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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 supporting approximately 170 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.

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).  Harvey is the recipient of the Broadcasting & Cable Technical Leadership Award. He is a member of the SMPTE Board of Editors and a SMPTE Fellow.


Corey Carbonara is a Professor of Film and Digital Media in the Communication Studies Department at Baylor University. In addition, Dr. Carbonara currently serves as the Director of the Digital Communication Technologies Project at Baylor.

Professor Carbonara currently serves in a variety of capacities (as a co-chair, vice-chair, or member) on numerous state, national and international engineering committees, working groups, subcommittees and panels for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU-R). He also serves as an U.S. Delegate appointed by the US Department of State and the White House to the ITU-R on topics ranging from High Definition Television to Digital Cinema. He is a member of numerous professional societies and organizations in broadcasting, telecommunications, consumer electronics, motion picture management and engineering. In the March 2000 issue, Texas Monthly distinguished Dr. Carbonara as one of the "...Most Powerful Texans in High Tech." Recently, he was selected to be a member of the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers for his contributions to the development of high definition television.


Conference Chair
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. He is immediate past chair of SMPTE Hollywood section, having served for two years, and currently is SMPTE Hollywood regional Governor.


Jim DeFilippis has worked in radio and television broadcasting for over 32 years.  Most recently he was EVP, Digital Television Technologies and Standards, for the FOX Technology Group. Currently Jim is a consultant to the Media and Television industry in the area of new technologies and file based work flows.

He attended the School of Engineering at Columbia University in the City of New York where he attained his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1980 and his Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1990.

Jim is a Fellow of the SMPTE and recently received the SMPTE David Sarnoff Medal.  He has participated in standards activities at SMPTE, the International Telecommunications Union, and the ATSC.  He has received two Technical Emmy awards for his work on the Development of the ATSC standard and for the FOX HD Splicing System. 


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 vice president of the FKTG, the german equivalent to SMPTE.


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.


Michael F. Korpi is Professor of Film and Digital Media at Baylor University, a Senior Research Fellow at the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas at Austin, and a member of the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers. He has produced and directed documentaries on a range of topics from automobile racing to world hunger. Dr. Korpi also conducts research dealing with new communication technologies such as high definition television, nonlinear editing systems, digital cinema and video games. For example, he produced test materials for the HDTV standardization process, including the first side-by-side tests of Super 16mm vs. 35mm film transferred to HDTV.

Dr. Korpi attended Liberty University and the University of Iowa. He has been at Baylor University since 1982. He and his wife Deborah have three children: Joel, age twenty four , Faith, age twenty one , and Zachary, age fifteen . Dr. Korpi recently sold the Formula 500 race car he drove in Sports Car Club of America events ; a Mitsubishi Evolution IX MR with "Dr. Evo" plates is some compensation for this loss.


Al Kovalick is a Principal Member and Founder of Media Systems Consulting. Previously, he was a Corporate Fellow at Avid, CTO of Pinnacle Systems and Video Systems Architect at HP. He is an active speaker, educator and has penned the book Video Systems in an IT Environment – The Basics of Networked Media and File-Based Workflows (2009). Al has an MSEE degree from the University of California at Berkeley, holds 18 US and foreign patents and has authored more than 50 papers. He is a SMPTE Fellow and recipient of the David Sarnoff Gold Medal.


Sara Kudrle is currently the Product Marketing Manager for Monitoring and Control within the Strategic Marketing group of Grass Valley, a Belden Brand. Sara received her degree in Computer Science with a Minor in Mathematics from California State University Chico. Sara's 15 plus years as an engineer in the Broadcast industry started at Tektronix where she worked in From there, she joined Continental Electronics, working within the TV Transmitter group where she was responsible for developing exciter control software. From there she joined Miranda/NVISION and was responsible for several projects within the Router Control group. Sara has authored several papers for NAB, PBS and SMPTE conferences and has been published in the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and Broadcast Engineering. Sara's paper on "Fingerprinting for Solving A/V Synchronization Issues within Broadcast Environments,” received the 2012 Journal Award for best article. Sara is active within SMPTE serving on several committees and within the standards community. Sara is a current SMPTE Secretary/Treasurer and former Section Manager for Sacramento as well as the Western Region Governor for SMPTE. She is also a member of IEEE.


Pete Putman is a technology consultant to Kramer Electronics USA; engaged in product development and testing, technology training, and educational marketing programs. Pete is also a contributing editor for Sound and Communications magazine, the leading trade publication for commercial AV systems integrators. He publishes, a Web blog focused on HDTV, digital media, wireless, and display technologies.    Pete 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 an InfoComm Senior Academy Instructor for the International Communications Industries Association (ICIA), and was named ICIA’s Educator of the Year for 2008. He is a member of both The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and Society for Information Display (SID).


Jenny Read did a doctorate in theoretical astrophysics at Oxford University before moving into visual neuroscience. After spending four years in the USA working at the National Institutes of Health, in 2005 she returned to the UK with a research fellowship from the Royal Society, Britain's national academy of science. She is now a Reader (Associate Professor) in Vision Science at Newcastle University's Institute of Neuroscience in the beautiful North East of England. Dr Read runs a multidisciplinary research lab examining many aspects of vision, especially 3D or stereoscopic vision. Her research interests include how vision may be altered in clinical conditions like strabismus or epilepsy, how viewers perceive depth in 3D displays, and how 3D vision works in insects.


Kevin 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.


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.  Richard has held positions as Director of Digital Cinema Services at Dolby Laboratories and Head of Operations for Digital Cinema, Localisation and Sound Services at Technicolor.  In 2013 Richard established cloud software company Sundog Media Toolkit.  Richard holds a BSc (Hons) in Media Technology and an honorary Doctor of Technology degree from Southampton Solent University.


Jerry 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.