Playa del Rey, CA
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Exceptional track record in designing, developing, marketing, and shipping successful hardware and software products for both professional and consumer applications.
I am a Thirty-year Technology Executive. A Problem Solver. A Teacher, Explainer, Educator, Listener, and Communicator. An EE with decades of experience in developing and launching products for Computer, Broadcast, DoD, Hollywood, and CE markets. An R&D <-> Sales & Marketing Resource.
Where I have been: Eyes & Ears for Microsoft, Broadcom, and Dolby C-Level management. A Cross-company, interdepartmental resource. Company Spokesperson and C-Level Advisor. International spokesperson and technology lead on Microsoft's digital television efforts. Direct participation in corporate decision making on technology and business development issues for every major form of digital media and platform including: STBs, Mobile/Handheld, IPTV, OTT, Internet VOD/EST, STB/TV streaming, Blu-Ray/HD-DVD/BD-Live, 4K UltraHD, HDR, HEVC, Geospatial
Imaging, D-Cinema, Digital Film Printer, and the Electron Beam Recorder.
Specialties: Consistently exceeding the expectations of my employers & mentors, long term relationships with business colleagues, digital media technology, product development, business development, standards, partnerships and alliances. International Standards Body Participation (MPEG, JCT, DVB, SMPTE). Connecting the dots.
Interests: HEVC & HDR. 4K UltraHD. OTT & IoT. Consumer Electronics. The inevitable amalgam of the Cloud, Connected Cars, EV Infotainment, and Smartphones. Semi-Autonomous vehicles, ADAS, SDCs, deep learning & AI. 4G LTE & 5G. China business.
Extracurricular: Connected Smart EVs, Solar, Formula E, Dynamika Televiso Illuminata Delecta, The Giving Pledge, Sustainability, Mentoring, Really Big Images, Spanish Colonial Revival Architecture, Playa del Rey, Quanzhou/Xiamen, Travel.
Marvin Minsky Memorial -
Playa del Rey Expert, Historian, Archivist.
Accelerating the global transition to sustainability, which, by definition, must include accelerating the world’s transition to electric mobility and PV (solar) with storage.
Solar and battery storage for grid-connected homes with provision for EVs. Scalable solar, storage, and UPS systems for diurnal load leveling (Peak Shaving) and rate management. Microgrids. Residential EV/PV symbiosis. V2G integration with the home electrical and storage system.
4K Ultra HD video systems (HFR, HDR, 2D/3D, light-field, time of flight) and displays (OLED and Quantum Dot) for space, EV, visualization, engineering, entertainment, scientific, AR, CE, and mobile applications.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (See LinkedIn for the most current info.)
DEL REY CONSULTANCY • Playa del Rey, CA February 2008-Present
Consultant/Advisor/Writer - Technology, Video, Solar, Displays, IP, ACM SIGGGRAPH, and AI History
Completed 2015-03-31: Advanced solar design and installation for IT-centric home in coastal environment (Silicon Beach area). Culmination of extensive research on net metering, grid-tie inverters, & PV panels (vendors and installers), residential battery vendors & technologies, electrical building code, technical details of connecting “behind the meter” and support for 1-2 EVs. Design considers overall sustainability and life cycle/maintenance in a marine environment. This design will be scalable in time and is integrated with the home IoT.
Photo - http://www.delrey.com/solardelrey.html, Contact: TLM@SolarDelRey.Com
Fact finding visit to Photovoltaic, Microgrid, Grid-Storage, and Battery research facilities of the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii in Kona – Jan 12-13, 2015
http://nelha.hawaii.gov/ and http://friendsofnelha.org/
Segment producer - ACM SIGGRAPH The Story of Computer Graphics; Triple-I history and contributions to AI, OCR, film recording/scanning & CGI with Ed Fredkin, Al Fenaughty and Bob Waller. Joan Collins - Interview Producer; Frank Foster - Director & President of the SIGGRAPH Pioneers Group.
Personal goal achieved – Unanimous Approval and Declaration 2014-12-05: Playa del Rey Historic Cultural Monument -
CES 2015 - EVs, Infotainment, 4K Ultra HDs, OLED, Quantum Dot, Tesla Model X, Panasonic/Gogoro Li-Ion Battery strategies.
Ongoing: Anything and everything do to with 4K Ultra HD, HFR, HDR, CE, computers and television, especially video compression, and OLED & Quantum dot displays. SpaceX, Dragon, Falcon 9, ISS, Mars. Artificial Intelligence. Sustainable development. Teaching men to fish.
Owner & Manager: The "Dynamika Televiso Illuminata Delecta" Group on LinkedIn
Patent Due Diligence Consulting
Advisor to Scalable Display Technologies ( http://www.scalabledisplay.com/ )
Research on the Playa del Rey Motordrome, First Bank of Playa del Rey, and PDR Incline Electric Railway.
MICROSOFT CORPORATION • Redmond, WA Jan 2012-June 2012
Consultant, Spatial Video
Senior Advisor: Ultra High Definition acquisition and display, 3D video and TV, motion capture and displays. Light field and Time-of-Flight camera investigations. Research and reporting on vendor developments and technology trends including those of consumer and professional electronics companies, the DVB, MPEG, VCEG, & SMPTE.
