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 Curriculum Vitae
           Prof. Bernd Girod
Representing Immersive Video for Head-Mounted Displays

The 2014 acquisition of a fledging head-mounted display company for $2B has reignited the excitement in virtual reality, not just for rendered 3d computer graphics but primarily for immersive “cinematic” video captured by means of special camera rigs. In this talk, we will review the principles of representing immersive video for head-mounted displays and the challenges that arise for efficient coding and delivery. How many pixels are needed to cover the full field of view with retina resolution? How can we provide binocular stereo in all directions? How can we accommodate head motion? How can we provide defocus cues to overcome the conflict between stereo vergence and lens accommodation? And what are best video representations for compact storage and transmission that support all of the above? We will show that significant technology challenges remain for cinematic virtual reality to live up to its high expectations, some of them familiar to the picture
coding community and some of them new.

Bernd Girod is the Robert L. and Audrey S. Hancock Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, California. Until 1999, he was a Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.
His research interests are in the area of image, video, and multimedia systems.
He has published over 600 conference and journal papers and 6 books, receiving the EURASIP Signal Processing Best Paper Award in 2002, the IEEE Multimedia Communication Best Paper Award in 2007, the EURASIP Image Communication Best Paper Award in 2008, the EURASIP Signal Processing Most Cited Paper Award in 2008, as well as the EURASIP Technical Achievement Award in 2004 and the Technical Achievement Award of the IEEE Signal Processing Society in 2011.
As an entrepreneur, Professor Girod has worked with numerous startup ventures, among them Polycom, Vivo Software, 8x8, and RealNetworks. He received an Engineering Doctorate from University of Hannover, Germany, and an M.S. Degree from Georgia Institute of Technology. Prof. Girod is a Fellow of the IEEE, a EURASIP Fellow, a member of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
He currently serves Stanford’s School of Engineering as Senior Associate Dean at Large.