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.
Council Members include:
Thomas Gilley joined InterDigital’s Technical Advisory Council in 2010. Mr. Gilley, a technology entrepreneur with a broad range of experience and success in social computing, modern media and mobile technologies, serves as the Chief Technology Officer at Critical Media, a broadcast media intelligence company in New York.
Throughout his career, Mr. Gilley founded several successful companies including: Vidavee, an on-demand web media company acquired by Vignette, Meeting Technologies, a social computing company, FutureTel, the first MPEG video broadcast equipment company and PicoStar, an incubator and technology investment company. He was CTO at Vignette and held R&D and product management positions with Apple Computer and was a strategy consultant with Compass Advisers.
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
David A. Hytha
David A. Hytha joined InterDigital’s Technical Advisory Council in 2010. A wireless executive and entrepreneur advising leading-edge firms in wireless communications, Mr. Hytha serves as General Partner at New Wave and Executive-in-Residence at Sofinnova Ventures, a major venture capital firm. Additionally, he serves as a member of the Board of Directors of several private and public companies including Option, Ltd. of Belgium.
Previously, Mr. Hytha served as Executive Vice President, Terminals for T-Mobile, responsible for the selection, marketing and development of all handsets for T-Mobile in Europe. He held leadership roles with Silicon Wave (now part of Qualcomm), LGC Wireless (now part of ADC), Motorola, McCaw Cellular (now AT&T Wireless), AT&T Network Systems (now Alcatel-Lucent) and AT&T Microelectronics (now LSI Logic/Infineon), including founding the first overseas department of Bell Laboratories.
Mr. Hytha holds an MBA from Columbia University in New York and a BA from the College of the Holy Cross.
Pieter Knook joined InterDigital’s Technical Advisory Council in 2012, leveraging a successful career building mobile product and services platforms with leading multinational companies. He is a longtime innovator in mobile services and technologies.
Mr. Knook built his career at Microsoft, where he spent 18 years traversing technical, sales, marketing and business management roles across three different organizations including several start-ups. When he left Microsoft in 2008, he was Senior Vice President and global lead of the company’s mobile business. Joining Vodafone, Mr. Knook led the launch of Vodafone 360, a new software services venture for the Vodafone Group, where he was on the Strategy Board, the Marketing Board, the CEO Council, the Group Marketing Leadership team and also on the Ventures Board, the Content Board and the WAC board representing the Vodafone Internet Services unit.
Mr. Knook serves as a non-executive Chairman at Pulsant, the Institution and Better Generation. He is also a board advisor to Monitise, Avanade and European Leaders; a non-executive Director of QuantumWave, and Angel Investor through Cambridge Angels and Octopus. Mr. Knook holds a Masters in Electrical Sciences from Cambridge University in the UK, where he is also a visiting Professor in Innovation at the Engineering Department.
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.
Ketan Patel joined InterDigital’s Technical Advisory Council in 2014. Mr. Patel is a Principal at New Venture Partners, LLC, a global venture capital firm dedicated to corporate technology spin-outs, where he is focused on mobile computing, cloud computing, M2M/IoT, and enterprise IT security investments.
Previously, he worked in a variety of operating roles encompassing startups and large multinational corporations, including Cavium Networks, Inc., where he was part of the technical sales and marketing organization responsible for the commercialization of the industry’s first 10Gbps in-line security processor and also was responsible for managing the deployment of Cavium’s technology within several of Cavium’s tier-one customers. Prior to joining Cavium, Mr. Patel worked in a similar capacity with the Sales and Marketing organization at eMpowerTel Networks. At eMpowerTel, he led the company’s field organization and also worked closely with customers and design teams to define product features, outline product roadmaps, and manage new product releases. He was a lead member of the network processor implementation team at Tiara Networks (sold to Nortel Networks); aided the unit-level integration efforts at MIPS Technologies; and was part of the design team that introduced multiple novel 64-bit CPUs at Silicon Graphics. Mr. Patel also worked in a large, private investment fund active in direct and fund-level venture investments.
Mr. Patel holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.
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.
Scott McQuilkin is InterDigital’s Senior Executive Vice President, Innovation, and Chairman of the Technical Advisory Council. As head of InterDigital’s Innovation group, Mr. McQuilkin is responsible for leading the organization’s technology sourcing efforts, overseeing both Innovation Labs, which pursues internally funded technology, and Innovation Partners, a sourcing model based around partnerships with leading innovators and research organizations as well as strategic acquisitions of technology and patent portfolios.
Mr. McQuilkin joined InterDigital as its Chief Financial Officer in 2007 with over 25 years of senior-level experience in financial management with public and privately-held companies in the high-tech and financial services sectors. He was appointed InterDigital’s Senior Executive Vice President, Strategy and Finance in May 2012, in which role he was responsible for overseeing the organization’s strategy, corporate development and finance functions. In October 2012, Mr. McQuilkin was appointed Senior Executive Vice President, Innovation. Prior to InterDigital, Mr. McQuilkin served as Chief Financial Officer for Metavante Lending Solutions, a high growth technology firm providing business process automation to the financial services industry. Mr. McQuilkin joined GHR Systems (which subsequently was acquired by Metavante Corporation), in 2000 as Chief Financial Officer and was responsible for finance, funding, acquisitions, accounting, strategy, human resources, facilities, and risk management. During his tenure, he led the company through a period of explosive growth and structured and negotiated several acquisitions. Prior to joining GHR Systems, Mr. McQuilkin served as Chief Financial Officer at De Lage Landen Financial Services and held senior finance positions at First Union Corporation.
Mr. McQuilkin earned a Master of Business Administration degree from The Wharton School and a Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University.