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Saturday, September 25
5:00 PM

This year's Technical Council Open House Reception introduced a new feature, The Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecture, which was established May 1999 by the Audio Engineering Society Technical Council and Board of Governors to honor the memory of Richard Heyser. Mr.Heyser was a scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology, an inventor who was awarded nine patents in the field of audio and communication techniques, including time-delay spectrometry. He also was widely known for his patience and ability to clearly present and communicate new and complex technical ideas. Mr. Heyser generously aided the Society not only through his technical contributions, but also through his service to its growth and organizational development as an AES Governor and the Silver Medal recipient. He died in March 1987 shortly before he was able to assume office as the President of the Society.

The Heyser Series, an endowed lectureship, will bring to the AES eminent individuals who have an outstanding reputation in audio engineering and related fields. The series will be given annually on an alternate basis at the USA and European Conventions. The first "Richard C. Heyser Distinguished Lecturer" is Dr. Roger Lagadec, who was the honored speaker at this year's event.

Dr. Lagadec, a Fellow of the AES, was educated in France and Switzerland and worked for ten years at the Institute of Physics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in teaching and applied research. In 1979 he joined Studer-Revox as the head of professional digital audio activities, then in 1986 was employed as general manager at Sony's Communication Products Group in Atsugi, and later in 1991 as technical director of Sony Europe in Cologne, Germany. He is well known to the audio community for his research and development work, as well as published works in the area of digital signal processing for audio.

In 1994, Dr. Lagadec joined the publishing and media giant Ringier Europe AG in Zurich, Switzerland, where he is responsible for all Electronic Media activities of the company which specializes in authoring and media production software as well as media server software. Dr. Lagadec is currently the vice president of Swiss Interactive Multimedia Association.

The Technical Council and its Committees extended the invitation for an exciting evening of inspiring talk, fine music, refreshments, and splendid company.

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