Friday, June 19, 2009

Thomson Launches its Scientific Council

Thomson, worldwide leader of services to content creators, announced Wednesday the creation of its Scientific Council. Its purpose is to reinforce technology leadership and drive innovation in the design of future products and services. The Scientific Council will issue recommendations regarding the Group’s technology strategy and help optimize the research projects portfolio.

The Scientific Council operates under the authority of Vince Pizzica, Head of Thomson Strategy, Technology and Marketing. Its members have been selected among the top experts worldwide in Thomson’s areas of excellence:

>> Internet security: Vern Paxson, Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley

>> Content coding and compression: Bernd Girod, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University

>> Internet architecture: Jim Kurose, Professor of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

>> Internet applications and content search: Serge Abiteboul, Senior researcher, Institut National de la Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA)

>> Security: David Naccache, Senior researcher, Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) and Professor of Computer Science, University of Paris II Pantheon-Assas

>> Content production: Jim Mainard, Head of Production Development, DreamWorks Animation

This initiative marks a new phase in Thomson’s recent refocus on key Media & Entertainment industry technologies through three strategic research programs: Intelligent Media, Media Production and Media Distribution.

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