WSTS 2015 Speakers

EVP, Networks, Applications & Infrastructure, Spirent Communications

James Armstrong

As Executive Vice President of Networks, Applications & Infrastructure, James has overall responsibility for leading Spirent’s Cloud & Internet Protocol, Applications and Security, Mobility Infrastructure, and the ITO (Infrastructure Test Optimization) & Solutions lines of businesses that include the development of innovative solutions for functional, performance, and security testing of next generation networks and applications.

James has developed his career in the technology sector, most recently working for Symmetricom, Inc. where for the past 7 years he held positions of Chief Technology Officer, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Communications division, and Vice President of Engineering of the Communications division.

Prior to Symmetricom, James worked for Movidis, Inc. for four years, initially as Vice President of Engineering and Operations before being promoted to President. He has also held various engineering management positions with DIVA Systems and Sarnoff Corporation.

James earned a BSc degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and a Doctorate degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.

Principal Technologist, Meinberg USA

Douglas Arnold

Dr. Douglas Arnold has over 15 years experience developing precise time and frequency equipment. He is currently a Principal Technologist with Meinberg USA. He is a Co-Chair of the IEEE 1588 Working Group, and a Co-Chair of the ISPCS IEEE 1588 Plugfest Committee. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois.

CTO, Jolata, Inc.

Charles Barry

Dr. Barry is startup veteran with over 30 years in the telecommunications industry and is a recognized innovator in IP networking and network synchronization. Charles has been a principal or founder of four startup companies since 1994.

Dr. Barry holds a Ph.D. and a MSEE from Stanford, a B.S. in Physics from MIT and has co-authored more than 20 patents.

Market Segment Leader–Robust Positioning, Navigation and Timing
Spirent Communications

Guy Buesnel

Guy has more than 16 years’ experience working protecting GNSS Receivers from emerging threats, having started his career as a Systems Engineer involved in developing GPS Adaptive Antenna Systems for Military Users at Raytheon Systems Limited in the UK.

In 2007, Guy became European GNSS Product Line Manager at Rockwell Collins UK, responsible for UK and European GNSS Development activities, before moving to the Satellite Applications Catapult in June 2013 as Principal Satellite Navigation Systems Architect.

In May 2014, Guy joined Spirent as Market Segment Leader–GNSS Robust Positioning Navigation and Timing. Guy is responsible for developing Spirent’s approaches to Robust PNT including the development of test solutions for GNSS Jamming, Spoofing and Cyber-attack.

Guy is a Chartered Physicist, a Member of the Institute of Physics and an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation. Guy is also a keen blues guitarist.

Business Development Manager, Rakon

mary carbin

Mary joined Rakon in 1998 and for many of those years has worked very closely with companies providing timing and synchronization solutions. Rakon participates in several communication forums to ensure the evolving requirements for network synchronization and increasing capabilities of innovative new oscillator solutions are appreciated. Mary was Rakon’s representative to meet HRH the Queen at Buckingham Palace when Rakon was awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise in 2012.

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, Corp.

Lee Cosart

Lee Cosart is a Senior Technologist with Microsemi. A graduate of Stanford University, his R&D activities have included measurement algorithms and mathematical analysis 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 data and has been used in laboratories and 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.

Visiting Scholar from UC Berkeley and Calnex Solutions

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 held a postdoctoral position at Stanford for two years after receiving the PhD. He then spent 6 years with the Central Research Laboratory of Varian Associates where he worked on device physics and analytic instrumentation. In 1972 he joined the Central Research Laboratories of the Hewlett-Packard Company working on a variety of projects including analytic instrumentation, electron beam lithography, and instrumentation architectures. When Hewlett-Packard split in 1999 he joined the Central Research Laboratory of Agilent Technologies. He retired in 2009. For the past 15 years his work has centered on instrument system architectures and infrastructure. He was heavily involved in the IEEE 1451.2 and IEEE 1451.1 standards and was an active participant in the standards work of the LXI Consortium. He is the co-chairperson of the IEEE 1588 standards committee. He is a life fellow of the IEEE, a 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 PTIDES group at the University of California at Berkeley.

Technical Manager, Chronos Technology

Chris Farrow

Chris is responsible for all technical services including Synchronization MasterClass Training, Sync Audit and network planning consultancy, customer demonstrations and SyncWatch product development. Chris participates in the ITU Study Group 15 Question 13 (Synchronization) and regularly presents synchronization papers at international conferences such as WSTS and ITSF. Chris joined Chronos from Marconi’s UK Technical Assistance Centre in Liverpool in January 2006. During his time at Marconi, Chris gained 17 years of experience working in all aspects of telecommunications and was responsible for the field trial, rollout and support of enhanced synchronization products and services within Marconi’s "System X" Switching and SDH/DWDM products.

