ACM Multimedia 2002 Keynote Speech

Multimedia, time to make it real

Dr. Leonardo Chiariglione
Vice President, Multimedia
Telecom Italia Lab

The Keynote Speech is scheduled on Wednesday, December 4th, 2002, from 9:00 to 10:00.


the date of birth of multimedia can be taken to be 1992 with the approval of the first MPEG standard and the first steps of what eventually became the WWW. The results, however, are disheartening. Technology has been used to achieve this dream but it has led to mass abuse of the rights of those who created the content. Courts are issuing sentences and parliaments are legislating in ways that shape a worrysome future. The result is that the dream of "any content anytime anywhere" seems as far as ever.

Recent technology advances offer a convergence point between the goals of all multimedia actors: creators, intermediaries and users. It is high time that technology be used to keep the unfullfilled promises.

Speaker Biography:

Leonardo Chiariglione was born in Almese (Italy). He graduated in Electronic Engineering from the Polytechnic of Turin and obtained his Ph. D. degree from the University of Tokyo in 1973.

Since 1971 he has been with CSELT, the corporate research centre of the Telecom Italia group. He is currently Vice President, Multimedia, at Telecom Italia Lab, the new name of CSELT.

In 1986 he founded the HDTV Workshop, an international event to promote HDTV technologies beyond specific industry interests.

In 1988 he founded the ISO Moving Pictures Experts Group (MPEG) standards committee.

In 1989 he founded Image Communications, a EURASIP Journal for the development of the theory and practice of image communication.

In 1994 he founded the Digital Audio-Visual Council (DAVIC) to develop internationally agreed specifications specification of open interfaces and protocols for the delivery of digital media.

In 1996 he founded the Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents (FIPA) to develop internationally agreed specifications of generic agent technologies that are usable across a large number of applications.

In 1998 he founded the Open Platform Initiative for Multimedia Access (OPIMA) to develop internationally agreed specifications that will make it possible for a user to consume and pay for services, without having prior knowledge of which services would be consumed.

In 1999 he was asked to be the Executive Director of the Secure Digital Music Initiative, a group developing specifications for secure digital music delivery.

As a result of his activities he has received a number of awards.

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