Filipina Engineer at Netflix Named Among Most Powerful Engineers

A Filipina engineer who works as director of Video Algorithms at video-streaming company Netflix, was named one of the year’s 43 most powerful female engineers by Business Insider.

Anne Aaron, who finished a degree in Physics at Ateneo de Manila University and Ph.D in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, one of the principal developers of Netflix’s Video Multimethod Assessment Fusion, an algorithm which aims to deliver video streams with the best perceptual quality possible, given the constraints of the network bandwidth and viewing device.

Aaron was noted for leading the team of software engineers and research scientists who made the software that enables Netflix’s 86 million subscribers to watch programing “with the best possible quality.”

She joined Netflix in 2011 has been one of the principal developers of VMAF, recently released as an open-source project to allow companies outside of Netflix to run tests with it and improve their own video codecs or streaming services.

Later on, Netflix released “Meridian,” a film produced as test footage, to the public in 2016 to allow various companies to run tests with it and improve their own video codecs or streaming services.

“You need content that is representative of how movies are made today,” Aaron told Variety to explain why they refused to take any production shortcuts even if it meant getting a helicopter, instead of a drone, to record a moving car on camera.

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