We won the Special Merit Award at the IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics 2013 (ICCE 2013).

Paper title: Joint Complexity and Rate Optimization for 3DTV Depth Map Encoding

Current research towards 3D video compression within MPEG requires the compression of three texture and depth views. To reduce the additional complexity and bit rate of the depth map encoding, we present a fast mode decision model based on previously encoded macroblocks of the texture view. Meanwhile we present techniques to reduce the rate based on predicting syntax elements from the corresponding texture view. The proposed system is able to get a reduction in complexity of 71.08% with an average bit rate gain of 4.35%.