Special Issue on Emerging Techniques for High Performance Video Coding Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation (JVCI) Video coding is one of the important technological advancements that have made a great difference to our lives. In the past decade, the development of efficient coding techniques contributes to the easy access and spread of videos while more video applications, such as wireless or internet video, HDTV and UHDTV, continue the quest for higher coding efficiency. Many techniques have been developed and evolved through several generations of video coding standards, e.g., MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.261, H.263 and H.264. However, “What is next” has become the most frequently asked question among scholars of the field. Recently, two standard bodies, ITU-T SG 16 Question 6 (the ITU-T Visual Coding Experts Group – a.k.a. VCEG) and ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29/WG 11 (Moving Picture Experts Group – a.k.a. MPEG), have come to an agreement to form a Joint Collaboration Team on Video Coding (JCT-VC) and to jointly develop the next-generation video coding technology standard beyond the capabilities of the current AVC standard (ITU-T Rec. H.264 | ISO/IEC 14496-10 Advanced video coding). It has been seven years since the finalization of the H.264; the slow start of this new video coding standard activity also reflects the difficulty of video coding advancement. The development of the next-generation video coding standard provides challenges and opportunities. This special issue aims to bring together leading researchers and practitioners from around the world to present their newest research results on the future directions of this evolving field, especially, those proposals responding to the Call for Proposals on Video Compression Technology of JCT-VC. Scope The scope of this special issue is to cover all aspects that relate to video coding. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following: · Inter-frame prediction techniques · Intra-frame prediction algorithms · New transforms · Adaptive coding techniques · Advanced entropy coding methods · Advanced encoding techniques · Parallel video coding techniques · Non-traditional video coding techniques · Joint encoder-decoder optimization based on the context information Information for Authors Authors should prepare their manuscript according to the Guide for Authors available from the online submission page of the 'Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation' at http://ees.elsevier.com/jvci/. When submitting via this page, please select “HighPerformanceVideoCoding” as the Article Type. Prospective authors should submit high quality, original manuscripts that have not appeared, nor are under consideration, in any other journals. All submissions will be peer reviewed following the JVCI reviewing procedures. Important Dates Manuscript Submission Deadline: August 1, 2010 Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: November 1, 2010 Final Manuscript Due to JVCI: December 1, 2010 Expected Publication Date: Spring 2011 Guest Editors Touradj Ebrahimi, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland (touradj.ebrahimi@epfl.ch) Wen Gao, Peking University, China (wgao@pku.edu.cn) Shawmin Lei, MediaTek, Taiwan (shawmin.lei@mediatek.com) Joern Osterman, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany (ostermann@tnt.uni-hannover.de) Ming-Ting Sun, University of Washington, Seattle, USA (sun@ee.washington.edu) Chia-Hung Yeh, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan (yeh@mail.ee.nsysu.edu.tw)