—The Father of MPEG
to Give Insight on What Technology Needs to Move Forward—
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Leonardo Chiariglione, vice
president of Multimedia for the Research Centre of Telecom Italia Group (Telecom
Italia Lab) will provide the opening keynote for the NAB2003 Broadcast
Engineering Conference, April 6 in Las Vegas.
Chiariglione is best
known for his work on the creation of the Moving Picture Experts Group which
developed the standards for what is
now used to create digital and audio video for the Web, digital television,
mp3s, DVDs and other multimedia technology.
As the head of that group from its formation in 1988 to the present, he
has spearheaded the development of the MPEG-1, -2, -4, and -7 standards, and is
currently working on the MPEG-21 “Multimedia Framework.”
Chiariglione will address the current struggle between
content creators, distributors and users, and how that conflict is holding back
the full exploitation of the business opportunities offered by digital
technologies. He will expand on his
solutions to creating a greater equilibrium between the parties by identifying
what civil liberties and business aspects need to be preserved, allowing
technology to provide the answers and legislation to fill in the gaps.
Italian engineer Chiariglione has been with the Research
Centre of Telecom Italia Group since 1971.
During his career he has led a number of efforts aimed at furthering
innovation in information and communication technology.
These efforts include the
HDTV Workshop, an international event to promote HDTV technologies beyond
specific industry interests; ISO Moving Pictures Experts Group (MPEG) standards
committee; the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI) which sought to develop
specifications for secure digital music delivery; Image Communications, a
journal about image communication; the Digital Audio-Visual Council (DAVIC) to
develop international specifications for the delivery of digital media; the
Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents (FIPA) to develop international
specifications of generic agent technologies; and the Open Platform Initiative
for Multimedia Access (OPIMA) to develop international specifications for
Leonardo Chiariglione was born in Almese (Turin), Italy.
He graduated in electronic engineering from the Polytechnic of Turin and
obtained his Ph.D. degree from the
University of Tokyo in 1973.
NAB2003 takes place April 5 - 10 in Las Vegas (exhibits
open April 7). It is the world’s
largest electronic media show covering the
development, delivery and management of professional video and audio content
across all mediums. Complete NAB2003 details are available at www.nab.org/conventions/nab2003.
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