Dr. Seishi Takamura


April 25, 2018 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Location: Packard 101

Talk Title: Video Coding before and beyond HEVC

Talk Abstract: We are enjoying video contents in various situations. Though they are already compressed down to 1/10 - 1/1000 from its original size, it has been reported that video traffic over the internet is increasing 31% per year, within which the video traffic will occupy 82% by 2020. This is why development of better compression technology is eagerly demanded. ITU-T/ISO/IEC jointly developed the latest video coding standard, High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), in 2013. They are about to start next generation standard. Corresponding proposals will be evaluated at April 2018 meeting in San Diego, just a week before this talk.

In this talk, we will first overview the advances of video coding technology in the last several decades, latest topics including the report of the San Diego meeting, some new approaches including deep learning technique etc. will be presented.

Speaker's Biography: Seishi Takamura received his B.E., M.E., and Ph.D. from the Department of Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, the University of Tokyo in 1991, 1993, and 1996. He joined NTT Corporation in 1996 and appointed a Distinguished Technical Member in 2009. From 2005 to 2006, he was a visiting scientist at Stanford University, California, USA. Currently, he is a Senior Distinguished Engineer of NTT Media Intelligence Laboratories. His current research interests include efficient video coding and ultrahigh quality video coding.

He has fulfilled various duties in the research and academic community in current and prior roles including Associate Editor of IEEE Trans. CSVT (2006-2014), Executive Committee Member of the IEEE Tokyo Section, the IEEE Japan Council, and the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE) Image Engineering SIG Chair and Board of Directors of the Institute of Image Information and Television Engineers (ITE). He has also served as Japan National Body Chair and Japan Head of Delegates of ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29, and as an International Steering Committee Member of the Picture Coding Symposium.

He has received 41 academic awards including the ITE Niwa-Takayanagi Best Paper Award in 2002, the Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ) Nagao Special Researcher Award in 2006, PCSJ (Picture Coding Symposium of Japan) Frontier/Best Paper Awards in 2004, 2008 and 2015, the ITE Fujio Frontier Award in 2014, and TAF (Telecommunications Advancement Foundation) Telecom System Technology Awards in 2004, 2008 and 2015 (with highest honor). Dr. Takamura is a senior member of IEEE, IEICE, and IPSJ and a member of APSIPA, SID, ITE and MENSA.