The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) recognized the video coding work that resulted in the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC and H.265/MPEG-H HEVC video coding standards as one of the most influential information and communication technologie (ICT) innovations of our time. Thomas Wiegand, Professor at TU Berlin and Executive Director of Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, accepted on behalf of the team the prestigious ITU150 award at the ITU 150-year anniversary celebration event that took place on Sunday, 17 May, in Geneva.
This year the ITU celebrated its 150th Anniversary in Geneva, Switzerland. On this occasion, ITU awarded a special ITU150 Award to major contributors to the advancement of ICTs, including the renowned Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Robert Kahn the co-inventor of the TCP/IP protocols and Martin Cooper who has been referred to as the ‘father’ of portable cellular telephony.
ITU is the longest established United Nations specialized agency, founded on 17 May 1865 with the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention in Paris. The history of ITU is a story of international cooperation and shared success in coordinating the development and spread of cutting edge ICTs worldwide.