Annual Technical Conference Program Committee & Session Chair Biographies

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Program Chair:  Jerry Whitaker, ATSC

Vice President for Standards Development, Advanced Television Systems Committee

Mr. Whitaker supports the work of the various ATSC technology and planning committees and assists in the development of ATSC Standards and related documents. He currently serves as Secretary of the Technology and Standards Group and Secretary of the Planning Teams, and is closely involved in work relating to educational programs.

Mr. Whitaker is a Fellow the Society of Broadcast Engineers and a Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. He has served as a Board member and Vice President of the Society of Broadcast Engineers.

Mr. Whitaker is the author and editor of more than 30 books on technical topics, including: The Standard Handbook of Video and Television Engineering, 4th ed.; NAB Engineering Handbook, 9th ed., DTV Handbook, 3rd ed., and The Electronics Handbook, 2nd ed. Prior to joining the ATSC, Mr. Whitaker headed the publishing company Technical Press, based in Morgan Hill, Calif.

Mr. Whitaker was previously Editor, Editorial Director, and Associate Publisher of Broadcast Engineering magazine and Video Systems magazine.

Harvey Arnold, Sinclair Broadcast Group

Harvey Arnold is Corporate Director of Engineering for Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the largest television broadcast owners/operators in the US. He is responsible for engineering activities and recent digital transition supporting  60 television stations associated with Sinclair's operations. 

Before Sinclair, he spent 17 years with North Carolina Public Television, managing and expanding the engineering and transmission activities of one of the largest state-wide Public Television networks in the country. 

Harvey has served as an engineering consultant for PBS and its member stations. He was an active member of the FCC Advisory Committee for Advanced Television Service (ACATS) to develop the ATSC standard and to implement over-the-air digital television in the United States. He played a key role in the ACATS, high-power DTV field testing in Charlotte, NC. Harvey currently supports the activities within ATSC which is charged with the task of establishing standards relating to improving reception of over-the-air digital television. 

Harvey holds a BS in Communications from the University of Wisconsin and is active in many broadcast-related technical organizations such as ATSC, 

Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) and The Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers (AFCCE). He is a member of the SMPTE Board of Editors and a SMPTE Fellow.

Paul R. Chapman, Foto-Kem Industries Inc.

Paul Chapman has worked in the Video and Post Production industry in Los Angeles for over 25 years, having come from the UK after a career in Software Engineering. His degree is in Computers & Cybernetics from the University of Kent, Canterbury.

During the first 15 years he was very active in the Telecine community, working for both manufacturers and users, such as Rank Cintel, Unimedia and Complete Post and Unitel Video.

In 1996 he joined FotoKem, holding various engineering leadership positions. During the first part of his career at FotoKem he led the team that designed the infrastructure, implemented, and then moved into a new 60,000 square foot purpose built video Building.

At FotoKem he currently holds the position of Senior Vice President of Technology, in this position he is responsible for evaluating, recommending and implementing all aspects of digital technology company wide. Recently he has been designing a new post production facility, Fotokem - Budapest, Hungary, This incorporates latest in film scanning and dailies technology along with an extensive Isilon Network Attached Storage and SAN storage infrastructure.

He is immediate past chair of SMPTE Hollywood section, having served for two years.

Donald Craig, Arboretum Studios

Don Craig advises companies on video technology old and new.  He is a co-founder of Omneon Inc. (acquired by Harmonic), and has also worked for the CBC, Tektronix/Grass Valley, and Sony.  Two of the innovative products he was responsible for at Tektronix received technical Emmys:  the VM700A Video Measurement Set, and Profile, the industry’s first video server.   He is a recipient of SMPTE’s Sarnoff Medal and is a Fellow of the Society.

 

 

John Footen, Cognizant Technology Solutions

John Footen is an acknowledged industry expert in such areas as Business Process Management, Service-Oriented Architecture, and the Cloud, all of which have a major impact on today’s broadcast television and professional media systems. As head of Cognizant’s broadcast consulting practice, Footen is responsible for business and technology consulting throughout the broadcast industry. Footen is a sought-after speaker and expert writer on software architecture and workflow issues.

Footen serves as co-chair of the FIMS (Framework for Interoperable Media Services) joint taskforce of the AMWA and EBU. Footen is a SMPTE member and chairs the 34CS Media Systems Control and Services technology committee. He has been responsible for managing many large and complex media solutions projects for many types of media enterprises. He has extensive international experience; having worked lived and worked in North America, Asia, and EMEA.

