Accomplishments

  • Dr. Lavian served as Principal Investigator (PI) for three US Department of Defense (DARPA) projects.
    • Directed networking computation project for the US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL)
    • PI of a wireless research project for an undisclosed US federal agency
  • Led and developed the first network resource scheduling service for grid computing
  • Managed and engineered the first demonstrated transatlantic dynamic allocation of 10Gbs Lambdas as a grid service
  • Development and successful demonstration of the first wire-speed active network on commercial hardware
  • Co-authored over 25 scientific publications, journal articles, and peer-reviewed papers.
  • Inventor of over over 120 issued and filed patents., over 60 prosecuted pro se in front of the USPTO
  • Created and chaired Nortel Networks’ EDN Patent Committee

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

The University of California, Berkeley, California

2000-Present

UC Berkeley SkyDeck, Berkeley Industry Fellow, Lecturer, Visiting Scientist, Ph.D. Candidate, Nortel’s Scientist Liaison

With a Ph.D. in Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley and a specialization in networking and communications, Dr. Lavian has studied and worked with network services, telecommunication systems, and software, communications infrastructure, and data centers. He also developed long-term technology for the enterprise market by integrating communication and computing technologies.

Dr. Lavian acted as an industry fellow and lecturer at the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET) at U.C. Berkeley. While there, he conducted research projects in data centers (RAD Labs), telecommunication infrastructure (SAHARA), and wireless systems (ICEBERG). He also acted as the scientific liaison between Nortel Research Lab and UC Berkeley, providing tangible value in advanced technologies.

Dr. Lavian was also part of UC Berkeley SkyDeck startups, where he advanced technology research and implementation through various projects.

TelecommNet Consulting, Inc.

2007-Present

Principal Scientist

TelecommNet provides research, development, and engineering services to startups and small businesses. The company specializes in developing novel ideas into patents and products and includes system architecture, design, and analysis for various projects and technologies.

As Principal Scientist at TelecommNet, Dr. Lavian provides consulting in telecommunications, network communications, internet protocols, and smartphone mobile wireless services. He has served as an expert witness in patent litigation cases. He has prosecuted over 60 patents pro-se before the USPTO.

CRadar.Ai, UC Berkeley, California

2018-2019

Principal Investigator

CRadar.Ai is a developer and provider of highly accurate and powerful radar systems detecting objects and obstacles in the vicinity of a vehicle.  The company’s technology exploits electromagnetic information that is statistically independent of visual data, thereby determining material composition, classification, and recognition of objects through electromagnetic mapping.

As Principal Investigator, Dr. Lavian has researched building accurate radar systems for autonomous vehicles. Accurate radars are a fundamental safety requirement for self-driving cars. These radars can ‘see’ what cameras and LiDars cannot, whether due to fog, rain, snow, direct sunlight, or darkness.

Cradar.Ai has improved the radar’s wireless signal purity by 100x while achieving a 100x cost reduction.  The result is a Radar with superior wireless signal quality, which provides high radar accuracy while also enabling genuine redundancy, sensory fusion, and spatial awareness, placing the radar into the sensory spearhead.

Aybell, UC Berkeley, California

2016-present

CEO/CTO

As the CTO of Aybell, Dr. Lavian has led the development of an industry transformation of smartphones into visual menu systems, making the phone a frictionless point for user interactions with all features of customer service platforms. Aybell seeks to empower consumers to reach the right agents in call centers and overcome customer service barriers with a friendlier, more approachable environment. Aybell is the branding and marketing name of VisuMenu Inc. advanced technologies.

Other points of innovation and expertise include:

  • Architecture, design, and implementation of a cloud data center for connecting any smartphone user to any company and/or service by digitizing interactive voice systems and exposing through cloud-service APIs to other applications.
  • The system is 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, and other NLP libraries and modules.

VisuMenu, Inc., Sunnyvale, California

2010-2016

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

As CTO of the company, Dr. Lavian led the company’s software design and development of a visual IVR system for smartphones and mobile devices based on the innovative use of wireless and network communications technologies. VisuMenu’s systems are deployed on mobile wireless devices with a backend based on cloud networking and cloud computing services.

VisuMenu’s system is deployed as a cloud network communications, telecommunications, and cloud computing service via Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud Platform (GCP).  Dr. Lavian has also designed a telephony voice search engine while CTO of VisuMenu. The company has since been rebranded as Aybell.

Ixia, Santa Clara, California

2008 – 2008

Network Communications Consultant

Ixia helps clients design network systems using sophisticated network emulators that accurately emulate network conditions over live production LAN/WAN networks. The system allows measuring application performance in a distributed environment, the precise effects of delay on applications, and network performance. IXIA’s tools help clients connect their networks by implementing various network equipment testing and network protocol analysis measures as well as validating security with breach and attack simulation and simulated traffic.

