Holograms are the Next Video
Biography: Philip A. Chou has longstanding interests in data compression, signal processing, machine learning, communication theory, and information theory and their applications to processing media such as dynamic point clouds, video, images, audio, speech, and documents. He did the first work on multiple reference frame video coding, he originated rate-distortion optimization for codecs, and he performed the seminal work on client-driven network-adaptive streaming media on demand leading up to Microsoft IIS Smooth Streaming and subsequent standards. He is one of the inventors of practical network coding using random codes, and one of the inventors of wireless network coding. He holds degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton, Berkeley, and Stanford. He has been a member of the research staff or research manager at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Xerox PARC, and Microsoft Research. He has played key roles in startups Telesensory Systems, Speech Plus, VXtreme (acquired by Microsoft), and 8i. He has been an affiliate faculty member at Stanford, the University of Washington, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has been associate or guest editor for the IEEE Trans. Information Theory, the IEEE Trans. Image Processing, and the IEEE Trans. Multimedia. He has been an organizer or technical co-chair for the inaugural NetCod, ICASSP’07, MMSP’09, ICIP’15, ICME’16, ICIP’17, among others. He is an IEEE Fellow and has served on the IEEE Fellow evaluation committees of the IEEE Computer and Signal Processing societies, as well as on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. He has been an active participant in MPEG, where he instigated the work on the file format, and contributed the algorithms and code used as the starting point for static point cloud compression. He has won or co-authored best paper awards in the IEEE Trans. Signal Processing, the IEEE Trans. Multimedia, ICME, and ICASSP. He is co-editor of a book on multimedia communication. He is currently with 8i.com, a startup spread across Wellington, Los Angeles, and Seattle, where he leads the effort to compress and communicate volumetric video, popularly known as holograms, for virtual and augmented reality.