Coupled with high-speed and mobile networks, Multimedia Computer Systems have opened a wide spectrum of applications by combining a variety of information sources, such as text, voice, graphics, animation, images, audio, and video. Apart from these “traditional” sources, new and rich media types such as haptic, on-body and other sensors are being incorporated. In general, multimedia System is characterized by different components: generation, processing, storage, manipulation, transmission, and rendition of these multiple media of information. New modes of rendition have given raise to exciting virtual / mixed / augmented reality applications.



Multimedia Systems Laboratory was setup at The University of Texas, Dallas in 2000 by Professor B. Prabhakaran, to create an environment for research in the expansive field of multimedia.  Over the years, it has become a place where researchers share their extensive knowledge, ideas, experiences and inexhaustible enthusiasm in answering the broad question: “What are the characteristics of different media that can help improve the various components of a multimedia system?”

Asking this question, we have been exploring composition of multiple media objects such as audio, video, 3D human motions, 3D models, and haptics. More recently, we have been working with data from wearable body sensors that provide information on muscular and body joint activities using sensors such as accelerometers, EMG (Electro Myograms), and EKG (Electro Cardiograms). While exploring the various media types, we have also explored almost all the components of a multimedia system such as operating system, networking and databases. Hence, our research efforts have been as broad as the spectrum of the media types and the components of multimedia systems with a reasonable depth.

The research efforts of the Multimedia Systems Laboratory have shown broader impacts in various fields such as health-care and education.