2017 Marconi Symposium

2017 Symposium: Digital Video and It’s Impact on Services and Society

October 3, 2017, the Marconi Society held a symposium at the Nokia Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey, to honor our 2017 Fellow Dr. Arun Netravali. Dr. Netravali was recognized for “leadership and technical contributions to digital video systems and services.”
The agenda for the Symposium is below.

Future Video Cameras

Shree NayarT. C. Chang Professor of Computer Science, Columbia University 

Connecting the Next Billion: How Artificial Intelligence Will Help

Vint Cerf, Chairman, Marconi Society and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google 

Marcus Weldon, President, Nokia Bell Labs

Arun Netravali, 2017 Marconi Fellow


October 3, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 1:10 p.m.
Nokia Bell Labs, Murray Hill
Hamming Hall

Symposium Co Chairs: Arun Netravali, 2017 Marconi Fellow and Marcus Weldon, President, Nokia Bell Labs

8:00 – 8:30 am

8:30-8:35 am
Marcus Weldon and Vint Cerf – Chairman, Marconi Society

8:35 – 9:55 am
Session One: Video Encoding and Delivery
Moderator: Nikil Jayant – Executive Director, Georgia Tech; former Bell Labs

1. Digital Video and Evolution from Analog to Digital Television

Barry Haskell – Retired from AT&T and Apple Computer
This talk reviews the evolution to digital TV (including motion estimation and compensation, MPEG, and Arun Netravali’s direct contributions) and the current and future video compression technologies.

2. Networking, Protocols, and 5G for High Quality Video Experiences

Charlie Zhang – VP, Samsung Research America andKyeong Yang- Chief Video Architect, Dialogic
This talk covers digital video over the Internet and wireless networks, including an overview of 5G and why it is important in video. It will also cover protocols for video streaming and communications.

3. Video Services – Broadcasting, Streaming, Live Streaming, and Interactive Video

Kumar Vishwanathan – VP, Verizon
This talk covers current and future video services including broadcasting, streaming, Live Streaming, and interactive video.

4. A Quantum Step in Video Coding and Delivery

Paul Wilford– Sr. Research Director, Nokia Bell Labs
This presentation discusses the great advances in pixel and signal-based coding and delivery and how to overcome recently-slowed progress as we near theoretical limits for standard methods. Some possible solution: for a great many important applications, a semantic approach will yield impressive results.

9:55 – 10:20 a.m.
Moderator/Audience Q&A

10:20 – 10:40 a.m.

10:40 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Session Two:Video Analytics

Moderator:Shree Nayar – T. C. Chang Professor of Computer Science, Columbia University

1. Future Video Cameras 

Shree Nayar –Computer Vision Laboratory, Columbia University
This discussion covers new imaging technologies that make video a richer medium for visual communication. Examples will include panoramic, high dynamic range, gigapixel, depth, flexible field of view and self-powered cameras.

2. Intelligent and Immersive Video

Kostas Daniilidis – GRASP Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania
This will cover deep learning of 3D visual representations, data association, event-based cameras, semantic localization and mapping, and vision-based manipulation. Example applications include site modeling, tele-immersion, intelligent surveillance and autonomous navigation.

 3. Video Analytics for Retrieval

Shih-Fu Chang – Digital Video and Multimedia Laboratory, Columbia University
This talk will cover intelligent systems that can extract rich information from the vast amount of visual and multimedia data. Applications include large-scale image/video search engines, mobile visual search, online crime prevention, live video event detection, fake image detection, and multimodal knowledge construction.

11:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Moderator/Audience Q&A

12:00 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.
Session Three: Video in Society

Moderator: Vint Cerf – V.P, Chief Internet Evangelist, Google

1. User Created Video Content and Monetization

Heather Moosnick– Director, Content Partnerships at YouTube
This talk covers the trend of user created video content, and business opportunities and social impacts around them.

2. Social Impact of Video

Bruno Cohen – Retired Broadcast Executive
This talk discusses the dramatic and disruptive impact digital and streaming video had on stations, broadcast networks, and consumers.

12:40 – 1:10 p.m.
Q&A/Wrap-Up – Vint Cerf and Marcus Weldon