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François Abbe is the founder and president of Mesclado, an international consultancy providing strategic vision, solution architecture & programme management of broadcast IT systems for broadcast & media organisations.  Clients include Arte, Ericsson Broadcast Services, France Télévisions, RTBF.

François is a respected media expert with 20 years in the broadcast industry, with experience in Research and Development, Product Management & solution architecture. He was instrumental in the conception of MPEG-2 coding for Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT), the HD MXF file format, IMF for Hollywood majors, objective image Quality Control and High Definition within a data processing and file based environment.

   

Jim Burger is a Partner at Thompson Coburn LLP. Jim represents technology and consumer electronics companies on intellectual property, communications, and government policy matters.  Jim was Senior Director in Apple Computer’s Law Department; his responsibility included worldwide telecommunications and intellectual property policy.  Jim has participated extensively in such complex matters as the FCC’s Digital Television proceedings, DVD content protection, the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI), wireless data communications, the Copy Protection Technical Working Group (CPTWG), the Advanced Access Content System (AACS), as well as representing information technology industry associations and individual IT companies before the FCC in proceedings such as Broadcast Protection, and Cable Plug & Play.  Jim is Co-Chair of the FCBA IP Committee, Vice Chair of the Intellectual Property Owners Association Anti-Counterfeiting & Anti-Piracy Committee, and an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law. Jim works, speaks, and writes extensively on legal and policy issues arising from the confluence of digital technology, telecommunications, entertainment, intellectual property, and government regulation.

   
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Juergen Burghardt is CEO of FKTG e.V., Owner of BCT Broadcast Consultancy& Training, Assistant Professor for “Video Production Technologies” at University of applied science in Cologne, Germany and a member of the advisory board for media at technical University in Ilmenau, Thuringia, Germany

Before that he held several management positions at Sony Professional in Europe, was Head of Key Account Management for the Broadcast and Professional Video Market in Germany, Sen.-Manager BC strategy and market development, was Senior Manger Broadcast Strategy, Head of Marketing, a Product Group Manager, Senior Trainer and Application engineer for professional Audio Recording Studios.

His former professional activities include: Board member of FKTG, a German association for TV and cinema engineers and member of several other professional working groups and associations, Assistant Lecturer at University of Applied Science in Wiesbaden for students of “media-economics” and is the author of “The handbook of professional video recorders”.

   

Touradj Ebrahimi a professor at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) active in teaching and research in multimedia signal processing.

He is also the current Convener of the JPEG committee which has produced a family of standards that have revolutionized the world of imaging.

He acts as a scientific advisor to iCelero, a fast growing and innovative high tech company active in the field of multimedia.

In the past, He was an adjunct professor at NTNU and has founded two companies: Emitall SA which is a high-tech company active in the field of digital media innovations and Emitall Surveillance active in the field of intelligent video surveillance systems.

He represents Switzerland as the head of its delegation to MPEG and JPEG standards, and has contributed technical solutions to a large number of JPEG and MPEG standards and particularly in MPEG-2, MPEG-4, AVC/H.264, MVC, 3DVC, and HEVC/H.265.

He serves as consultant, evaluator and expert for European Commission projects, for various governmental funding agencies in Europe, and also advises a few Venture Capital companies in Switzerland as scientific and technical auditor.

   
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Siegfried Foessel received his Diploma degree in Electronic Engineering in 1989. He started his professional career as a scientist at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen and was project manager for projects in process automation, image processing systems and digital camera design. In 2000 he received his Ph.D. degree on image distribution technologies for multiprocessor systems. Since 2001 he focusses on projects for digital cinema and media technologies. He was responsible for projects like ARRI D21, DCI certification test plan or JPEG2000 standardisation for Digital Cinema. Siegfried is member of various standardisation bodies and organisations like SMPTE. In ISO SC29/JPEG he is chairing the systems group. Within the EDCF he is member of the technical board. Since 2010 Siegfried is head of the department Moving Picture Technologies, spokesman of the Fraunhofer alliance Digital Cinema and Chairman of the Board of FKTG, the german equivalent to SMPTE.

   
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Patrick Griffis is Executive Director, Technology Strategy in the Office of the CTO at Dolby Laboratories where he is charged with helping define future technology strategy for the company. Prior to Dolby, he spent 10 years at Microsoft leading digital media standards strategy on a global basis 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 standard in SMPTE. Prior to Microsoft, Pat spent 15 years at Panasonic in senior management positions including VP/ Strategic Product Development at Panasonic Broadcast where he helped launch DVCPRO and drive HDTV strategy for the USA. Pat started his career at RCA earning 8 patents in TV product design. He serves as SMPTE Vice President of Education, a member of the SMPTE executive committee and is a SMPTE Fellow. He is past member of the board of the ATSC and past Vice Chairman of the board of the Digital Living Network Alliance. He is an invited member of the IBC Council, an industry executive advisory group as well as the Academy of Digital TV Pioneers. He served two terms as President of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society. Pat holds a BSEE from Tufts University and an MSEE from Purdue University.

