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Next Generation Video: Expanding and Unifying the Multi-Screen World

March 20, 2013

The Digital Media SIG Presents…

Everyone is familiar with Moore’s Law which states that semiconductor processors double in performance every couple of years.  In the video coding area, a derivative of Moore’s Law has emerged. MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 are vintage early 90’s, while MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) was finalized in 2003. And now with the MPEG/ITU-T High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard and Google’s VP9, both being finalized in 2013, video compression efficiency appears to be doubling roughly every 10 years. In order to fill up all the new mobile SmartPhone and tablet screens, as well as eventually moving us into the spectacular world of 4K and 8K “Ultra HDTV,” every bit of this efficiency will be needed.

How do video engineers continue to dramatically improve video compression technology? What will be the market adoption curve for content and service providers to leverage these new techniques? How will 3D, Scalable Video and Ultra HDTV be enabled? What are some of the other important applications these new standards will give rise to?

Come join our experts as we discuss these important questions and many others.

Walt Husak
Director of Image Technologies, Dolby Labs, Inc.
Walt Husak is the Director of Image Technologies at Dolby Labs, Inc. He began his television career at the Advanced Television Test Center (ATTC) in 1990 carrying out video objective measurements and RF multipath testing of HDTV systems proposed for the ATSC standard. Joining Dolby in 2000, Walt has spent his early years studying and reporting on advanced compression systems for Digital Cinema, Digital Television, and Blu-ray. He has managed or executed visual quality tests for DCI, ATSC, Dolby, and MPEG. He is now a member of the CTO’s office focusing his efforts on 3D for Digital Cinema and Digital Television. Walt has authored numerous articles and papers for a number of major industry publications. Walt is an active member of SMPTE, MPEG, JPEG, ITU-R, and SPIE.  He currently chairs the SMPTE Frame Packing AHG and the MPEG Frame Compatible (MFC) AHG.

Dr. Ajay Luthra
Vice President, Fellow in Advanced Technology Group, Motorola Mobility

Ajay Luthra is Vice President, Fellow in the Advanced Technology Group of Motorola Mobility. In this role, he is responsible for advanced technology and leading new product concepts, architectures and prototypes development in the areas of Digital Video Compression & Processing, Streaming Video, Multi-Screen Video Distribution, 3D TV, Cable Head-End system design, Advanced Set Top Boxes and Home Networking. Before joining Motorola, he served as Director, Communication and Video Systems Lab for Tektronix. The prototype system developed by him and his team for in-home multi-screen video distribution was a winner of Innovation 2010 Design and Engineering Award Honoree recognition in CES 2010. He received Motorola’s Master Innovator award in 2010, Patent of the Year award in 2007 and Distinguished Innovator award in 2003. He was also a co-chair of Joint Video Team (JVT), consisting of ISO/MPEG and ITU-T/VCEG experts, which developed AVC/H.264 video coding standard. He and JVT were recognized by an ATAS Prime Time Emmy Engineering Award and NATAS Technology & Engineering Emmy Award for the development of that standard. He is currently actively involved in High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) technology and associated next generation of product prototypes development. He has more than 40 patents and several more are pending. Dr. Luthra holds Ph.D. from Moore School of Electrical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, M.Tech. in Communications Engineering from IIT Delhi, India and B.E. (Hons) from BITS, Pilani, India.Paul Torres
Director, Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Paul Torres is director of product management in the application processor group for Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. His current responsibilities include overseeing Qualcomm Technologies’ multimedia technologies including video, audio, voice and gestures. Torres joined the Company in September 2006 as a video product manager and has since increased his responsibilities to include multimedia product management.  In his current role, Torres oversees multimedia strategy and technology planning for the application processor team, including the multi-codec video core capabilities in the Qualcomm Snapdragon family of processors.  Prior to joining Qualcomm, Torres served as a director of product planning at Gateway Computers in San Diego, California. Torres has a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from University of California Santa Barbara and a master’s of business administration from San Diego State University.MODERATOR:
Naresh Soni
CTO, InterDigital
Mr. Naresh H. Soni has been the Chief Technology Officer of InterDigital, Inc., since December 2009, and serves as its Chair of Technical Advisory Council. Mr. Soni served as Vice President of Strategic Engineering at InterDigital, Inc. from July 21, 2009 to December 2009. Mr. Soni oversees technology strategy and roadmap, manage university and industry relationships, and provide guidance on merger and acquisition opportunities as well as new research and development initiatives. He served as Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of R&D of Streamezzo S.A. He has more than two decades of high technology experience. Mr. Soni founded Exemplar Technologies. He served as the Chief Technology Officer for Streamezzo. Mr. Soni’s previous experience includes research and innovation-focused positions at STMicroelectronics AT&T Bell Labs, and IBM, as well as the position of Vice President of Computing Architecture Research Lab at Nokia. He has served on the board of University of California San Diego (UCSD) Center for Wireless Communications and is currently on the advisory board of the UCSD school of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Mr. Soni holds several patents, has authored technical papers and has given keynotes at conferences in the areas of communications and computing. Mr. Soni earned his Master of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin, and Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mumbai.

Vinay Sathe, Perkins Coie, LLP
Marc Tayer, President, MediaTech Insights
Dan Sweeney, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Solekai Systems Corp.
Naresh Soni, CTO, InterDigital Communications, LLC

March 20th, 2013

5:30PM Registration/Networking/Refreshments
6:00PM Program Begins
7:30PM Program Ends

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San Diego, CA 92121

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