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Expert in Technology Transfer, Technology Forecasting and Innovation, Mobile Application R&D, Wearable Systems

Expert ID: 725136 Illinois, USA

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Expert has over 20 years of developing or leading the development of application software for both personal computers and mobile devices. He is experienced in Java, C, Smalltalk, and C++. Object Oriented Analysis, Design, and Development were used in all projects, giving him extensive real world experience in this methodology. He has developed applications for mobile handsets and other wireless devices using J2ME/MIDP2.0 and C. He also developed PC applications in Java SE, C, and C++ that interfaces with the cell phone using 802.15.4 (Zigbee) and Bluetooth. These devices included indoor location beacons, Zigbee to IR conversion device to allow the cell phone control entertainment devices such as TVs DVD players, and the Digital Paperclip - a wireless device that attaches to personal assets (eg. keys) and allow the cell phone to alert the user when the item is being left behind, preventing its loss.

Expert has over 7 years of managing a key intellectual property area for wearable concepts. This involved reviewing invention ideas submitted and deciding which ideas should be submitted as patent disclosures. It also involved reviewing patent disclosures and, leading other reviewers in deciding which disclosures to submit to the patent office as patent applications. He has also participated in reviewing patent applications from parent attorneys prior to their submittal to the patent office.

While at Motorola he was the manager of a Key Innovation Area and was responsible for developing an Intellectual Property portfolio in wearable devices and applications.

Expert is familiar with brainstorming techniques and led several advanced inventing sessions which resulted in many patent disclosures.

He has personal experience in the invention process with 14 awarded US and international patents and several other applications pending at the patent office.

Expert has over 20 years in research and development in areas of tool development, visual programming research and applied research in mobile devices and applications. Mobile application areas included context awareness, pervasive computing, and wearable technology. Expert has managed the process from concept to both software and hardware implementation. He has created use cases and participated in creating usability trials.

Several projects involved interfacing prototype devices with cell phones. He led the development of both Java J2ME and embedded C on the cell phone. Expert personally developed major portions of the middleware used in the prototypes.

He has also prototyped speech enabled applications and user interfaces on the PC and cell phone using Java, C, and C++. He developed grammars and middleware supporting large vocabulary speaker independent speech recognition and speech synthesis. Projects included first speech based web browser prototype and speech enabled email program.

His research and development efforts resulted in several awarded US and international patents.

Expert has published several articles in technical journals and appeared on MSNBC discussing the research. He has also presented at CES and NextFest, and several technical conferences.

His research resulted in a full-length book on the subject, published in 2007.

Expert has over 10 years developing and leading the development of software for advanced mobile device prototypes. He is experienced in Java SE, Java J2ME/MIDP2.0. Prototypes included indoor location system using proximity detection, small, portable devices to manage personal assets, and devices to intelligently control current A/V devices such as TVs, DVD players, etc. All devices interfaced with the cell phone as the controller using Bluetooth and 802.15.4/Zigbee short range radios.

He is experienced in Object Oriented software design and development and in using iterative software processes for maximum flexibility and development speed. He is familiar with IDEs such as Eclipse, CodeGuide and User Interface builders such as JFrameBuilder.

Expert has over 10 years of innovation experience prototyping novel concepts for mobile devices and applications. He has managed both hardware and software engineers taking a concept from invention to operational prototype. He also helped design and conduct usability trials and reviews. Expert holds 14 US and international patents with several applications pending.

Expert was the Motorola MIT Media Lab Scientist in Residence for two years, interfacing with Media Lab senior faculty and Lab Director to identify innovative technologies and transfer it to the labs and business units in Motorola. While at the Media Lab he also conducted research relevant to emerging Motorola businesses.

Expert has served as the Technology Futurist in the Corporate Strategy Group of Motorola in Schaumburg IL. In that role he studied technological, societal, and other activities to identify technology trends important to Motorola's business 3 to 7 years out. Deliverables included reports to senior business and research management describing the trend, its implications, and recommendations for the composition of the Motorola research portfolio. Primary and secondary research as well as quantitative methods were used. Expert also served as consultant to research and business technology groups for technology trends.

Expert has over 12 years of Java development. He has experience in Java SE for PC applications. He also has significant experience in Java J2ME & MIDP 2.0 for mobile handset and other wireless device applications. He has experience in interfacing Java with C and C++, both using JINI and using sockets between Java and C/C++ in separate processes. He has experience with Java development tools including Javacc for parser development and IDEs such as Eclispe and Codeguide. He is also familiar with the Java Speech Markup Language for the development of speech enabled applications. He has experience using Javadoc for program and API documentation generation. He is also experienced in using the Java Wireless Toolkit including the emulator for the rapid development of Java applications for mobile devices.

Expert has served as the Motorola corporate technology futurist. In this position he researched technology trends and identified those that would be important to Motorola's current and emerging businesses in 3 - 7 years, He determined the implications of those trends, both separately and in combination with other technology and social trends. He then provided recommendations for Motorola's senior research management on the composition of their research portfolio to anticipate and exploit those trends for competitive advantage. He also acted as an internal consultant to the business units on technology trends.

Expert also managed the Motorola Research Visionary Board, a group of over 30 world leading technologists, researchers, venture capitalists, and futurists that provided an external view of the technology landscape and its evolution.

