biopix/jj.jpg James D. (jj) Johnston received the BSEE and MSEE degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA in 1975 and 1976 respectively.
  • Worked 26 years for AT&T Bell Labs and its successor AT&T Labs Research.
  • One of the first investigators in the field of perceptual audio coding.
  • One of the inventors and standardizers of MPEG 1/2 audio Layer 3 and MPEG-2 AAC, as well as the AT&T Labs-Research PXFM (perceptual transform coding) and PAC (perceptual audio coding) and the ASPEC algorithm that provided the best audio quality in the MPEG-1 audio tests.
  • Currently working in the area of auditory perception of soundfields, electronic soundfield correction, ways to capture soundfield cues and represent them, and ways to expand the limited sense of realism available in standard audio playback for both captured and synthetic performances.
  • Mr. Johnston is an IEEE Fellow, an AES Fellow, a NJ Inventor of the Year, an AT&T Technical Medalist and Standards Awardee, and a co-recipient of the IEEE Donald Fink Paper Award.
  • In 2006, he received the James L. Flanagan Signal Processing Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society
  • He presented the 2012 Heyser Lecture  at the AES 133rd Convention: Audio, Radio, Acoustics and Signal Processing: the Way Forward.