Event Type: 
Section Meeting
Event Date: 
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 18:00 to 21:00
BBC R&D South Lab
Centre House 56 Wood Lane
W12 7SB London
United Kingdom
Event Details: 

This year we visit BBC R&D South lab– to see what they have been working on and their view of the future since we visited two years ago. There is so much to hear about Time labels, Broadcast Render engine and IP Studio/ST2110  that we will be starting formal proceedings at 18h30  to give time to see demonstrations of BBC R&D work as well 

.... And we will catch up on HDR developments and see many application of Object based media and work on AR.

Time    Speaker
18:00-18:30   Ample refreshments   
18:30-18:40   Welcome/overview of agenda Andy Conroy
18:40-19:00   Intro to R&D's IP futures agenda Andy Conroy
19:00-19:10 IP Studio overview/ST2110 Pete Brightwell 
19:10-19:20 Time labels  John Fletcher 
19.20-19:30 Render Broadcast Engine Mark Lomas 
19:30-19:40 HDR update  Katy Noland 
19:40--20:10 Panel Q&A  Andy Conroy, Pete Brightwell, John Fletcher , Mark Lomas, Katy Noland 
    Richard Salmon/Sarah Mines
20:10-20:15   Wrap up  Andy Conroy
20:15   Make-along: Origami  Jumping Frog. Max Leonard 
    Civilisations AR app/R&D Toolkit David Johnston 
    SOMA Live Capture  Rob Wadge
    HDR  Katy Noland 
21:00   Event ends  


Andy Conroy is Controller BBC Research & Development and leads a 200-strong team of
research engineers, scientists, ethnographers, designers and producers
based in London and Salford.

Peter Brightwell is a Lead Engineer currently heading up  research activities at R&D's
South Lab on the IP Studio project, which is evaluating the benefits and challenges
of using IP networks in real-time production activity and to support mobile platforms,
and how technologies developed for the internet/web can scale to the demands
of programme makers He is leading a SMPTE Webcast
Exploring the Role of NMOS: Discovery and Connection in an IP World

John Fletcher is a Lead Technologist . During his 20-plus year career, he has worked in
a variety of fields including acoustics, audio/video coding, subtitling and tapeless production.
His current work is focussed on technical standardsand the application of new technology
in the TV production environment.
He chaired the SMPTE Technology Committee on Time Labelling and Synchronisation.

Mark Lomas is the Technical/ Lead Architect for User experince (UX) working on Projects
like Nearly Live Production and Playlister

Katy Noland is Senior Research and Development Engineer specialising in how the
human visual system perceives digital video, with applications in video format
specification  and conversion.
She is a Tonmeister and won the SMPTE Journal Award 2017.

And in addition those demonstrating

Max Leonard is a Research Engineer who has recently worked on An object-based media
collaboration with BBC Arts, BBC Four, & Taster.
with  Data models, exemplars, community, and production tools.


David Johnston is Senior Product Manager for Virtual & Augmented Reality;
David is looking at how VR/AR and other immersive technologies can be
applied to the BBC Public Service as well as enabling other areas of the BBC
and the wider digital economy.
He joined BBC R&D in 2017 after working in Film post-production on features such as
Casino Royale, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them and The Chronicles Of Narnia.  


Rob Wadge has spent the last 5 years working on the application of network technology
and real-time software-based systems in TV production environments,
specializing in data modeling and system architecture.
SOMA is browser based vision mixing interface
see https://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/blog/2017-07-compositing-mixing-video-browser

You may like to Study the Review of BBC R&D Activities

and their importance to the UK Industry 

This evening has been produced by
Sarah Mines R&D’s Technology Engagement Manager. Her remit is to create
and execute BBC R&D’s engagement strategy which aims to raise awareness
and understanding of the benefits of the department’s work.


Richard Salmon ‎Lead Research Engineer who is specialisea in Colorimetry, Displays
and future TV systems.


BBC R&D South Lab is located to the east of Central line
– accessed by the bridge from Wood Lane opposite Television Centre.
From White City ( Central Line)  turn Left out of exit walk South down  Wood Lane
and turn left before the hoardings
FromWood Lane  (Circle and H&C line) Turn Right out of exit down the temporary way
- turn right at the end of the  slope . 
The White City Bus station and a large car park is available at Westfield about 10 mins
walk away – and Shepherds  Bush Overground station about 15 minutes away.