Rising Woman of Influence: Dr. Marta Karczewicz

2019 Nominee

Dr. Marta Karczewicz

Vice President of Technology
Qualcomm Incorporated

Marta Karczewicz received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. (with honors) degrees from the Tampere University of Technology, Finland, in 1994 and 1997, respectively. From 1996 to 2006, she was with Nokia where she managed the “Visual Technologies” Competence Area, and in 2004 she became the head of the Nokia Research Center in Dallas, Texas. In 2006 she joined Qualcomm, where she is currently a Vice President, Technology, in the Multimedia R&D group. Since 1998, she has been active participant in H.264/AVC, HEVC and VVC video codecs development within MPEG and ITU-T standardization forums. While in Qualcomm she has also contributed to projects related to software and hardware video encoder implementation, virtual reality, and Universal Bandwidth compression.

Dr. Karczewicz holds over 300 granted US and over 100 granted European patents on video compression. She was one of three recipients of the Qualcomm IP excellence Award 2012, a prize recognizing the company’s most distinguished inventors. This year, Dr. Karczewicz was nominated as one of three finalists for the 2019 European Inventor Award in the prestigious “Lifetime Achievement” category thanks to her decades-long work on video compression technologies. She is an author of 16 journal papers and over 40 conference papers including 5 invited papers to special issues of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology on AVC, HEVC and VVC, and she received EURASIP’s best paper award in the Image Communication category in 1997.