The Emerging Wireless SIG Presents...


M2M, Machine to Machine technology, focuses on wireless connected devices that connect the virtual and physcial world around us.  In the past, wireless sensor network technology was motivated and developed catering to the need of military and defense sector.  From battlefield surveillance to healthcare monitoring, smart grid, equipment monitoring etc, M2M technology has evolved a long way and still continuing to gain momentum.  It is expected that this sector will grow to $300B in the years ahead and IDC forecasts 15 billion devices will be communicating over the network by the year 2015. The objective of this session is to examine the strategies, technological requirements and available solutions that the ecosystem needs to capitalize on this market segment.
Hear from an excellent panel consisting of industry leaders and an eminent researcher from academia in the M2M and connected devices space as they discuss their role in the market, future opportunities and their perspectives of innovation and the future of this technology and its applications.

Adam Gould
CEO, SensiNode Ltd
Adam has more than 24 years of experience in the wireless industry, and is currently CEO of Sensinode, a pioneer and world leader in technology and software solutions for the Internet of Things. Prior to Sensinode, Adam was the GM of NextWave's business unit developing consumer products around NextWave semiconductor products, as well as being Senior Vice President for semiconductor Sales and Marketing. Prior to NextWave, Adam was Chief Technology Officer and VP of Engineering for Nokia Mobile Phones' CDMA unit, where he worked for almost 13 years. In this role, he was responsible for setting the technology direction and strategy for the CDMA group as well as managing all of the Nokia CDMA technology development, including SW, RF, RFIC, and digital ASIC development. Prior to his becoming CTO, he held various positions in management, signal processing, systems and software engineering development. Before joining Nokia, he was a member of the engineering team at Motorola that developed the world’s first GSM phone, for which he developed all of the signal processing software.

Naresh Soni
CTO, Interdigital
Naresh Soni is Chief Technology Officer at InterDigital, where he is responsible for company’s technology strategy and roadmap, manage university and industry relationships, and provide guidance on merger and acquisition opportunities as well as new research and development initiatives.  Prior to InterDigital, Naresh founded Exemplar Technologies. Prior to Exemplar, Naresh was CTO/Executive Vice President at Streamezzo and helped shape the company’s long term technology strategy, focusing on development of best-in-class, future-proof, end-to-end interactive rich media solutions. Before joining Streamezzo, Naresh was Vice President, Computing Architecture Research Laboratory at Nokia, which is known for creating world-class, leading edge architectures, innovative implementations and advanced engineering methods. Prior to Nokia, Naresh was Vice President of the Cellular Terminals Division of STMicroelectronics, Americas. At ST, he also held the position of Vice President/Director, Central Research and Development Naresh worked at AT&T Bell Labs and IBM, where he developed multi-processor PowerPC 620 and systems software for PCs. Naresh holds several patents, has authored technical papers and has given keynotes at conferences. Naresh holds MS in Computer Engineering from University of Texas, Austin. Naresh has served on the board of UCSD Center for Wireless Communications and is currently on the advisory board of UCSD school of Electrical and Computer Engineering and UCLA WINMEC Center. Naresh also serves as Entrepreneur-In-Resident at UCSD Connect.

