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Telecommunications, Network Communications, Mobile Wireless, and Internet Technologies Expert
Scientist, educator, and technologist with over 30 years of experience. He has co-authored over 25 scientific publications, journal articles, and peer-reviewed papers. Dr. Lavian served as an expert in network communications and telecommunications, including Internet protocols, streaming media, and mobile wireless technologies. He is an inventor of over 120 patents; over 60 prosecuted pro-se. He served as Principal Investigator (PI) for three US Department of Defense (DARPA) projects.


EDUCATION
• Ph.D., Computer Science specializing in networking and communications, UC Berkeley
• M.Sc., Electrical Engineering, Tel Aviv University
• B.Sc., Mathematics and Computer Science, Tel Aviv University


EXPERTISE
Network communications, telecommunications, Internet protocols, and mobile wireless:
Communication networks: Internet protocols; TCP/IP suite, TCP, UDP, IP, Ethernet, 802.3, network protocols, network software applications, data link, network, and transport layers (L2, L3, L4), packet switching, data center network architecture
Mobile wireless: Wi-Fi, 802.11, Bluetooth, MAC, PHY, Wireless LAN (WLAN). Cellular systems, SMS, instant messaging (chat), mobile devices, smartphone
• Internet/cloud: Internet Technologies, Web applications, HTTP, e-mail, SMTP, POP, IMAP, Java, C/C++, file transfer FTP, client-server, cloud computing, distributed computing
• Routing/switching: LAN, WAN, VPN, routing protocols, RIP, BGP, MPLS, OSPF, multicast, DNS, QoS, network infrastructure, network communication architectures
• VoIP/Streaming Media: PSTN, circuit switching, IP telephony, VoIP, SIP, RTP, SS7, SONET, TDM, video/audio conferencing, streaming media. 


Dr. Lavian has extensive experience in software development of network protocols, design, architecture, configurations, installation, and networks testing. He has academic and hands-on experience in the above fields, including technology products from different companies, implementations, related standards, designs, hardware, systems, and software technologies.


EXPERT WITNESS
Dr. Lavian served as an expert witness in over 140 patent-related cases where he wrote expert reports and testified in over 80 depositions. He has testified in Federal courts, in front of judges and juries, USPTO PTAB IPR, and the ITC. The cases involved leading companies including Amazon, LinkedIn, Avaya, T-Mobile, AT&T, Ericsson, Sprint, Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks, Polycom, Motorola, HP, LG, WhatsApp, Instagram, Microsoft, Google, Huawei, Facebook, Samsung, and Apple.

Education

Work experience

20002019

CET Faculty, Industry Fellow and Lecturer - College of Engineering

UC Berkeley - Engineering

UC Berkeley SkyDeck, Industry Fellow, Lecturer, Visiting Scientist, Ph.D. Candidate, Nortel’s Scientist Liaison
Some positions and projects were concurrent, others sequential
• UC Berkeley SkyDeck startups - advanced technology research, development, business, and market
• Industry fellow and lecturer at the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET).
• Conducted research projects in data centers (RAD Labs), telecommunication infrastructure (SAHARA), and wireless systems (ICEBERG)
• Acted as a scientific liaison between Nortel Research Lab and UC Berkeley, providing tangible value in advanced technologies
• Developed long-term technology for the enterprise market, integrating communication and computing technologies
• Studied network services, telecommunication systems and software, communications infrastructure, and data centers
• Earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science with a specialization in communications and networking

Apr 2007Present

Principal Scientist

TelecommNet Consulting

Principal Scientist

  • Consulting in the areas of network communications, telecommunications, Internet protocols, and smartphone mobile wireless devices
    • Providing system architecture and technology analysis for computer networks, mobile wireless devices, and Internet web technologies projects
    • Providing expert witness services in network communications’ patent infringement lawsuits
  • CTO at VisuMenu/Aybell, a very small stealth-stage company developing visual IVR technologies for smartphones and wireless mobile devices in the area of network communications (since 2010)
  • CTO/Principal Investigator at CRadar.Ai (2018-2019)
  • Provides architecture and system consultation for software projects relating to mobile wireless devices, Internet web applications, and computer networks
  • Expert witness in network communications patent infringement suits. Services include:
2016Present

