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General Manager, Oscilloquartz

Nils Ahrlich

Gil Biran has twenty-nine years of experience in the High Tech Telecommunications and Data Communications industry, primarily in executive management positions such as CEO, President, and VP.

Mr. Biran is General Manager of Oscilloquartz, an ADVA Optical Networking company and Senior Vice President in ADVA Optical Networking SE. Previously Mr. Biran was General Manager of ADVA Optical Networking Israel and Senior Vice President Corporate Development and Strategy of ADVA Optical Networking SE.

Prior to ADVA, Mr. Biran was the CEO of Biran High Tech Advisory Ltd based in R'aanana Israel, which was acquired by ADVA Optical Networking at the end of 2012.

Mr. Biran is the founder of Axerra Networks, Inc., “The Pseudo-Wire Company”. For 9 years since 1999, Gil Biran has held major leadership roles within Axerra, including 7+ years as CEO and then as President. Prior to Axerra, Mr. Biran served as VP R&D and acting CTO at RAD Data Communications.

Chief Architect
National Instruments

Sundeep Chandhoke

Sundeep Chandhoke is currently a Chief Architect at National Instruments (NI) driving the architectures in product platforms regarding real time networking technologies and time-based synchronization. In 2010 he was selected by Control Engineering as an engineering leader under 40. In 2005 he worked on integrating EtherCAT into National Instruments distributed reconfigurable IO products. At that time he was also influential in enhancing LabVIEW (Real Time and FPGA) architectures to enable better solve control applications. For most of 2002 to 2004 he was independently tasked with integrating motion control into LabVIEW (Real Time and FPGA). This gave rise to NI SoftMotion which is an industry first concept of allowing customization of control algorithms in a motion controller without needing to change the higher level algorithms and API. Prior to this he created a unique prototyping tool for motion control called Motion Assistant which filled the gap between a configuration and programming tool.

Mr. Chandhoke has a BE from College of Engineering Pune, India, an MS from University of Central Florida, and hold thirty patents including several that are fundamental to the implementation of real-time products at National Instruments. His career began in 1995 with working for a company specializing in motion control called nuLogic, as a real time embedded programmer. National Instruments acquired nuLogic in 1997 and he was the one of the key people who helped integrate motion control into National Instrument’s product portfolio.

CEO, Calnex Solutions

Tommy Cook

Tommy Cook is the Founder and CEO of Calnex Solutions. He has 30 years experience in the Telecoms Industry, primarily focused on Test and Measurement.

Tommy has participated in a number of Standards forums over his career, and is currently participating in ITU-T Study Group 15 in the discussions on Timing-over-Packet solutions.

Tommy holds a Master of Science degree in Digital Techniques from Herriot-Watt University, Edinburgh and a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Paisley University.

Senior Technologist, Microsemi

Lee Cosart

Lee Cosart is a Senior Technologist with Symmetricom, Inc.. A graduate of Stanford University, Lee worked as an R&D engineer at Hewlett-Packard/Agilent prior to joining Symmetricom in 1999. His R&D activities have included measurement algorithm development and mathematical analysis for a variety of test equipment for which he holds several patents. He serves on, as chair, contributor and editor, the ATIS and ITU-T committees responsible for network synchronization standardization. His TimeMonitor software is used to collect and analyze synchronization and packet timing measurement data and has been used in laboratories and live operating networks throughout the world.

Managing Director
Chronos Technology

Charles Curry

Charles Curry is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and founder & Managing Director of Chronos Technology Ltd. Charles graduated in Electronics from Liverpool University in 1973. He founded Chronos, a leading system integrator for synchronization and timing products in the UK telecom industry, in 1986.

Charles founded the International Telecom Sync Forum (ITSF) in 2001 and chairs the ITSF Steering Group. He is also a member of the WSTS Steering Group. Charles is on the Steering Group for the Technology Strategy Board’s Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) for Digital Systems - Location and Timing Programme. Charles is also a member of the Industry Advisory Boards for the Universities of Liverpool and Bath, Electrical and Electronics Faculties.

In 2012 Charles was awarded Honorary Professorships from the University of Bath, Faculty of Engineering & Design, Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering and the University of Liverpool, Department of Electrical Engineering & Electronics.

President and CEO

Rajen Datta

Rajen is President and CEO of Qulsar. In previous roles he led Strategic Marketing, the Embedded Business and Product Management at Symmetricom. He has been a regular presenter at multiple industry forums about precision synchronization technologies and their applications. Prior to Qulsar and Symmetricom, Rajen had various technical and business roles at Lucent Technologies, Bell Labs for a decade. He led his previous startup, eBizAutomation, through inception, funding and a merger. Rajen has always enjoyed finding unique business applications for evolving technologies.

