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. Todd Hylton

Dr. Todd Hylton joined InterDigital’s Technical Advisory Council in April 2018. Dr. Hylton is the Executive Director of the Contextual Robotics Institute and Professor of Practice in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at University of California, San Diego.  His research interests include novel computing systems and their application to autonomous vehicle and robotic systems.  

Prior to his appointment at UC San Diego, he was Executive Vice President of Strategy and Research at Brain Corporation, a San Diego-based robotics startup. From 2007 to 2012, Dr. Hylton served as a Program Manager at DARPA where he started and managed a number of projects including the Nano Air Vehicle program, the SyNAPSE program and the Physical Intelligence program.  Prior to DARPA, he ran a nanotechnology research group at SAIC, co-founded 4Wave, a specialty semiconductor equipment business, and served as CTO of Commonwealth Scientific Corporation. 

Dr. Hylton holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a doctorate in applied physics from Stanford University.

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.