October 20, 2017 / Posted By: rachel.rorke

Earlier this month, the Philadelphia Business Journal announced that InterDigital's Desa Burton has been named as a 2017 "Veteran of Influence."  This award recognizes those who not only excelled in their military careers, but have also turned their experiences into successful business careers.

Desa currently serves on the Board of Directors for the United Service Organizations of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey (Liberty USO), which is an organization whose mission is to enhance the quality of life of the U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families.  As a member of the Liberty USO Career Transitions Committee, Desa will lead a new initiative focused on STEM education for transitioning military service members and veterans.  InterDigital - as the founding sponsor of this initiative - is joined by other Liberty USO partners using the software developer training platform offered through Zipcode Wilmington.  Through Desa's efforts, this initative will enable service members and veterans to transition from military service into highly sought-after software development careers.

In addition, Desa has a long history of service in support of veterans' programs and initiatives.  Desa was recently selected to serve as the Philadelphia area coordinator for the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association Women's Shared Interest Group.  In that capacity, Desa will coordinate the efforts and interests of women alumni of the United States Naval Academy in the local area.  She is also a former and founding member of various veterans affinity bar associations, affinity groups, and programs.

Desa is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy.  Prior to her legal career, she served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Naval Reserve, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Commander.  Desa completed the following assignments while proudly serving her country:  Engineering Officer onboard U.S.S. Briscoe (DD-977, Destroyer) responsible for a division of twenty personnel and the ship’s emergency response teams; Landing Craft Officer for Assault Craft Unit 2 responsible for five Landing Craft Utility and their crews totaling sixty personnel deploying with the U.S.S. Saipan (LHA-2); Counternarcotics Operations Staff Officer (Colombia) for U.S. Southern Command coordinating assistance provided by the United States to the Colombian counternarcotics brigade; and Staff Officer for U.S. Central Command assisting with counterinsurgency operations following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The Philadelphia Business Journal will be hosting a special awards ceremony on November 9 at the Ballroom at the Ben.  Desa will additionally be featured in a special section of the Philadelphia Business Journal, which will be released on November 10 online and in print.

Please join us in congratulating Desa on this tremendous honor!


(Pictured from left to right: Ranae McElvaine, Jannie Lau, Desa Burton, Josh Schmidt, Amy Miraglia, Christos Ioannidi)

October 6, 2017 / HEVC, standards / Posted By: rachel.rorke

On Wednesday, September 27, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced that the 2017 Primetime Emmy® Engineering Award winner will be HEVC, or High Efficiency Video Coding, which is a technology standard that helps deliver ultra-high definition video to everything from smart phones to stadium displays.

The Emmy for HEVC will be awarded to the Joint Collaborative Team on Video Coding, or better known as the JCT-VC.  The JCT-VC is a group of engineers from the Video Coding Experts Group (VCEG) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).  This committee is comprised of representatives about 200 industry and academic institutions around the world, including InterDigital.

To meet consumer demands of highest quality video, the HEVC standard delivers more video at a higher resolution on the available bandwidth.  The HEVC standard improves upon the previous standard using many new coding technologies, one of which increases the size of block regions, which allows for more flexibility in block partitions and better predictability in the algorithms applied to each block of each frame.  Together these technologies contribute greatly to the enhanced efficiency of HEVC for video compression.

This new compression coding has been adopted, or selected for adoption, by all UHD television distribution channels, including terrestrial, satellite, cable, fiber and wireless, as well as all UHD viewing devices, including traditional televisions, tablets and mobile phones.

Join us in congratulating our InterDigital engineers who participated in the development of HEVC in the JCT-VC, as well as our other industry colleagues for this great achievement!

To see the full winners profile, click here for more.

August 31, 2017 / 5g, mobile edge computing / Posted By: rachel.rorke

A few weeks ago, InterDigital shared its partnership on a live 5G trial with CVTC Ltd. and Bristol is Open.  Since the conclusion of the event, InterDigital has seen major achievements in the 5G space as a result of the trial.

The real-world joint trial, hosted in Bristol, UK, used a scavenger hunt game developed by InterDigital Europe and CVTC Ltd. as part of a European-funded project called POINT; this month, the team completed the world’s first trial of mobile edge computing (MEC) based on new IP networking technology expected to form part of the 5G network architecture, a major advancement in 5G research.