Rajen has a B.Sc in Physics from Presidency College, an MS in Computer Science from University of Oregon and a Master’s in Technology Management from Wharton (University of Pennsylvania).

Products Program Manager

Rodolfo Di Muro

Rodolfo Di Muro has over 19 years of experience in Transmission and Telecommunication with know-how in packet and optical networks, radio network, value propositions, and business cases.

Experienced and competent in operator business cases, working as Product Marketing Program Manager in Business Unit Networks in Ericsson, Stockholm (Sweden) since 2012.

Responsible as product marketing to highlight product benefits and product positioning for all transmission products, working in Coventry (UK) and Genoa (Italy) since 2007.

Product strategist with product road map responsibility since 2001 (in Marconi, Coventry, UK). Technology strategy with coordinating University Research projects across Europe, also from 2001.

From idea to realization, Rodolfo has followed all the Implementation steps as design, software optimization, and in building prototype in optical amplifier (E-band) in the Nortel, Advanced Research Group in Harlow (UK) in 1997, and working as system network design for Nortel Transmission group (2000).

Key professional achievements: Electronic degree (1992, Bologna University), PhD (Parma University 1995), MBA (Warwick University, 2008), IPR technical consultant, IEEE technical reviewer, filed 18 patents (IPRs), published 54 technical papers, Chairman for IET in Coventry and Warwick branch (2001).

Co-Chair P1588 Working Group

John Eidson

John C. Eidson received his BS and MS degrees from Michigan State University and his PhD. Degree from Stanford University all in electrical engineering. He retired in 2009 after a career in the central research laboratories of Varian Associates, Hewlett-Packard and most recently, Agilent Technologies. He is a co-chair of the IEEE 1588 standards committee. He is a life fellow of the IEEE, the recipient of the 2007 Technical Award of the IEEE I&M Society, and a co-recipient of the 2007 Agilent Laboratories Barney Oliver Award for Innovation. He is currently a visiting scholar in the Ptolemy group at the University of California at Berkeley and is interested in the application of synchronized clocks to cyber-physical systems.


Jean-Loup Ferrant

Jean-Loup Ferrant, graduated from INPG Grenoble (France), joined Alcatel in 1975 and worked on analog systems, PCM and digital cross-connects. He has been working on SDH synchronization since 1990 and on SDH and OTN standardization for more than 20 years in ETSI TM1, TM3 and ITU-T SG13 and SG15. He has been rapporteur of SG15 Q13 on network synchronization since year 2001. He was one of the Alcatel-Lucent experts on synchronization in transport networks until he retired in March 2009. He is still rapporteur of SG15 Q13, sponsored by Calnex Solutions, and an active member of ITSF.

Strategic Marketing Manager
Calnex Solutions

Tim Frost

Tim Frost joined Calnex in the summer of 2013. He has several years of experience in next-generation synchronisation techniques, having worked with both Symmetricom and Zarlink Semiconductor on packet synchronisation technologies. He has been active in the ITU Network Synchronisation question (Q13/SG15), the Small Cell Forum, where he was editor for their Synchronisation white paper, and also in the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), where he was the editor for their circuit emulation standards.

Tim has over 20 years experience in the electronics and telecommunications industry, having worked in areas such as the design of embedded CPU cores for ASIC devices, and in railway signaling systems. Tim has a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Leeds, and an MSc. from the University of Manchester. He is a Member of the IET and a Chartered Engineer.

Electrical Engineer

Allen Goldstein

Allen R. Goldstein, born Brooklyn New York, 1957, B.S. electrical engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 1982. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1976, trained and served as an aviation electronics technician until 1979 when he enrolled at USC Navy ROTC. After graduation, he trained and served as a Navy Submarine officer. In 1987, he joined Peavey Electronics in Meridian, MS, as a Digital Design Engineer and designed products utilizing draft international standards for Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) and Digital Audio (AES 3, ISO 60958) while contributing to the drafting of those standards. During this time, he also did graduate coursework at the University of Mississippi. In 1992, he became Director of Engineering at Symetrix, Incorporated in Seattle, WA, where he led the design of high speed, high resolution A/D and D/A converters as well as digital audio signal processing equipment. In 1997, he joined Digital Harmony where he architected an audio/video Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) compliant with draft IEEE 1394 (Firewire) standards while contributing to the drafting of those and related 1394 Trade Association (1394TA) standards. In 2004, he became Chief Architect at Numark, Incorporated’s Seattle design center where he and his team designed four products based on the chip he architected at Digital Harmony. In 2006, he worked as an electronics design consultant, designing a pre-TIVO personal video recording system, a digital audio analysis system, and several other digital audio/video products.

