World leading collaborative research – the work of BBC R&D

Event Date: 
Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 18:15
BBC Research & Development South Lab
Centre House D Block 56 Wood Lane
W12 7SB London
United Kingdom
Event Details: 

The Biennial SMPTE members visit to BBC R&D – to see and hear what they have been working
on and how they are seeing the future technologies of our industries.  
Some topics are well known – like the ways in which we see Television – and thus the issues of Viewing distance,
better Pixels, OETF & white point, coding and immersive audio - or “Things using IP”  
but we will also be seeing what BBC R&D see what is important in Mid 2016 – and how BBC R&D Collaborates with Universities and Industry to support a wide range of initiatives
–to push forward the UKs knowledge and capabilities.

We will be hearing short presentations – brief tour of some of the research work and a great opportunity to talk with BBC R&D staff – and some of their partners   about their recent work, its results and where they are looking at the future.
Because as  the age of the internet continues to affect the broadcast industry, re-interpreting the very term “broadcasting” and providing alternative ways to watch and listen to programmes, R&D remains at the heart of the BBC’s commitment to innovate, and its mission to inform, educate and entertain.

BBC R&D is enshrined in the BBC’s Royal Charter and Agreement with the UK government to provide “a centre of excellence”, funded though the License  fee, for research and development in broadcasting and the electronic distribution of audio, visual and audio-visual material.

 This visit will be limited in numbers – and preference will be given to SMPTE members



 18:00 Start arriving and demos

18:55 Safety notices (JohnZ)

19:00 SMPTE intro (Peter Weitzel Hon Sec SMPTE UK section)

19:05 Welcome to BBC R&D (Andy Conroy, Controller, BBC R&D)

19:15 Connected Studio (Chris Ambrose)

19:35 Survey of UK TV viewing conditions (Katy Noland)

19:55 New DPP UHD programme exchange Specification (Tom Heritage)

20:15 Video coding R&D in collaborative projects PROVISION and COGNITUS (Marta Mrak)

20:35 Q&A 

21:00 Additional Demo sessions if required  


BBC R&D South Lab is located to the east of Central line – accessed by the bridge from Wood Lane between White City ( Central Line)  turn Left out of exit
and Wood Lane  (Circle and H&C line) Turn Right out of exit. 
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.