   
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Conference Chair
Hans Hoffmann
was born in Munich, Germany. He holds a diploma in telecommunication engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Munich. In 2007, he completed his Ph.D. studies at Brunel University West London, at the School of Engineering and Design. From 1993 to 2000, Hoffmann worked at the Insitut fuer Rundfunktechnik in research and development for new television production technologies. In 2000, he joined the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) as a senior engineer in the technical department. Hoffmann has chaired the EBU project groups P/BRRTV and P/PITV, which were both involved in standardization activities such SDTI and file formats.  He has chaired the SMPTE technology committee on Networks and File Management and has served as Engineering Director, Television. He has been involved in EBU activities on high-definition television production and emission and set up the HDTV testing laboratory at the EBU. Hoffmann is a fellow of SMPTE and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), FKT (Germany), and the Society for Information Display (SID).

   
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Anil Kokaram is a Tech Lead in the Video Transcoding team at Google. He leads a group working on video quality and develops video processing algorithms for quality improvement in various pipelines. He is also a Professor at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and continues to supervise a small number of students at www.sigmedia.tv in the EE Dept there. His main expertise is in the broad areas of DSP for Video Processing, Bayesian Inference and motion estimation. He has been working in research in these areas for over 20 years and has published over 100 refereed papers especially in Motion Picture Restoration. In 2007 he was awarded a Science and Engineering Academy Award, with colleagues at The Foundry (thefoundry.co.uk), for his work in video processing for post-production applications. He founded a company (GreenParrotPictures) in the area of motion picture enhancement in 2004. It was acquired by Google in 2011.

   
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Philipp Kraetzer is Director Engineering at Dolby Laboratories. He received the diploma degree in Mathematics at the Technical University in Berlin, Germany, in 1996, followed by a PhD in the field of complex analysis. In 1999 Philipp started a company, dicas, specializing in algorithms and solutions for video coding and the growing market of internet video streaming. Since 2010 Philipp heads the R&D advanced imaging team of Dolby in Berlin.

   

Andrew Perkis received his Siv.Ing and Dr. Techn. Degrees in 1985 and 1994, respectively. In 2008 he received an executive Master of Technology Management in cooperation from NTNU, NHH and NUS (Singapore). He has been with NTNU since 1993 and currently holds a chair within Media Technology. His current research focus is within methods and functionality of content representation, quality assessment and its use within the media value chain in a variety of applications and change management, business modelling for the media sector and Digital Storytelling and the associate tools for this. He was one of the founding authors of the concept of Universal Multimedia Access (UMA) and Quality of Experience (QoE). He is also involved in setting up directions and visions for new research within media technology and entertainment as well as directions for innovations in Immersive Media Technology Experiences. He is member of The Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA), senior member of the IEEE, member of ACM and member of The Norwegian Society of Chartered Engineers.

   

Rainer Schaefer (born 1961) is General Manager TV at the IRT, the R&D institute of the public German broadcasters (incl. ORF in Austria and SRG in Switzerland) since May 2009.

He joined the IRT in 1986 after studying electrical engineering at the technical university of Munich. During his career, he worked in several positions as hard- and software developer, project leader, seniour engineer and as head of the TV production systems section. Working areas were analogue and digital television, video coding and DVB, production chains, standards converters, interactive television and integrated media production systems.

He is regularly active as participant or in chairing positions in DVB, EBU and other national or international bodies, as well as EU projects. Currently, he is vice chair of the board of the FKTG in Germany.

   
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Richard Welsh is co-founder and CEO of Sundog Media Toolkit Ltd.  He serves on the board of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) as International Governor for EMEA, Central and South America.

Richard has worked in the cinema industry since 1999.  He has been involved in various technology development work during this time, primarily in digital cinema and is named on patents in the area of visual perception of 3D.  He started cloud software company Sundog in 2013, who specialise in scalable post-production software tools aimed at high end broadcast and movie productions.

Prior to Sundog, Richard worked at Dolby Laboratories where he held various positions including Film Sound Consultant, Mastering Engineer and Director of Digital Cinema.  Subsequently he was Head of Digital Cinema Operations at Technicolor, where he managed the teams servicing both Hollywood and independent studio releases and was responsible for cinema mastering, sound mixing, subtitling and distribution technical services in the UK. Richard has also lectured in Media Technology and continues to give guest lectures.

Richard holds a BSc (Hons) in Media Technology and an honorary Doctor of Technology degree from Southampton Solent University.