IBC has announced the appointment of Professor David Crawford as Chairman of the IBC2007 Conference Committee. Crawford has been actively involved in the IBC Conference for many years, both as Chairman of the Technical Papers Committee and also as a key member of the organising committee. He has a wide range of experience embracing both the academic and business arms of the industry.
He has the degrees of BA (Hons), MSc in Telecommunications and PhD in Image Coding, and is a Professor at Essex University with interests in mobile and broadband networks. He is a Fellow of the IET, and is active in various international Standards and Industrial Forums in Europe and the USA. He has led Technical Work Groups for the DVB Project on digital broadcast services to mobile terminals and spectrum issues.
Crawford has held senior posts with several blue chip companies including British Telecom in the UK and Bell Labs in the USA where he worked on HDTV transmission systems. From 2003 to 2005 he was managing director of Harris Corporation's European Broadcast Operations. Currently he divides his time between working in industry in France, as a director of TeamCast, and in academia in the UK.