As Network Communications Consultant, Dr. Lavian researched and developed advanced network communications testing technologies such as:

  • 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.

Nortel Networks, Santa Clara, California

1996 – 2007

Principal Scientist, Principal Architect, Principal Engineer, Senior Software Engineer

Held scientific and research roles at Nortel Labs, Bay Architecture Labs, and the Office of the CTO.
Originally employed by Bay Networks, which was acquired by Nortel Networks.

Nortel Networks Labs is a global leader in the fields of telecommunications, data communications, wireless, and wired networks for the Web and Internet, as well as in telephony.

During his time with the company, he served in various roles, significantly contributing to the company’s advancement.

As Principal Scientist, Principal Architect, Principal Engineer, Senior Software Engineer, he took on the following roles and responsibilities:
  • Held major scientific and research roles at Nortel Labs, Bay Architecture Labs, within his duties as CTO.
  • Served as principal investigator for multiple 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).
As an Academic and Industrial Researcher, he accomplished the following:
  • Analyzed new technologies to reduce risks associated with R&D investment.
  • Spearheaded research collaboration with leading universities and professors at U.C. Berkeley, Northwestern University, University of Amsterdam, and the University of Technology, Sydney.
As a Patent Leader, he oversaw the following:
  • Created and chaired Nortel Networks’ EDN Patent Committee. (the entire Nortel patent portfolio was later sold for $4.5 billion.)
  • Assembled and led multiple teams of data and voice communication technologists, resulting in a continuous stream of innovative ideas.

Principal Investigator for US Department of Defense (DARPA) Projects

  • Conceived, proposed, and completed research projects: active networks, DWDM-RAM, and a networking computation project for Air Force Research Lab (AFRL).
  • Led a classified wireless research project for an undisclosed US federal agency.
Academic and Industrial Research
  • Analyzed new technologies to reduce risks associated with R&D investment.
  • Headed research collaboration with leading universities and professors at UC Berkeley, Northwestern University, University of Amsterdam, and the 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 by researching the technological horizon and academic sphere.
  • Designed 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 – 2006-2006
    • Open platform: project for the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) – 2005-2005
    • Network resource orchestration for Web services workflows – 2004-2005
    • A proxy study between Web/grids services and network services – 2004-2004
    • Streaming content replication: real-time A/V media multicast at the 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 a continuous stream of innovative ideas and their conversion into intellectual property rights.
  • Developed intellectual property assets through invention and analysis of existing technology portfolios.

Aptel Communications, Netanya, Israel

1994-1995

Software Engineer, Team Leader

Aptel Communication was a startup company focused on mobile wireless CDMA spread spectrum PCN/ PCS. As Aptel’s Software Engineer and Team Leader, he accomplished the following:

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

Scitex Ltd.,Herzeliya, Israel

1990-1993

Software Engineer, Team Leader

Scitex was a software and hardware company later acquired by Hewlett Packard (HP). As their Software Developer and Network Leader, he achieved the following:

  • Developed system and network communications in C/C++.
  • Invented parallel SIMD architecture.
  • Participated in the Technology Innovation group.

Shalev, Ramat Hasharon, Israel

Software Engineer

Shalev was the startup company where he began his journey as a software engineer. As a software engineer, he developed real-time software and algorithms, mainly in C/C++ and Pascal.

1987-1990

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

A senior member of IEEE and a member of the ACM SIGCOMM and SIGWEB groups.

  • IEEE senior member
  • IEEE CNSV co-chair, Intellectual Property SIG – (2013)
  • President Next Step Toastmasters (an advanced TM club in the Silicon Valley) – (2013-2014)
  • Technical co-chair, IEEE Hot Interconnects 2005 at Stanford University
  • Member, IEEE Communications Society (COMMSOC)
  • Member, IEEE Computer Society
  • Member, IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society (IEEE-SMC)
  • Member, IEEE-USA Intellectual Property Committee (IPC) (past)
  • Member, ACM, ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication (SIGCOM)
  • Member, ACM Special Interest Group on Hypertext, Hypermedia, and Web (SIGWEB)
  • Member, IEEE Consultants’ Network (IEEE-CNSV)
  • Global Member, Internet Society (ISOC)
  • President Java Users Group – Silicon Valley Mountain View, CA- 1999-2000
  • Toastmasters International

FORMER ADVISORY BOARDS POSITIONS

  • Quixey –search engine for wireless mobile apps
  • Mytopia – mobile social games
  • iLeverage – Israeli Innovations

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS

  • Quixey –search engine for wireless mobile apps
  • Mytopia – mobile social games
  • iLeverage – Israeli Innovations

PERSONAL

  • USA FIT – San Jose Marathon running club (2017-2021)
  • Hiking club – Sundays