Together with colleagues Gary J. Sullivan and Thomas Wiegand, Gisle Bjøntegaard was a leading figure in the creation of the ground-breaking H.264/MPEG4-AVC coding standard for the compression, transmission, recording, and storage of digital video. H.264/MPEG4-AVC has impacted technology ranging from smart phones to Blu-Ray disc players and broadcast television. Released in May 2003, the new standard was a major improvement over the previous H.262/MPEG-2 video coding standard, with not only better compression capability but also the flexibility to support a wide range of platforms and applications, including handheld mobile devices, Blu-Ray players, Internet video streaming, and HDTV. Dr. Bjøntegaard originated the proposal that became the first reference model for the design of the standard, and he continued to participate in driving further improvements in compression by numerous contributions during the standardization process.
Dr. Bjøntegaard is currently a Cisco Fellow with Cisco Systems Norway in Oslo.