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The Technical Committees, co-ordinated by the AES Technical Council, track trends in the audio world in order to recommend to the Society special papers sessions, standards projects, publications and awards in their respective fields. The TC meetings are open to all Convention participants.

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Monday, February 21, 12:15 h


The second lecture in the AES Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecture Series, "Audio in the New Millennium: A Look Forward by Looking Back," was given by James A. Moorer on Monday, 2000 February 21, at the AES 108th Convention in Paris, France.

James A. Moorer is an internationally known figure in digital audio and computer music, with over 40 technical publications and two patents to his credit. In 1991 he won the Audio Engineering Society Bronze Medal for many significant seminal contributions to digital audio. In 1996 he won an Emmy Award for technical achievement with his partners, Robert J. Doris and Mary C. Sauer, for Sonic Solutions/NoNOISE´┐Ż for noise reduction on television broadcast sound tracks. In 1999 he won an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Engineering Award (Oscar) for his pioneering work in the design of digital signal processing and its application to audio editing for film.

Since 1987 Moorer has served as senior vice president for advanced development at Sonic Solutions and is responsible for the NoNOISE´┐Ż package for restoration of vintage recordings. From 1986 to 1987 he consulted for NeXT Inc. on DSP software architecture for audio processing. From 1985 to 1986 he was the chief technical officer at the Lucasfilm Droid Works. From 1980 to 1985 he was the digital audio project leader at Lucasfilm Ltd. From 1977 to 1980 he was the technical advisor at IRCAM in Paris. From 1975 to 1977 he was the codirector of the Stanford Computer Center for Research in Music and Acoustics. From 1968 to 1972 he was a professional programmer at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

Dr. Moorer holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University, granted in 1975. He earned an S.B. degree in applied mathematics from MIT in 1968 and an S.B. degree in electrical engineering from MIT in 1967.

* The Technical Council Open House Reception introduced a new feature, The Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecture, which was established in May 1999 by the Audio Engineering Society Technical Council and Board of Governors to honour 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 organisational 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, brings to the AES eminent individuals who have an outstandng reputation in audio engineering and related fields.

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