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  • Information Theory in Singapore (ITIS) , Information Theory in Singapore (ITIS) is an online seminar series jointly organised by Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore and Singapore University of Technology and Design. During this series, our speakers will be sharing state-of-the-art results in coding and information theory. The talks are weekly on Tuesday from 24 Nov to 22 Dec 2020. Online mathematics Seminar: 'Innovation in Constrained Codes', video, 22 dec. 2020.

  • The Uneasy Afterlife of Our Dazzling Trash, In the early ’80s, information storage was mainly in magnetic tape and magnetic devices, said Kees Immink, who was one of eight engineers to create the CD in 1979. The CD was groundbreaking. His team had started with the goal of making a disc capable of storing music longer than Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, which is close to 70 minutes long. What resulted was something that could save other digital media and essentially all software, he recalled. Mechanical engineers who produced excellent gramophones became instantly obsolete, Mr. Immink said. By Sandra Garcia, New York Times, 7 Nov. 2020.

  • Digital savant, Kees Immink, pioneering visionary in digital consumer electronics, discusses the prospects of tapping life's information storage system - DNA - to tackle the looming data storage crisis, and takes a trip through hi-fi history, The Raffles Conversation, Business Times, April 11, 2020.

  • Kees Immink at GYSS 2020 - Evolution of Mass Data Storage Systems, Electronic computers invented in the 1950s stimulated the creation of mass data storage such as magnetic tape, hard disk, and solid state drives. Since then, the quantity of data storage doubles roughly every three years. The current internet has an estimated capacity of 10^21 bytes. Up till now, all storage media are electro-mechanical of nature. The first experiments by Church et al. in 2016 demonstrated the feasibility to store data in synthetic DNA, promising a huge data capacity, nil dissipation during storage, and very long-term stability. The speaker will discuss the history of data storage and future media such as DNA, GYSS 2020, Feb. 6, 2020, Singapore (video, lecture)

  • Coded in your DNA: How Singapore can help avert a global data storage crisis, Using DNA to store data could help to avert a looming data storage crisis - and Singapore could play a key role in making this method viable, E27, Feb. 6, 2020, Singapore

  • All of Youtube's data stored in a teaspoon of DNA. The world is facing a looming data storage crisis, and Singapore can help to avert it, GYSS Summit, Straits Times, Jan. 2020.

  • The 2020 Global Young Sientists Summit is a gathering of young scientists and researchers from all over the world, with eminent international science and technology leaders in Singapore, Jan. 2020.

  • Interview 2020 Global Young Sientists Summit, Some of the best minds in science will be in Singapore on Jan 14 for the Global Young Scientists Summit. More than 300 young scientists will get to rub shoulders with leaders from various fields of science, including Nobel Prize and Turing Award recipients. Video, CNA Singapore, (5 mins) Jan. 2020.

  • Meeting of Lee Hsien Loong, prime minster of Singapore, with members of the GYSS Summit, From left to right: National Research Foundation CEO Professor Low Teck Seng, and Global Young Scientists Summit speakers Professor Alain Fischer, Professor Efim Zelmanov, Professor Kurt Wüthrich, Professor Leslie Valiant, Professor Kees Schouhamer Immink, Professor Klaus von Klitzing, and Dr Leslie Lamport. Feb. 2020.

  • SFF X SWITCH 2019. Insightful presentations and conversations spanning topics from Deep Tech, FinTech, Digital Currencies, and more. A showcase of thought leaders & great innovators, a library of relevant insights. Singapore, Nov. 2019.

  • The Asia-Europe Workhop on Concepts of Information Theory is based on a longstanding cooperation between Asian and European scientists, Royal Maas Yacht Club, Rotterdam, June 2019.

  • Why is a CD 74 minutes long? It's because of Beethoven, What links Ed Sheeran and Beethoven? It turns out the length of the modern album has its roots in the 19th century by Victoria Longdon, May 2019.

  • 2018 IEEE Day Message by Kees Immink - 2017 IEEE Medal of Honor Recipient, Leslie Russell, IEEE video (3.16 min), Nov. 2018.

  • El padre del CD ante su autodestrucción: "está muy vivo pero no tiene futuro", El Independiente, April 2018.

  • IEEE Interview with Kees Immink, Part 1, winner of the 2017 IEEE Medal of Honor, sits down for an interview with IEEE Spectrum Executive Editor Glenn Zorpette at the 2017 IEEE Vision, Innovation, and Challenges Summit. Video, (5.46 min), Nov. 2017.

