Innovation Themes

Theme I: Internet of Things: Technical Challenges and Business Opportunities

Time: 10:00-11:00, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015


    John Apostolopoulos, CTO and Vice President, Cisco, USA  (IEEE Fellow)

    Nikhil Balram, President and CEO, Ricoh Innovations Corporation, USA (SID Fellow)  (PPT)

    Daniel Obodovski, Founder and Managing Director, Diosys Technologies LLC, USA; Managing Partner, DND Ventures LLC, USA

    Haiying Wang, VP and CTO, Cloud Computing, Huawei, USA

Khaled El-Maleh, Qualcomm, USA  (PPT)



John Apostolopoulos  (IEEE Fellow/IEEE Distinguished Lecturer)
CTO and Vice President, Cisco, USA


John Apostolopoulos is VP & CTO of the Enterprise Networking Group (ENG) at Cisco.  ENG is a $20B/year business that covers wired and wireless networking, mobility/BYOD, SDN, Internet of Things, and video over enterprise networks.  He is also founder of the Enterprise Networking Labs whose goal is to increase innovation in areas of strategic importance to ENG.  Previously John was Lab Director for the Mobile & Immersive Experience Lab (MIX Lab) at HP Labs.  The MIX Lab’s goal was to create compelling networked media experiences that fundamentally change how people communicate, collaborate, socialize and entertain. The MIX Lab conducted research on novel mobile devices and sensing, mobile client/cloud multimedia computing, immersive environments, video & audio signal processing, computer vision & graphics, multimedia networking, glasses-free 3D, next-generation plastic displays, wireless, and user experience design.  John received a number of honors and awards for his individual technical contributions including IEEE SPS Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Fellow, named “one of the world’s top 100 young (under 35) innovators in science and technology” (TR100) by MIT Technology Review, Certificate of Honor for contributing to the US Digital TV standard (Engineering Emmy Award, 1997), and he also helped create the JPEG-2000 Security (JPSEC) standard. He has published over 100 papers, received several paper awards, and has 60 granted US patents. John also has strong ties with the academic community and was a Consulting Associate Professor of EE at Stanford (2000-09) and is a frequent visiting lecturer at MIT. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from MIT.



Nikhil Balram  (SID Fellow)
President and CEO, Ricoh Innovations Corporation, USA


Dr. Nikhil Balram is President and CEO of Ricoh Innovations Corporation (, a Silicon Valley company that develops innovative technologies and creates new businesses for Ricoh Company Ltd.  With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Balram is widely hailed throughout the industry and academia as an expert and innovator in advanced information technologies and has been an officer of several publicly listed companies.  He has won numerous awards including a 2012 Gold Stevie® Award for Executive of the Year in the Electronics category in The 9th Annual International Business Awards, a 2012 Fellow Award by the Society for Information Display (SID) and the 2011 Alumni Achievement Award by Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Balram is an adjunct professor of electrical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, visiting professor of vision science at the University of California, Berkeley, a guest professor of design and innovation at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Gandhinagar, India, and serves on the Industry Advisory Board (IAB) at the School of Engineering at Santa Clara University. He has over 100 US and international patents granted or pending, more than 40 technical publications, including two invited book chapters, and has given over 25 keynote speeches at major conferences and events worldwide, including most recently the International Business Forum at the 2013 Ricoh Women’s British Open at St. Andrews, UK. He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.



Daniel Obodovski

Founder and Managing Director, Diosys Technologies LLC, USA

Managing Partner, DND Ventures LLC, USA


Daniel is Founder and Managing Director of Diosys Technologies LLC, and Managing Partner of DND Ventures LLC. In 2013 Daniel co-authored "The Silent Intelligence: the Internet of Things", a book about an upcoming technology revolution, together with Daniel Kellmereit of Detecon USA. Daniel’s passion is helping companies and individuals realize their dreams of commercially launching new technologies, products and ideas. Daniel has been advising large companies, such as Samsung, and small ones on business development strategy with connected devices. Prior to launching his own companies, Daniel was Director of Business Development at Qualcomm, where he led the commercial launch of multiple M2M products and businesses. Prior to that, Daniel was Director of Strategic Marketing and Business Development at Motorola Germany. In 2011 Daniel co-founded, and currently co-chairs, M2M SIG at CommNexus San Diego. Currently he also curates TEDx San Diego. Daniel holds an MBA degree from the University of South Carolina in cooperation with Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, as well as a Master’s degree from the Moscow State Lomonosov University.



Khaled El-Maleh 
Principal Engineer/Manager, Qualcomm, USA


Khaled El-Maleh received his M. Eng. and Ph.D. from McGill University, Canada, and B. Sc. in EE and B. Sc. in Applied Math from King Fahd University (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia. He has been with Qualcomm, San Diego since 2000. Dr. El-Maleh’s areas of expertise and interests include: design, implementation and quality evaluation of mobile multimedia systems, data mining/analytics, human-computer interfaces, computer vision applications, innovation and industry-university technology transfer. He was a key member of the team who designed the first generation of mobile camcorder and video telephony solutions for both UMTS and CDMA networks. He was the video quality lead for Qualcomm chip unit and contributed to the design of media quality assessment tools. He is currently leading the multimedia & user experience IP Strategy teams in the IP Department of Qualcomm developing innovative technologies to enhance mobile user experience. In addition to his technical publications, he has filed more than 200 US and international patents covering video/image/speech processing and compression technologies, mobile learning and wireless power charging.

