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IET President's Address on IET.tv

The new President of the IET explored the hidden technology behind digital TV compression which has had a massive impact on the way society consumes media. His President’s Address took place on Thursday 11 October, 6.30pm, at IET London: Savoy Place. Mike Carr OBE, became the 148th President of the IET on 1 October 2018 and his President’s Address will mark his first official engagement.

Tickets sold out for the event, but it can be watched live via IET.tv. His presentation will reveal the evolution of video compression engineering from its beginnings 50 years ago through to today’s ubiquitous technology. This technology is everywhere, it’s in your smartphone, in your TV set. It could even be in your doorbell. He will also examine how this technology could evolve in the future.

Mike said: “Most young people today take for granted the instant access they have to hundreds of high-resolution TV channels, the millions of YouTube videos that can be accessed via your phone and films they can store on a single memory stick.

“Technology is changing rapidly; it’s now 50 years since the very first experiments in digital video compression and there is a vast range of techniques that have been explored, improved and in many cases discarded.

“As with most areas of engineering, improved understanding in combination with increased technical capability has enabled a progression of significant improvements. It’s exciting to think what the next 50 years of digital compression will look like and the vital role of engineers and technologists in enabling ideas and creating products and services to transform the way we watch video.”

Mike’s early career focused on the research, development and design of real-time audio visual and multimedia communications systems championing technological innovation. Until November 2008, Mike was BT’s Chief Science Officer responsible for the company’s world-leading Research Labs and Commercial Exploitation Unit.

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