SMPTE Digital Processing Medal Award Recipients

R. Norman Hurst

In recognition of his invention of methods for splicing MPEG-2 Transport Streams, the development of test bitstreams for evaluating video and audio compression equipment performance, and the development of electronic test patterns that enable evaluation of video encoding and processing systems through visual observation of the outputs they produce. The impact of these inventions has been felt in broadcasting, cable and satellite distribution, in the consumer electronics industry and in production, post-production and networking, in each case advancing the state of the art of the industry.

R. Norman Hurst is a principal software engineer for the products and services division at SRI International. In this role, he is responsible for the development and advancement of SRI’s award-winning video test and measurement products. He has created a number of easy-to-interpret testing tools, including the Visualizer digital video test pattern.

Hurst joined RCA Laboratories (now SRI) in 1980 as a member of the technical staff. His work involved the design of analog and digital electronic circuits and the invention of computer-based simulation of advanced TV systems. He holds 35 U.S. and many international patents. Hurst invented a digital TV testing technique, MPEG compliance bitstreams that received a technology and engineering Emmy for 1998–1999.  Hurst has served as a United Nations (UN) delegate to ITU-R in Geneva, Switzerland, and has participated in national and international standards bodies, including SMPTE, the ATSC, MPEG, and ITU-R.

Gary Demos

For his pioneering work in creating computer-generated digital special effects. For over 30 years, he contributed to the development of high-speed film scanners and recorders, created computer generated images, and created concepts to enable high quality image compression, and image processing and formats for high definition and beyond.