We are pleased to present this year Leading Innovators in RDK technology that have contributed to change the direction, roadmap and facilitate deployment of RDK as guest speakers sharing their knowledge and experiences with the community:
Weston Schmidt is the Director for Webpa at Comcast. In this roll, Wes develops and guides the Webpa software and technology strategy. He has responsibility for the engineering & operations of the service and oversees the project roadmap. Under Wes’s leadership, his team has driven Webpa from a proof of concept project to a production service with nearly 18 million devices connected, 30 million requests/day and over 1 billion notifications/day in under 2 years. Prior to working on the Webpa project, Wes led the EBIF user agent development team at Comcast.
Dan Torbet has been involved in the Broadband Telecommunications industry for 25 years. Early in his career, Dan worked at Jones Internet Channel where he oversaw all of the engineering and technical operations from its inception. During this time, Dan was involved with the Library of Congress on initiatives to digitize the Library’s collections and make them more available in schools using cable modems. Later, Dan moved to High Speed Access (HSA) where he served as the Director of Internet Services and worked to expand High Speed Data Services for Charter. Dan left HSA in 2000 to join ARRIS in the Certification and testing group. Dan has since worked in several different capacities at ARRIS and has actively participated in DOCSIS 2.0, 3.0, PacketCable 2.0, M-CMTS, CableHome, DRFI, and most recently the DOCSIS 3.1 and SDN and Virtual Provisioning Interfaces specification efforts. Today, Dan is a Director of Systems Engineering reporting to the CTO for Network Equipment at ARRIS. In this role Dan has responsibility defining product requirements for IP Video, Virtualization and disaggregation of DOCSIS and DPoE Systems, Transcoding, DOCSIS 3.1 Management, SDN and IPv6. Dan also serves as the Vice Chair for the Rocky Mountain IPv6 Task Force, and a Vice-Chair IEEE ComSoc Sub-Committee on SDN and NFV.
Jeff Tyre is currently a Distinguished Systems Engineer with the ARRIS Global Services team in the IP Video practices group. As part of this team, Jeff supports developing solution strategies as customers look to transition from traditional video delivery networks to IP Video networks. Previous industry positions include Director of Product Management in ARRIS’s IP Video Systems product group, Senior Manager in Juniper Networks’ Content Delivery Business Unit and Director of Product Marketing at RGB Networks with focus on advanced advertising solutions in the CableTV market.
Glee leads key community investment initiatives and operations, and oversees the community partnership programs such as ASP & MSP, which are designed to accelerate community participation and learning, and promote members’ products and services to the RDK community. In addition, Glee has been leading RDK Technology Summits since 2013 and has delivered training sessions for RDK new comers.
Vinayak Vijayakumar Bhat is a graduate in Electronics and Communications Engineering. Vinayak has 15 years of experience in Product Development for Embedded Systems. He specializes in core media solutions like Media Stacks, STB Middleware, Remote Device Management and Cloud based unified communications. Vinayak has been leading efforts to port RDK-Broadband to devices such as raspberry pi and commercial gateway product lines.
As development lead for RDK Managements tooling and support initiatives, Ajith leads the development of tools such as TDK & RDK Emulator. In addition Ajith works closely with component owners to facilitate community code contributions and resolve technical clarifications.
Sreelal is the Software Architect for RDK tools and simulators that are used for diagnostics and validation. He has 10 years of experience in Set-Top Box application and middleware development. He currently leads the development of the TDK and RDK DVR diagnostic tools.
Sugasini is the Software Architect for TDK Broadband tool used for the validation of RDK-B stack. She has over 8 years of experience in Set-Top Box, Broadband Gateway application and middleware development. She currently leads the automation and validation of RDK-B using TDK Broadband.