Professor David Taubman

Professor David Taubman

  • B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Sydney, 1986
  • B.E. (Medal) in Electrical Engineering, University of Sydney, 1988
  • M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 1992
  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 1994.
Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications


  • Professor and Deputy Head of School (Research), School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications (EE&T), UNSW Sydney, Australia
  • Co-director of Kakadu Software Pty. Ltd. and its affiliates Kakadu R&D and Kakadu GPU.


  • Electricity Commission of N.S.W., Engineer, 1988-1990 
  • Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratories, Palo Alto, California, Member of Technical Staff, 1994-1998
  • Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratories, Palo Alto, California, Senior Member of Technical Staff, 1998 
  • University of New South Wales, Senior Lecturer, December 1998-2003
  • University of New South Wales, Associate Professor, January 2004 to present
  • University of New South Wales, Professor, January 2009 to present
  • Head: EE&T Telecommunications Research Group (inc. Signal Processing), Aug 2003 to June 2014
    Head: EE&T Signal Processing Research Group, July 2014 to present
    Director of Research: School of EE&T, Oct 2011 to 2016
    Deputy Head of School (Research): EE&T, 2017-present

Membership of Professional Societies

  • The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers: Fellow
  • Engineers Australia: Fellow (by invitation)
  • Member of Standards Australia Technical Committee MS-065 – mirrors ISO TC42 (Digital Photography)
  • Constitutional member of Standards Australia Technical Committee IT-029 (Coded Representation of Picture, Audio and Multimedia/Hypermedia Information)

Professional and Industry Involvement

  • JPEG2000: an international image compression standard
  • Author of the EBCOT coding algorithm adopted in November 1998. 
    o    Author of Verification Model and associated documentation. 
    o    Central contributor to IS15444-1, IS15444-4, IS15444-9, IS15444-15 and IS15444-17 (in progress)
  • Developer of the commercially successful Kakadu Software tools for JPEG2000, with around 500 full commercial licensees over its history so far; co-director of Kakadu Software Pty Ltd and Kakadu R&D Pty Ltd.
  • Associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing (two 4 yr appointments: 2003-5; and 2010-13)
  • Consultant to various U.S., Japanese and Australian corporations
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  • Journal articles | 2022
    Ahmmed A; Murshed M; Paul M; Taubman D, 2022, 'A Commonality Modeling Framework for Enhanced Video Coding Leveraging on the Cuboidal Partitioning Based Representation of Frames', IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, vol. 24, pp. 4446 - 4457,
    Journal articles | 2019
    Ruefenacht D; Naman AT; Mathew R; Taubman D, 2019, 'Base-Anchored Model for Highly Scalable and Accessible Compression of Multiview Imagery', IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, vol. 28, pp. 3205 - 3218,

First or sole investigator on 9 successful Australian Research Council discovery applications

  • Highest profile plenary/keynote speeches: ICIP2006 (flagship IEEE image processing conference); ICME2012 (flagship IEEE multimedia processing conferences).  Others include WIAMIS’2010, PCS’2013, Archiving’2019, APSIPA'2020.
  • IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award, 2001, sole-authored paper.
  • IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Best Paper Award, 1997, co-authored with PhD supervisor Avideh Zakhor.
  • IEEE Int. Conf. Image Processing Best Student Paper Award, 2004, with PhD student Johnson Thie.
  • Received inaugural outstanding reviewer award from IEEE Transactions on Image Processing in 2004.
  • Two separate ISO/IEC Certificates of Appreciation: 2001 and 2005 for contributions to the JPEG2000 family of standards
  • UNSW Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award (open category), 2014
  • UNSW Faculty of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award, 2011
  • NSi Inventor of the Year Award (Information and Communication category), 2009
  • Institute of Engineers Australia Medal (1988) and University of Sydney Medal (1988).

Image Compression

  • Developed the EBCOT algorithm and many of the other core technologies in JPEG2000 Part-1 and in many other parts of the JPEG 2000 family of standards
  • Authored JPEG2000 VM3A, which was the basis of all subsequent verification models
  • Author of Kakadu, a comprehensive software framework for JPEG2000 application developers
  • Author, with Michael Marcellin, of JPEG2000: image compression fundamentals, standards and practice, Kluwer 2002

Video Compression

  • Highly scalable video compression
  • Motion compensated temporal lifting
  • Motion modeling and scalable motion signalling

Image and Video Processing

  • Motion and depth estimation / optical flow
  • Demosaicing of digital colour images
  • Medical image analysis

Multimedia Communication

  • Major contributor to the JPIP standard (JPEG2000 Internet Protocol) for interactive imaging
  • Highly scalable fixed and variable bit-rate video communication
  • Interactive, highly accessible image and video communication systems