Biographies

SPEAKERS BIOGRAPHIES

Richard Clark is Managing Director of Elysium Ltd, an SME specialising in web enabled software. He has been involved in technical standards work for nearly 40 years, helping establish such key initiatives as the character and image coding standards for the Internet. His work in the UK as chair for over 11 years of the UK’s JPEG and MPEG committee led to the award in 2001 of a BSI Distinguished Service Certificate, and (as JPEG’s webmaster) a special Management Service award in 2005 from the MPEG and JPEG parent committee, SC29, following its international recognition with EMMY and ISO awards. His company continues to run the JPEG, MPEG and ICC web sites, distributing millions of documents to their members. Richard has acted as an expert witness for, and advisor to many of the world’s largest digital imaging companies, and his company has won a string of awards for its technical abilities, taking part in numerous UK and EC funded projects, especially in multimedia research.
He lives in Crowborough UK, with an extended family nearby. His interests include bridge, tennis and golf.


Frédéric Dufaux received his M.Sc. in physics and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1990 and 1994 respectively.
Frédéric has over 20 years of experience in research. From 1990 to 1994, he was a research assistant at the Signal Processing Laboratory at EPFL. During the summer 1992, he was a visiting researcher at the Advanced Video Technology Department of AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ. In 1994 and 1995, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Media Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. From 1995 till 2001, he was a senior member of research staff at the Cambridge Research Laboratory of Digital Equipment Corp. / Compaq Computer Corp., Cambridge, MA. In 2001, he joined Genimedia SA / Genista Corp., Lausanne, Switzerland, as a principal solutions architect. Since 2003, he is a scientific senior research staff at EPFL. From 2003 to 2009, he was also chief scientist of Emitall SA / Emitall Surveillance SA.
Frédéric has been involved in the standardization of digital video and imaging technologies for more than 15 years, representing EPFL and DEC/Compaq on the MPEG committee, and EPFL and Genimedia/Genista on the JPEG committee. He is currently co-chairman of JPEG2000 over wireless (JPWL) and co-chairman of JPSearch. He is the recipient of two ISO awards.
His research interests include image and video coding, distributed video coding, compressed sensing, subjective visual quality assessment, objective quality metrics, video surveillance, privacy protection, multimedia security, video transmission over wireless network, image and video analysis, motion estimation, object segmentation and tracking, multimedia content search and retrieval, image/video/object duplicate detection, social networking.
Frédéric is the author or co-author of more than 90 research publications (h-index=20) and holds 10 patents in the field of media technologies. He is an Area Editor for Signal Processing: Image Communication.


Jean-Pierre Gehrig, CEO and cofounder of Cinetis SA (http://www.cinetis.ch), is an electrical engineer with several year of experience in software development and in embedded system design. Jean-Pierre believes in simple, user friendly systems and nicely written code. Jean-Pierre holds a B.Sc. in electrical engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Sion, Switzerland.

 


Thomas Riegel was born in 1960 in Augsburg, Germany. He studied Computer Science at the Technical University of Munich, where he got his Diploma in 1988. Since that time he is with the Siemens Corporate Technology in Munich. He was engaged in a couple of European projects dealing with recovering depth from stereo, surface approximation and interpolation by triangle meshes. Later on he worked on a consistent embedding of synthesized views into virtual worlds for communication purposes.
His current field of activity covers the metadata-based archiving and retrieval of video content. Within that context he manages the according Siemens part in THESEUS. THESEUS is a research program initiated by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) of Germany with the goal of simplifying access to information, combining data into new knowledge and laying the groundwork for developing new services on the Internet.


Tiejun Huang, Ph.D., is a professor of the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science of Peking University and the vice director of the National Engineering Lab. of Video technology of China.
Prof. Huang’s research area includes digital media coding, image understanding, digital right management (DRM) and digital library. He is the principal investigator of more the ten national research projects and 2 international cooperation research projects. He published more than sixty peer-reviewed papers and three books as author or co-author.
Prof. Huang received Ph.D. degree on Pattern Recognition and Intelligent System from Huazhong (Central China) University of Science and Technology in 1998. From 1999 to 2006, Dr. Huang worked in the Institute for Computing Technology and the Graduated School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. At 2000, Dr. Huang involved in the China-US Million Book Digital Library Project that successes with more than one million digitized books at 2006. As one of the founders of the Audio and Video Coding Standard Working group of China (short for AVS), Dr. Huang servers as the secretary-general of AVS working group from 2002 to present. AVS was awarded the Top Ten Innovation of Information Industry at 2007 and the First Prize for Contribution to Chinese National Standard. Dr. Huang involves in Digital Media Project (DMP) from 2005 and contributes to the DMP IDP-2 specification and leads the reference software development. He became the member of Board of Director of DMP at 2007.


