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Demystifying Artificial Intelligence for Digital Signal Processing Professionals

Human learning and understanding involve strategies ranging from rote memorization to analogy to first principle decomposition. On this pyramid of learning strategies, human rote memorization is typically viewed as a necessary but NOT sufficient component of true learning. Computers are so good at storing and retrieving information that the word learning is rarely if ever used to describe machine memory. Analogy, on the other hand, can be a powerful steppingstone on an efficient path to fundamental first principles-based understanding. 

The fields of Digital Signal Processing and Machine Learning (ML) share many common math and technology building blocks.  Linearity, for example, is central to both these disciplines. Commonalities between the two disciplines can be leveraged to create analogies that demystify the inner workings of ML systems that transform speech into text and pixels into metadata.   

Our host Kari Grubin and Signiant CTO Ian Hamilton will discuss AI and ML, what can be learned from digital signal processing, and how ML adds business value today. The conversation will be interspersed with audience questions as well as introduce some practical applications of ML in M&E.



 Guest Speaker:  Host - Kari Grubin

Kari_1 Kari Grubin has spent the past 20 years leading and managing studio divisions, global post-production facilities, corporate departments, and groups within trade organizations. Her strong record of technical operations supervision and confident, insightful leadership of creative teams led to her most recent position as Vice President of Mastering for Studio Operations at The Walt Disney Studios, where she developed a long-term strategic vision for mastering across the title lifecycle. In that role, Kari served technical lead and key contributor for content specification development and master asset delivery for all distribution windows, resolving planning conflicts, version control and general performance in mastering. Kari serves on the board of the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA), where she is also the chair of Women in Post Committee. In 2016, she co-created the Young Entertainment Professionals Program (YEP) at the HPA, which has provided outreach and mentoring to over 100 young leaders in the entertainment industry. She is an active member of SMPTE.





Guest Speaker: Ian Hamilton


Ian Hamilton, CTO, Signiant 

Ian Hamilton has been an innovator and entrepreneur in Internetworking infrastructure and applications for more than 20 years. As a founding member of Signiant, he has led the development of innovative software solutions to address the challenges of fast, secure content distribution over the public Internet and private intranets for many of the media and entertainment industries’ largest companies. Prior to Signiant, Ian was chairman and vice president of product development at ISOTRO Network Management. He was responsible for launching ISOTRO’s software business unit and created the NetID product suite before the company was successfully acquired by Bay Networks. Ian held senior management positions at Bay Networks and subsequently Nortel Networks, from which Signiant emerged. Previously Ian was a member of scientific staff at Bell Northern Research performing applied research and development in the areas of Internetworking and security.