  • IEEE Interview with Kees Immink, Part 2, Video, (3.35 min), Nov. 2017.

  • CE Society Distinguished Member Kees Immink Receives the IEEE Medal of Honor, Kees Schouhamer Immink is the recipient of the 2017 IEEE Medal of Honor, IEEEs highest award. Immink received the Medal of Honor for pioneering contributions to video, audio, and data recording technology, including compact disk, DVD, and Blu-ray at the 2017 IEEE Honors Ceremony on 25 May 2017 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, by Tom Coughlin, IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine, Sept 2017.

  • Seminar in Honor of Kees Schouhamer Immink, Han Vinck, Jos Weber, and Peter de With, IEEE Information Theory Society Newsletter, pp. 14, Sept. 2017.

  • Four myths about Kees Schouhamer Immink, 2017 IEEE Medal of Honor. Speakers: Han Vinck, John Watkinson, Hiroshi Kamabe, Ronald Aarts, Peter de With, Dirk van Hertem, Jos Weber and Kees Immink. Program is here, June 2017.

  • Seminar in Honor of Kees Schouhamer Immink, June 16, 2017, Royal Maas Yacht Club, Rotterdam

  • 2017 IEEE Honors Ceremony full stream video, (10 min), May, 2017.

  • IEEE Medal of Honor, Kees Immink: The Birth of Digital Media, IEEE Life Fellow Kees Schouhamer Immink accepts the most prestigious award of the evening, the IEEE Medal of Honor for pioneering contributions to video, audio and data recording technology, including compact disc, DVD and Blu-ray. Immink’s inventions have impacted people all over the world, and is regarded as the most prolific contributor to consumer electronics of the late 20th century. IEEE, Video, (4 min), May 2017.

  • 2017 IEEE Awards Booklet, Regarded as the most prolific contributor to the world's consumer electronics of the late 20th Century, Kees Schouhamer Immink fueled the the 'big bang' of digital electronics with pioneering contributions to coding technology. May 2017.

  • Kees Immink: The Man Who Put Compact Discs on Track, Immink was a young electrical engineer working in the laboratories of Philips, in Eindhoven, Netherlands, when the research effort that was to become compact-disc technology got under way in the mid-1970s. Initially, Immink had nothing to do with the project. Tekla S. Perry, IEEE Spectrum, April 20, 2017.

  • 2017 IEEE Medal of Honor Awarded to CE Society Member, IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine, March 2017.

  • IEEE Medal of Honor Goes to DVD and Blu-ray Technology Pioneer, IEEE Institute, March 3, 2017.

  • Faraday Medal, Prof. Kees Schouhamer Immink has been awarded the Faraday Medal for significant contributions to digital video, audio and data storage systems. Professor Kees Schouhamer Immink FIEEE FAES FSMPTE has been awarded the Faraday Medal for significant contributions to digital video, audio and data storage systems. Professor Immink is founder and president of Turing Machines Inc. and is regarded as one of the most prolific inventors in the field of consumer electronics of the late 20th Century. His work as a scholar and practitioner of electrical engineering has seen him not only gain world-wide recognition in his area of expertise, but also seen him decorated as a Knight of the Order of Oranje-Nassau a historic and highly prestigious title given to those who have made an outstanding contribution to Dutch Society. He’s also been recognised as one of the leading pioneers behind the digital revolution. IET, Video, (2.3 min), Nov. 2015.

  • European Patent Award, EPO, Video, (2 mins), June 2015.

  • Alice Baxter interviews inventor Kornelis A. Schouhamer Immink, 11/06/15, Kornelis A Schouhamer Immink, is the Dutchman whose coding method for CD, DVD and Blu-ray "jump-started the digital revolution". He is being presented with a lifetime achievement award at the "Oscars of Innovation", the European Inventor Awards, BBC video (3 mins), June 2015.

  • How the compact disc lost its shine, It’s 30 years since Dire Straits’ Brothers in Arms began the CD boom. How did the revolution in music formats come about and what killed it? Dorian Lynskey, The Guardian, May 2015.

  • Häuptling Silberscheibe, Claudia Wessling, Handelsblatt, May 24, 2015.

  • Pioneering the digital revolution: Kornelis Schouhamer Immink, developer of CD, DVD, and Blu-ray Disc coding named finalist for the European Inventor Award, EPO, April 2015.