Dr. Rajit Gadh
Director, WINMEC, UCLA
Dr. Rajit Gadh is a Professor at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA, and the Founding Director of the UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center. He is also Founder and Director of the Wireless Internet for Mobile Enterprise Consortium or WINMEC of which major organizations including Boeing, ETRI, Hewlett Packard, Hughes Network Systems, Intel, ISBM-Italy, InterDigital, ITC Infotech, Lucent Technologies, Microsoft, Motorola, Northrop Grumman, Qualcomm, Raytheon, Sprint, Siemens, TCS, Verizon Wireless and others have been sponsors/members over the last several years. Dr. Gadh works in the areas of Smart Grid Technologies (ICT for Demand Response, Electric Vehicle Integration) Mobile Internet, Wireless Multimedia, RFID edge-of-the-network technology, RFID Middleware, and, RF-sensor-control interfaces. He has over 150 papers in journals, conferences and technical magazines, and, 3 patents granted. He has a Doctorate degree from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), a Masters from Cornell University and a Bachelors degree from IIT Kanpur. He has taught as a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley, has been a Assistant, Associate and Full Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and did his sabbatical as a visiting researcher at Stanford University for a year. He has won several awards from NSF (CAREER award, Research Initiation Award, NSF-Lucent Industry Ecology Award, GOAL-I award), SAE (Ralph Teetor award), IEEE (second best student-paper, WTS), ASME (Kodak Best Technical Paper award), AT&T (Industrial ecology fellow award), Engineering Education Foundation (Research Initiation Award), William Wong Fellowship award from University of Hong-Kong, etc., and other accolades in his career. He is on the Editorial board of ACM Computers in Entertainment Publication and the CAD Journal. He has lectured and given keynote addresses worldwide in countries such as Belgium, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, etc. Dr. Gadh has a strong background in creating technology partnerships with industry. His industrial background started prior to his academic career, when he worked as an engineer and a technology lead for two software startup companies over a period of 4 years (Formtek Inc. and Carnegie Group Inc.). Currently, he serves as advisor to a handful of startups and three venture capitalists. In partnership with his students and researchers, he has co-founded two technology startups, the second one being in wireless media.

Steve Pazol
CEO, NPhase
Steve Pazol is the president of nPhase, a Verizon Wireless / Qualcomm joint venture, where he directs all aspects of the company's operations, strategic development and execution. nPhase provides machine-to-machine (M2M) wireless communications and smart services offerings across a wide variety of market segments, including healthcare, manufacturing, utilities, distribution and consumer products. Previously Pazol was vice president and general manager for the Global Smart Services group for Qualcomm Enterprise Services, the group that provided the basis for the newly formed joint venture. Pazol is a seasoned entrepreneur and CEO with a 20+ year track record of successful startups in high technology and emerging markets, including M2M (machine to machine), enterprise software and wireless technologies. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Pazol was the founder and CEO of the original nPhase which was acquired by Qualcomm in 2006. A recognized thought leader and industry expert, Pazol has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Chicago Innovation Award, was named one of the original 10 M2M Pioneers by M2M Magazine, and served as moderator of the first M2M web log—M2Mblog. He has written numerous articles in technology journals, is on the Advisory Board of M2M Magazine, was the technical editor of the Unicenter Advisor magazine for more than 7 years as well as guest editor of Internet Security Advisor. He is also the technical editor and co-author of Unicenter TNG for Dummies. A frequent speaker at industry conferences, Pazol has also been a featured speaker and panel member at multiple Wharton School of Business, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and Northwestern Business School entrepreneurial classes. Prior to founding nPhase, Pazol spent 15 years providing consulting and systems implementation services in the information technology field as President of Professional Consulting Services, Inc. and co-founder of Mehta & Pazol Consulting Services Pvt. Ltd. in Pune, India. In 2005 and 2006, Steve was also acting CEO of Skychain, a joint venture between nPhase, LLC and Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

Vivek Shah
Systems Architect, Motorola Mobility Inc.

Vivek Shah serves as the Systems Architect at Motorola Mobility Inc, responsible for the Software Platforms Architecture of Android Devices. Vivek played a key role in the establishment of the first Android Software Platform that got realized in Motorola’s Android Products. Vivek has 11+ years of international experience in high technology sectors, system software development and communication systems architecture. Prior to Motorola Mobility, Vivek has held a variety of technology and leadership positions in brand name companies like Nokia, Novatel Wireless and Hughes Inc. Vivek has expertise at working with different technical and business groups driving products and projects from conception to delivery by providing overall technical and architecture direction. Vivek is a technology enthusiast and passionate about Advanced Technologies in wireless and mobile domain.

Peter Pardee, VP Business Development, Hughes Network Systems, LLC
David Readman, Consultant
Jason Ellis, Staff Manager, Business Development, Qualcomm
Jasper Bruinzeel, Vice President, Market & Sales, CelPlan Technologies, Inc.
Dave Ahlgren, President, AhlTek Entree Wireless
Vivek Shah, Systems Architect, Motorola
Prof. Tara Javidi, UCSD


February 23rd 2011


6450 Sequence Drive
San Diego CA 92121

5:30PM Registration/ Networking/ Refreshments
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