In 1986 the two major standards bodies, International Standardisation (ISO) and International Telegraph and Telephone Consultative Committee (CCITT), decided to establish a new group, JPEG, to develop an international standard for photographic coding. BT Labs had six engineers with expertise in information and television systems contributing to JPEG.
IET Fellow Graham Hudson, was Chairman of the international JPEG team during its original development in 1986 and his BT research team played an important in making it happen.
Graham said “being Chairman of the highly motivated international JPEG team that produced an international standard providing state of the art quality and performance was very satisfying. The universal adoption of JPEG for image coding on the web and in digital cameras has been gratifying.
“We believed it was a very good standard, but we never imagined it would still be in worldwide use 30 years later. Winning the Emmy means international recognition for the original JPEG team.”