January 13, 2012

Outstanding work in the field of video coding honored with the 2012 IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute receive award for their contributions to the development and establishment of the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC international video coding standard.

Once more Prof. Dr. Thomas Wiegand and his research team at the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute have been distinguished for their excellent scientific work on the development and establishment of the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC international video coding standard. The International Conference on Consumer Electronics gave the 2012 IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Technical Field Award to Prof. Dr. Thomas Wiegand along with Dr. Gisle Bjontegaard of Cisco and Dr. Gary Sullivan of Microsoft for "Leadership and technical contributions to the development of the globally deployed video coding standard H264/MPEG4-AVC". 

The Award has been given by the Board of Directors of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) since 1987 for outstanding contributions to the field of consumer electronics technology. Presentation of the awards will be on 15 January 2012 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas. 

The H.264/AVC standard is a particularly efficient form of video compression which now features in over 1.5 billion mobile and fixed end devices across the whole world. Compared to the current industry standard MPEG-2, AVC is at least twice as efficient at all bit rates. AVC offers significantly higher video resolution at the same bit rate, or the same video quality with only half the bit rate required for MPEG-2.

Thomas Wiegand is head of the Imaging Processing department at the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute and chair of the Image Communication Laboratory at the Technical University of Berlin. In December 2011 Professor Wiegand and his research team received the 2011 Karl Heinz Beckurt Award for their outstanding contributions to video coding.