Omar Aziz Niamut
Senior Research Scientist, Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research
Omar is a senior research scientist at the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), working on shared interactive and immersive media delivery. He received his MSc and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Delft university of Technology, in the field of universal audio coding. In 2007, he advised and reported to the European Parliament and the European Commission on the harmonisation of mobile TV. From 2008-2010, he made over 300 standardization contributions to ETSI TISPAN and advised the Singapore government on the use of IPTV standards. In 2007, he was the technical lead for one of the world's first user trial of social TV services and in 2014, he led a joint effort with the BBC towards the world's first live tiled streaming of UHD video to end users. He has been active as work package and TNO team leader in EU FP7 projects such as FascinatE, STEER and EXPERIMEDIA, is the technology lead in the ITEA3 project MOS2S, and is guiding TNO's strategy and proposals for EU H2020 in the area of media networking. He is a steering board member of the NEM Initiative, member of the programme advisory commission for the SURF innovation programme on Integrated Federated e-Infrastructures, and an expert reviewer for the Flemish IWT funded ICON programme. He has been a co-chair of multiple workshops and conference sessions and is general co-chair of ACM TVX 2017. He is author of multiple journal and conference publications in the fields of audio coding, interactive IPTV services and immersive media, holds over 20 patent applications, contributed a chapter to a book on Social TV and co-edited a book on format-agnostic media. He is an also accomplished and recording guitar player.