Chiariglione to Give Keynote Address at October AES

Aug 14, 2002 12:00 PM, Editors


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The opening ceremonies of the AES 113th Convention, taking place October 5-8, 2002, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, will feature a keynote address by Leonardo Chiariglione, director of the Multimedia Division of CSELT, the research center of Telecom Italia Lab.

Known to many as the "father of MPEG," Chiariglione has been at the forefront of a number of initiatives that have helped shape media technology and business as we know them today. Dr. Chiariglione's keynote address will suggest that science can be a two-edged sword. In terns of data compression and encryption schemes, he argues, it is time that emergent technologies enabled creative opportunities for the content world, rather that fixate on proprietary technologies designed to establish a monopolistic control of digital media-delivery networks.

Dr. Chiariglione also suggests that there are almost limitless new experiences that users can have, but technology also presents several drawbacks to artists and publishers. There is an urgent need for the exploration of new foundations on which media supported by new technologies can reward artists, businesses and users, and Chiariglione will share his views on how the development of technology can better serve the audio and music communities.

Chiariglione is the founder of several audio technology initiatives, including the HDTV Workshop, an international event to promote HDTV technologies beyond specific industry interests; Image Communication, a EURASIP journal for the development of the theory and practice of image communication; ISO Moving Pictures Experts Group (MPEG) standards committee; and of the Digital Audio-Visual Council (DAVIC), a body with the task of developing specifications of open interfaces and protocols for media delivery.

From February 1999 to March 2001, Chiariglione was the executive director of the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI), a multi-industry group that developed specifications for secure digital music delivery. He is the recipient of several awards, including Laurea Honoris Causa from the Technical University of Lisbon, the IBC John Tucker Award, the IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics award and the Kilby Foundation award.

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