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Nowadays, we cannot imagine our life without video content and without devices that enable us to acquire and display such content. According to recent 2012 research, the video content transfer over the Internet was around 60% of the overall Internet data transfer, and the overall video transfer (including the Internet) could reach 90% during the next four years. TV sets supporting only full high-definition (HD) resolution (i.e., 1080p) are already considered to be outdated due to a dramatic demand for the ultra-HD resolution that often refers to
Prof. Hadar received the BSc, the MSc (cum laude) and the PhD degrees from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, in 1990, 1992, and 1997, respectively, all in electrical and computer engineering. From August 1996 to February 1997, he was with CREOL at Central Florida University, Orlando, FL, as a research visiting scientist. From October 1997 to March 1999, he was a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Computer Science at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa. In 1999 Prof. Hadar joined the Communication Systems Engineering Department at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Currently, he is an Associate Professor and the head of the department. His research interests include image compression, advanced video coding, H.264, SVC, HECV, packet video, transmission of video over IP networks, and image processing, data hiding and cyber in compressed video streaming. Since 2011, Prof. Hadar is an Associate Editor of the Optical Engineering journal. Recently he was the guest editor (with his former Ph.D student Dr. Dan Grois), of a special section on video compression technology in Opt. Eng. 52(7), (July, 2013). Prof. Hadar also works as a consultant of various Hi-Tech companies in Israel, and is a Senior member of IEEE and SPIE.