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Gary Sullivan (engineer)

Gary Joseph Sullivan (born 1960) is an American electrical engineer who led the development of the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC and HEVC video coding standards and created the DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA) API/DDI video decoding feature of the Microsoft Windows operating system.

He was the chairman of the Joint Video Team (JVT) standardization committee that developed the H.264/AVC standard, and he personally edited large portions of it. Since January 2010, he has been a co-chairman of the Joint Collaborative Team on Video Coding (JCT-VC) and an editor for developing the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard. He has also led and contributed to a number of other video and image related standardization projects such as extensions of ITU-T H.263 video coding, multiview and 3D video coding for AVC and HEVC, and JPEG XR image coding. Since October 2015, he has been a co-chairman of the Joint Video Exploration Team (JVET) for exploration of video coding beyond the capability of HEVC. He has also published research work on various topics relating to video and image compression.

BiographyEdit

Sullivan was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, and attended the Ascension and St. Margaret Mary elementary schools and Trinity High School, graduating in 1978.[1] He received B.S. and M.Eng. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Louisville J. B. Speed School of Engineering, Kentucky, in 1982 and 1983, respectively.[2] He received Ph.D. and Engineer degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1991.

Sullivan holds the position of Video and Image Technology Architect at Microsoft Corporation.[3][4][5][6] At Microsoft he also designed and remains lead engineer for the DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA) API/DDI video decoding feature of the Microsoft Windows operating system platform.[2] His DXVA designs include decoding acceleration schemes for H.261, MPEG-1 Part 2, H.262/MPEG-2 Part 2, H.263, MPEG-4 Part 2, H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10: AVC, Windows Media Video versions 8 and 9, VC-1, Scalable Video Coding, Multiview Video Coding, and HEVC.

Prior to joining Microsoft in 1999, he was the manager of communications core research at PictureTel Corporation, the former world leader in videoconferencing communication. He was previously a Howard Hughes Fellow and member of technical staff in the Advanced Systems Division of Hughes Aircraft Company, and a terrain-following radar system software engineer for Texas Instruments.

AwardsEdit

Recognitions and awards for Sullivan and the projects he has led in the standardization community have included the following:

LeadershipEdit

Sullivan has held the following chairmanships in video coding standardization organizations:

  • Rapporteur/chairman of the ITU-T Video Coding Experts Group (VCEG) – since 1996
  • Chairman and co-chairman of the video part of the ISO/IEC Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) – chairman March 2001 – May 2002, co-chairman since May 2002
  • Chairman and co-chairman of the Joint Video Team (JVT) – chairman for the development of the next generation H.264/MPEG-4 AVC video coding standard and its fidelity-range extensions (FRExt), and co-chairman for the development of the Scalable Video Coding (SVC) and Multiview Video Coding (MVC) extensions
  • Co-chairman of Joint Collaborative Team on Video Coding (JCT-VC) for developing the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard – since January 2010
  • Co-chairman of Joint Collaborative Team on 3D Video Coding (JCT-3V) for developing 3D extensions of video coding standards – July 2012 (group closed June 2016)
  • Co-chairman of the Joint Video Exploration Team (JVET) for future video coding technology investigation – since October 2015
  • Liaison representative to MPEG and JPEG from ITU-T on video and image coding topics

The JVT, JCT-VC, JCT-3V, and JVET have been joint projects between the VCEG and MPEG organizations.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gary Sullivan '78 wins IEEE Award". Trinity High School. August 16, 2011. Archived from the original on December 14, 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-29.
  2. ^ a b "Gary Sullivan Leads Engineering Team to Emmy Award". University of Louisville J. B. Speed School of Engineering. March 17, 2009. Archived from the original on June 17, 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-17.
  3. ^ Data Compression Conference (DCC 2013), March 2013.
  4. ^ Gary J. Sullivan biography, Visual Communication and Image Processing (VCIP 2012),[dead link] November 2012.
  5. ^ a b Knies, Rob; Microsoft Research (2011). "Video Architect, Microsoft Research Collaborator Wins IEEE Award". Archived from the original on 2012-10-12. Retrieved 2011-08-30.
  6. ^ a b Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Communication Society (2011). "IEEE CCNC Panelist biographies". Archived from the original on 2013-04-14. Retrieved 2011-02-28.
  7. ^ "Digital Processing Medal: Gary J. Sullivan". Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. Retrieved 2019-10-25.
  8. ^ "Digital Processing Medal Recipients: 2019: Gary J. Sullivan". Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. Retrieved 2019-10-25.
  9. ^ Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (October 4, 2017). "Gary Sullivan and team to receive an Engineering Emmy". Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  10. ^ "69th Engineering Emmy Awards: Joint Collaborative Team on Video Coding wins Emmy Award". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. November 1, 2017. Retrieved 2017-11-13.
  11. ^ "ITU, ISO and IEC receive another Primetime Emmy for video compression". International Telecommunication Union. October 26, 2017. Retrieved 2017-11-13.
  12. ^ "Engineering Emmy Award for HEVC Standard". RWTH Aachen University. November 2, 2017. Retrieved 2017-11-13.
  13. ^ Roach, John (September 29, 2017). "Primetime Engineering Emmy Award goes to HEVC, a key technology behind ultra-high definition TV". Microsoft Research. Retrieved 2017-11-13.
  14. ^ a b "CSVT Transactions – Best Paper Award". IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. Retrieved 2019-10-25.
  15. ^ Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (2009). "SPIE Fellows: 59 New SPIE Fellows Elected". Archived from the original on 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2009-04-21.
  16. ^ National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (2008). "Honorees Announced for 60th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards". Archived from the original on 2009-03-27. Retrieved 2009-04-21.
  17. ^ Dolby Laboratories (August 21, 2008). "Dolby Congratulates the Joint Video Team Standards Committee on Its 2008 Primetime Emmy for Developing the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile". Reuters. Archived from the original on 2009-09-17. Retrieved 2009-04-21.
  18. ^ Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (2008). "Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Announces Recipients for the 2008 Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards". Archived from the original on 2009-02-03. Retrieved 2009-04-21.
  19. ^ International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (2008). "IMTC Leadership and Service Awards". Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  20. ^ Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (2008). "Recipients of the IEEE International Symposium on Consumer Electronics Engineering Excellence Award". Archived from the original on 2008-08-30. Retrieved 2009-04-21.
  21. ^ Ward, B. (2008). "IEEE Announces 2006 Fellows". Computer. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 39 (2): 79–83. doi:10.1109/MC.2006.59.
  22. ^ ITU-T Newslog (October 2, 2006). "Video Coding Work Voted Most Influential". Archived from the original on 2007-09-30.
  23. ^ International Committee on Technology Standards (2005). "INCITS Awards Honor Roll". Archived from the original on 2008-05-17.

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