Peter Symes worked in the television and related industries from 1967 until his retirement in 2016.
His early career included BS (honors) 1967 from University of Wales, and positions in the BBC Studio Planning & Installation Department, Philips Broadcast, and Central Dynamics Ltd.
In 1983 he joined Grass Valley Group (subsequently Tektronix, subsequently Thomson Broadcast), and held positions responsible for product planning, strategic planning, intellectual property management, and technological liaison. He represented Grass Valley in many organizations including the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE). In July 2007 Symes joined SMPTE staff as Director of Standards & Engineering, a position held until retirement in 2016.
Symes holds three patents and is the joint recipient of an Emmy award for the architecture of the digital picture processor. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a Fellow of SMPTE, and a Certified Standards Professional (2013) by the Society for Standards Professionals (SES).
Peter has written and presented numerous papers at industry conferences, and is the author of three books on Video Compression, all published by McGraw Hill. He has also contributed to other books, including two editions of the NAB Engineering Handbook.
Symes served on the Board of Governors of SMPTE from 1987 to 2007, and on the Board of Directors of ATSC from 2009 to 2015.