DTS Entertainment • Agoura, CA February 2008-June 2008
Consultant, Strategic Development
Capitalized on extensive computer graphics and video systems expertise to conduct technical and business evaluations of emerging 3D television markets with a focus on consumer, transmission, and compression-related 3D television technologies. Advised C-Level management on the viability and risk/benefits of participation in the then-evolving 3DTV marketplace. Ensured strong company presence and ongoing business intelligence gathering through high profile attendance at industry events, conferences, and tradeshows. Participated in public seminars, promotional events, and served on the high definition DVD related technical committees.
Broadcom Corporation • Andover, MA • 2005-2008
In-depth analysis of both evolving HD disc formats. Selected as the company’s delegate to both the Blu-ray Disc Association *and* the DVD Forum (HD-DVD) running concurrently. Modeled least common denominator feature set between HD-DVD and Blu-ray for BRCM SoC implementations. Which format would win? Orchestrated numerous market initiatives to successfully elevate the company to a strong leadership role in the blue-laser player and recorder markets. Performed extensive tracking and analysis of Chinese HD-DVD development. Led the drive to expand the company’s video businesses by effectively interfacing with Studio management, the Media, CE companies, and the content creation and Hollywood communities. Participated in all major industry events, conferences, and trade shows worldwide. Co-editor of the H.264/AVC specification. Assisted in the production of 2005 HDTV 720p60 and 480p30 Shuttle launch in conjunction with NASA, CSC, ABC, Panasonic, NGIA, & NSA.
Dolby Laboratories Inc. • Burbank, CA • 2003-2005
Transitioned the DemoGraFX engineering team and Intellectual Property to Dolby after acquisition on behalf of the VCs and employees. 100% key employee retention. Spearheaded initiative to expand Dolby's presence into new business areas (video) through relationship management, monitoring, risk assessment, and pursuit of new market opportunities. Championed the company’s involvement and leadership in D-Cinema, MPEG, JVT (H.264/AVC, HDR, 10 and 12 bit contributions), and SMPTE.
DemoGraFX (DGFX) Inc • Marina del Rey, CA • 2001-2003
Chief Architectural Officer
Obtained $10 Million in VC funding. Performed key role in driving commercialization and marketing the company’s intellectual property. Assumed multiple leadership functions including business development, competitive analysis, all aspects of technical operations, and corporate representation in JVT, MPEG, SMPTE, EDCF, and DVB. Video work with NRL, NGIA, and NSA. Honored as SMPTE Fellow. Promoted company presence and expanded the company’s knowledge base through global attendance at all major industry trade shows. Priorities included D-Cinema, Codec trend analysis, VOD, DoD applications, and HD/DVDs. Pioneered the introduction of HDR (10 bit) coding in the H.264/AVC specification; eventually leading to High 10 and HDR (DVB). Played lead role in development of a 2-year business plan, corporate valuation, orchestration and successful execution of VC exit strategy (sale to Dolby) with retention of all key personnel and maximal VC ROI.
Microsoft (MSFT) Corp. • Redmond, WA• 1997-2001
Director of Advanced Systems Architecture
Reported directly to VP and C-Levels. Steered company initiatives in digital media production, delivery, consumer platforms, and display systems in the capacity of Senior Architect. Participated in many facets of MSFT digital television technology covering WebTV, MSTV, UltimateTV, Windows Media, eHome, Xbox video, and Windows OS platform capabilities. Major business deals included Comcast, Intertainer, Gemstar, and PBS. Key internal consultant in company’s involvement in government affairs activities. Contributed to DTV and Spectrum policy development as a member of the DTV Team in partnership with Compaq & Intel. Duties required extensive involvement with US Intelligence agencies, the US FCC, and corresponding foreign agencies. Early IPTV and Smart TV Contributions.
Del Rey • Playa del Rey, CA • 1995-1997, Founder, President & CEO
Contracts with Nichimen, Mercury Computer Corp, Sony Pictures, Adobe and others. HDTV, Computer Graphics HW and SW, Video, Television and patent defense work.
Information Int’l Inc. (Triple-I) • 1991-1995, VP of R&D
SYMBOLICS (SMBX) GRAPHICS DIVISION (SGD) • 1982-1991, VP of R&D, Co-Founder
Information Int’l Inc. (Triple-I) • 1976-1982, MTS
EDUCATION - BS in Electrical Engineering/minor in Computer Science 1980
California State University (CSUN), MIT, UCLA
COMPUTER SKILLS - Numerous, VIDEO SKILLS - Difficult to Quantify
INDUSTRY MEMBERSHIPS - SMPTE, DVB, CEA, IEEE, ITU, Hollywood Post Alliance PRIOR - MPEG, Blu-ray, CEA, ATSC, JVT
AWARDS - Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, SMPTE Fellow. SMBX Engineer of The Year
UNITED STATES PATENT - USPTO # 7,020,195 B1, Layered Coding and Decoding of Image Data, Microsoft TV
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