Basser Seminar Series

Digital Television and the Internet - Advances and Challenges

Yakup Paker
Emeritus Professor
Queen Mary College, University of London

Thursday 26 April 2007, 4-5 pm (Note the different day!)

School of IT Building, Board Room 124, Level 1 (Note the different room!)


Over the next few years TV technology will be changing over from pure analogue to fully digital. This is opening up a whole new range of opportunities as the transmission medium, so far used by broadcasters as a one way "push" medium to transmit TV services, becomes a high bandwidth digital channel where all sorts of digital data including Internet packets and Web content can be transmitted. At the same time, the increased bandwidth to home provided by the telecommunications operators to respond to the demands of the Web "pull" technology is also giving rise to a new medium for TV broadcasting over home broadband connections. Added to all this, the rapid developments of mobile phone and wireless broadband technologies are creating a complex world as the convergence of services are expected to be provided as independent of platform and communications media. Needless to say, such convergence is opening up opportunities for all sorts of novel technologies and services.

This lecture will present the range of technologies specifically developed for the IP over digital broadcasting and the current state of convergence of digital TV and the Internet. A European Union project SAMBITS (Systems for Advanced Multimedia Broadcast and IT Services) will be introduced as an example to illustarate various issues.

Speaker's biography

Yakup Paker is an Emeritus Professor of Parallel Computing at Queen Mary, University of London. He has extensive research experience in wide ranging fields, principally in computer systems architectures, parallel computing, distributed operating systems, network performance, real-time architectures for video processing, virtual studios, and more recently in digital broadcasting-Internet convergence. He has undertaken, mostly as the principal investigator, a range of research projects, some funded by the European Commission, which have included developing multi-processor architecture and systems software for real-time video processing, customised TV terminal, and advanced set-top-box based interactive TV and the UK EPSRC/DTI funded project in 3d television. He is the author of nearly 100 publications and the author/editor of around 10 books. He holds Ph D and MS degrees from Columbia University, New York, USA, and a degree in Electrical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Turkey.