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A story of unseen engineering: digital TV compression

The IET President's Address

11 October 2018 | IET London: Savoy Place

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A story of unseen engineering: Digital TV compression

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The Real future of energy – will the customer ever be king? (image) Access to hundreds of high resolution live TV channels and millions of YouTube videos is now the norm. Do you ever hit ‘pause’ to wonder how this came about?

What we now take for granted has actually developed over the last 50 years. Whilst the improvements in digital transmission speeds and storage have helped considerably, a fundamental enabler to the success of the modern video empowered world is “Digital Video Compression”.

This Presidential address will overview the highlights and evolution of video compression engineering, starting with the relative simple schemes of the late 1970’s through to latest sophisticated techniques in common use today.

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Featured speaker

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Mike Carr

former Chief Science Officer for BT

Mike is the former Chief Science Officer for BT and responsible for the company’s world-leading research and commercial exploitation unit, including patent licensing and corporate venturing activities.

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President’s Dinner

Join the incoming President in the Riverside Room for a 3 course meal and networking reception

Fantastic views of the Thames and South Bank in Savoy Place’s premier dining area

Places available for individuals, couples and groups, giving flexibility for your enjoyment.

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18:00 - Registration & Technology Showcase

18:30 - IET President’s Address

19:30 - Networking drinks & Technology Showcase

20:00 - President’s Dinner (fee applies)

21:00 - Showcase and drinks reception close

22:00 - President's Dinner finish

EngTalk showcase

Do you have some exciting relevant technology, projects or innovative materials that you would like to showcase to fellow guests at our EngTalks?

We have the perfect opportunity for you.

A number of table tops will be available at no cost for select organisations to showcase interesting developments in this area.

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