  • Kornelis A. Schouhamer Immink - Coding method for CD, DVD and Blu-Ray Kornelis Schouhamer Immink’s inventions jump-started a digital revolution. The 68-year-old has fathered three very successful generations, from the birth of the CD in 1982 and the DVD in 1995 to the first Blu-ray disc in 2006. Now he is named on more than a thousand patents worldwide. European Patent Office (EPO), 2015 (video 3 mins).

  • Celebrating the inventors and innovators who shaped the world of pro audio, PSNEurope Genius, Jan. 2015.

  • Why CDs May Actually Sound Better Than Vinyl, LAWeekly, Chris Kornelis, Jan. 2015.

  • Kees Immink Receives Honorary Degree, Prof Immink, one of the most prolific inventors of the 20th century in consumer electronics, accepted an honorary doctoral degree Doctor Honoris Causa for Technical and Scientific Research during the University’s second graduation series. UJ’s Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment conferred the honorary doctoral degree on Prof Immink as acknowledgement for his instrumental role in the development of digital audio, video and data recording systems, and for the profound impact his contributions and inventions has made in today's digital society. UJ's Staff Magazine, The Art of Accomplishment, 2014.

  • IEEE CE Society Fellow Kees Immink Receives Honorary Degree, Peter Corcoran, IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine, Oct, 2014.

  • Immink helped jump-start the digital video and audio revolution, Peter Corcoran, IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine, Oct, 2014.

  • CD bly beste geskenk, Beeld Newspaper, Johannesburg, 2014.

  • Conferral of honorary doctorate by University of Johannesburg (video starts at 4.20 mins), TV-Today, Johannesburg, June 2014.

  • How coding led to the development of the CD, EngineerIT, June 2014. In the mid-seventies Thomas Stockham made the first digital hi-fi audio recordings in the USA, using mini-computers and data tape drives. Digital audio techniques were known for quite some time, but usually used in low-quality voice communications. The time seemed to be right for hi-fi digital sound, and we said to each other let us try digital audio on an optical disc instead of the analogue FM so that we can get rid of the clicks by using digital error correcting codes.

  • UJ confers honorary doctorate on digital pioneer, Prof Kornelis Immink, video, Johannesburg, June 2014.

  • Digital pioneer, Prof Kornelis Immink’s comment on honorary doctorate from UJ, video, Johannesburg, June 2014.

  • Prof Ihron Rensburg on UJ honorary doctorate, Prof Kornelis Immink, video, Johannesburg, June 2014.

  • Prof Immink’s inspiration to the world of engineering, Johannesburg, video, June 2014.

  • Prof Immink’s message to future engineers, Johannesburg, video, June 2014.

  • Erfinder der Compact Disc erhält Eduard-Rhein-Preis, Norbert Lossau, Die Welt, Okt. 2014.

  • Beethoven, Shannon, and the Compact Disc, ICCE, Berlin, video, Sept. 11, 2012.

  • Interview with K. Brandenburg and K. Immink, part 1, ICCE, Berlin, video, Sept. 11, 2012.

  • Interview with K. Brandenburg and K. Immink, part 2, ICCE, Berlin, video, Sept. 11, 2012.

  • Why is the CD 74 Minutes Long? Gizmodo, Jan. 11, 2011.

  • Dec. 16, 1770: Beethoven's Birth in Bonn Leads to Longer CDs, Dec. 2008.

  • Shannon, Beethoven, and the Compact Disc (htm version), (pdf version), IEEE Information Theory Society Newsletter, Vol. 57, 2007. An audio compact disc (CD) holds up to 74 minutes, 33 seconds of sound, just enough for a complete mono recording of Ludwig von Beethoven's Ninth Symphony (‘Alle Menschen werden Brüder’) at probably the slowest pace it has ever been played, during the Bayreuther Festspiele in 1951 and conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler. Each second of music requires about 1.5 million bits, which are represented as tiny pits and lands ranging from 0.9 to 3.3 micrometers in length. More than 19 billion channel bits are recorded as a spiral track of alternating pits and lands over a distance of 5.38 kilometers (3.34 miles), which are scanned at walking speed, 4.27 km per hour. This year it is 25 years ago that Philips and Sony introduced the CD. In this jubilee article we will discuss the various crucial technical decisions made that would determine the technical success or failure of the new medium.

  • The simple story of the 12cm CD Ever wondered why a CD, and thus all the CD-ROM and DVD derivatives, has a 12cm diameter? OK, you probably haven’t, but I have. by Lem Bingley, June 21, 2007.