Chris holds an Honors degree in Physics & Electronics from UMIST – University of Manchester, Institute of Science & Technology.

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.

Principal Design Engineer, Rakon UK

Strategic Timing & Synchronization, Deutsche Telekom

Helmut Imlau

After studying electrical engineering, graduated as Dipl.-Ing., Helmut had different positions inside T-Group, now he is with Deutsche Telekom Technik GmbH.

He has a long experience in the field of transport networks along with specific synchronization and measurement issues. Since 2002 Helmut has been responsible for synchronization systems. His current focus is on synchronization strategy including phase synchronization for mobile base stations in closed cooperation with radio network strategy department. Helmut works in ITU-T Study Group 15 Question 13 on synchronization since 2005. His involvement is focused on Ethernet physical layer synchronization, phase synchronization and primary reference time clocks. Helmut is member of ITSF Steering Group, with several presentations at ITSF and WSTS.

Director of Engineering, Iometrix

Steve Jackson

Steve is an equal opportunity communications technology enthusiast. Prior to his role as a field applications specialist for Anue Systems (now part of Ixia), he spent about eight years as CTO and co-founder of an innovative, VC funded firm providing indoor real time location systems tracking hospital capital assets. Prior to that, since 1982, Steve has held a variety of individual contributor and management roles in the telecom industry, primarily at Nortel (13 years). Steve is a named inventor on 28 awarded US patents and has participated in several industry standards committees. An active amateur radio operator, Steve is married, and has two young-adult children.

Director of Engineering, Iometrix

Sebastian Jobert

Sébastien joined Iometrix in 2013 as Senior Director of Engineering. He leads the development and testing activities for timing and synchronization and for Cloud, SDN and NFV technologies.

Sébastien is involved in various standardization activities and forums: he is the co-chair of the OpenCloud committee in the CloudEthernet Forum, co-leader of the API Certification Ad Hoc for Carrier Ethernet services in MEF, the editor of the G.8275.1 PTP Telecom Profile in ITU-T, a member of the IEEE 1588 CASC and Technical Review Committee, the editor of the IEEE 1588 Test Suites developed in the IEEE-SA Conformity Assessment Program, an active contributor to the IEEE 1588 Working Group, and a member of the ITSF Steering Committee. He also participated to various IETF Working Groups in the past.

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.

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, Oscilloquartz

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.

Data Architect Engineer, Windstream Communications

Richard Linzy

Mr. Richard Linzy serves as a Data Architecture Engineer for Windstream Communications. Mr. Linzy has more than 35 years of experience in the data and telecommunications industry and is a Member of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the Telecommunications Standardization Sector (ITU-+), and the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE). He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from Texas A&M and a PhD in Optical Communications from the University of Oxford.

Director, Solutions Architect, Microsemi

Joe Neil

Joe Neil has been with Microsemi since 2007. Prior to that he worked in Nuclear Research, the oil industry, hydro power, and networking, and has spent most of the past 20 years migrating telecoms networks from TDM to ATM to IP, most recently focusing on engineering frequency and phase.

Joe has worked with most of the major wireline and mobile operators round the world, and most enjoys developing cost effective solutions for his customers.

Research Leader, Ericsson

Peter Olanders

Peter Olanders: M Eng in Applied Physics -77 , Dr Eng in Mathematical Physics -84. Has been involved in several standardization as DECT (chair), SDR & CR (chair), RapidIO (board), AAS and others. Participated in many strategic groups as DECT forum (chair), UMTS forum, Medea+ core group. Author / co-author of ~50 scientific papers, as well as multiple technical papers and conference contributions. Co-author of three books. Holds ~20 patents.

Engaged in university collaboration, is today chairing the GHz centre at Chalmers university, was earlier chairing the CCCD centre at Lund University, member of boards for Centre for Radio measurement (Gävle) and Centre for embedded systems (Halmstad). Has initiated a number of collaboration programs with universities on a global level.

Has held a number of manager positions at Ericsson, works today as a Research Leader. Worked for about 10 years at the Swedish operator Telia as head of Short Range Communication (DECT, WLAN, ..), UMTS, positioning & localization and headed the program for personal communications.

Network Synchronization Algorithm Developer, Ericsson

Principal-Product Development Engineer, AT&T Services, Inc.

David Overdorf

David Overdorf has 41 years’ service in telecommunications, starting with Bell of Pennsylvania, then Southern Bell, BellSouth, and now AT&T. Major disciplines include Transmission Engineering and technical support; Inductive Coordination and Electrical Protection Engineering; fiber optic system design and technical support; synchronization planning, engineering, technical support, and synchronization standards support.

