SMPTE Symposium to Explore Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning

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Mon, 09/11/2017 - 11:58 -- Nick Dager

The Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers has announced the program for its 2017 Symposium: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Digital Media Creation: The Promise, the Reality, and the (Scary?) Future. The October 23 event, which will take place at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California, immediately precedes the SMPTE 2017 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition.

"We're incredibly proud of the amazing speakers we have lined up for this year's event," said SMPTE education vice president Richard Welsh, CEO of Sundog Media Toolkit. "The breadth and depth of their expertise will give Symposium attendees a compelling perspective on the brave new world of AI and machine learning."

Co-chaired by SMPTE Fellow Michelle Munson, co-founder of Aspera, and Yvonne Thomas, product manager at Arvato Systems, the SMPTE 2017 Symposium will examine how AI and ML technologies have gained significant traction in the creation of digital media. Subject matter experts, visionaries, and thought leaders in the field will assist attendees in establishing a firm foundation for understanding these technologies, which may eventually disrupt the media and entertainment industry.

Jeff Kember, technical director for media in the office of the CTO at Google, will deliver the keynote address. He will discuss the latest opportunities and advances in ML, and how AI and ML are shaping the future of the media and entertainment industry.

Further details about the Symposium are available at