IEEE Moves Broadcast Symposium to Alexandria

Dick Wiley will deliver a keynote.
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Dick Wiley will deliver a keynote.

IEEE says it’s breaking some traditions with its 58th Annual Broadcast Symposium, Oct. 15–17.

The event is moving to a new location, the Westin Hotel in Alexandria, Va., about five or six miles from the Hotel Washington where it has been held in the past. Also, it will now offer Continuing Education Units for attending the technical sessions. CEUs often are required to maintain professional engineer licenses.

The symposium will include application-oriented papers such as IP for broadcasters, transport stream management and other subjects of interest to field engineers.

Additionally, IEEE nabbed two prominent speakers.

Richard Wiley, head of communications law firm Wiley Rein and former Federal Communications Commission chairman, will be the keynote speaker for the Joint AFCEE/IEEE BTS luncheon on Oct. 16. For the Awards Luncheon on Oct. 17, Peter M. Fannon, vice president of technology policy for Panasonic U.S., former president of Advanced Television Test Center and chair of CEA Government Affairs Council, will speak on the past and future of digital media.

IEEE says the technical program is under development and under the leadership of Ed Williams. Included in this year’s program are papers based on the theme “Managing the Transitions,” which refers to transitions in analog and digital radio and television broadcasting, technical aspects of the termination of analog television broadcasting in the U.S. next year and how IP has become more a part of broadcasting.