David has an AAS - Electronics Engineering Technology form the Pennsylvania College of Technology. He has extensive training in multiple telecommunications engineering disciplines at Bell System Center for Technical Education and Bellcore Technical Education Center, as well as advanced studies in bonding, grounding, and electrical protection at University of Wisconsin – Madison, and George Washington University.

Global Communications Lab Manager, Intercontinental Exchange, Inc.

Wojciech Owczarek

Wojciech is a network architect with a background in software development and operating systems, working with communications technologies for over 12 years. He specialises in low latency trading networks, multicast distribution, data centre networks and network-centric R&D. Involved in time synchronization for the enterprise since 2010, he also co-develops PTPd, an open source IEEE 1588 implementation.

In his current role with the New York Stock Exchange (part of Intercontinental Exchange group), he has been working with low latency trading technologies since 2007. Wojciech manages the operation of the Global Communications Lab, NYSE’s internal R&D lab where he runs a small team delivering projects for internal and external customers. His facility is responsible for consultation, testing and verification of network designs, product testing, software regression testing and work with vendors. Wojciech is NYSE’s key time sync engineer and consultant.

Wojciech holds a BSc Eng. in computer Science from the Department of Electronics and Computer Science at the Koszalin University of Technology, Poland

Senior Specialist, Nokia Networks

VP 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.

Business Manager, Chronos Technology

Chris Roberts

Chris began his career in telecoms in 1982 at BT and moved to Mercury in 1988. Between 1990 & 2001 Chris was with Newbridge Networks where he held positions in a number of deparments including hardware and software support, professional services and marketing. Chris was instumental is setting up Newbridge's Professional Services organisation including partner identification and acquisition. Whilst at Chronos, Chris has overseen geographical expansion and successfully brought new products and services to market.

Director of Systems Engineering, IDT

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, Ericsson

Sebastian Jobert

Stefano Ruffini (Ericsson Research), is one of the Ericsson experts working on the mobile backhaul aspects and network synchronization solutions. He has been working on synchronization aspects for more than 20 years. He is currently actively contributing to ITU-T SG15 Q13 (serving as rapporteur) and IEEE1588 as well as to other relevant synchronization standardization bodies and forums. Stefano is also a member of the ITSF and WSTS. .

Senior Engineer, Oscilloquartz

Director, New Initiatives, IEEE Standards Association

Kishan Shenoi

Rudi Schubert is the Director, New Initiatives for the IEEE Standards Association, with leadership responsibilities for the IEEE Conformity Assessment Program and the IEEE Industry Connections program. Prior to joining the IEEE-SA, he was a Principal Engineer with EnerNex Corporation, and a program manager for the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) with a focus on its testing and certification initiatives. Rudi has a 20+ year record of leading, developing and implementing industry standards and testing programs, assuring expectations for functional performance, compatibility, product robustness and safety are achieved. He is recognized as a technical expert and industry thought leader on conformance and interoperability programs.

CTO, Qulsar

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, SemTech

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 five years and is currently a marketing manager for the company's line of timing and synchronization products as well as representing Semtech in ITU-T study group 15, question 13.

Senior Engineer, Intel

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).

Network Consultant & Systems Architect, AimValley

Kevin Stanton

Current position: Network Consultant & Systems Architect at AimValley (since 2003). Specialist in Circuit Emulation Services and Network Synchronization. Started career at Philips Telecommunications in 1983 doing board and ASIC design. After 13 years started working at Lucent Technologies on Network synchronization and synchronization assets (digital PLL design in ASIC) for Sonet/SDH systems and worked as Lead Systems Engineer, first on Sonet/SDH systems and last 10 years on Ethernet Systems and Circuit Emulation Services.

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.

Director of Business Development, Oscilloquartz

Chief Scientist, Microsemi

George Zampetti

George Zampetti, is a chief scientist for Microsemi Frequency and Time Division responsible for technical leadership in innovative clock platforms, new primary reference clock designs and new timing protocols. He holds multiple patents in the arena of synchronization technology and is a frequent conference speaker. Mr. Zampetti joined Symmetricom (recently acquired by Microsemi) in 1991 as director of synchronization technology. Prior to Symmetricom, Mr. Zampetti worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories in synchronization research. He also served an active role in synchronization standards, both in a leadership role in ANSI T1X1.3 and as a contributor to ITU standards, and cable timing standards where he initiated and led the development of the ultra high precision DOCSIS Timing Interface. Mr. Zampetti holds a MSEE from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a BSEE from Villanova University.





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