Mr. Footen holds Degrees in Computer Science and Film & Television from New York University. He is also the co-author of the Focal Press book The Service-Oriented Media Enterprise: SOA, BPM, and Web Services in Professional Media Systems.

Matthew Goldman, Ericsson

Matthew Goldman is senior vice president TV compression technology for Ericsson. He has been actively involved in the development of DTV systems since 1992. He was a prominent participant in MPEG, where he helped create the MPEG-2 Systems standard, and he also has been influential in the Advanced Television Systems Committee, SMPTE, Society of Cable Television Engineers, and the Consumer Electronics Association.

Goldman has presented numerous papers at industry trade events and has been a contributing writer to various trade magazines. Goldman received BS (high honors) and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He holds six patents related to digital video transport. A SMPTE Fellow, Goldman is also a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and an inductee of the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers.

Goldman is currently serving on the SMPTE Board of Governors. 
 

Patrick Griffis, Dolby Laboratories, Inc.

As Senior Director, Technology Strategy at Dolby Laboratories, Patrick Griffis is charged with helping define future technology strategy for the company. Prior to joining Dolby, Pat spent 10 years at Microsoft leading global digital media standards strategy, including adoption of the Digital Living Network Alliance as a baseline media sharing standard in Windows 7 and standardization of Windows Media Video technology as an international SMPTE standard.

Prior to Microsoft, Pat spent 15 years at Panasonic in senior management positions, including Vice President of Strategic Product Development at Panasonic Broadcast, where he helped launch DVCPRO and drive US strategy for HDTV. Pat started his career at RCA, earning eight patents in TV product design. Pat has been an ATSC board member and Vice Chairman of the Board of the Digital Living Network Alliance. He served two terms as President of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society.

Pat is currently a member of the IBC Council, an industry executive advisory group, and of the Academy of Digital TV Pioneers. A SMPTE Fellow, he serves on the SMPTE executive committee. Pat holds a BSEE degree from Tufts University and an MSEE from Purdue University.

Paul Hearty, Sony Electronics, Inc.

Dr. Paul Hearty received his Ph.D. in Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience) from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada in 1981.  He has worked nearly 30 years in fields relating to television and cinema, holding senior positions in government and industry in Canada and the United States. Currently, he works for Sony Electronics Inc. as Vice President, Technology Standards, and is based in San Diego.  Previously, he was Associate Dean of the Faculty of Communication and Design at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada and Director of the Rogers Communications Centre, a major center for instruction and research in advanced media at Ryerson.  From 1987 to 1995, he was a leader in the development and standardization of the digital HDTV system currently deployed in North America and elsewhere.  For this work, he was awarded one Emmy and was recognized for his contributions to four other Emmy awards.

Paul has actively contributed to national and international standards for production and program exchange, as well as for broadcast, satellite, and cable transmission.  He has served as Chair of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) Digital Video Subcommittee, which is responsible for digital cable standards in North America, since its inception in 1996.  He is the author of numerous publications and presentations. He serves on the Board of CineGrid, a consortium of laboratories worldwide, which he helped found, that is focused on the research, development, and demonstration of networked collaborative tools to enable the production, use, preservation, and exchange of very-high-quality digital media over photonic networks. He has served on the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) Board of Editors since 1995 and is a SMPTE Fellow.  He has served as SMPTE Editorial Vice President, a Member of the SMPTE Executive Committee, and a Member of the SMPTE Board since 2009.

Al Kovalick, Media Systems Consulting

Al Kovalick has worked in the field of hybrid AV/IT systems for the past 20 years. Previously, he was a digital systems designer and technical strategist for Hewlett-Packard. Following HP, from 1999 to 2004, he was the CTO of the Broadcast Products Division at Pinnacle Systems. For the next 6 years he was a Corporate Fellow at Avid. In 2012 Al founded Media Systems Consulting. 

Al is an active speaker, educator, author and participant with industry bodies including SMPTE and AMWA. He has presented over 50 papers at industry conferences worldwide and holds 18 US and foreign patents. He is the author of the book “Video Systems in an IT Environment, 2ed”. In 2009 Al was awarded the David Sarnoff Gold Medal from SMPTE.  Al has a BSEE degree from San Jose State University and MSEE degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a SMPTE Fellow.

Christopher Lennon, Harris Corp.-Bcast. Comm. Div.

Chris is a 25+ year veteran of the broadcasting industry.  He currently serves at the CTO Group Lead for Harris Corporation.  He also serves as Engineering Director for SMPTE.  He is a SMPTE Fellow, recipient of SMPTE’s Society Citation, and also founded the Society’s BXF effort, which he continues to lead to this day.  He is a dual citizen of the US and Canada.  In his spare time, he is an avid Porsche racer, and high performance driving instructor. 