CEO/CTO

Aybell (VisuMenu Inc.), UC Berkeley, California

Aybell transforms smartphones into visual menu systems, making the phone a frictionless point for user interactions with all customer service platforms’ features. Empowers consumers to reach the right agents in call centers, overcoming customer service barriers. Aybell is a branding and marketing of VisuMenu advanced technologies.
• Architecture, design, and implementation of a cloud data center for connecting any smartphone user to any company and service by digitizing interactive voice systems and exposing through cloud-service APIs to other applications
• The system was deployed as a cloud networking and cloud computing service on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
• Technologies include Data Science analytics, Machine Learning (ML), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Statistical Learning (SL). Building an NLP Parser using Python, NLTK, SpaCy, and other NLP libraries and modules

20102016

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

VisuMenu, Inc., Sunnyvale, California

Led the software design and development of a visual IVR system for smartphones and mobile devices, based on an innovative use of wireless and network communications technologies
• Design of a search engine for IVR / PBX using Asterisk, SIP, and VoIP
• The system was deployed as a cloud networking and cloud computing service on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
• VisuMenu advanced technologies rebranded as Aybell.

20182019

CTO / Principal Investigator

CRadar.Ai, UC Berkeley, California

CRadar.Ai improves the Radar wireless RF signal phase noise purity by 100x
• Accurate Radars are paramount for self-driving car safety. Radars “see” where Cameras and LiDars are “blind” (fog, rain, snow, direct sunlight, and darkness)

The superior wireless RF signal quality provides a clean signal for high Radar accuracy
• Improving Radar accuracy and resolution enables genuine redundancy, sensory fusion and puts the Radar into the sensory spearhead

20082008

Network Communications Consultant

Ixia, Santa Clara, California

Researched and developed advanced network communications testing technologies:
• IxNetwork/IxN2X —IP routing and switching devices and broadband access equipment. Provided traffic generation and emulation for the full range of protocols: OSPF, RIP, EIGRP, BGP, IS-IS, MPLS, unicast, multicast, broadcast, layer 2/3 VPNs, IPSec, carrier Ethernet, broadband access, and data center bridging. Tested and validated IEEE, ITU, and IETF RFC standards compatibility
• IxLoad — quickly and accurately modeled high-volume video, data, and voice subscribers and servers to test the real-world performance of multiservice delivery and security platforms
• IxCatapult — emulated a broad range of wireless access and core protocols to test wireless components and systems that, when combined with IxLoad, provides an end-to-end solution for testing wireless service quality
• IxVeriWave — employed a client-centric model to test Wi-Fi and wireless LAN networks by generating repeatable large-scale, real-world test scenarios that are virtually impossible to create by any other means
• Test automation — provide simple, comprehensive lab automation to help test engineering teams create, organize, catalog, and schedule execution of tests

May 2000Apr 2007

Principal Scientist

Nortel Labs

Originally employed by Bay Networks, which was acquired by Nortel Networks Principal Scientist, Principal Architect, Principal Engineer, Senior Software Engineer

  • Held scientific and research roles at Nortel Labs, Bay Architecture Labs, and CTO Office

Principal Investigator for US Department of Defense (DARPA) Projects

  • Conceived, proposed, and completed three research projects: Active Networks, DWDM-RAM, and a networking computation project for Air Force Research Lab (AFRL)
  • Led a wireless research project for an undisclosed US federal agency

Academic and Industrial Researcher

  • Analyzed new technologies with the objective of reducing risks associated with R&D investment
  • Spearheaded research collaboration with leading universities and professors at UC Berkeley, Northwestern University, University of Amsterdam, and University of Technology Sydney
  • Evaluated competitive products relative to Nortel’s products and technology
  • Proactively identified prospective business ideas, leading to new networking products
  • Predicted technological trends well in advance through researching the technological horizon and academic sphere
  • Developed software for switches, routers and network communications devices
  • Developed systems and architectures for switches, routers, and network management

