AI Compression

Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 10:00am (PST)

Encoding has always been part science and part art. Optimizing and fine-tuning the compression algorithms are often carefully guarded secrets. But what if machines could do a better job than human tuning? What if AI could be turned to compression, enabling even greater bandwidth savings while preserving even more quality? In this webinar, we will explore the current state of applying AI and machine learning to encoding, the results we are seeing, and how companies can take advantage of this new approach to content compression in streaming video.

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Thierry Fautier (VP, Video Strategy at Harmonic)

As Vice President of Video Strategy at Harmonic, Thierry Fautier is in charge of defining and driving
the execution of the long-term strategy of Harmonic’s video business. In addition, Thierry is the current
President of the Ultra HD Forum, the global organization responsible for promoting market adoption of
UHD by defining industry best practices for the phased introduction of the wide set of technologies that
will facilitate the next-generation viewing experience. An experienced speaker, he has presented at
leading industry conferences throughout the world.

Thomas Guionnet (Fellow Research Engineer at Ateme)

Dr. Thomas Guionnet is a Fellow Research Engineer at Ateme, where he currently leads the Innovation team’s research on artificial intelligence applied to video compression. Beyond his work for Ateme, he has also contributed to the ISO/MPEG – ITU-T/VCEG – HEVC and HEVC-3D standardization process; he teaches video compression at the ESIR engineering school in Rennes; and he has authored numerous publications including patents, international conference papers, and journal papers. Prior to joining Ateme, he spent 10 years at Envivio conducting research on real-time encoding, video-preprocessing, and video quality assessment. He holds a Ph.D. from Rennes 1 university, with his Ph.D. contributions included in JPEG2000 part 12, JPWL.

Thierry Fautier (VP, Video Strategy at Harmonic)

As Vice President of Video Strategy at Harmonic, Thierry Fautier is in charge of defining and driving
the execution of the long-term strategy of Harmonic’s video business. In addition, Thierry is the current
President of the Ultra HD Forum, the global organization responsible for promoting market adoption of
UHD by defining industry best practices for the phased introduction of the wide set of technologies that
will facilitate the next-generation viewing experience. An experienced speaker, he has presented at
leading industry conferences throughout the world.

Thomas Guionnet (Fellow Research Engineer at Ateme)

Dr. Thomas Guionnet is a Fellow Research Engineer at Ateme, where he currently leads the Innovation team’s research on artificial intelligence applied to video compression. Beyond his work for Ateme, he has also contributed to the ISO/MPEG – ITU-T/VCEG – HEVC and HEVC-3D standardization process; he teaches video compression at the ESIR engineering school in Rennes; and he has authored numerous publications including patents, international conference papers, and journal papers. Prior to joining Ateme, he spent 10 years at Envivio conducting research on real-time encoding, video-preprocessing, and video quality assessment. He holds a Ph.D. from Rennes 1 university, with his Ph.D. contributions included in JPEG2000 part 12, JPWL.

Moderated by Jason Thibeault

Executive Director

Jason Thibeault is the Executive Director of the Streaming Video Alliance, a global association of companies collaborating to solve critical challenges in delivering a better streaming video experience and increasing adoption. Prior to this role, Jason spent eight years at Limelight Networks, a leading CDN, where he held several roles including product manager and marketing strategist. Jason is an inventor on multiple technical patents in the streaming industry and a proven entrepreneur. He is also a contributing editor to Streaming Media Magazine.

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