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The Connected Home

March 25, 2014

The Digital Media SIG Presents…


The Connected Home

 With HDTV, smartphones and the ever-present Internet, our homes are being bombarded with bits from all directions. Cable operators offer digital triple plays of TV, data, and voice; DVRs stream HD signals from one room to the others; 4G cellular networks feed multiple mobile devices; and Apple TV, Roku and Google Chromecast devices plug into Smart TVs, lighting up our living rooms with video from Netflix and YouTube.

Cable operators are moving toward a next-generation architecture, with “home gateways” acting as master storage and processing servers routing video, data and voice to various IP devices throughout the home. Keeping pace are the MOCA and WiFi standards, which continue to evolve, with the latest versions enabling theoretical speeds exceeding 1 Gbps. And mobile devices are synching up and “flinging” content to Smart TVs, using technologies like AirPlay, Miracast and DIAL.

Come hear our expert panelists discuss where this is all going and how consumers are to make sense out of the avalanche of digital information and devices penetrating their homes.

Asokan Ashok
Director of Emerging Products, Samsung Media Solution Center America 

Asokan Ashok serves as the Director of Emerging Products at the Samsung Media Solution Center America, responsible for recommending strategies to address technology and market trends as well as strategic alliances. He is a respected speaker at international conferences on technology. He authors technology and visionary articles for leading magazines around the world. Asokan has over 25 years of international experience in high technology sectors, developing software and communication systems.  Asokan has skills blended in technology, business, engineering and management, and is very effective in Technology Management. Highly analytical and an industry visionary, Asokan is a sought after global high-tech industry thought leader and trusted strategic advisor by companies. Prior to Samsung, Asokan held a variety of senior technology management positions in brand name high-tech companies like Motorola, Nokia, Ericsson, Compaq (HP) and some for start-ups as well. He is a serial entrepreneur and pioneering high tech inventor. He presently serves on the board of directors/advisors of some technology start-ups. Asokan holds a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science, from Madurai University, India.

James Nolan
EVP, Research and Development, InterDigital Communications, Inc.
Since joining InterDigital in 1996, Mr. Nolan has held a variety of engineering and management positions, including serving as the company’s senior engineering officer since 2006. Since 2009, Mr. Nolan has led InterDigital’s Research and Development team’s next generation technology initiatives, including advanced air interface, machine-to-machine, bandwidth management technologies for WiFi®/cellular integration and dynamic spectrum management solutions.  Prior to leading the Engineering and R&D organizations, he led technology and product development of modems, protocol software and radio designs for multiple wireless standards. He also played a key role in business development activities around the world. Mr. Nolan came to InterDigital from the Northrop Grumman Corporation where he held technical and leadership roles on various engineering development programs. Mr. Nolan earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University, and an Executive Master of Business Administration from Hofstra University.

Anton Monk
Technology Strategy Consultant, Virtex Strategies,
Former CTO, VP Technology & Co-Founder, Entropic Communications


Naresh Soni
Technical Advisory Council, InterDigital Communications,
Chief Technology Officer, 5BARz International Inc.
Naresh Soni joined InterDigital’s Technical Advisory Council in 2013. Mr. Soni is the Chief Technology Officer of 5BARz International Inc., a wireless technology company. Through March 2013, Mr. Soni served as InterDigital’s Chief Technology Officer, where he participated in guiding InterDigital’s technology strategy and roadmap, helped forge university and industry relationships, and provided guidance on merger and acquisition opportunities as well as new research and development initiatives. He joined the company as Vice President of Strategic Engineering in July 2009. Prior to InterDigital, Mr. Soni founded Exemplar Technologies, a consulting firm that provides innovative services and product development strategies to clients. Previously, he served as chief technology officer for Streamezzo, a venture-funded provider of interactive rich media solutions for some of the world’s leading handset manufacturers and wireless operators. Mr. Soni’s previous experience includes research and innovation-focused positions at STMicroelectronics, AT&T Bell Labs, and IBM, as well as the position of vice president of Computing Architecture Research Lab at Nokia. Mr. Soni holds several patents, has authored technical papers and has given keynotes at conferences in the areas of communications and computing. Mr. Soni earned his Master of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin, and Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mumbai. He has served on the board of University of California San Diego (UCSD) Center for Wireless Communications and is currently on the advisory board of the UCSD school of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Vinay Sathe, Patent Attorney, Perkins Coie, LLP
Marc Tayer, President, Media Tech Insights
Naresh Soni, Technical Advisory Council, InterDigital Communications, LLC
Dan Sweeney, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Solekai Systems Corp.
Louis Kerofsky, Principal Engineer, InterDigital Communications LLC

Tuesday, March 25th 2014TIME:
5:30PM Registration/Networking/Refreshments
6:00PM Program Begins
7:30PM Program Ends
3398 Carmel Mountain Road
San Diego, CA 92121

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