The Picture Coding Symposium (PCS) is an international forum devoted specifically to advances in visual data coding. PCS is the pioneer conference, and has the longest history, in this field. Since 1969, PCS has provided the most exciting forum for the visual coding community from academia and industry. The 31st PCS will be held in Cairns, the heart of tropical North Queensland and gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. In line with the pioneering tradition of PCS, path breaking, challenging exploratory contributions are very welcome.

Latest News

Congratulations to the winners of the paper awards. The details of the winning papers can be found here.

The technical program is now available. To access the program click on the tab above or click here.

Registration for PCS, including the Packet Video (PV) workshop,
is now open

New PCS’2015 Feature Event: Evaluation of Current and Future Image Compression Technologies.

Expressions of Intent to Submit close April 1, 2015

Final submission deadline: May 1, 2015.
Contact: Prof. Ian Burnet (Evaluation Chairf)
Full details can be found here.

Expression of interest for the PCS Grand Prediction Challenge has been extended to the April 1, 2015.

View the specifications for the PCS 2015 Grand Prediction Challenge.

The PCS Grand Prediction Challenge sequences and rates have been announced

If you intend to participate in the competition please contact Aous Naman.

Paper Submission

Prospective authors are invited to submit papers for the Symposium, in English, with a maximum length of five (5) pages and font size of 10 pt, including results, figures and references. Submissions will be accepted only in PDF format. Online submission will be available through the symposium web site.

Important Dates

Event Date
Paper Submission November 30, 2014January 21, 2015
Notification of acceptance February 15, 2015March 2, 2015
Submission of camera-ready papers (5 pages) May 1, 2015April 15, 2015

Confirmed Plenary Speakers

Yoshiaki-ShishikuiYoshiaki Shishikui
Department of Frontier Media Science,
School of Interdisciplinary Mathematical Sciences
Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan


Yoshiaki Shishikui received the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 1981, 1983, and 1997, respectively.
He joined NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Tokyo, Japan, in 1983. From 1986 to 2014, he was with NHK Science and Technology Research Laboratories, where he had been engaged in research on digital signal processing, picture coding, HDTV broadcasting systems, IPTV systems, advanced data broadcasting systems and UHDTV research activities. He led the Super Hi-Vision public viewing project at the London 2012 Olympics. From 2001 to 2003, he was with NHK Engineering Services Inc., where he helped to develop video archives and video-on-demand systems.
He was appointed a professor in the Department of Frontier Media Science of the School of Interdisciplinary Mathematical Sciences at Meiji University, in April 2014.
He is a member of IEEE, IEICE Japan and ITE Japan. He has been actively involved in standardization activities at SMPTE and ISO-IEC (MPEG).

Fernando-PereiraFernando Pereira
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Instituto de Telecomunicações, IST, Lisbon, Portugal


Fernando Pereira received the B.S., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal, in 1985, 1988, and 1991, respectively. He is a Professor with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Instituto de Telecomunicações, IST, where he is responsible for the participation of IST in many national and international research projects. Dr. Pereira has been participating in the work of ISO/MPEG for many years, particularly, the Head of the Portuguese delegation, the Chairman of the MPEG Requirements Group, and chairing many ad hoc groups related to the MPEG-4 and MPEG-7 standards. He is a EURASIP Fellow for contributions to digital video representation technologies and standards and was an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer in 2005.

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Packet Video Workshop

This year, the PV workshop will run as part of PCS, at the same venue and with the same dates. There is no separate registration for PCS and PV and both events run from 31 May to 3 June. To register for the PV workshop, follow the PCS registration link above.

See for further details.