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The 129th MPEG Conference takes place in Brussels in 2020 

From January 8 to 17, 2020, the 129th MPEG Conference takes place at Square – Brussels Convention Center, a prestigious venue right in the centre of Brussels. The Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) is a worldwide standardization committee, part of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). It plays a leading role in developing international standards for coding video, audio, 3D graphics and big data to satisfy a wide range of applications in everyday life.

Increasing visibility for 500 tech industry executives
Each MPEG conference is unique. Why? Because it is not an academic event or trade show, instead it is intended to develop the foundations of future technology. Every three months, the 500 expert delegates of the MPEG committee gather to define future codecs. In addition to their contributions to future immersive technologies in MPEG-I, Belgian engineers are very active in developing the first ISO/MPEG standard for compressing genomic data (MPEG-G).

On top of its standardization of core video coding technologies, such as H.264/Advanced Video Coding (AVC), High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) and, more recently, Versatile Video Coding (VVC), MPEG has started a new activity, MPEG-I, where the ‘I’ stands for ‘Immersive’. In concrete terms, this means developing codecs for virtual reality applications and new glasses-free 3D displays known as light field displays. These applications involve transmitting a vast number of images per second, much more than what is needed for our current digital TV, requiring the development of new codecs.

Objective of the Brussels MPEG Program
MPEG is developing the upcoming compression standard (MPEG-I) for immersive video applications. Moreover, according to the current roadmap, the finalization of an important section of the MPEG-G standards takes place in January 2020. Besides, the plan is also to finalize the Essential Video Coding (EVS), and VVC standards in 2020. In other words, significant milestones for future MPEG codecs are part of the 129th MPEG conference, Brussels, January 2020.

Take part in shaping the future
MPEG gathers hundreds of experts from all over the world and all continents. Therefore, companies can benefit from standardized and customized partnership opportunities:

Diamond Partnership (€12.500)

• Booth during the full conference (2x3m2)

• VIP dinner tickets – 5

• Conference tickets – 15

• Large logo on slide presentations and program booklet


Platinum Partnership (€10.000)

• Booth during the full conference (2x2m2)

• VIP dinner tickets – 3

• Conference tickets – 10

• Medium logo on slide presentations and program booklet

 Booth space – Square, Brussels Convention Center

Gold Partnership (€5000)

• Booth during the full conference (2x1m2)

• VIP dinner tickets – 2

• Conference tickets – 5

• Small logo on the program booklet


Silver Partnership (€2500)

• Booth during the first day of the conference (1x1m2)

• VIP dinner ticket – 1

• Conference tickets – 2


129th MPEG Sponsoring – Brussels

Belgian representatives
Professor Gauthier Lafruit (ULB) is co-chair of the MPEG-I Visual (video) working group, coordinating the scientific experiments that are conducted to eventually define the MPEG-I standard. Besides Professor Lafruit, there are three more Belgian representatives:

1. Professor Christophe De Vleeschouwer (UCLouvain) is research director with the FNRS. His main interests are video and image processing for visual scene interpretation and content management applications, including transmission, flexible and personalized access and autonomous acquisition/editing. Additionally, his research group has contributed to standard-setting bodies such as W3C, MPEG, JPEG, DVB and ITU.

2. Tom Paridaens (UGent) has conducted research contributing to standardization efforts on HDR video, and his work has laid the foundation for the coding part of the MPEG-G standard, dedicated to coding genomic information.

3. Glenn Van Wallendael (UGent) has conducted research contributing to core video coding technologies (H.264/AVC, HEVC, VVC) and transcoding architectures such as Network Distributed Video Coding.

Do you want to shape the MPEG future with hundreds of experts from all over the world? Apply for a partnership of the 129th MPEG Conference, January 2020, Brussels:

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