Below are the candidates for IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors Member-at-Large, 2013-2014.
(Nominated by IEEE Standards Association) Vice President, Technology Standards Office San Diego, California, USA Paul received his Ph.D. from Queen’s University in 1981. He has worked for 30 years in fields relating to television and cinema. Currently, he is VP, Technology Standards at Sony Electronics, San Diego. From 2003 to 2009, he was Director of the Rogers Communications Centre, Ryerson University. Prior to that, he held VP positions at DemoGraFX and General Instrument (Motorola). From 1987 to 1995, he was a leader in the development and standardization of the digital HDTV system currently deployed in North America and elsewhere, being recognized with one Emmy and for his contributions to four others. Paul is a SMPTE Fellow, and has served as SMPTE Editorial Vice President, a Member of the SMPTE Board, and a Member of the Board’s Executive Committee since 2009 (elected position). He has served on the Council for the US National Committee for the International Electrotechnical Commission since 2011 (elected through 2014). IEEE Accomplishments and Activities As Vice President and Head of Sony’s Technology Standards Office, Paul leads Sony’s US standards team and directs coordination of Sony’s activities in IEEE and other standards development bodies. Members of the US standards team and other Sony personnel are long-term contributors to, and supporters of, IEEE activities, particularly in areas such as wireless communications (e.g., 802.11, 802.15 and 802.19). Paul’s predecessor at Sony served as a member of the IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors, and Paul is enthusiastic to continue that contribution.
Paul is a member of the IEEE-SA Corporate Advisory Group (2012-2013). Paul also has published in the Proceedings of the IEEE [Hearty, P. (2006). Carriage of Digital Video and Other Services by Cable in North America, Proceedings of the IEEE, 94(1), 148-157.]
Paul Hearty would bring to the Board a broad range of experience, spanning government, industry, and academia in the US and Canada, specifically in two broad areas:
- Standards: Paul has worked in telecommunications standards for nearly 30 years. He has worked in the ITU, the IEC, the ATSC, SMPTE, and other bodies. He was a key player in the FCC Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Service. He has served as the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) Digital Video Subcommittee Chair since its inception in 1996.
- Board Activities: Paul has served on the Executive Committee and Board of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers since 2009, having been elected for two consecutive terms. He also is a Founding Board Member of CineGrid™, a non-profit corporation promoting research, development, and application in high-speed photonic networks.
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(Nominated by IEEE Standards Association) Director, Software Research and Development Networking and Multimedia Robert Oshana has 30 years of experience in the software industry, primarily focused on embedded and real-time systems for the defense and semiconductor industries. He has BSEE, MSEE, MSCS, and MBA degrees and is a Senior Member of IEEE. Rob is a member of several Advisory Boards including the Embedded Systems group, where he is also an international speaker. He has over 100 presentations and publications in various technology fields and has written several books on embedded software technology. Rob is an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University where he teaches graduate software engineering courses. He is on the advisory board of the University of Texas Center for Lifelong Engineering Education. He is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff and Director of Global Software R&D for Networking and Multimedia at Freescale Semiconductor. IEEE Accomplishments and Activities Rob was chairman of the 1149.7 IEEE specification. Rob spent two years as a member of the IEEE CAG, from 2009-2011. Rob is currently a member of the IEEE Educational Activities Board, Special Topics Courses Team Lead. Rob was elected Senior Member of IEEE in 2004. Rob has several publications in IEEE including a case study on software engineering process improvement. The IEEE Standards Association plays a unique role in the ecosystem of standardization. One of the challenges is to make the standards approval process as efficient and fast as possible. There are opportunities to streamline and improve the process for standards development and make the process more “industry” friendly.
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