After studying Physics and Astronomy, PD Dr. Lukas Rosenthaler made its Ph.D. 1989 at the Institute of Physics in the field of Nanophysics in the group of Prof. J. Güntherodt. He collaborated in the construction of one of the first Scanning Tunneling Microscopes (STM) at the University of Basel where he was responsible for the data analysis and visualization.
From 1988 to 1992 he worked as PostDoc at the Image Science Lab of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETHZ) in the group of Prof. O. Kübler. Together with psychologists and neurophysiologists he developed a mathematical-agorithmic model of visual perception in human beings. This model successfully explains some perceptual phänomenons such as some optical illusions. During this time he gave lectures in image processing and analysis at ETHZ.
1992 he joined Cadwork AG where he was responsible for the software development in the field of 3D-visualization, animation, user interface design and databases. At the same time, he was a free-lance collaborator with the Scientific Photography Lab of the Dept. of Chemistry of the University of Basel. His research topic was the digital restoration of movie pictures.
Since 2001 he is a full-time staff member of the Imaging & Media Lab (Faculty of Humanities). His research is focused on the preservation of the audio-visuell heritage (including digitization, long-term archiving, restoration of photographic collections and moving image archives and new access tools). Projects he is leading or is involved are “DISTARNET”, a digital long-term archive using distributed systems based on a P2P architecture, “PEVIAR”, the Permanent Visual Archive using microfilm as digital storage and “ReteFontium”, a new collaborative tool for the Humanities to work with digital sources.
Further, he plays a vintage Hammond organ and Moog synthesizer in a Hardrock- and Blues-band celebrating the sound of the seventies and can often be seen and heard on-stage in the region of Basel.


Jens Jelitto is Manager of the Tape Technologies group at IBM Research – Zurich. He joined the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, Rueschlikon, Switzerland as a research staff member in March 2001. He has worked on several research topics in the field of digital signal processing for wireless LANs and for magnetic recording. Currently, his research work is focused on advanced signal processing techniques for the tape read channels and on servo control aspects to improve the storage capacity and reliability of tape systems.
He received his MSc/Dipl.-Ing. and PhD. degrees from the Dresden University of Technology, Germany, in 1995 and 2001, respectively. From 1995 to 1996, he worked in the field of speech recognition at the Institute for Acoustics and Speech Communication in Dresden. In July 1996 he joined the Mannesmann Mobilfunk Chair for Mobile Communications Systems at the Dresden University of Technology, Germany, to work towards his PhD degree, where his main research interests included digital signal processing, smart antennas and spatial dimension reduction problems.
Jens is Senior Member of the IEEE.


Educated at Brigham Young University and UCLA, Dr. Douglas P. Hansen currently serves as the Chief Science Officer at Millenniata. Previous to the founding of Millenniata in 2008, he spent over 15 years with MOXTEK, a high-tech business focused on nano-scale optics and x-ray system components, founding the nano-scale optics division of the company and leading it to success in numerous projection display and other applications in the consumer electronics space. In the last 4 years with MOXTEK, he served as CTO and General Manager of the Optics Division of the company, directing all operations, including marketing, sales, pricing, business strategy, and partner relationships.
 

 


Prof. Sabine Süsstrunk leads the Images and Visual Representation Group in the Audiovisual Communications Laboratory (LCAV) at EPFL since 1999. Her main research areas are in digital photography, color imaging, image quality metrics, and digital image archiving. From 2003-2004, she was a Visiting Scholar in the Computational Color Reproduction Group at Hewlett-Packard Labs in Palo Alto, CA, USA. From 1995-1999, she was the Principle Imaging Researcher at Corbis Corporation in Seattle, WA, USA. From 1991-1995, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Sabine served as chair or committee member in many international conferences on color imaging, digital photography, and image systems engineering. She is Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, and is Director of CIE Division 8 (Commission Internationale de l’Eclairage, Imaging Technology) from 2007 to 2011.


Joachim Keinert studied electrical engineering and information technologies at both the University of Stuttgart, Germany, and the ENST in Paris, France, and obtained a corresponding double diploma in 2004. After a nine month working stay within EADS-DCS (France), he joined the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) (Germany) in order to develop both hardware and software solutions for digital cinema applications. In this context, he also participated in the JPEG ISO/IEC standardization committee. During a simultaneous research activity at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Joachim Keinert investigated system level design techniques for image processing, where he recently passed his PHD exam. His current interests focus on image compression technologies for multiprocessor architectures as well as corresponding system level design methods.


