Dietrich Westerkamp today is a freelance consultant. He recently retired from Technicolor, where he held the position of Director World-wide Standards Coordination.
Dietrich Westerkamp studied electrical engineering at the University Hanover (FRG). In 1985 he joined Thomson (in 2010 renamed to Technicolor) working on digital video recording. His main focus was data compression. In this role he also was amongst the first active members of MPEG.
As lab manager new TV systems he became involved in various European projects for improving television: In the context of Eureka 95 HD-MAC he lead the working group bit rate reduction. As head of the PALplus systems group he helped to bring the 16:9 aspect ratio to Europe also in the context of analog PAL. In the European Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) project he was a long standing member representing the manufacturing industry at Steering Board level and served as treasurer. In HDMI he was a member of the Founders management team; Within the European trade association Digitaleurope he chaired the HDTV issue group that developed the HDready and HD TV product logos. In continuation of that he focused on 3DTV. He also chaired the working group 3D-HD-TV of the German TV-Plattform.
Dietrich represented Technicolor in various standards organizations (DVB, HDMI, ETSI, IEC) and trade associations (Digitaleurope, ZVEI). He is a member of the IEEE, the SMPTE, the Informationstechnische Gesellschaft (ITG) in Germany, and an honorary member of the Fernseh-und Kino-Technische Gesellschaft (FKTG).
In 2009 Dietrich Westerkamp and the Technicolor team received an Emmy Award for the development of the HDMI standard.