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Technion Scientists Play Role in Mars Images

Research carried out by scientists at the Technion Institute of Technology in Haifa has enabled the transmission of pictures from the Mars Rover Spirit, according to Hewlett Packard Labs, which was responsible for the image transmissions, HA'ARETZ reported.

The image-compression algorithm was developed by Gadi Sarousi, the director of the Information Theory Research group at HP Labs, along with Marcelo Weinberger and Guillermo Shapiro.

HP said that compression technology was very important for sending high-quality pictures in a short period. Weinberger and Sarousi's doctoral advisors were Technion Profs. Abraham Lempel and Jacob Ziv, developers of the Lempel-Ziv coding algorithm, the world standard for compressed information transmission.

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