MP3 Trailblazer Karlheinz Brandenburg to Keynote at SMPTE 2008

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Fri, 09/26/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Professor Doctor Karlheinz Brandenburg the multi award-winning scientist often referred to as the father of MP3 will deliver the keynote address at SMPTE 2008: Annual Tech Conference & Expo. The director of the distinguished Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology (Fraunhofer IDMT) Dr. Brandenburg will present his vision for the future of digital media including immersive entertainment 3D audio and video and interactivity.

 Produced by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers SMPTE 2008 features educational sessions and a trade show floor focused on content creation management distribution and display technologies. Dr. Brandenburg’s keynote will take place Tuesday morning October 28 2008 at the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood California the location for the SMPTE event.

“ Dr. Brandenburg is a true visionary whose work has transformed the media and entertainment industries in immeasurable ways ” says Kimberly Maki SMPTE and SMPTE 2008 executive director. “I am honored that he is delivering our keynote and am very much looking forward to hearing his thoughts about what lies ahead.”

Dr. Brandenburg is the driving force behind some of today’s most seminal technologies including the MP3 and AAC MPEG audio standards for which he performed the linchpin research and later headed the team that developed and expanded the solutions. As director of Ilmenau Germany-based Fraunhofer IDMT Dr. Brandenburg sets the course for the world-renowned institute which creates new media technologies for the professional and home entertainment sectors. 

Dr. Brandenburg has received numerous awards for his work in perceptual measurement techniques audio encoding Wave Field Synthesis (WFS) and psycho-acoustics. In 2006 the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) named him one of 120 most important inventors and masterminds in the field of electrical engineering and admitted him to the hall of fame of thinkers through the ages.

SMPTE 2008 offers the professional community a wide-ranging education in new and emerging technologies with practical application to the entertainment industry. International thought leaders will present peer-reviewed white papers case studies and tutorials. Leading entertainment hardware software and service companies will provide hands on demonstrations of their latest solutions. The show will focus on a wide range of topics including:

* 3D theatrical and home entertainment 
* IPTV and Internet video 
* Digital newsgathering 
* New displays 
* High-speed infrastructure for 1080P 

Companies interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at SMPTE 2008 should contact Kimberly Maki 914 761-1100 x4960. Register at:
 Fraunhofer IDMT SMPTE 2008: Annual Tech Conference & Expo Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers