Professor David Taubman

Deputy HOS (Research)


Telephone:    +61 2 9385 5223



Room:             446  Electrical Engineering Building


Research Gateway

Kakadu Software


  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 1994
  • M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 1992
  • B.E. (Medal) in Electrical Engineering, University of Sydney, 1988
  • B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Sydney, 1986

Awards and Honours

  • Best Paper, IEEE Signal Processing Society, for High performance scalable image compression with EBCOT, IEEE Trans. Image Proc., July 2002
  • Best Paper, IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, for A common framework for rate and distortion based scaling of highly scalable compressed video, IEEE Trans. Circuits and Systems for Video Tech., August 1996, co-authored with A. Zakhor
  • ISO/IEC Certificate of Appreciation for editorial contributions IS 15444-1 (JPEG2000 Part 1)
  • University of California Regents Fellowship, 1990-1991
  • University of Sydney Postgraduate Travelling Fellowship, 1990-1993
  • The Institute of Engineers Australia Prize, 1988
  • University Medal, the University of Sydney, 1988
  • Texas Instruments Prize for Digital Signal Processing (Australasia), 1988

Membership of Professional Societies

  • IEEE Fellow
  • Member IEEE
  • Member Australian Standards Sub-Committee IT-1-29 (Audio-Visual Coding Technology)
  • Member ISO/IEC JTC1/SC29/WG1 (Joint Photographic Experts Group)
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing

Teaching Areas

  • Advanced Digital Signal Processing
  • Digital Image Processing
  • Electrical Design Proficiency

Research Interests

Image Compression

  • Developed the EBCOT algorithm, adopted by JPEG2000
  • Authored JPEG2000 VM3A, which is the basis of all subsequent verification models
  • Originated the canvas coordinate system
    - A consistent framework of conventions for partitioning and alignment of the Wavelet transform
    - Imparts many useful features to the JPEG2000 standard, including the ability to efficiently crop and geometrically manipulate images in the compressed domain
  • Originated the error resilient termination mode for JPEG2000, and developed the decoding algorithm
  • Author of Kakadu, a comprehensive software framework for JPEG2000 application developers
  • Author, with Michael Marcellin, of JPEG2000: image compression fundamentals, standards and practice, Kluwer 2002
  • Recent activities in volumetric image compression

Video Compression

  • Highly scalable video compression
  • Motion compensated temporal lifting
  • Motion modeling and scalable motion signalling

Image Processing

  • Demosaicing of digital colour images
  • Medical image analysis
  • Major contributor to the evolving JPIP standard (JPEG2000 Internet Protocol): should become IS 15444-9
  • Highly scalable fixed and variable bit-rate video communication
  • Interactive, highly accessible image and video communication systems