Biographies of organizers

Jeremy Foss is a Chartered Engineer and a senior lecturer in Broadcast Engineering at Birmingham City University, UK. He has eleven years in research and lecturing experience at undergraduate and post graduate level in broadcast and communications engineering at Birmingham City University and also as guest lecturer at other universities. He developed the university's successful broadcast engineering programmes. Prior to his academic role he had thirty years' experience in research and development in telecommunications, including work on virtual environments, mobile network development, intelligent agents and as solutions architect for IPTV multi-play solutions. He is situated in the DMT Lab, where his research interests include in-video personalisation and interactive media for broadcast media, with specific interest in object based media placements, metadata, profiling, production and playout architectures. He also works on low latency real-time networks as well as on the integration and convergence of VR/AR with broadcast media. He is a member of IST/37, the UK membership of the MPEG committee.

Ben Shirley is a Senior Lecturer in Audio Technology at the Acoustics Research Centre, University of Salford, UK. He received his MSc from Keele University in 2000 and his PhD from the University of Salford in 2013. His doctoral thesis investigated methods for improving TV sound for people with hearing impairments. His research interests include audio broadcast, spatial audio and also audio related accessibility solutions for people with sensory impairments. Dr Shirley was principal investigator on the ITC and Ofcom funded Clean Audio project which investigated methods to improve TV sound for people with hearing impairments and was a member of the UK Clean Audio Forum which contributed to international digital video broadcast standards. He is currently working on object-based audio broadcast projects including accessible object-based audio, and the EPSRC funded S3A project investigating future object-based spatial audio systems.

Benedita Malheiro completed her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Porto in 2000. Is an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, School of Engineering of the Polytechnic of Porto and a senior researcher of INESC TEC. Has authored more than 60 publications, interacted with 78 co-authors of scientific papers and supervised more than one hundred students in the areas of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Computer Engineering. Between 1993 and 2014 participated in six research projects. Works in the area of Engineering and Technology with an emphasis in Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Informatics. In her curriculum, the most frequent scientific, technological and artistic-cultural production terms are: Multiagent Systems, Distributed Applications, Distributed Coherence Maintenance, Content Personalisation, Electronic Brokerage, Context-awareness, Distributed Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Global Navigation and Positioning Systems, Location-based Services and Engineering Education.

Sara Kepplinger studied Digital Television at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences from 2004 to 2008 and finished with a diploma degree (comparable to a Master of Science). After her graduation, she worked as researcher at the ICT&S Center in Salzburg, Austria. In 2009, she moved to Ilmenau, Germany, and joined the Institute for Media Technology at the Technische Universität Ilmenau. Since 2010, she has also been a PhD candidate at the Technische Universität Ilmenau. In 2012, she joined the Perception and Ergonomics group (Acoustics) at the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT in order to manage listening tests and perceptual studies. In 2015 Sara has changed to the User-Centered Design and Technologies group (Human Centered Media Technologies - HMT) focusing on usability, quality of user experience and user centered design. Her current research interests focus on the parametrization of quality influencing factors and the definition of quality features with user centered studies.

Alexandre Ulisses is currently the Innovation & Funding Manager of MOG Technologies and has a great deal of experience in managing EU and national R&D and innovation projects. He worked for several years as a researcher in INESCPORTO where he was involved in various projects with Portuguese National Television (RTP) both as an expert in image and video restoration and a trainer in the archive department. He has 15 years' experience in lecturing on multimedia and audiovisual topics at the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo. He was also a project manager at the Portuguese National Innovation Agency (ADI) where he had the opportunity to participate in and manage various national and EU (H2020, FP7, INTERREG, IRC, CIP) projects in topics related to ICT and Innovation, namely Enterprise Europe Network (CIP), SWITCH (H2020), PROCAMS (H2020), SME2LEAD (FP7), ATLANT-KIS (INTERREG), FOOD SME-HOP (INTERREG) among others. From 2010 to 2013 he was also the chairman of the ICT Sector Group of the Enterprise Europe Network, the largest innovation and technology transfer network in the world. He is also an experienced trainer in the areas of video coding and innovation management and faculty member of the Eurovision Academy.