  • Warner’s DVD format is just a band-aid, The first new DVD readers and discs are getting onto the market and will have a real first chance of exposure at the CES exhibition next week. But the market does not like this dichotomy, so equipment manufacturers and disc producers are attempting to bridge this format war with readers that read both formats and discs which can contain both formats. Next week Warner will announce a new disc format. TotalDVD, for reading Blu-Ray and HD-DVD formatted productions. Jan. 2007.

  • National Academy of Engineering elects new members and foreign associates, Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature," and to the "pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education." NAE press announcement, Feb. 10, 2007.

  • Great Lengths (about CD's playing time), "If Sony had agreed on the 11.5cm disc, Philips would have had a significant competitive edge in the market. Sony was aware of that, did not like it, and something had to be done. "The long-playing time of Beethoven's Ninth imposed by Ohga was used to push Philips to accept 12cm, so that Philips would lose its edge on player and disc fabrication. Author: Fergus Cassidy, Sunday Tribune, Oct. 23, 2005.

  • From Analog to Digital, AES Heyser Memorial Lecture, AES 116th Convention, Berlin, Germany, May 2004. In retrospect one may say that the digital audio revolution is an immense success as everybody is satisfied with the outcome. With reluctance, the speaker acknowledges the fact that there are a few nostalgic exceptions, who cry out in longing to return to the fleshpots of the radio hiss, the warm distortion of the electron tubes, the scratchy sound of the gramophone, and, not to forget, the greener grass.

  • Philips and other technology firms on the wrong track, says veteran inventor, Herald Tribune, March 25, 2003.

  • IEEE Legacies, It is virtually impossible to hear digital audio or watch digital video that does not reflect the work of Kees A. Schouhamer Immink. His contributions to coding systems quite literally jump started the digital video and audio revolution by enabling reliable data storage at information densities previously thought unattainable. IEEE History Center, 2003.

  • AES President's Message', AES Journal, Dec. 2002.

  • AES Oral History Project: Kees A.Schouhamer Immink, Kees Immink, a scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur, who pioneered and advanced the era of digital audio, video, and data recording including the CD, DVD and Blu-Ray Disc. Interviewed by Hans Lauterslager and edited by Harry Hirsch, video (016), May 15, 2001.

  • Han Vinck interviews Kees A.S. Immink on the occasion of his receipt of the IEEE Edison Medal.', IEEE IT Newsletter, June 1999.

  • June 1999 IEEE Awards Ceremony, Edison Medal, video, IEEE History Center, 1999.
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  • Roland van Rijswijk-Deij wint prestigieuze Kees Schouhamer Immink Prijs, University of Twente, Sept. 2020.

  • Het draaide meer om de wedstrijd die ik meemaakte, De Zaak, Bas van Rijzewijk, Sept. 2020. Interview met Kees Schouhamer Immink. In 1982 werd de cd geïntroduceerd in Japan. Een halfjaar later volgde ook de rest van de wereld. Het zou een revolutie betekenen in de manier waarop we muziek beleven. De uitvinding van de cd was het gevolg van een samenwerking tussen Philips en Sony. Eén van de hoofdrolspelers aan de Eindhovense kant is de nu 73-jarige Kees Schouhamer Immink.

  • Winnaar eerste Kees Schouhamer Immink Prijs, Jaarverslag KHMW, 2019.

  • Patent uit de polder: uitvinder van de CD en DVD, Eenvandaag, NPO video 15 mins, 23 juli 2015.

