Dr. Marc Weiss worked at NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology--formerly NBS, the National Bureau of Standards) from 1979, specializing in time transfer techniques and statistics of timing systems, particularly applied to GPS and to telecom systems. He has over 100 publications from his time at NIST. Since January 2014 he is now a contractor for NIST, doing much of the same work. 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, “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 and Timing Systems, annually since 1992, now a sister conference to the European version, the ITSF. Dr. Weiss is the NIST co-chair of the Timing subgroup of the NIST Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) Public Working Group. Marc co-founded the Time-Aware Applications, Computers and Communications Systems (TAACCS) initiative, and edited the white paper and subsequent NIST Technical Note. In addition, Dr. Weiss has led the NIST program to support the GPS program office in developing their clocks and timing systems since 1980. He has worked on and published Relativity issues as they relate to GPS and to primary frequency standards. He has also specialized in Time-Scale Algorithms. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematical-Physics from the University of Colorado in 1981.
Tommy Cook is the Founder and CEO of Calnex Solutions. He has over 34 years’ experience in the Telecoms Industry. His experience has been in telecoms test and measurement having been employed by Hewlett Packard and Agilent Technologies before starting Calnex. Tommy has participated in a number of Standards forums over his career, including ITU-T Study Group 15 & the MEF to participant 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.
Pat has been at the forefront of development of timing and synchronization technologies for over 20 years. His activities include leading the development of the first monolithic silicon device for synchronization in SONET/SDH networks, and as the original evangelist for creating a version of IEEE 1588 for use in packet wide area networks and leading the development of the only fully integrated 1588v2 system on a chip currently deployed in over 2 million base stations. Pat is and has been active in ITU-T, IEEE and IETF standards development. He has worked at NASA, McDonnell Douglas, Data General and Semtech in senior and executive engineering and business development roles. He has been awarded BSEE, BSCS and Ph.D degree's
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.
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.
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.
Stefano Bregni (M'93-SM'99) is Associate Professor of Telecommunications Networks at Politecnico di Milano. He was born in Milano, Italy, in 1965. In 1990, he graduated in telecommunications engineering at Politecnico di Milano. Since 1991, he worked in industry on SDH systems and synchronization networks, first with SIRTI S.p.A (1991-1993) and then with CEFRIEL consortium (1994-1999). In 1999, he joined Politecnico di Milano as tenured Assistant Professor.
He has been Senior Member of the IEEE since 1999. Since 2004, he has been Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society, where he holds or has held the following official positions: Vice-President for Member Relations (two terms: 2014-15 and 2016-17), Member at Large on the Board of Governors (2010-12, 2013-2015), Director of Education (2008-11), Chair of the Transmission, Access and Optical Systems (TAOS) Technical Committee (2008-2010; Vice-Chair 2002-2003, 2006-2007; Secretary 2004-2005) and Member at Large of the Globecom/ICC Technical Content (GITC) committee (2007-2010). He received the 2014 ComSoc "H.Sobol Award for Exemplary Service to Meetings & Conference".
He is or has been Technical Program Co-Chair of ICC 2016, Technical Program Vice-Chair of IEEE GLOBECOM 2012, Symposia Chair of GLOBECOM 2009, Symposium Chair in nine other ICC and GLOBECOM conferences, Technical Program CoChair of IEEE LATINCOM 2011, Vice-Chair for the Technical Program of IEEE ENERGYCON 2012, Technical Program Vice-Chair of the IEEE/IFIP 9th Conference on Optical Network Design and Modelling 2005. He is Editor of the IEEE ComSoc Global Communications Newsletter, Associate Editor of the IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials Journal and Associate Editor of the HTE Infocommunications Journal. He was tutorial lecturer in four IEEE conferences ICC and GLOBECOM. He served on ETSI and ITU-T committees on digital network synchronization.
He is author of about 80 technical papers, mostly in IEEE conferences and journals, and of the book Synchronization of Digital Telecommunications Networks (Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, 2002). As an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, in 2003-2009 he visited repeatedly 14 countries and 29 IEEE Sections/Chapters worldwide, giving 30+ lectures in Mexico, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Malaysia, India, Poland, USA.
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.
ATIS Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations since 2008. In this role, Lauren Layman is responsible for ATIS’ marketing, membership and corporate communications.
Prior to joining ATIS, Lauren worked in marketing positions for both established and emerging companies throughout the United States and Europe. She served as a vice president of Cable & Wireless Inc. and as general manager of Aloha Teleconferencing in Hawaii and worked in product management for Colgate Palmolive SA in Portugal. As co-founder and partner of an international marketing consulting firm, Lauren has worked with early-stage wireless, software and Internet startups on all aspects of marketing and business development.
Lauren earned a B.A. in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in international business studies from the University of South Carolina.
Ravi Subrahmanyan has held various roles in engineering management, product development and R&D in the semiconductor industry at Motorola, National Semiconductor & Applied Micro, and also at chip startups ECL, Immedia, Invisage and Butterfly Network. His interests are in product strategy and planning, high speed & custom design for high-performance ASICs, image & signal processing, and communications network synchronization and architectures, including non-communication applications of high-accuracy synchronization. He previously participated in ITU-T and ATIS standards bodies on topics related to timing and synchronization in communications networks, including on synchronization over packet networks.
