AGH University of Science and Technology, founded in 1919, is ranked as one of the top Polish universities involved in research and education in information technologies. The University consists of 15 faculties and employs about 2000 faculty members serving nearly 30 000 students within undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education programmes.
The Department of Telecommunications is a part of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Automatics, Computer Science and Electronics, and is an important centre for education and research in communications technology focusing on high-speed networking, quality assessment of the 2D/3D videos and services to the e-world. The Department staffs consist of more than 40 people (including 5 full professors), and about 30 Ph. D. students are affiliated with the Department. Since 1996 the Department of Telecommunications has been involved in various national and European projects including 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Framework Programmes. This has included FII (Future Internet Engineering, research on 3D Internet video streaming QoE), E-NEXT (Network of Excellence, research on video streaming QoE), CONTENT (Excellence in Content Distribution Network Research, research on overlay P2P networks, CDN and video streaming QoE), SMOOTH-IT (Simple Economic Management Approaches of Overlay Traffic in Heterogeneous Internet Topologies, jointly with PRIME-TEL, research on P2P video streaming QoE), GAMA (Gateway to Archives of Media Art, jointly with ATOS, one of the best projects evaluations in the eContentPlus Program of the EU, research on P2P multimedia distribution and video streaming), and QUALINET (COST action, research on 3D video streaming QoE). Department develops also a strong cooperation in the field of multimedia with many business institutions, focused on integration of digital media in the area of audio and video. It was also active in developing strategies and network planning for major Polish telecommunications operators. Professors and researchers employed by the Department served as consultants for network operators, equipment vendors, and regulatory bodies in Poland and abroad as well as were invited to reviewing European projects. The Department is involved in international cooperation in the field of science, including VQEG (Video Quality Experts Group), for topics related to 3D video streaming QoE. Department members have been active in professional societies, organizing international and national conferences (including IEEE and IFIP events) and research workshops as well as holding important editorial positions in leading journals and magazines, such as IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Transactions on Communications, Computer Communications, and Security and Communication Networks. The Department is one of the European key players of the domain of 2D/3D Quality of Experience.