Katarzyna Balucka-Debska, EU (European Union)
Joined the European Commission in 2005, as Project and Policy Officer at
the ICT for Inclusion Unit, Directorate General for Information Society
and Media. Professional career both in the EC and beforehand (private
sector sales and marketing as well as journalist experience in ICT
related field) connected to ways new technologies can be used in support
of every-day life, business processes and more efficient public
services. Currently responsible for a portfolio of projects and policy
topics relating to the ways new technologies can empower people and help
remedy socio-economic disproportions and challenges in our society.
Krakow University of Economics graduate. Postgraduate studies in
European Public Administration.
Christoph Dosch, IRT, Chairman ITU-R Study Group 6
Christoph Dosch graduated in telecommunication engineering from the
Technical University Munich. He has gathered experience in the various
broadcasting domains – from content generation to content delivery – as
well as in multimedia networking and applications, especially in the
hybrid broadcast-broadband domain.
Christoph Dosch is author of numerous publications, notably in the area
of digital broadcasting, and is involved in the standardisation and
spectrum management work of ITU. He is Chairman of ITU-R Study Group 6
(Broadcasting service) and an active participant in the work of the EBU.
He represents the German Public Service broadcasters at NEM and is
involved in the EU-Framework Programmes on ICT.
The IRT: The IRT (Institut fŁr Rundfunktechnik GmbH) is one of the few
specialised Broadcast and Multimedia Technology Institutes, world-wide.
The IRT is a non-profit making company dedicated to technical research
and development for the benefit of the public. Founded in 1957, it is
entirely and jointly owned by the fourteen Public Service Broadcasters
of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (www.irt.de ).
Ulrike Haltrich, Sony, IEC/TC – 100
Ulrike Haltrich has joined Sony in 1996 and has been involved in several
business development functions with Sony Europe and Sony Germany. For
the last four years, she is focused on standardisation projects of
Sony’s European Technology Standards Office. She chairs the Digital
Europe e-Inclusion Working Group and co-chairs the Digital Europe
Digital TV Accessibility Issue Group. She is Head of the German IEC
TC100 Delegation on behalf of DKE and Digital Europe’s member of the IEC
TC100 Advisory Group on Strategy.
Frank Kamperman, Philips/Digital Europe
Frank Kamperman graduated in electrical engineering at the Eindhoven
University of Technology in 1991 and in “Information and Communication
Technique” at the same university in 1993. In 1993-1994, he was with the
Netherlands Organization of Applied Scientific Research (TNO), The
In 1994, he joined Philips Research Laboratories Eindhoven, where was
cluster leader of the Content Security cluster. Frank joined Philips
Consumer Lifestyle Innovation Laboratories in 2008 where he currently is
Technology Manager DTV and heading the Digital TV cluster.
Beat Kleeb, World Federation of the Deaf
Beat Kleeb (Deaf) has been involved in accessibility issues for the Deaf
and hard of hearing people for more than 30 years on national and
This includes pioneering work on the introduction of text telephones,
telephone relay service, sign language interpreting services, as well as
initiating captioning in the Swiss Teletext system.
Beat Kleeb has been an expert on technical aids for the World Federation
of the Deaf for many years.
Christoph Jung, Fraunhofer
IGD / EU project GUIDE
Christoph Jung is working as a project- and technology manager in the
Fraunhofer-Institut fŁr Grafische Datenverarbeitung IGD, in Darmstadt
(Germany), since 2007. He has been involved in several European research
projects, like for example "hArtes" (Audio signal processing on
heterogeneous reconfigurable embedded platforms) or "ANSWER"
(Content-based video analysis for work flow automation in movie
post-production). Christoph is currently involved in the coordination of
the European project "GUIDE", where Fraunhofer IGD implements accessible
multi-modal interaction schemes based on speech, gestures and context
awareness. He is further leading a project on adaptive multimedia
advertisement and audience measurement for digital-out-of-home systems
based on visual sensors. Together with Prof. Dr. Georgios Sakas he is
supervising the lecture on Image Processing at the University of
Pilar Orero, UAB (Universitat AutÚnoma de Barcelona)
PhD (UMIST, UK). Works in the Centre for Accessibility and Ambient
Intelligence CAIAC (Universitat AutÚnoma de Barcelona, Spain). She
started the two MAs in Audiovisual Translation at UAB, and now is the
director of the Online European MA in Audiovisual Translation
http://mem.uab.es/metav/. Recent publications: Topics in Audiovisual
Translation (2004) John Benjamins. Co-editor with Jorge DŪaz-Cintas and
Aline Remael of Media for All: Subtitling for the Deaf, Audio
Description and Sign Language (2007) Rodopi. Co-editor with Anna
Matamala Listening to Subtitles: SDHoH (2010) in Peter Lang. Co-writer
with Anna Matamala and Eliana Franco of Voice-over: An Overview (2010)
in Peter Lang. Guest editor of TRANS 11 on Media Accessiblity, and
co-guest editor with J.L. Kruger Perspectives on Audio Description
(2010). Leader of numerous research projects funded by the Spanish and
Catalan Gov. Partner of the EC project DTV4ALL
http://www.psp-dtv4all.org/ Leads TransMedia Catalonia
Royal National Institute for the Blind and European Disability Forum
Dan Pescod is Campaigns Manager, Europe, International and Accessibility,
at the Royal National Institute of Blind People in the UK (RNIB).
Dan campaigns internationally to gain greater access to information,
rights and services for blind and partially sighted people.
Dan worked as part of the World Blind Union team on the negotiations on
the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,
participating in the preparatory Ad Hoc Committee meetings at the UN in
New York. He is now working with others in the disability sector to
ensure its effective implementation.
He also works on EU legislation relevant to blind and partially sighted
people and with UN bodies such as the World Intellectual Property
Organisation and Universal Postal Union.
Dong-Hi Sim/Chantal Bonardi, ETSI
Dong Hi SIM, one of technical officers in ETSI, has 10 years experiences
in telecommunication standardization activities such as 3GPP, OMA and
IEEE. He served two years as a vice chair of OMA Location WG and
actively involved in location service requirement and architectures in
3GPP as work item rapporteur and contributer. He was with LG Electronics
Inc. as a senior research engineer and SK Telecom as a manager in South
Korea before joining ETSI. He holds a master degree in electrical
engineering. Also he was a visiting scholar in Virginia Polytechnic
Institute and State University (Virginia Tech.) to research the digital
signal processing for smart antenna system.
Nick Tanton, BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation)
Nick Tanton joined BBC Research in 1972 and has worked on digital
television ever since – on teletext, video noise-reduction, standards
conversion, electronic and computer graphics, HDTV, digital coding and
multiplexing and access services for DTV. He has participated in various
successful European collaborative projects and in various initiatives to
make television accessible to all.
He is currently Head of Technology for the BBC Switchover Help Scheme
and his responsibilities include the specification and development of
user-friendly receiving equipment to help older and disabled people
through digital TV switchover in the UK. He also chairs the DVB subgroup
responsible for the technical standard for the delivery of subtitles
with DTV services.
David Wood, EBU, Chairman, ITU-R Working Party 6C
David Wood was educated at Southampton University in the UK, the Popov
Institute in the Ukraine, and the Harvard Business School. He has been a
fanatic for 3D TV since the early 1980s, and made the first proposal to
the SMPTE to study 3D TV in 2006. He chairs the activity on 3D TV in the
ITU-R, and in the DVB Commercial Module, which may lead to a major step
forward for 3D TV standards on 23 June 2010. He has been coordinating
activities across standards activities with the SMPTE group, the ISO/IEC
group, and the 3D@home consortium.