerging technology of image communication over wireless transmission channels requires several new challenges to be simultaneously met at the algorithm and architecture levels. At the algorithm level, desirable features include high coding performance, bit stream scalability, robustness to transmission errors and suitability for content-based coding schemes. At the architecture level, we require efficient architectures for construction of portable devices with small size and low power consumption. An important question is to ask if a single coding algorithm can be designed to meet the diverse requirements. Recently, researchers working on improving different features have converged on a set of coding schemes commonly known as embedded wavelet algorithms. Currently, these algorithms enjoy the highest coding performances reported in the literature. In addition, embedded wavelet algorithms have the natural feature of being able to meet a target bit rate precisely. Furthermore work on improving the algorithm robustness has shown much promise. The potential of embedded wavelet techniques has been acknowledged by its inclusion in the new JPEG2000 and MPEG-4 image and video coding standards.