Leonardo Chiariglione

Leonardo Chiariglione
SMPTE Honorary Member

From media compression, to data compression, to AI-enabled data coding

Tuesday, October 20th, 10:30 AM — 12:00 PM (GMT-3)


MPEG did a good job in being a group that handled media in a unified and industry-agnostic way. The attempt making MPEG a data-coding group failed. The latest major MPEG standards had and probably will have problems to be used, and now MPEG is no more.

The new organisation MPAI – Moving Picture, Audio and Data Coding by Artificial Intelligence will develop data coding standards on the assumption that data coding is the transformation of data from one representation into another that is more convenient for a particular application and that, in the current time frame, AI provides competitive tools to fulfil the mission. MPAI will adopt a process that promises to bridge the gap between standards and their practical use.


Leonardo Chiariglione graduated from the Polytechnic of Turin and obtained his Ph. D. degree from the University of Tokyo.

He has been at the forefront of a number of initiatives that have helped shape media technology and business as we know them today. Among these the Moving Pictures Experts Group (MPEG) which he founded, chaired for 32 years and from which he was ousted in June 2020. He is currently creating MPAI – Moving Picture, Audio and Data Coding by Artificial Intelligence, a non-profit organisation that will develop AI-enabled data coding standards while bridging the gap between standards and their practical use.

Leonardo is the recipient of several awards: among these the IBC John Tucker award, the Eduard-Rhein Foundation award, the IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics award and the Kilby Foundation award.

Since January 2004 he is the CEO of CEDEO.net, a company providing advanced media technologies and solutions and advising major multinationals on matters related to digital media.