Technical Advisory Council

InterDigital’s Technical Advisory Council, formed in 2010, advises the company’s senior management team on strategic technical priorities and direction, potential new markets and product opportunities, product, service and technology program initiatives, and additional technology matters where the Council brings relevant insights.

Dr. Andrea Goldsmith

Dr. Andrea Goldsmith joined InterDigital’s Technical Advisory Council in June 2010. Dr. Goldsmith is a professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. She is also a Fellow of the IEEE and Stanford University, current officer of the IEEE Information Theory Society and editor for the Journal on Foundations and Trends in Communications and Information Theory and in Networks.

Dr. Goldsmith is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Communications Society and has received several awards for her research on wireless information and communication theory, MIMO systems and multihop networks, cognitive radios, sensor networks, cross-layer wireless system design, wireless communications for distributed control, and communications for biomedical applications. Additionally, she is author of the book “Wireless Communications” and co-author of the book “MIMO Wireless Communications.”

Previously, Dr. Goldsmith was an assistant professor of Electrical Engineering at Caltech and has held industry positions at Maxim Technologies, Memorylink Corporation, and AT&T Bell Laboratories. She founded Quantenna Communications Inc., a leading developer of Full-11n™ wireless networking solutions.

Dr. Goldsmith received her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. Luigi Licciardi

Dr. Luigi Licciardi joined InterDigital’s Technical Advisory Council in 2010. Throughout his career in telecommunications, Dr. Licciardi held leadership positions in engineering, strategic planning, and market development. He currently serves as Head of Technology Plan and Standard Coordination in Technology and Operations with Telecom Italia, Italy. Previously, as Executive Vice President in Domestic Mobile Services, Dr. Licciardi’s responsibilities included Mobile Industries Relations and Head of handset and Technical Solutions in Telecom Italia Marketing. He served on the Board of directors of OMTP (Open Mobile Terminal platform) and LIPS, representing TIM.

More recently, his involvements include the launch of new mobile technologies such as HSPA, DVB-H, and 3D Gaming. His focus areas include: Femtocells, LTE, Mobile BB, Convergent Network solutions, Mobile Backhauling, M2M, GPON, IPTV, Connected Home, M-advertising, M-payment and money transfer, proximity technologies, advanced handsets.

Dr. Licciardi received his degree in Electronic Engineering from Politecnico di Torino, Italy. He is the author of several papers and publications on VLSI circuit design, Packet switching, access networking, terminals and new enabling technologies for ICT applications and is named as inventor in several patents in these areas.

Robert H. Riordan

Robert H. Riordan joined InterDigital’s Technical Advisory Council in September, 2015. Mr. Riordan currently serves as in an advisory role as Executive Vice President and as a member of the Board of Directors of Northeast Communications of Wisconsin, Inc., dba Nsight, a Wisconsin-based telecommunications provider and parent of Cellcom, a regional cellular company.  Prior to his retirement at the end of 2014, he had served as Nsight’s Executive Vice President and Director of Corporate Development since 1992. Mr. Riordan joined the predecessor company of Nsight in 1977 as its first engineer, and his service on Nsight’s Board of Directors began in 1982. While at Nsight, among other things, Mr. Riordan spent his time working on mergers and acquiring new markets and spectrum, while also dedicating significant time to researching new technologies, including the use of small cells. In 2009, Cellcom won one of the Inaugural Femtocell Industry Awards for its small cell platform launch.

With close to 40 years of experience in the telecom industry, Mr. Riordan has also held numerous leadership roles within the industry, including serving as the chairman of OPASTCO, the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies. He is also a professional speaker specializing in innovative technologies and leadership.

Mr. Riordan graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville, with a bachelor's degree in radio and television broadcasting, engineering and production emphasis.

Naresh Soni

Naresh Soni joined InterDigital’s Technical Advisory Council in 2013. Mr. Soni is the Chief Technology Officer of 5BARz International Inc., a wireless technology company. Through March 2013, Mr. Soni served as InterDigital’s Chief Technology Officer, where he participated in guiding InterDigital’s technology strategy and roadmap, helped forge university and industry relationships, and provided guidance on merger and acquisition opportunities as well as new research and development initiatives. He joined the company as Vice President of Strategic Engineering in July 2009. Prior to InterDigital, Mr. Soni founded Exemplar Technologies, a consulting firm that provides innovative services and product development strategies to clients. Previously, he served as chief technology officer for Streamezzo, a venture-funded provider of interactive rich media solutions for some of the world’s leading handset manufacturers and wireless operators. Mr. Soni’s previous experience includes research and innovation-focused positions at STMicroelectronics, AT&T Bell Labs, and IBM, as well as the position of vice president of Computing Architecture Research Lab at Nokia.

Mr. Soni holds several patents, has authored technical papers and has given keynotes at conferences in the areas of communications and computing. Mr. Soni earned his Master of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin, and Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mumbai. He has served on the board of University of California San Diego (UCSD) Center for Wireless Communications and is currently on the advisory board of the UCSD school of Electrical and Computer Engineering.