Inventor of MP3 promises October keynote

Professor Doctor Karlheinz Brandenburg, director ofthe Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology will speak at a key US event for film and broadcast media professionals.

Often referred to as the father of MP3, Dr. Brandenburg will deliver the keynote address at the SMPTE 2008: Annual Tech Conference & Expo. He will offer attendees his vision for the future of digital media, including immersive entertainment, 3D audio and video, and interactivity.

The good doctor can rightly claim to have been the driving force behind some of today’s most seminal – and disruptive – technologies, including the MP3 and AAC MPEG audio standards, for which he performed the linchpin research and later headed the team that developed and expanded the solutions.

“Dr. Brandenburg is a true visionary whose work has transformed the media and entertainment industries in immeasurable ways,” said Kimberly Maki, SMPTE and SMPTE 2008 executive director. “I am very much looking forward to hearing his thoughts about what lies ahead.”

In 2006, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) named him one of 120 most important inventors and masterminds in the field of electrical engineering and admitted him to the hall of fame of thinkers through the ages.

The keynote will take place on October 28.

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