  • Tekortschietend leerboek stimuleert het onderzoek, Het Parool, 11 juli 2015.
  • Uitvinders CD en NFC maken kans op EPO-prijs, Computable, april 2015.
  • Kees Schouhamer Immink uit Eindhoven genomineerd voor Europese onderscheiding, Eindhovens Dagblad, april 2015.
  • Rotterdamse uitvinder cd genomineerd voor Europese prijs, RTV Rijnmond, 21 april 2015.
  • Opvallend hoog aantal van vier Nederlandse nominaties bij European Inventor Award, Technisch Weekblad 2015.
  • Rotterdammer genomineerd voor uitvinden cd en dvd, Metro, 21 april 2015.
  • Grote Nederlandse inbreng bij Europese uitvindersprijs, Financieel Dagblad, april 2015.
  • Ere wie ere toekomt: Man achter de cd is Immink, Eindhovens Dagblad, jan. 2015.
  • We voelden ons kunstenaars, Eureka, Eindhovens Dagblad, mei 2014.
  • De komst van het schijfje, video, Andere Tijden, Teleac, feb. 2013.
  • Het perfectioneren van digitale communicatie, Groene Amsterdammar, 25 mei 2012.
  • Audio-pionier Schouhamer Immink: ‘verzadiging in digitale opslag', Elektronica, mei 2012.
  • Hollandse meester, portret van cd-ontwikkelaar Kees Schouhamer Immink door Guido de Kanter, hifi.nl, april 2012.
  • Interview met Prof. Kees Schouhamer Immink, video RANO, 26 jan. 2009.
  • Places of Science, Teleac educational broadcasting program about the history of Philips Research Labs, april 2009.
  • Uitvinder gezocht, (Inventor wanted), Quest, mei 2007.
  • Amerika eert CD-uitvinder, (USA honors CD inventor) Financieel Dagblad, 13 feb. 2007
  • De Hollandse wereldfaam in natuurkunde loopt ten einde (The Dutch world fame in science has come to an end), NRC, juni 2005
  • Roeien op de Rotte en genieten van de wetenschap, (Rowing on the Rotte and enjoying science) Bits & Chips, mei 2005.
  • De WBSO is mij op het lijf geschreven, WBSO Fiscale stimulering, 2005.
  • Hoofdredactioneel artikel, Bits & Chips, feb. 2005.
  • CD, een systeem van Kleinduimpje, (CD, a system of Tom Thumb) Bits & Chips, feb. 2005.
  • Emmy Award-winnaar, Transfer, vakblad over de internationalisering van het Hoger Onderwijs & Onderzoek, 2005.
  • Rotterdamse wiskundige krijgt hoge prijs in de VS', (Rotterdam mathematician receives high honor) Rotterdams Dagblad, okt. 2004.
  • Technische 'Emmy-award' voor Nederlandse ict-onderzoeker' (Technological Emmy Award for Dutch ict researcher), EDU, okt. 2004.
  • Ik ben een zondagskind' (I am a Sunday's child), Geld & Beleggen, maart 2004.
  • Singapore Special: Emmy Award winnaar over Singapore en Nederland (Singapore Special: Emmy Award winner about Singapore and Holland), Transfer, feb. 2004.
  • Nieuwe Helden' (New Heroes), Technische Weekblad, feb. 2004.
  • De kritische aard hoort bij het uitvinden' (The critical nature is part of inventing), TU/E Cursor 12, nov. 2003.
  • Woorden en daden door Ebru Umar' (Words and Deeds by Ebru Umar), nov. 2003.
  • Managers verziekten sfeer op NatLab' (Managers ruined atmosphere at Philips Research), Eindhovens Dagblad, nov. 2003.
  • Nederlander wint Emmy. Philips reageerde niet op aanbod octrooien (Dutchman wins Emmy Award. Philips refused patents offer), NRC, okt. 23, 2003.
  • Vrijheid verdrijft de verbittering' (Freedom dispels Bitterness), Financieel Dagblad, feb. 2003.
  • De Compact Disc wordt 20 jaar' (NOB Journaal) video, mp4, juli 2002.
  • De uitvinding - het octrooi, (The invention - the patent) NRC Handelsblad, maart 2001.
  • Het eeuwige leven van de CD-ROM (The eternal life of the CD-ROM), Computable, April 2001.
  • Vinding Sloot - "abolute onzin"', (Sloot's Invention - "Absolute rubbish") Eindhovens Dagblad, feb 2001.
  • CD Story, Radio Stiphout, jan. 2001.
  • Grote lichten (Great lights), Intermediair, nov. 2000.
  • Digitale codering is niet saai (Digital coding is not dull), Tijdschrift van het NERG, jan. 2000.
  • Kees Schouhamer Immink - uitvinder aan basis Compact Disc, (Kees Immink - inventor on basis of Compact Disc) Computable, Sept. 1999.
  • Oud-TUE'er ontvangt IEEE Edison Medal (TU/E alumnus receives Edison Medal), TUE Cursor 36, juni 1999.
  • Lastpost in vrijheid (Troublermaker in Freedom of Thought), Volkskrant, juni 12, 1999.
  • Kees Schouhamer Immink: Ik denk dat niemand kan claimen dat hij de uitvinder is van de CD, Lex Veldhoen, NRC, 17 aug. 1995.
    Last updated: november 2020