The IEEE Broadcast Technology Society (BTS) is a technical society and council dedicated to advancing broadcast engineering by maintaining scientific and technical standards, as well as educating its members through various meetings, presentations, events, conferences, and training programs. IEEE BTS has more than 2,000 members and chapters worldwide and has its headquarters in Piscataway, New Jersey.
On Oct. 13, broadcast engineers from around the world will gather at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando, Florida, for the 2015 IEEE Broadcast Symposium, one of the world’s preeminent technical conferences on broadcasting technology. This year’s symposium will offer attendees an exciting, timely, and informative three-day program with tutorials and technical sessions lead by broadcast engineering experts from many countries. The quality of the program is demonstrated by this year’s high-profile keynote speakers: Francisco Artes, senior director of IT and security for MaxPlay; Ron Rackley, P.E., founding partner of duTreil, Lundin & Rackley Inc.; and Jon N. Cowart, partner manager for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) in partnership with SpaceX.
The IEEE Broadcast Symposium is one of two major annual conferences presented by the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society (BTS), one of more than 40 technical societies available to IEEE members. In addition to the IEEE Broadcast Symposium, the IEEE BTS sponsors the IEEE International Symposium on Broadband Multimedia Systems and Broadcasting every spring.
As the incredible pace of change in the broadcasting field continues to generate new challenges and opportunities, BTS provides an ideal way for its more-than 2,000 members to stay current. At its core, BTS is a community of learning, offering a place where broadcast engineers from across the spectrum — undergraduate students to tenured professors, world-renowned researchers to industry leaders — can find engaging and enriching educational opportunities.
In addition to presenting the two yearly conferences and hosting tutorials at the NAB Show and IBC, BTS offers specially designed programs at various times and locations throughout the year. The society’s newest course, “IP Video for Broadcast Engineers,” launched to rave reviews from students. The one-day course provides a detailed look at the key technologies used to transmit video signals over IP networks. The IP video course joins “Bridging the Gap: Video and IT Technology for Engineers,” a two-day interactive seminar designed to address the knowledge gap that exists in many modern broadcast facilities between technologists who have deep experience in traditional video broadcast and those who have specialized knowledge of data processing and computer networking.
Also, through the Distinguished Lecturer Program, IEEE BTS members can invite a lecturer to speak at a chapter meeting. Members can choose from more than 15 distinguished lecturers who among them offer nearly 50 presentation topics.
More information about the 2015 IEEE Broadcast Symposium, including online registration, is available at bts.ieee.org/broadcastsymposium. Additional information about the IEEE BTS is available at bts.ieee.org/.