For over 10 years Expert has developed new concepts and ideas. He is familiar with several brainstorming techniques such as Reframing Matrix and Concept Fan and techniques to encourage non-linear thinking. He has led advanced inventing sessions which resulted in several patent disclosures. He has experience in using the TRIZ innovation tool in the ideation process. He has developed several of his novel concepts into operational prototypes, resulting in US and international patents.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Chicago, Illinois - Rockford, Illinois - Aurora, Illinois - Naperville, Illinois - Peoria, Illinois - Joliet, Illinois - Elgin, Illinois - Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Madison, Wisconsin - Gary, Indiana

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1994 Degree: PhD Subject: Computer Science Institution: University of Illinois Chicago
Year: 1978 Degree: MSEE Subject: Electrical Engineering Institution: University of Illinois Chicago
Year: 1975 Degree: BS Subject: Astronomy Institution: University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2007 to 2008 Employer: Motorola Title: Technology Futurist Department: Corporate Strategy Group Responsibilities: Technology Futurist in the Corporate Strategy Group of Motorola in Schaumburg IL. Studied technological, societal, and other activities to identify technology trends important to Motorola's business 3 to 7 years out. Created reports to senior business and research management describing the trend, its implications, and recommendations for the composition of the Motorola research portfolio. Primary and secondary research as well as quantitative methods were used. Also served as consultant to research and business technology groups for technology trends.
Years: 2005 to 2007 Employer: Motorola Title: Scientist in Residence at MIT Media Lab Department: iDEN Responsibilities: Interfaced with Media Lab senior faculty and Lab Director on the management of the Motorola sponsorship of the Media Lab, identified projects that were relevant to Motorola, facilitated the transfer of technology into Motorola, and conducted research relevant to emerging Motorola businesses.
Years: 2001 to 2005 Employer: Motorola Title: Distinguished Member of Technical Staff Department: iDEN Advanced Technologies Responsibilities: Chief technologist for wearables for iDEN. Principal Investigator for Conformables, highly wearable devices and systems. Responsible for setting and guiding Conformables initiative vision and direction for iDEN. Lead software and system architect of Conformable system prototypes.
These prototypes interfaced with cell phones.
Years: 1994 to 2001 Employer: Motorola Title: Member of Technical Staff Department: Radio Technology Center Responsibilities: Conceived and led research into wearable systems and designed and prototyped device software architecture and services. Prototypes involved incorporating large vocabulary speech recognition and speech synthesis systems and were developed in Java and C++ on Windows NT
Years: 1987 to 1994 Employer: Northop Grumman Title: Principal Staff Engineer Department: Electronic System Division Responsibilities: Designed the software architecture for object-oriented projects ranging in size from 30,000 to 300,000 lines of code in C++ and Ada.
Years: 1985 to 1987 Employer: Gould Title: Research Staff Scientist Department: Research Center Responsibilities: Senior contributor to applied research team designing and prototyping new visual software development environments to increase software productivity and quality
Years: 1978 to 1985 Employer: Bell Laboratories Title: Member of Technical Staff Department: Responsibilities: Traffic Studies, Data Protocol Specification and Design

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Usability Professionals’ Association.
World Future Society.
International Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Association for Computing Machinery.
Professional Appointments
Motorola Scientist in Residence at the MIT Media Lab 8/2005 - 7/2007. Person is selected by senior Motorola research management. Initially appointed for one year. Extended for a second year.
Awards / Recognition
Motorola Distinguished Innovator in recognition of more than 10 patents awarded. (I currently hold 14 as of 4/4/08)
Publications and Patents Summary
He has 14 U.S. and international patents and several more pending.

Author of a full-length book explaining how to design wearable systems acceptable to the general population.

Appeared on MSNBC Tech Summit 2004 by invitation to discuss emerging wearable technologies.

Demonstrated and explained operational prototypes at 2003 and 2004 NextFest and 2004 and 2005 CES and other public venues.

Wearable prototypes featured in Laptop Magazine, January, 2006.

Published several papers in journals and conference proceedings with presentations.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Adjunct Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, Florida Atlantic University, Designed and teach COT5930, Wearable Computers.

Taught Wearable System Usability workshop at 2007 International Symposium on Wearable Computers

Taught seminars on device and system usability at MIT Media Lab

Motorola University, Designed and taught Overview of Wearable Technology, Systems, and Applications

Northrop Grumman, Created and taught 40 hour course in object oriented theory and development. Helped design courses in software processes, C++, and software engineering.
Marketing Experience
Technology Trends Analysis and Forecasting:
Broad educational background in science and technology.
Knowledge of many emerging technologies.
Experience with technology forecasting to provide recommendations for research portfolios to corporate management.
Ability to look beyond the surface and discover relationships among disparate pieces of information and able to integrate them into strategic implications and recommendations.

Innovation and Technology Transfer.
Experienced in research, design and development of cutting edge innovative application and device prototypes.

Helped evaluate participation options for Motorola in MIT Media Lab research programs.

Organized and managed meetings between senior Motorola management and Media Lab faculty and researchers for technology evaluation and transfer.
Other Relevant Experience
Accomplished speaker and instructor, having appeared in venues such as CES, NextFest, and on MSNBC

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