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    Powering What's Next: Separating Signal from Noise

    August 18, 2020 01:00 PM

    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:  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. 

    Guest Speaker:  Kari Grubin



    Kari Grubin is a multi-talented executive who has spent the past 20years 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 developeda 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 the area of 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 toover 100young leaders in the entertainment industry. She is an active member of SMPTE. After spending her early years in staff positions at Universal Studios and as an assistant film editor, Kari joined Paramount Pictures’ digital mastering operations, rising to head of technical operations. In 2002, she formed Global Entertainment Partners (GEP) and served as general manager, growing the company’s services to include 2K/HD digital intermediates and mastering, dailies services, libraryrestoration and re-mastering, and editorial services. In 2006, Grubin and her partner sold GEP to Deluxe Entertainment Services Group and Kari transitioned to Deluxe subsidiary Deluxe Digital Media, where she was Vice President of Post and Restoration. She was responsible for business lines that included library restoration and re-mastering (4K, 2K, HD), reality TV finishing services, editorial, digital archive migration, digital intermediates and dailies services. As a member of the Deluxe executive team, she collaborated on end-to-end services for Disney and Fox. Kari then joined NSS Labs,theleading information security research and advisory company that is both an analyst firm and testing laboratory, as sales director focusing on the entertainment sector, specializing in cyber security. Kari is in demand as a speaker on a variety of topics. Recent presentations include NAB Cinemerge, HPA Women in Post, HPA Tech Retreat, and theAcademy Gold Internship Program (AMPAS). She holds three US patents in media and entertainment technology as a co-inventor.