SSIMWave co-founder Recipient of an Engineering Emmy® from the Television Academy at the 67th Engineering Emmy Awards.

Official Announcement

Waterloo, ON, 2 October 2015 – Zhou Wang, co-founder of SSIMWave Inc., and Professor at the University of Waterloo, will be presented with an Engineering Emmy by the Los Angeles-based Television Academy on October 28, 2015, at the 67th Engineering Emmy Awards for his contribution to the development of the Structural SIMilarity (SSIM) Index for video quality measurement. Only a handful of Canadian (individuals or companies) have received this prestigious award.

The SSIM index family of algorithms, invented by Dr. Wang, are now the most widely used method for measuring video quality used throughout the media, telecommunications and entertainment industries. Recent studies estimate by 2017 over three-quarters of consumer internet traffic will be video. Video is the future of content marketing – quality, speed and flexibility is crucial.

“Structural Similarity (SSIM) is an algorithm for estimating the perceived quality of an image or video. Its computational simplicity and ability to accurately predict human assessment of visual quality has made it a standard tool in broadcast and post-production houses throughout the television industry. SSIM uses powerful neuroscience-based models of the human visual system to achieve breakthrough quality prediction performance. Unlike previous complex error models that required special hardware, it can be easily applied in real time on common processor software. SSIM is now a widely-used perceptual video quality measure, used to test and refine video quality throughout the global cable and satellite TV industry, and directly affects the viewing experiences of tens of millions of viewers daily.” — Television Academy

On being selected for this award, Dr. Wang commented: “I’m extremely happy to receive the Emmy from the Television Academy. It was a lot of fun when we did the SSIM work more than 10 years ago, and it was also very exciting seeing it being recognized and used by more and more people in academia and industry over the years.”

Over the past decade following the development of SSIM, Dr. Wang, Dr. Abdul Rehman and Dr. Kai Zeng have made many breakthroughs and improvements to SSIM in terms of accuracy, speed, applicability and flexibility. “SSIM is just a starting point and we do not stop there. We have been making continuous effort to deliver more useful tools for automatic assessment of video quality and to help improve the visual quality-of-experience of everyone” said Dr. Wang.

In 2013, Drs. Wang, Rehman and Zeng co-founded SSIMWave, Inc., in Waterloo, ON.

The SSIMWave team developed SSIMplus, a new set of algorithms enabling the team to develop new software solutions which are revolutionizing both the broadcasting of video (TV and internet), improving end-user visual experience, optimizing bandwidth, and enhancing video streaming for video players. Video is the new document, and SSIMWave’s products for video quality of experience measurement and optimization offer crucial solutions in this rapidly expanding and competitive environment.

SSIMWave’s SQM hopes to be the Gold Standard Video Quality of Experience Monitoring Solution for file based internet video, and their SQM Live for live video – both revolutionize today’s approach to video content processing and delivery for the optimal visual quality of experience for end-users. Their optimization software includes SSIMWave’s Perceptual Bandwidth Optimizer and Smart Video Streaming for video delivery.


Zhou Wang is a co-founder, Chief Scientist at SSIMWave Inc., and a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He is a global engineering technical leader, internationally known for his award-winning contributions to the field of video quality assessment, processing and compression. The SSIM index family of algorithms, invented by Dr. Wang and published in a seminal paper in 2004, are by far the most cited work in academia. Dr. Wang is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). In 2014 he was recipient of the prestigious NSERC Steacie Memorial Fellowship Award. In November 2015, The Royal Society of Canada will name Dr. Wang to The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.


Abdul Rehman is a co-founder, CEO & President of SSIMWave Inc. He leads the development of SSIMWave’s state-of-the-art video quality-of-experience measurement and perceptual video compression products geared towards the media, communication and entertainment industries. He has more than ten years of research and development experience in the areas of image/video processing, quality assessment and compression. Prior to founding SSIMWave, he worked at Blackberry, Advanced Micro Devices, Novel Mobile Radio Research, the University of Waterloo, and Technical University Munich. Dr. Abdul Rehman received his PhD in Information and Communication Systems from the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, and his MSc in Communications Engineering from Technical University Munich, Germany.


SSIMWave Inc., founded by Dr. Wang. Dr. Rehman, and Dr. Zeng is a spinoff company from the University of Waterloo. SSIMWave is based at Accelerator Centre located in the David Johnston Research and Technology Park at the University of Waterloo.