MPEG Founder & President To Address SMPTE 2012 Emerging Technologies Forum

Dr. Leonardo Chiariglione among high-profile, cross-industry leaders to speak at symposium

SMPTE Forum On Emerging Technologies 13 - 15 May 2012 ● Geneva

Amsterdam, The Netherlands - 10 September 2011 – In advance of their unprecedented joint symposium next spring - The Forum on Emerging Media Technologies – the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE) and the European Broadcast Union (EBU) today announced that Dr. Leonardo Chiariglione, the founder and president of MPEG, will be among those to speak at the symposium, which takes place next May in Geneva (

Chiariglione launched the MPEG standards committee in 1988. Since then, the MPEG formats have become ubiquitous in broadcast and production facility worldwide and in delivery to end users within and across countries and industries. He also established key technical conferences, including those focused on promoting HDTV technologies beyond their current uses and the adoption of low bit-rate encoding technologies for digital networks.

For his substantial contributions and pioneering work in digital television, Chiariglione has received numerous awards, including those from SMPTE, the IEEE, NAB, and IBC. He currently oversees, a firm that advises major international companies on strategic, technology and market issues related to digital media; and WimLabs, which helps match demand, supply, and distribution of multimedia content and services on the Web. He holds a Ph. D. in Electrical Communication from the University of Tokyo, Japan.


SMPTE and the EBU made their announcement prior to convening a panel discussion at IBC 2011 that provided an early look at how the Geneva symposium will use a noncommercial, science-driven approach to focus on technologies likely to come onto the market in the next three years and those whose commercialization is a decade away. The Forum is emblematic of the leadership role SMPTE is taking to drive standards that will accelerate industry expansion and business success.

 “In a world of highly accomplished vision scientists, Leonardo Chiariglione stands out for his ability to see far into the future and understand what needs to be done,” said SMPTE President Pete Ludé. “His foundational work on the global MPEG standard is emblematic of the critical, enabling role that standards play in accelerating industry growth and facilitating expanded revenue opportunities from motion-imaging technologies.”

“My work is built around helping industry exploit interoperable digital media technologies for the benefit of society through standards, publications, and industrial initiatives – and The Forum is a perfect venue to discuss the exciting possibilities the future holds for those efforts,” said Chiariglione.

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About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers

The Oscar® Award-winning and Emmy® Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) is the leading technical society for the motion imaging industry. As an internationally recognized and accredited standards-setting body, SMPTE develops standards, recommended practices and guidelines, and spearheads educational activities to advance engineering and moving imagery. Since its founding in 1916, the Society has established close to 600 standards, including the physical dimensions of 35mm film and the SMPTE-time code. More recently, it crafted the Digital Cinema Standards, which paved the way for digital movie theaters. 

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