In 2008, after seeing Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” he switched fields and began working on electrical power standards and equipment. He first worked on a “smart” micro-inverter which communicated with household appliances, then worked with Fluke Calibration to lead the design of the first commercially available PMU calibration system. In 2012, he joined the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD, and presently works in the SynchroMetrology Laboratory and with various standards development organizations.

Allen is vice chair of IEEE Power and Energy Society Power Systems Relaying Committee (PES PSRC) H11 and H21 working groups and chair of the IEEE Conformity Assessment Program (ICAP) Synchrophasor Conformity Assessment Committee.

Marketing Director
IEEE-SA Conformit Assesment Program

Lloyd Green

Lloyd Green is Marketing Director for the IEEE Conformity Assessment Program (ICAP). In this role Lloyd is responsible for promoting developing and supporting conformity assessment activities based on IEEE standards He brings a wealth of technology related experience in the areas of strategic marketing, corporate communications, market intelligence, business development and product marketing. Previously, Lloyd was Director of Marketing and Customer Support at Juniper Networks (Formerly Brilliant Telecommunications). Brilliant developed highly accurate end-to-end timing and synchronization solutions, which addressed the Mobile Backhaul and Femto market. At Juniper Networks, Lloyd assisted with customer support and product integration efforts. Prior to Juniper Networks, Lloyd held technical, marketing and business development roles at Altamar Networks, Network Equipment Technologies (N.E.T) and British Telecom International (BTI). Lloyd holds at B.S. in Telecommunications from the South East London Technical College.

Principal Systems Design Engineer
Aviat Networks

Anurag Gupta

Anurag Gupta, has been working in the Networking/telecommunications industry for over 25 year as Systems/ Hardware Design Engineer. He has been closely associated with design and validation of systems for conveying -timing & synchronization over Packet Networks. He is a regular participant in the activities of ATIS COAST-SYNC and ITU SG15/Q13.

His current interests include Packet Switched systems for Mobile Backhaul, Small Cells, Smart Grid & other Critical infrastructure applications, GPS vulnerability and its mitigation. He is also keen on design of high reliability & high availability network elements for use in uncontrolled environmental conditions.

Director of Engineering

Sebastian Jobert

Sébastien joined Iometrix in 2013 where he is currently in charge of conformance testing for timing and synchronization technologies, such as IEEE1588 and Synchronous Ethernet.

He takes an active part in standardization: in ITU-T (SG15, SG12, SG11), in IEEE (1588WG, IEEE Conformity Assessment Program), and in IETF on various working groups. He also participates to SDN, NFV and Carrier Ethernet standardization activity in the Cloud Ethernet Forum (CEF). He is the editor of various documents (G.8275.1, ex-editor of G.VoLTE, co-editor of the IEEE 1588 Conformity Test Suite).

Prior to joining Iometrix, Sébastien was one of the experts in Orange participating to the definition of the strategy, architectures, and engineering related to time and frequency synchronization, QoS and performance of telecom networks. He was a member of the Orange community of experts "Future Networks".

He received a master degree in Paris University Pierre et Marie Curie, and joined France Télécom Orange in 2006.

He is a member of the IEEE 1588 Conformity Alliance Committee of Experts. .

ITU-T Study Group 15

Greg Jones

As the Counsellor, Greg is responsible for the secretariat of ITU-T Study Group 15 which covers the standardization of optical transport networks, both metallic and optical access networks as well as home networking and external plant. Greg has worked at ITU for over 25 years starting as manager of the organization's computer network. After nine years he transferred to ITU's telecommunication standardization bureau where he has also been the English language editor and then responsible for communication for ITU-T. Greg holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and a post-graduate degree in Communication Engineering.

Telecom Systems Engineer
Rakon Singapore

Ullas Kumar

Ullas Kumar is Telecom Systems Engineer with the Business Development Team in Rakon, Singapore. He holds Masters degree in Electronics Design and Technology (Telecom) from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India and MBA from National University of Singapore. Prior to joining Rakon, he was working in the synchronization domain for the last 15 years working on traditional and packet synchronization techniques. He represents Rakon at various standardization bodies.

Senior Product Manager Telecom

Nir Laufer

As Senior Manager, Nir Laufer is responsible for the definition and development of Oscilloquartz synchronization delivery and assurance solutions.

