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Paul Hearty Recognized for Contributions

Paul Hearty and the Adavanced Television Evaluation Laboratory win Emmy Award

emmysIn January 2009, Paul accepted an Emmy at the 60th Annual Technology and Engineering Emmy Awards for the work he and the Advanced Television Evaluation Laboratory had done in helping with the Standardardization of the ATSC Digital System.

Paul Hearty was one of the key players in the 1987 North American Public HDTV Demonstrations, which transmitted HDTV over satellite to receive locations in 7 cities for viewing and evaluation by more than 10,000 members of the public. He became involved in activities of the FCC Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Service at its inception in 1987.

Through the period from 1987 to 1994, he was an ex officio member of the Advisory Committee and served prominently in the Advisory Committee leadership and on many of its committees, including the Special Panel and the Technical Subgroup, which ultimately decided on the acceptability of systems tested.

In 1994, Paul joined General Instrument (GI, now Motorola Broadband Communications) as Director of HDTV Business Development. He served on the digital HDTV Grand Alliance's Technical Oversight Group, which was responsible for all aspects of the development, testing, and standardization of the Grand Alliance system.

In 1997, he was recognized by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Emmy Award as a contributor to the Grand Alliance Digital Television Standard, and, in 1998, was honored as a Charter Member of the Consumer Electronics Association's Academy of Digital Television Pioneers.

In addition, he was recognized for his contributions to three other Emmy Awards received by the Advanced Television Systems Committee, the Advanced Television Test Center, and the Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Service.

In 2003 he accepted the position of Associate Dean and Director of the Rogers Communications Centre at Ryerson University where he developed the first four-camera digital HDTV studio in Canada. Current projects include the development of a digital cinema lab in collaboration with industry. This lab is part of CineGrid. Recently, in a world's first, the lab performed color correction of digital cinema content shot in Prague and rendered in San Diego, with a colorist in Toronto working real-time under the direction of a Cinematographer in Prague. Communication was through a 10 Gbps fiber connection.

In 2008, he accepted the ORION Discovery Award for this research on networked collaboration tools allowing the production and exchange of extremely high-quality digital media over photonic networks like ORION and CANARIE. Currently, he is further developing the lab and planning to extend his research from Post Production to Production.