Specifically, the trial showcases InterDigital’s Flexible-IP services (FLIPS) technology, which improves on experienced latency for such MEC services while reducing the overall network utilization when accessing such services.  Within the trial, participants experienced video latency reductions from several tens of milliseconds and video distribution that was six times more efficient than standard IP technology.

This successful trial quickly garnered excellent media coverage.  Check out some of the industry features in the links below!

July 20, 2017 / 5g / Posted By: rachel.rorke

This weekend marks the final days of a next generation 5G Internet trial in Bristol, England. The trial, called Bristol is Open (BIO, for short) is designed as an internet-enabled scavenger hunt in the central part of Bristol. The trial is open to anyone with an Android device who is interested in testing new technology.

Users with Android devices are invited to participate by downloading the app and taking part in a walk-around search for clues. The game was developed by InterDigital Europe in conjunction with CVTC as part of a European funded project called POINT. You can find more about POINT by clicking here.

The project is proving the use of new IP networking technology, which will contribute to 5G technology developments. More specifically, the technology will improve on experienced latency of services over the network, such as video streaming, while reducing the overall network utilization when accessing such services.

The BIO game involves teams of individuals from 3-6 players (each with an Android device), and takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. If you’d like to help test a new 5G wireless technology, you have until July 23 to participate. So download the app at the Google Play store HERE and make your way to Bristol City Centre this weekend!

March 21, 2017 / Posted By: rachel.rorke

On the heels of our previous announcement, in which Liangping Ma's and Ed Ehrlich earned new leadership positions in the mobile industry, InterDigital is delighted to continue the streak of recognized engineers in Behrouz Aghili.

A little over two weeks ago, Behrouz, a principal engineer in our Melville office, was elected vice-chair of the CT plenary, which oversees the work of all CT, a very important working group in the 3GPP standards-setting organization. CT stands for the “Core Network and Terminals” Technical Specification Group, and is responsible for defining the interfaces/protocols within the core network and between the core network and terminal devices – what’s called the NAS layer. The other elected officials to the CT plenary are representatives from Huawei, Deutsche Telekom and NTT Docomo, so as always we’re in tremendous company.

This is an excellent accomplishment, and we'd like to congratulate all the engineers who have recently been selected as leaders in the industry, as well as all our folks in standards research who were able to work hard to get these results.  Thank you!

March 8, 2017 / 5g, 3gpp / Posted By: rachel.rorke

InterDigital is delighted to announce that two of our employees, Liangping Ma and Ed Ehrlich, have recently been selected to represent our company in leadership roles in the mobile industry.  We are very excited for them to showcase their expertise in their respective new roles, and can’t wait to share their successes along their journeys.

Liangping Ma, IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer for 2017-2018

The IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) has selected InterDigital’s Liangping Ma as an IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer for 2017-2018.  ComSoc’s Distinguished Lecture Tour is designed to create a network of subject-matter experts and renowned authorities on communications and networking-related topics.

Liangping is a Member of the Technical Staff in the San Diego, CA office of InterDigital.  His current research interests include 5G radio access networks, ultra-reliable and low-latency video communication, and machine learning.  He and his team invented a number of fundamental technologies on video communication and cognitive radios. Liangping has served as the Chair of the San Diego Chapter of the IEEE Communication Society since 2014. He received his PhD from the University of Delaware and his B.S. degree from Wuhan University, China.

Ed Ehrlich, Vice Chair of ATIS WTSC-RAN

In early February, ATIS (Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions) held elections for some of their committee leadership roles and announced that InterDigital’s Ed Ehrlich was elected vice chair of ATIS WTSC-RAN.  ATIS is a forum where information and communications technology companies convene to find solutions to pressing industry challenges, and is the North American Organizational Partner for 3GPP.  As vice chair of WTSC-RAN (which stands for Wireless Technologies and Systems Committee – Radio Access Networks), Ed will be part of the team that provides North American inputs into a wide range of radio access issues that 3GPP tackles, the main topic now being 5G.

Ed is a Member of the Technical Staff in the Conshohocken, PA office of InterDigital.  This March marks Ed’s fifth year with InterDigital, though he has been involved in the mobile industry for over 25 years.  He specializes in leading edge wireless technologies with emphasis on the development of industry alliances, standards, and regulatory requirements, and earned a B.S. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

These achievements are excellent markers of InterDigital’s talent and hard work; please join us in congratulating Liangping and Ed for their great accomplishments!