 

John Luff, HD Consulting

John Luff is an independent media technology consultant specializing in a wide range of television technology, facility planning and system design issues. Over more than four decades his clients have included public and commercial broadcasters across North America, Europe, and Africa.  Following a career as an editor and production technology manager, Luff founded a successful system integration firm. He was responsible for design and project management for early HDTV broadcast and production facilities during the HD transition. Since 1998 he has written a regular column and feature articles for Broadcast Engineering Magazine, and authored two chapters in the NAB Engineering Handbook (10th Edition). He is a fellow of SMPTE, a former SMPTE National Officer, and the 2010 SBE Broadcast Engineer of the Year.

Peter Putman, ROAM Consulting LLC

Peter Putman is the president of ROAM Consulting L.L.C. His company provides training, marketing communications, and product testing/development services to manufacturers, dealers, and end-users of electronic displays, display interfaces, and related products. Pete edits and publishes HDTVexpert.com, a Web blog focused on digital TV, HDTV, and display technologies. He is also a contributing editor to Sound & Communications, the leading trade publication for commercial AV systems integrators.

Pete is a frequent speaker at major trade shows, including CES, NAB, InfoComm, CEDIA Expo, and the HPA Technology Retreat. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Seton Hall University, and a Master of Science degree in Television and Film from Syracuse University. He is a Senior Academy Instructor for the International Communications Industries Association (ICIA), and was named ICIA’s Educator of the Year for 2008.

Pete is a member of both The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and Society for Information Display (SID). Additionally, Pete also holds industry certifications from ICIA (Certified Technology Specialist) and the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF), along with amateur radio Extra Class license KT2B for 30+ years.

 

Ann Marie Rohaly, MICROSOFT CORP.

Ann Marie Rohaly is Director of Accessibility Policy and Standards for Microsoft’s Corporate Accessibility Group. Before joining Microsoft in 2003, she spent five years at Tektronix, Inc., in several senior positions, including strategic technology manager for the Video Product Line. Rohaly has been an active participant in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), leading the standardization of Tektronix’s Emmy award-winning PQA300 picture quality measurement technology, and in many other international standards-setting organizations and industry consortia. She played a lead role in the standardization of VC-1 as SMPTE 421M and more recently, in the standardization of SMPTE Timed Text (ST 2052). In 2010, she was appointed to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s Video Programming Accessibility Advisory Committee, which issued a report on closed captioning for internet-delivered video. Rohaly is a SMPTE Fellow and has served as Western Region Governor since 2009.

Thomas A. Scott, Onstream Media / ednet

Tom Scott is an Engineering Director for SMPTE, and is a Life Fellow of the Society.  He has been involved with sound for motion pictures since 1978, employed at American Zoetrope, Dolby Laboratories, Saul Zaentz Film Center and Skywalker Sound.  He has been the recipient of two Oscars, Academy Awards for Best Sound, on the films "The Right Stuff" and "Amadeus". He is currently employed as the V.P. Technology of Onstream Media in San Francisco.

 

 

Kevin Stec, DDD Inc.

Mr. Stec has more than 30 years of experience in professional and consumer video development. He currently is the VP of Image Technology Research at Dynamic Digital Depth where he is responsible for investigating 3D ecosystems.  He previously held the position of Sr. Director of Image Technology Research at Dolby Laboratories overseeing development of image-processing technology for digital cinema, broadcast, and consumer entertainment applications.  He spent the majority of his career at Panasonic, working in a variety of R&D and product development groups; his last position for the company was as General Manager of Panasonic AVC American Laboratories. Mr. Stec joined DemoGraFX in 2001 as the Vice President of Engineering; in 2003, DemoGraFX was acquired by Dolby Laboratories.

Mr. Stec has worked on the development of HDTV since 1981 and was awarded a Technology and Engineering Emmy® Award in 2000 for advancements in video format conversion. He holds a number of patents in the area of digital video signal processing. Mr. Stec has participated on numerous SMPTE technical committees relating to video recording and digital video technology and currently holds the position of Editorial Director.  He has been a session chair at the AMI Conference, a Hollywood Chapter Manager and is on the SMPTE Board of Editors.   He recently was nominated to SMPTE Fellow.  He is also a Gold Member of the Hollywood Post Alliance.  Mr. Stec received a BSEE from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1980 and completed the Stanford/AEA executive management program in 2004.