Ravi received an MBA from MIT Sloan, a PhD degree in EE from Duke University, and a B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He has been a senior member of the IEEE since 1997, and has 50 publications including conference presentations and papers in refereed journals. He also has 20 issued or pending patents. He has served on various conference committees, including GC & ICC since 2008, and has been involved with Comsoc’s TAOS TC since 2008, where he served as vice-chair, chaired the SAC-ANS track at GC 2012, and was a presenter on the Comsoc Webinar on Next Gen Synchronization Networks held in October 2012.
Steering Committee Members
Allan is responsible for technical marketing and applications engineering for Epson’s timing device, IC, and MEMS sensor products. Epson is the world #1 timing device manufacturer with $430M annual revenue and products ranging from crystals to TCXOs and atomic oscillators.
Allan has worked in engineering, applications, marketing, and as an analyst on timing technology throughout his career including frequency synthesis at HP (now Keysight/Agilent), GPS and Cesium oscillators at HP (now MicroSemi/Symmetricom), timing generator ICs at Vitesse Semiconductor (now MicroSemi), and BAW resonators and PLL ICs at Maxim Integrated. Allan was born in Whitby, England, earned his BSEE from MIT, and resides in Silicon Valley.
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.
Mike has played a major role in developing and implementing BT's Time and timing strategy from 1988 to present day. He has represented BT on various national and international working groups and standards committees including EURESCOM, ETSI, ITU, IETF and also UK regulatory bodies. He is currently actively contributing to ITU-T SG15 (Transport Networks, Systems & Equipment) on the synchronization question (Q13). He is also on the steering committee for the International Timing and Sync Forum (ITSF).
He joined BT Lab’s in 1983 and then worked on various advanced transmission projects, before moving into the area of synchronisation and timing. He received a BA (Hons) degree in Business Studies from the University of East Anglia in 1996 and is a Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (MIET). He is currently responsible for BT’s Timing platforms and leads a team developing new timing technology.
Kenneth is Senior Director R&D for Oscilloquartz, Finland. He was founder and CEO of Time4 Systems with 30 years’ experience in telecommunications from Nokia, Martis and Tellabs. For the past decade Kenneth has focused on innovative synchronisation solutions for packet networks and has been actively involved in the development of standardisation for both synchronous Ethernet, and IEEE 1588. Kenneth has a number of synchronisation related patents and a Master’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Queens University Belfast.
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.
Donna R. Kurt retired from MTS Communications Inc. in 2014 as the Senior Technical Specialist for Network Synchronization and Timing after 37 years with the company. During the past two decades she evaluated and planned synchronization, fiber optics/SONET, digital mutiplex systems and Network Time Protocol platforms for MTS and Allstream. For almost two decades prior she worked on analog communication frequency distribution technologies and various data, microwave and digital communication technologies. Donna supports a number of volunteer organizations in retirement, attends University courses and occasionally provides technical advice to former work colleagues. Donna celebrated 40 years as a Certified Engineering Technologist (Electronics) in 2016.
Michael works at the Canadian Research Centre of Huawei Technologies in Ottawa, where he is conducting research on 5G networks. Prior to this, he worked at Ciena, Nortel and Bell-Northern Research. His work in R&D and systems design and development focused on areas such as ASON control plane architecture, OTN, SDH/SONET, Network timing, packet based timing and Optical Burst Switching. He has been involved with North American and ITU-T standards where he has contributed to the development of standards related to Optical Control plane and synchronization. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University (Kingston).
Cuong Nguyen joined the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in 2010 and leads the Smart Grid Testing and Certification Project in the Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office of the Engineering Laboratory. He works with industry to support standards-based interoperability test programs to help accelerate smart grid deployments, and he also manages the NIST Smart Grid Advisory Committee. Cuong is the chair of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) Smart Grid Testing and Certification Committee (SGTCC). In addition, Cuong coordinates international outreach efforts through bilateral and multilateral engagements.
Sam Sambasivan works for AT&T in access architecture. He is its representative in timing standards including ATIS, IEEE and ITU-T.
Jeff Sherman's work at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) began in 2009 and spans the fields of atomic- and laser-physics, optical frequency metrology, service of NIST time over the public Internet, and crucially, maintenance of the group's coffee machine. Jeff received a Ph.D. in 2007 at the University of Washington while studying spectroscopy of single trapped ions.
Victor Yodaiken is CEO and co-founder of FSMLabs, the developer of TimeKeeper software and hardware time synchronization technology for financial trading markets. FSMLabs began life in 1999 as a developer of the RTLinux real-time operating system used to control jet engine tests stands, robots, mobile phones, and software radios among other products. RTLinux was sold to WindRiver Systems in 2007 and FSMLabs then entered the financial technology and larger enterprise markets. Prior to founding FSMLabs,Yodaiken worked in academia and as an industry consultant. He was a professor of Computer Science at New Mexico Tech, a Research Professor and Post-Doc at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), a visiting lecturer at Beijing Aerospace University, a consultant on storage systems and financial software projects and a principal engineer of a fault-tolerant system startup (Auragen). He is named on 5 issued US Patents.