Jean-François Macq

Presentation abstract

Towards Immersive and Interactive Video entertainment – the coding and delivery challenges (Break-out session Immersive Experiences)

Watching football on a wide-angle display and feeling like you are amid the cheering spectators in the stadium, or freely navigating with your smart phone into a panoramic video of your favorite rock concert: these are examples of truly immersive and interactive TV services that may soon be delivered to you, at home or on the move.

In addition to the enormous data rates required by very high-fidelity and panoramic A/V scenes, the network will have to support fine-grained levels of personalization and interactivity. To solve these challenges, some aspects of the way A/V content is represented, coded and delivered need to be revisited.

In this talk, we will present the end-to-end technological chain, from the A/V sensors till the end-user experience, being currently researched in the EC-funded project FascinatE to support ultra-high resolution and interactive television services.

Bio

Jean-François Macq is a Research Engineer at Bell Laboratories, Alcatel-Lucent, in Antwerp, Belgium, where he is currently working on interactive and panoramic video delivery in the framework of the European FP7 project FascinatE.
He received the Engineering degree in Applied Mathematics and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Sciences from the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, in 2001, 2003 and 2005 respectively. From 2001 till 2005, he was a Belgian NSF Research Fellow with the Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) and the Communication and Remote Sensing Laboratory (TELE) at UCL. In 2002-2003, he was a Visiting Student at the Department of Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 2005-2006, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Louvain School of Management (IAG) at UCL.
His general research interests cover video coding and processing as well as mathematical modeling and optimization of content delivery mechanisms.

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