Acknowledging the pressure placed on us all due to the pandemic, we are extending the paper submission date until the 28 February.  This is the absolute, final submission date

The Picture Coding Symposium (PCS) is hosted and organized by Bristol Vision Institute at the University of Bristol.  PCS is the pioneer conference in this area and, since 1969, has provided the most engaging forum for the visual coding community attracting world-leading academics and industrialists. PCS typically attracts industrial and academic experts from across the globe. Topics for PCS2021 include (but are not limited):

  • Coding of still and moving pictures; Model-based and synthetic coding
  • Multimodal coding and processing; Compression of virtual, augmented and mixed reality
  • 360-degree and multi-view video coding; Representation, analysis and coding of 3D scenes
  • Machine-learning for image/video analysis and compression. Datasets for training and testing
  • Emerging standards for visual data coding; Coding of screen content and desktop sharing
  • Perceptually optimized objective quality metrics; Subjective quality assessment
  • Transcoding and adaptive streaming; Error robustness, resilience and concealment
  • Network-, edge- and cloud-based coding; Optimized streaming
  • Low complexity video compression; Energy management in compression
  • Hardware architectures
  • Real-time video communication; both peer-to-peer and multi-party video conferencing
  • Protection and integrity of visual data

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Call for Submissions

The PCS 2021 Call for Papers will open on 7 December and authors are invited to submit work which pushes the boundaries of image and video coding.  We are pleased to announce the list of accepted special sessions for PCS2021.

Paper Submission Deadlines
Closes: 28 February 14 February 2021 | SUBMIT NOW

News and Updates

12 Feb 2021: Due to the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, PCS 2021 is moving to a virtual event. This was a difficult decision, but the safety and well-being of our participants is our utmost priority.

Plenary Speakers

Jill Boyce
Intel Fellow and Chief Media Architect

Dr. Christian Timmerer
Head of research and standardization, Bitmovin Inc. Associate professor multimedia communication, Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt

Shan Liu
Distinguished Scientist and General Manager, Tencent


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About Bristol

PCS 2021 will be hosted virtually by the University of Bristol, UK. Bristol is a vibrant waterfront city that is well known internationally for its multi-cultural environment, its architecture and green spaces, its cluster of creative industries and its world-leading university. It is a UNESCO City of Film and the home of many well-known artists and organizations such as Banksy, the BBC Natural History Unit and Aardman Animations. It is known as the Green Hollywood, based on its reputation for natural history filmmaking. Bristol was European Green Capital in 2015. It is a place which inspires creativity and is one of the most attractive places (Sunday Times) to work and live in the UK.

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