Nir represents ADVA Optical Networking and Oscilloquartz in ITU-T SG15 Q.13 and contribute to standard development. Prior to this, Nir worked at Wintegra (now PMC-Sierra) and developed PWE3-CES and 1588v2 solutions based on Wintegra network processors.

Nir graduated (Summa cum laude) from Bar-Ilan University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and received an MBA in strategic management and financing from Tel-Aviv University.

Senior Data/Facility Architecture Engineer

Richard Jay Linzy

Mr. Richard Jay Linzy serves as a Data Architecture Engineer for Windstream Communications. Mr. Linzy has more than 34 years of expertise in the data and telecommunications including the design of multiple data and network operation centers. He was responsible for design and implementation of two successful technology ventures including five years as chief executive officer of JAzZUM, which he co-founded and also served as CTO of Advanced Technology Services. Mr. Linzy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from Texas A&M and a PH.D from the University of Oxford in Optical Communications. Richard began his career in 1979 and his studies included a certification in the physics of optical manufacturing at Oxford University, U.K., and an Iona Developer Certification for Iona Orbics in C++ and Java in Houston and Dublin, Ireland. Mr. Linzy served as Manager of network management systems for WorldCom and Manager of Network Management Services Development and Deployment for Logix, both in Oklahoma. He is a certified Information Architect through the University of Texas at Dallas and is a Member of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), Telecommunications Standardization Sector (ITU-+), and Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE).

Senior System Engineer
Progeny Systems

John Mackay

John MacKay is a Senior Systems Engineer and Engineering Group Manager at Progeny Systems Corporation, a Small Business Department of Defense contractor. He has served as the editor for the IEEE 1588-2008 Precision Timing Protocol standard, and is currently the standards editor and High Accuracy subcommittee co-chair for the p1588 working group.

National University of Ireland, Galway

Dr. Hugh Melvin

Dr. Hugh Melvin is based at the Discipline of Information Technology, NUI, Galway. His research interests extends to Internet Multimedia, Time & Timing Systems, Wireless Technologies, Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure, Energy & Environmental Informatics. Prior to NUI, Galway, he worked for 9 years in Power Engineering. He holds an MBA from University of Limerick in 1997, a Research M.Sc from NUI Galway in 2000, and a PhD from University College Dublin.

With Dr. Michael Schukat, he co-manages the Performance Engineering Laboratory research group ( and the OSNA Cybersecurity Research Grp ( . He is involved in 2 EU projects related to Internet QoS and Next Generation Internet.

North American Solutions Architecture

Jim Olsen

Jim Olsen has been with Microsemi for 30 years. He has extensive experience in designing and implementing network synchronization and timing architectures in more than 50 countries. Jim first joined the company in 1984, and has served in a wide range of roles in Service, Sales, and Marketing.

In 2000, he was named Director of Advanced Technologies, and he is currently a Director, Solutions Architecture, for The Americas. Jim speaks regularly at industry seminars and events, and his numerous articles and whitepapers on synchronization and timing have appeared in books and trade publications.

His knowledge of how timing impacts mobile and Wireline networks coupled with his extensive travels, help make Jim an informative and entertaining speaker.

Technology Strategist

Tim Pearson

Tim Pearson serves Sprint as a Technology Strategist, reporting under the CTO. With over 25 years of experience in the telecommunication field, Tim has worked in various engineering and management roles such as design, planning and strategy for both local and core networks within the North American US market. In addition to his normal strategic role, Tim is the Principal Technical representative for Sprint to the MEF, leads Sprint’s Synchronization Strategy by participating in the development of international standards for packet synchronization in Study Group 15 Question 13 and participates as Sprint’s ATIS/COAST representative. He holds a Bachelor of Science Electronic Engineering Technology degree from the University of Nebraska.

Vice President Marketing and Sales
Calnex Solutions

Anand Ram

Anand has over 20 years’ experience in the Telecoms Industry in sales and marketing. The majority of his experience has been in telecoms test and measurement, including mobile, optical and datacoms. Anand has held management positions in Agilent Technologies, and Wandel & Goltermann (now JDSU).

Anand holds an MA with Honours in Engineering from the University of Cambridge, UK.

Director of Systems Engineering

Sebastian Jobert

Silvana Rodrigues is a Director of System Engineering at IDT. She graduated in Electrical Engineer from Campinas University in Brazil. She is the secretary for the IEEE 1588 and the editor of several ITU-T Recommendations.

Expert Research and Development

Sebastian Jobert

Graduated in telecommunication engineering from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy, Stefano Ruffini joined Ericsson in 1993.