Researched and developed the following projects:

  • Data-Center Communications: network and server orchestration 2006-2007
  • DRAC: SOA-facilitated L1/L2/L3 network dynamic controller 2003-2007
  • Omega: classified wireless project for undisclosed US Federal Agency 2006
  • Open Platform: project for the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) 2005
  • Network Resource Orchestration for Web Services Workflows 2004-2005
  • Proxy Study between Web/Grids Services and Network Services 2004
  • Streaming Content Replication: real-time A/V media multicast at edge 2003-2004
  • DWDM-RAM: US DARPA-funded program on agile optical transport 2003-2004
  • Packet Capturing and Forwarding Service on IP and Ethernet traffic 2002-2003
  • CO2: content-aware agile networking 2001-2003
  • Active Networks: US DARPA-funded research program 1999-2002
  • ORE: programmable network service platform 1998-2002
  • JVM Platform: Java on network devices 1998-2001
  • Web-Based Device Management: network device management 1996-1997

Technology Innovator and Patent Leader

  •  Created and chaired Nortel Networks’ EDN Patent Committee
  • Facilitated continuous stream of innovative ideas and their conversion into intellectual property rights
  • Developed intellectual property assets through invention and analysis of existing technology portfolios
Jan 1999Jan 2001

President

Java User Group - Mountain View /Silicon Valley
President of the Java User Group with over 800 active members. Http://www.mtvjug.org
Mar 1996May 2000

Principal Architect

Bay Architecture Labs
Principal Investigator for US Department of Defense Research Agency projects (DARPA) • Conceived concept, wrote proposal, and completed three research projects: Active Networks, DWDM-RAM, and a project for Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) • Built collaborative teams of Ph.D. students, professors and high-level industry researchers Technology Innovation • Proactively identified prospective business ideas leading to creation of new profitable networking products • Researched technology horizon and academic world to predict technological trends well in advance • Analyzed and determined potential success of new technologies in effort to reduce development risk associated with R&D investment Software Architect. Led Opentlab.org
Aug 1993Aug 1995

Software Engineer, Team Leader

Aptel Communicaiton

Start-up company focused on mobile wireless CDMA spread spectrum PCN/PCS

  • Developed a mobile wireless device using an unlicensed band - Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS); FCC part 15 - unlicensed transmitters
    • Designed and managed a personal communication network (PCN) and personal communication system (PCS), which were the precursors of short text messages (SMS)
    • Designed and developed network communications software products in C/C++
    • Invented and implemented a two-way paging product
Jan 1990Aug 1993

Software developer, Network leader

Scitex

Software Engineer, Team Leader
Software and hardware company acquired by Hewlett Packard (HP)
• Developed system and network communications in C/C++
• I provided IT services, System Administration, and network administration.
• I worked on Unix systems, including IBM AIX, HP, and SUN Unix.
• Invented Parallel SIMD Architecture
• Participated in the Technology Innovation group

Jan 1986Dec 1989

Software Engineer

Shalev

Start-up company Software Engineer  Developed real-time software and algorithms mainly in C/C++ and Pascal

Skills

Network communications, telecommunications, Internet protocols, and mobile wireless:• Communication networks: Internet protocols; TCP/IP suite, TCP, UDP, IP, Ethernet, 802.3, network protocols, network software applications, data link, network, and transport layers (L2, L3, L4), packet switching, data center network architecture• Mobile wireless: Wi-Fi, 802.11, Bluetooth, MAC, PHY, Wireless LAN (WLAN). Cellular systems, SMS, instant messaging (chat), mobile devices, smartphone• Internet/cloud: Internet Technologies, Web applications, HTTP, e-mail, SMTP, POP, IMAP, Java, C/C++, file transfer FTP, client-server, cloud computing, distributed computing• Routing/switching: LAN, WAN, VPN, routing protocols, RIP, BGP, MPLS, OSPF, multicast, DNS, QoS, network infrastructure, network communication architectures• VoIP/Streaming Media: PSTN, circuit switching, IP telephony, VoIP, SIP, RTP, SS7, SONET, TDM, video/audio conferencing, streaming media