Nominated by: Dr Panos Kudumakis, Research Manager, qMedia, Queen Mary University of London, IST/37
Referees: Ken McCann, IST/37; Kate Grant, IST/37
Dr Alessandro Artusi has been a member of IST/37 – concerned with the coding of picture, audio, multimedia and hypermedia information – for less than two years. In this short time frame he has generously offered his expertise on High Dynamic Range (HDR) Imaging to ISO/IEC JPEG for the development of the forthcoming standard ISO/IEC JPEG XT for the coding of HDR Still Images. This standard is a scalable and backwards compatible extension of the well-known JPEG coding system. The extensions address the need for coding images with higher bit-precision and coding of radiance images. Dr Alessandro has been involved in all stages of the development of ISO/IEC JPEG XT. He played an instrumental role during the JPEG XT standardization process and through his high level of expertise in the HDR Imaging field has contributed to a constructive discussion and analysis of the various issues related to its development. He is co-editor of key parts of the standard, and he is currently working on drafts for other sections.