The JPEG standardization committee has played an important role in the digital revolution in the past quarter-century. However, the ever-changing requirements in multimedia applications have created new challenges in imaging for which solutions should be found. This Emerging Technologies webcast provides an overview of several new solutions, including a recently developed image format called JPEG XT that is intended to deal with high dynamic range (HDR) content. In addition, JPEG PLENO, a recent initiative by the JPEG committee to address an emerging modality known as plenoptic imaging, will be explained. Finally, we will introduce JPEG AIC (Advanced Image Coding), a potential initiative that aims to create a new image compression standard that would not only offer superior compression efficiency when compared to JPEG and JPEG 2000, but also would provide other features attractive for multimedia applications of tomorrow.
Touradj Ebrahimi a professor at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) active in teaching and research in multimedia signal processing. He is also the current Convener of the JPEG committee which has produced a family of standards that have revolutionized the world of imaging. He acts as a scientific advisor to iCelero, a fast growing and innovative high tech company active in the field of multimedia. In the past, He was an adjunct professor at NTNU and has founded two companies: Emitall SA which is a high-tech company active in the field of digital media innovations and Emitall Surveillance active in the field of intelligent video surveillance systems. He represents Switzerland as the head of its delegation to MPEG and JPEG standards, and has contributed technical solutions to a large number of JPEG and MPEG standards and particularly in MPEG-2, MPEG-4, AVC/H.264, MVC, 3DVC, and HEVC/H.265. He serves as consultant, evaluator and expert for European Commission projects, for various governmental funding agencies in Europe, and also advises a few Venture Capital companies in Switzerland as scientific and technical auditor.