Appointments

ITU standards unit appoints InterDigital coding expert as vice-chair

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InterDigital’s Gaëlle Martin-Cocher is to be a vice-chair of the Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group, part of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Martin-Cocher (pictured) is the Montréal-based senior director of multimedia coding at InterDigital, which develops mobile and video technologies.

Henry Tirri, CTO of InterDigital, said the election marked her “hard work and collaboration that earned her this position, but also for the ways her leadership will help shape the impact of the organization.”

The group addresses a range of issues for the ITU, a United Nations agency, including service provision, economic and policy implications, future networks and cloud, content delivery platforms, broadband cable and TV and the internet of things (IoT).

Martin-Cocher trained in Paris at the Ecole nationale supérieure Louis-Lumière, the leading French university for audio-visual arts and sciences. In 2007 she moved to BlackBerry in Canada, where she led a security and application team composed of PhD experts in security and signal processing.

The Geneva-based Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group is chaired by Abdurahman Al Hassan, a Saudi specialist in cyber security, smart cities and IoT.