Khaled is Vice Chair- North America of the Multimedia Communications Technical Committee (MMTC) of the IEEE Communications Society; Co-Chair of the Industrial Forum Committee of the Asia-Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association (APSIPA); a member of the Industry Advisory Board of Florida International University School of Computing and Information Sciences; the Industry Advisory Board of University of British Columbia Institute for Computing, Information, and Cognitive Systems;

Khaled is very active in supporting IEEE conferences and organizing other international industry-academia events. He is a founding member of the International Workshop on Quality of Multimedia Experience (QoMEX) and served as the General Co-Chair for QoMEX 2009. He recently served as the TPC Vice Chair (Tutorial Co-Chair) for Globecom 2010, TPC member for ACM Multimedia 2010, Steering Committee vice-chair of QoMEX workshops , Industry Co-Chair for ICME 2011, Industry Chair for SiPS 2011, Industry Panel Co-Chair of ACM Multimedia  2011, Advisory Committee member of IEEE DSP/SPE 2011, a member of the steering committee of ICME 2010-2012 representing the communications society, Industry Co-Chair for ICIP 2012, Special Sessions Co-chair for MMSP 2012, Tutorials Chair for ICASSP 2013, Industry Liaison for ICASSP 2014, and General Co-Chair of ICNC 2013 and 2014. He is also in the organizing committee of ICIP 2015-2016 and ICASSP 2017-2018, He was a guest editor of two special journal issues on Quality of Multimedia User Experience (IEEE Signal Processing Magazine and EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing) - published in 2011. He is an associate editor for EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing.

Theme II: Big Data: Challenges and Opportunities in Computing and Communications

Time: 11:00-12:00, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015


    C.-C. Jay Kuo, Dean's Professor, Univeersity of Southern California, USA (IEEE/AAAS/SPIE Fellow)

    Hugh Williams, CTO and SVP, Pivotal Software, USA    (PPT)

    Byung K. Yi, CTO and EVP, InterDigital, USA

Moderator: Chung-Min Chen, VP of Data Science, iconectivs, USA

C.-C. Jay Kuo (IEEE/AAAS/SPIE Fellow)
Dean's Professor, University of Southern California , USA

Dr. C.-C. Jay Kuo received the Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1987. He is now with the University of Southern California (USC) as Dean’s Professor of Electrical Engineering. His research interests are in the areas of digital media processing, multimedia compression, communication and networking technologies, and big visual data analytics. Dr. Kuo is a Fellow of AAAS, IEEE and SPIE. Dr. Kuo has guided about 125 students to their Ph.D. degrees and supervised 25 postdoctoral research fellows. He is a co-author of about 220 journal papers, 860 conference papers and 12 books.  He is Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security and Editor Emeritus for the Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation (an Elsevier journal).

Hugh Williams
CTO and SVP, Pivotal Software, USA


Hugh E. Williams is a technology executive who has worked at Pivotal, eBay, and Microsoft. He also spent a significant part of his career as an Associate Professor and running his own startup. He is Pivotal's first Entrepreneur-in-Residence, and helps create new strategic and business directions. At eBay and Microsoft, he managed large teams that built their search engines and user experiences. He has published over 100 works, mostly in the field of Information Retrieval, including two books for O'Reilly Media Inc. He holds over 20 U.S. patents, with many more pending. He has a PhD from RMIT University in Australia.

Byung K. Yi
CTO and EVP, InterDigital, USA


Dr. Byung K. Yi has been Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Interdigital Labs at InterDigital, Inc. since May 2014. Dr. Yi Dr. Yi is responsible for directing the development of advanced wireless and network technologies, the evolution of standards-based technologies and the company’s participation in wireless standards bodies. Dr. Yi joined InterDigital in April 2014 from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), where he had served as assistant division chief of engineering since 2012. Prior to his appointment at the FCC, Dr. Yi was at LG Electronics from 2000 to 2012, where as Senior Executive Vice President he headed the company’s North American R&D center. Dr. Yi contributes more than 30 years of advanced wireless development experience. He served as a Member of Technical Advisory Council at InterDigital, Inc. Dr. Yi also contributes a strong history of industry leadership. He has served on the board of directors or steering committees of a number of professional organizations, including the Telecommunication Industry Association, the Center for Wireless Communications, the 3rd Generation Partnership Project 2 Technical Specification Group, and a number of others. He was awarded the prestigious CDG (CDMA Development Group) Industry Leadership award, been recognized by the National Engineer Week (NEW) Foundation, and inducted to the Hall of Fame by the School of Engineering and Applied Science of George Washington University. Dr. Yi received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Yonsei University (Korea), his master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, and his doctoral degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University.

Chung-Min Chen
VP of Data Science, iconectivs, USA


Chung-Min Chen is Chief Data Scientist at iconectiv (an Ericsson company) responsible for researching and building data analytics solutions for applications in the telecom domain. Previously he has been Chief Scientist and Director at Applied Research of Telcordia Technologies. He has led production software development in OSS, M2M platform, and number portability and provided consulting to service providers.

His expertise and interest span across data management, machine learning, and telecom/mobile/sensor networks. He has been PI/Co-PI for projects funded by SEC, NASA, AFL, and NSF. He has published papers in JACM, TKDE, SIGMOD, KDD, VLDB, IEEE TMC, TON, ACM TOSN, INFOCOM and JSAC. He has served as Chair of US ANSI Working Advisory Group to ISO TC-204 WG17 on ITS standards. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Maryland, College Park.