Mike Armstrong has lead the BBC's research into access services over the past few years, working on significant improvements in the BBC's subtitle services and having a major impact on the BBC's understanding of the audience's needs. He is now focusing on the challenges of object based broadcasting and how metadata can be harnessed to assist and automate production processes.
Mike joined BBC R&D in 1999 where he has developed a very broad expertise, covering a wide range of issues from access services, speech audibility, video quality, visual perception and is currently working on production techniques for object based broadcasting. Previously he worked in BBC Local Radio where he gained a wide range of operational experience and pioneered the use if IT systems in broadcasting. He installed and ran the BBC's first ever server-based playout system at Radio Bristol.


Main Organiser Universities and Companies
Birmingham City University - the university's Digital Media Technology Lab (DMT Lab), http://dmtlab.bcu.ac.uk specialises in the development of methods for analysing, evaluating, creating, processing and distributing digital media. Consisting of a team of academics the lab focuses on four core themes, namely: Mixed Reality and Interactive Media, Digital Image Processing, Digital Audio Processing and Digital Media Distribution. DMT Lab's current research is driven by the needs of industries and has clear links to many industrial applications in TV and Video Production, Post-Production, Networking Solutions, Film Production Visual Effects, Simulation Systems and Audio Production. Based in Millennium Point, the DMT Lab are currently working in conjunction with a number of key industrial partners, and also alongside the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in delivering both the MSc Broadcast Engineering programme (for BBC Graduate Trainees) and the BEng Broadcast and Communications Engineering (for BBC Apprentices).

University of Salford - One of the two major acoustics research groups in the UK with an emphasis on audio acoustics. Salford University has been carrying out acoustics research for over 35 years and is one of the primary partners in the BBC Audio Research Partnership. Acoustic Engineering was part of the University's Architectural and Built Environment submission for RAE 2008, which was ranked top for Research Power by Research Fortnight.
Key areas include audio acoustics, DSP, building and architectural acoustics, environmental noise, Soundscapes, human response to sound and vibration, audio signal processing and transducer design. Salford is currently very active in object-based audio research and is a partner in the EPSRC funded S3A project with the BBC.

Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP) - School of Engineering of the Polytechnics of Porto (http://www.isep.ipp.pt) - is a public higher education institution with its roots in 1852 and a campus with 6500 students enrolled in 14 B.Sc. and 12 M.Sc. engineering degrees. ISEP stands for social responsibility and is committed to excellence in the education and training of proficient scientific and technical engineering professionals. It adopts an applied knowledge approach, favouring an entrepreneurial mind-set and enabling graduates to face future professional challenges. ISEP houses 10 R&D units, including worldwide leading research groups in their field of knowledge. To strengthen the exchange of knowledge with the society, it has created five consultancy units, offering scientific and technical expertise to entrepreneurs, engineers and CEO.

Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology (IDMT) - is doing applied research in the field of audiovisual media. The Institute is known as a competent partner of industry when it comes to developing groundbreaking technologies for the digital media domain. Together with its contracting partners Fraunhofer IDMT develops cutting-edge solutions consistently designed to meet user requirements and expectations. At its headquarters in Ilmenau and its branches in Erfurt and Oldenburg Fraunhofer IDMT employs over one-hundred people working on the Institute's research portfolio. The members of the Human-centered Media Technologies - HMT business unit investigate design, and evaluate application-oriented, user-centered media solutions that are used as technology components for the public and the private education sector, and that support people in their everyday life.

BBC Research & Development - BBC R&D is a world class research and development facility benefitting the BBC, industry and audiences internationally. In the internet age it leads the invention of new forms of content and new ways to deliver them in a predominantly IP world built to the principles of object based media.

MOG Technologies - was created in 2007, with the ambition to explore a new professional market based on the development of centralized ingest solutions for the end-user broadcaster. The company has great expertise in developing innovative, R&D intensive, products for the broadcasting sector. MOG have developed service oriented architectures and platforms for the playback, ingesting and transcoding of professional audiovisual content together its profound know-how of video formats and wrappers and metadata handling.

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