VP, Corporate Research, Thomson Inc.
June 27, 10:30-11:30 am
Increasing consumer interest
in accessing content-on-the-go implies new service opportunities for
network operators and content owners. It is predicted that, by
2010, there will be over 150 million subscribers using mobile TV services
worldwide and wireless content will generate annual revenues of $43
Billion*. However, there are many technical and business-model challenges
that confront this form of content distribution. In this talk, we will
address some of these challenges and how the industry has gone about
solving them. We also highlight some open issues that are yet to be
solved. Some of the specific topics addressed include - audio/video
compression, networking technologies, content distribution optimization,
security and power efficiency issues for portable playback.
* Understanding & Solutions
- March-April 2006 Insight Report
Kumar Ramaswamy co-heads Corporate
Research at Thomson, a 440 person organization with eight research labs.
This involves setting research strategy, interacting with business
units and external customers and following through on the execution
of the strategy.
Kumar joined Thomson in Indianapolis
in 1993. Initially, as a Senior Member of Technical Staff, and then
as Manager of the Future Communications Laboratory, Kumar was part of
the team that was responsible for the development and deployment of
several communication systems including the DIRECTV* satellite system,
HDTV, advanced digital cable and wireless cable systems. He was
also CTO of HomeFront DSL - a CLEC established in Indiana offering triple
play including video-over-DSL.
Kumar received a PhD in Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1993, MS degree in Mathematics from RPI in 1992, MSEE - Vanderbilt in 1988 and BE(Honours) degree from REC Trichy, India in 1986. He has 40 issued US patents, several international patents and has over 70 pending patent applications. He has been an invited speaker at several leading international conferences, has authored many technical publications and has conducted three half-day technical tutorial sessions. He was awarded the Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer award in 2000 by the Eta Kappa Nu honor society.