CEDIA Talks 

Join CEDIA for the always popular CEDIA Talks! Hear from top industry minds on critical topics affecting the home tech industry and what to expect tomorrow. Only 20 minutes long, CEDIA Talks offer crucial insights into emerging trends, new and innovative technologies, and even how to strengthen overall business practices.

Thursday, September 10

Video Compression Trends: Optimizing Quality & Maintaining Interoperability

11:00 – 11:20 a.m.
David Meyer
Director of Technical Content, CEDIA

With video resolutions (4K/8K) and HDR on the rise, how will video compression codecs deliver high quality images with low bandwidth usage?  The old standby, H.264/MPEG-4, is quickly being replaced by H.265/MPEG-H, while the next generation H.266/MPEG-I is set to be finalized mid this year. Given the broad range of video applications such as streaming, broadcast, surveillance and in-home distribution, we explore how these and other new codecs may be utilized to optimize AV quality, but also how their application may threaten systems interoperability.

Why is Voice Control so Hard?

2:00 – 2:20 p.m.
Alex Capecelatro
Co-Founder & CEO, Josh.ai

With the growing popularity of voice control in the home, it’s important to understand how it works, and why it sometimes fails. This talk will explore various hurdles to voice control systems that perform consistently, including aspects of linguistics, acoustics, semantics, and labeling. We will discuss ambiguous conundrums like Winograd schemas, and how you can improve the performance of your systems.

Friday, September 11

“Who’s at the Front Door” - Trends in Surveillance

11:00 – 11:20 a.m.
Michael Cogbill
Designer & Engineer, REV2 Consulting

Surveillance technology is advancing faster than ever before and becoming pervasive in our daily lives. Join us to learn about the rise of new cameras such as thermal and 360° view, video intercom solutions, how cameras are using advanced analytics, and the use of AI and facial recognition.

What Standards Mean for Your Business

2:00– 2:20 p.m.
Walt Zerbe
Senior Director of Standards and Technology , CEDIA

As technology continues to change and develop – it’s important to understand the best ways to implement these technologies into your business. Standards and recommended practices serve as an integrator’s guide to creating best in class experiences for clients. Join CEDIA’s Senior Director of Standards and Technology, Walt Zerbe to learn what’s changed and what has been updated for the recommended best practices for immersive audio and the design and verification of HDMI.

Saturday, September 12

Wi-Fi 6 – New standard, New Design Criteria

11:00 – 11:20 a.m.
Nathan Holmes
Technical Trainer, ANLA Inc.

Wi-Fi 6 has been designed to address some the basic wireless networking issues and provide High Efficiency Wi-Fi. Learn how this new wireless standard provides for higher data rates, more robust connections, lower contention, increased client battery life, and simultaneous data reception or transmission between access points and multiple client devices. Fundamentally different than all previous Wi-Fi standards, WI-FI 6 deployments will require new design criteria to reach optimum performance.

Company Culture & The Lifestyle of the Employee

2:00 – 2:20 p.m.
Joe Whitaker
President, Thoughtful Integrations

What is all this buzz about “company culture”? What is company culture? Is your company’s culture helping or hurting you? In this CEDIA Talk  we will define and discuss company culture and its impact on all aspects of your business. Company culture can also have an impact on your employee lifecycle. Are you consistently reevaluating your employees needs through out the lifecycle of their employment? Are you addressing the real life changes employees experience in life with company output? Learn the key ways you can deliver best-in-class support for employees as well as when to address red flags. This talk is action-oriented with a goal of providing attendees with takeaways that can be implemented immediately.