Construction of error resilient synchronization codeword for variable-length code in image transmission

Y. S. Lee*, W. S. Chang, H. H. Ho, Chen-Yi Lee

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Variable length code (VLC), also called Huffman code [1], is the most popular data compression technique used for image compression and transmission. But, it is vulnerable to loss of synchronization under transmission in a noisy channel. It will result in large drops in video transmission quality. For stopping error propagation, synchronization codeword (SC) is mostly used to localize error propagation effect. However, most of the SC cannot tolerate noise errors. We propose an iterative and efficient algorithm to construct error-resilient and variable-length SC for any application defined VLC table. They can be used for synchronization of packet (ERVL-SOP). It can be appended at the end of certain number of symbols to form a packet. Thus, channel noise error can be localized. With using constructed SC as SOP, the result shows that it can achieve high signal-to-noise ratio (PSNR=26dB) compared to use normal VLC code as SOP at bit error rate (BER) of 10 -3 environment. In addition, the incorrect ERVL-SOP detection rate can be decreased to less than 0.0013% effectively.

Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2000
EventInternational Conference on Image Processing (ICIP 2000) - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Duration: 10 Sep 200013 Sep 2000


ConferenceInternational Conference on Image Processing (ICIP 2000)
CityVancouver, BC

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