Noboru Harada received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Department of Computer Science and Systems Engineering of Kyushu Institute of Technology, Fukuoka, in 1995 and 1997, respectively. He joined NTT Laboratories in 1997. His main research area has been lossless audio coding and high-efficiency coding of speech and audio, and its application. He is an Ad-Hoc-Group chair of Professional Archival Application Format at MPEG, an editor of ISO/IEC 23000-6:2009 Professional Archival Application Format, an editor of ISO/IEC 14496-5:2001/Amd.10:2007 reference software MPEG-4 Audio Lossless Coding, and ITU-T Recommendation G.711.0 Lossless compression of G.711 pulse code modulation. He is a member of IEEE, the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers of Japan (IEICE), the Acoustical Society of Japan (ASJ), and the Audio Engineering Society (AES).


Simão Ferraz de Campos Neto joined the secretariat of the ITU Standardization Sector in 2002, and is the Counsellor for ITU-T Study Group 16 (for standardization work on multimedia services, protocols, systems, terminals and media coding, including accessibility). He organized several workshops (e.g. Multimedia in NGN, Telecoms for Disaster Relief, RFID, Standardization in E-health; SIIT2005) and was the editor of the first version of the ITU-T Security Manual.
Prior to joining ITU in 2002, Mr Campos worked for 8 years as a scientist in COMSAT Laboratories performing standards representation and quality assessment for digital voice coding systems, and before that he was a researcher at Telebras’s R&D Center (CPqD).
A Senior Member of the IEEE, Mr Campos authored several academic papers and position papers, served in the review committee of several IEEE-sponsored conferences, and organized the first ITU-T Kaleidoscope Conference.

 


Roger Cummings is Technical Director with Symantec Corp., Cupertino, USA.
He is one of the two Co-Chairs of the Long Term Retention (LTR) Technical Working Group (TWG) of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) (see http://www.snia.org/tech_activities/work/twgs/), which is very focused on both the physical and logical aspects of long term preservation.

 


Frans de Jong was born in The Netherlands in 1974. He studied Electrical Engineering at Delft University of Technology, specialising in Information Theory, and his thesis was on “keyframe extraction for video-indexing”. During and after his study period, he worked as a video editor and was involved in developing a Newsroom system for TV broadcasters. After that he moved to the NOB (Dutch Cross Media Facilities) as a systems architect, working in various projects, including the European myTV and Share it! projects. He contributed substantially to the phase 1 work of TV Anytime, especially focussing on the Metadata Group’s segmentation specification.
Before coming to the EBU, Mr de Jong worked as a consultant for NOB on, amongst others, the “Digital Facility” project – which created a file-based environment for the contribution, playout and archiving of all three Dutch Public TV channels. Currently he works as a senior engineer at EBU TECHNICAL. He is project coordinator of the Expert Community on Integrated Production, the EBU Group on Loudness normalisation and measurement, and the EBU Digital Television Archives Group. He also helps coordinate the EBU 3D-TV Study Group and he participates in the European MUSCADE and 3D VIVANT projects.


Dave McAllister
Director, Open Source and Standards, Core Services
Adobe Systems, Incorporated

As director, standards and open source, for Core Services at Adobe Systems, McAllister is focused on the company’s long-term strategic direction as it relates to leveraging standards and open-source technologies to differentiate Adobe. McAllister is Adobe’s representative to Ecma International, and W3C eGov initiative, Linux Foundation, and other industry associations.
McAllister came to Adobe in 2006. Prior to joining Adobe, he founded Open Source Business Technologies, a consultancy that helps venture capital firms understand the commercial opportunities created by open-source technologies. Before starting his own firm, McAllister co-founded software maker Cassatt Corp. He helped create the blade server market as an early member of Egenera. He spent almost 10 years at Silicon Graphics (SGI) where he started as a kernel engineer. Over his time in SGI, he managed most of the software development products, compilers and tools, and was the principal person that brought Linux and open source into SGI. He also taught computer languages for the University of Houston and helped create the initial Space Shuttle simulations for Singer-Link and Lockheed.
He often speaks on topics such as the real-world legal and technical issues associated with open-source software and on creating new technology companies. Well versed in trivia, he won a Golden Penguin in 2002. He has held seats on Advisory Boards for Sistina, Woven Systems, Pathworks, Zetera and ConcreteCMS. He is currently on the Reader Advisory Board for Linux Journal.
Dave can be reached at dmcallis@adobe.com, followed on Twitter as dwmcallister and his irregular blog is at http://blogs.adobe.com/open.