Stefano is one of the Ericsson experts working on the mobile backhaul aspects and is involved in the definition of the equipment and network synchronization solutions.

He has been working on synchronization aspects for almost 20 years. He is currently actively contributing to ITU-T SG15 Q13 (serving as an associate rapporteur and editor) and to other relevant synchronization standardization bodies and forums. Has published several international journal papers and delivered presentations at various conferences.

Stefano is also a member of the ITSF (International Telecom Sync Forum) and WSTS (Workshop on Synchronization in Telecommunication Systems) steering groups. .

Chief Technology Officer

Kishan Shenoi

Kishan Shenoi received his bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees from IIT-Delhi, Columbia University, and Stanford University, respectively, in 1972, 1973, and 1977. Kishan has been an active developer of telecommunications equipment starting with line circuits for a Class 5 digital switch and has applied DSP techniques in several areas including A/D and D/A conversion, transmultiplexers, echo-cancelers, voice compression, modems, radio receivers, control loops, and processing of timing information. He is active in Standards bodies and co-chair of the technical committee of NIST-WSTS. He is named on 45 patents and has several publications including two books, Digital Signal Processing in Telecommunications (1995) and Synchronization and Timing in Telecommunications (2009). He is currently CTO of Qulsar, an innovative company providing fit-for-purpose solutions for timing and synchronization in the fields of communications, power, sensor networks, and the Internet of Things. .

Product Marketing Manager

David Spencer

David holds a first-class honors degree in physics and has worked in the technology industry for over twenty five years in a wide range of roles including hardware and software development, technical authoring and editing, applications engineering and marketing. He has been with Semtech for over four years and is currently marketing manager for the company's line of timing and synchronization products.

Senior Engineer

Kevin Stanton

Kevin Stanton is a Senior Principal Engineer at Intel, where he is responsible for time-related technologies and standards, and their application in areas ranging from synchronized A/V to the Industrial Internet-of-Things (IoT) and automotive systems. He made major contributions to the IEEE 802.1 AVB (now TSN) standards, is active in IEEE 1588/PTP (Precision Time Protocol) and believes that accurate time will one day be a basic capability offered to every networked device in the galaxy. Kevin serves on the Board of Directors of AVnu Alliance-which acts as the industry arm for the AVB/TSN standards-and is Chair of its Technical Working Group. He holds a Ph.D. in the area of synchronization and control from Portland State University (Oregon).

Senior Technical Director

 Michael Teener

Michael Johas Teener is currently a Senior Technical Director at Broadcom with major responsibilities for time-sensitive and high performance/low cost network technologies. Before joining Broadcom in 2005 he was Plumbing Architect at Apple where he was the chief architect of Firewire, and was a major contributor to much of the technology now consolidated under the 1394 standards. His career began in aerospace doing simulation, real-time software and computer hardware design for very leading-edge radar and sonar systems, and was later the primary hardware architect for two early digital PBXs (including the first use of Ethernet in a distributed telephone switching system).

He is the chair of the IEEE 802.1 Time-Sensitive Networking Task Group, the co-chair of the IEEE 1722.1 Discovery, Enumeration, Configuration, and Control Working Group, and was previously the chair and/or editor of a number of IEEE 1394 standards. In 2009, Mr. Johas Teener received the IEEE Standards Medallion for "exceptional leadership, clarity of vision, and perseverance in the effort to develop and standardize IEEE 802.1 Audio/Video Bridging".

Mr. Johas Teener has a BS from Caltech in 1971, an MS from UCLA in 1976, and holds a number of patents, mostly related to telecom, FireWire, and time sensitive networking.

WSTS Chairman
Ph.D. Mathematical Physics

 Marc Weiss

Dr. Marc Weiss has worked at NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology--formerly NBS, the National Bureau of Standards) since 1979, specializing in time transfer techniques. He received the NBS Applied Research Award for a first GPS timing receiver in 1983. He was awarded a patent for the Smart Clock algorithm in 1993, which optimally locks a slave clock to a master. Dr. Weiss won the 2013 NIST William P. Slichter Award, which recognizes achievements by NIST staff in building or strengthening ties with industry. The Slichter Award citation was “For pioneering highly productive industry/ government partnerships to advance telecommunications and data networks through precision synchronization.” Marc founded and has led WSTS, the Workshop on Sync in Telecom Systems, annually since 1992. Dr. Weiss has also led the NIST program to support the GPS program office in developing their clocks and timing systems since 1992, after participating in it since 1980. He has worked on problems with Relativity as they relate to GPS and to primary frequency standards. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematical-Physics from the University of Colorado in 1981.





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