The 2009 winner of the prestigious ACM Special Interest Group on Multimedia (SIGMM) award for Outstanding Technical Contributions to Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications is Dr. Lawrence A. Rowe. Dr. Rowe is currently President of FX Palo Alto Laboratory and an Emeritus Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley. The ACM SIGMM Technical Achievement award, given in recognition of outstanding contributions over a researcher’s career, cited Dr. Rowe’s “pioneering research in continuous media software systems and visionary leadership of the multimedia research community”. The SIGMM award will be presented at the ACM International Conference on Multimedia 2009 that will be held October 19-24, 2009 in Beijing China.
While at Berkeley, Dr. Rowe made significant contributions to the INGRES and POSTGRES database projects, and he lead the development of the Berkeley MPEG1 Tools software and the Berkeley webcasting system, an early lecture webcasting system that produces material viewed on the Internet by millions of people around the world each year.
ACM is the professional society of computer scientists, and SIGMM is the special interest group on multimedia.