Posted on September 2, 2015 in ATSC News
David Gomez Barquero brings unique perspectives as an international standards expert, researcher and academic to his important role as Vice Chairman of the ATSC 3.0 Modulation and Coding Ad-Hoc Group, a key participant in the development of the Physical Layer that’s speeding toward Candidate Standard status this month.
After receiving a double Masters of Science degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (UPVLC) in Spain and the University of Gavle in Sweden in 2004, he went on to earn his Doctorate in Telecommunications from UPVLC in 2009. During his doctoral studies, he was a guest researcher at Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology, Finland’s University of Turku, and Germany’s Technical University of Braunschweig.
Today, Dr. Gómez-Barquero is a senior researcher at the Institute of Telecommunications and Multimedia Applications (iTEAM-UPVLC), where he leads a research group working on next generation broadcasting technologies.
His previous standardization experience with the European digital television standardization forum DVB covers different topics such as upper layer forward error correction, DVB-T2, T2-Lite, and DVB-NGH.
Shaping the Future
Dr. Gomez-Barquero believes that to get the most out of your ATSC membership one must actively participate in the development of ATSC 3.0, something he states will shape the future of terrestrial broadcasting over the next decade.
“Currently, ATSC 3.0 is the most important project in terrestrial broadcasting worldwide, and there are people working on it not only from the U.S., but also from Europe and from Asia – including China, Japan and Korea.”
As Vice-Chair of the ATSC’s Modulation and Coding ad-hoc group, Dr. Gomez-Barquero has worked on a number of topics, including the selection of the forward error correction codes, bit interleavers and constellations (BICM module, bit-interleaved coding and modulation) and the definition of the optional multiple antenna MIMO system.
While Gomez-Barquero works for a university, he has been able to link ATSC and academics. “I think working in standardization bodies such as ATSC represents a great opportunity for academics to do applied research, work with brilliant researchers from industry, and develop new technologies beyond the current state-of-the art,” he says.
Getting to Know David
He was born and raised in Spain, where his family still resides. “I belong to a very big and close family, and I’ve always spent Christmas at home despite frequently being abroad. I have one brother and one sister and two wonderful nephews.”
In his spare time, traveling is a passion.
“My main passion is travel. Luckily, with my job I not only get to travel a lot but also get to live abroad,” he says. “People usually are surprised when they found out all the countries where I’ve lived, overall over eight years and a half abroad– Sweden, Finland, Germany, Colombia and the U.S. I plan to go back to Spain next month, but I already have plans to increase the list of countries I call home.”
In his spare time, traveling is a passion. He also likes cooking, and notes that rice-based paella – considered a national dish in Spain — is originally from Valencia.
Dr. Gomez-Barquero moved to the U.S. last October to focus on ATSC 3.0 and has spent the majority of his free time getting to know New York City.
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