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CalPlug Set-Top-Box Workshop

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Calit2 Building, UC Irvine

CalPlug (the California Plug Load Research Center) hosted a one-day workshop to promote converged efforts in developing and adopting energy efficient set-top boxes (STB). To ensure informed decisions and actions on technology and business development, a broad range of experts were invited to represent: TV service providers, STB and microelectronics manufacturers, utilities and public agencies. This workshop concluded by commissioning CalPlug and CalPlug affiliates on high priority action items for STB research and collaboration.

CalPlug Workshop Targets Set-top Boxes – Anna Lynn Spitzer, Calit2 Newsroom

8am Registration and Continental Breakfast
9am Plenary Session (15 minute presentation per speaker)

Session Topic: Welcoming remarks: CalPlug and STB initiative

Speakers: Organization:
G.P. Li – Presentation CalPlug

Current technology, market, standards test procedures

Speakers: Organization:
Matt Malinowski – Presentation ICF International
Bill Belt – Presentation CEA
Gregg Hardy – Presentation Ecova
Gary Langille EchoStar
Kenneth Rider and Bradley Meister – Presentation CEC

Inside-the-Box: latest technologies for efficient STBs

Speakers: Organization:
Stephen Palm Broadcom
Andrea Bradbury Motorola

TV network and service trends

Speakers: Organization:
Stephen Dulac – Presentation DirecTV
Paul Glist Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Michael Cook – Presentation Comcast

12:30 pm Lunch in Calit2 Atrium and Tour of CalPlug Facility
The participants have been broken into two tour groups. A green or blue dot can be found at the top of your name badge.

Tour Times: Green Dot Group 12:30pm – 1pm; Blue Dot Group 1:00pm – 1:30pm

1:30pm – 4pm Sequential Panel Sessions
Each panelist will give a 5 minute presentation, followed by a moderated panel/audience discussion to enhance collaboration and follow-up opportunities within the STB community, and derive action items for the CalPlug Center.

Panel 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Technical innovations (New technologies that potentially contributeto more efficient STBs in three years: deep-sleep mode definition, remote/conditional access, multi-room network etc.)

Moderator: Manufacturer: Service Provider: Policy & Standards:
Pierre Delforge (NRDC) Stephen Dulac (DirecTV) Ralph Brown(Cablelabs) – Presentation Jeremy Dommu (DoE) – Presentation

Panel 2:40pm – 3:20pm
“Soft” barriers to implement efficient STBs (Consumer demands and behavior, regulatory forces, etc.)

Moderator: Manufacturer: Service Provider: Policy & Standards:
Alan Meier (LBL) Henry Wong (Intel) – Presentation Jimmy Schaeffler (The Carmel Group) Doug Johnson (CEA)

Panel 3:30pm- 4:10pm
Alternative business models (Incentive programs, consortium contracts etc.)

Moderator: Manufacturer: Service Provider: Policy & Standards:
Randall Higa (SCE) Gary Langille (EchoStar) – Presentation Tom Bolioli (Terra Novum) – Presentation Derek Okada (SCE) – Presentation

4:10 pm Concluding Highlights: Workshop Deliverables, Action Items and Steps Forward
Led by G.P. Li, CalPlug Interim Director

4:30 pm Networking Reception in Calit2 Atrium

Speakers and Panelists

(in order of their appearance)

G.P. Li is the director of the UC Irvine division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) and the interim director of the CalPlug Center. He is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science, biomedical engineering, and chemical engineering and materials science. He is also director of the Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility, which is dedicated to the development of small-scale systems. He holds 12 U.S. patents with 15 patents pending and has published more than 270 research papers. Prior to joining UCI, Li served as a research staff member and manager of the technology group at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.

Matt Malinowski is a senior associate with ICF International, which partners with government and commercial clients to deliver professional services and technology solutions in the areas of energy and climate change; environment and infrastructure; health, human services, and social programs; and homeland security and defense markets. Previously, he worked with Navigant Consulting, MIT Media Laboratory, Infineon Technologies and Maxim Integrated Products. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering, and electrical engineering and computer science, respectively, from MIT.

Bill Belt is senior director of technology and standards for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), a trade association with more than 2000 members representing the $190 billion U.S. consumer technology industry. He participates in CEA’s ANSI-accredited standards development operation and provides key engineering support to the association and its membership groups. CEA hosts more than 70 committees, subcommittees and working groups that produce standards used in millions of consumer devices and are referenced by the EPA, the FCC and other government agencies. Belt represents CEA’s technical interests in industry and international venues related to the digital television transition, spectrum management and policy, accessibility and energy efficiency. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Syracuse University.

Greg Hardy is vice president of research and policy at Ecova, an energy and sustainability management company. He has an aerospace engineering degree from Princeton, an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and 20 years of government and industry experience in leading organizations including General Electric, the U.S. Air Force, Intel and ESI.

Gary Langille is a systems engineer at EchoStar Communications Corp. He was previously director of new business development, and vice president and general manager of the Digital Color Science and Imaging R&D Center at Eastman Kodak; and vice president of engineering at Electronic Printing Systems Inc. Langille received his bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and his master’s in engineering management from Northeastern University.

Bradley Meister is a senior mechanical engineer with the California Energy Commission in the PIER Building’s office . He oversees research in consumer and office electronics, hot water heating and distribution, and innovative HVAC Systems. He is a registered mechanical engineer with the State of California.

Stephen Palm is the senior technical director at Broadcom. He has more than 24 years of technical experience, specializing for the last 14 years in wireline and wireless data communication technologies, including 802.11 wireless local area networks, twisted pair- and coxial cable-based home networking, DSL and voice-band modems. Responsibilities have included architecture design, technical evangelism, algorithm design, performance evaluation and optimization, and particularly the standardization of data communication technologies.

Angela Bradbury is a compliance engineer for Motorola Mobility, Inc. and is considered the subject matter expert for energy efficiency at MMI. This responsibility includes participating in industry and customer meetings, developing energy regulations, monitoring global development of new regulations, and providing relevant feedback to product teams. She holds a B.A. in electrical engineering from Penn State and is pursuing her masters at the University of Pennsylvania in systems engineering.

Steve Dulac is director of engineering, DIRECTV, Inc., El Segundo, Calif. Steve has been with DIRECTV since 1997 in system engineering roles supporting service launches including HDTV, local channel rebroadcasts, DVR, interactive services and home networking. As director of the standards and regulatory group in DIRECTV’s engineering organization, he represents DIRECTV in the Consumer Electronics Association, the Digital Living Network Alliance and the RVU Alliance. He is also responsible for DIRECTV’s participation in the ENERGY STAR program. A senior member of IEEE, Steve holds 14 patents. He received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering and an MSEE degree in telecommunications engineering from UCLA.

Paul Glist is a partner and co-chair of the communications, media & information technology practice at law firm Davis Wright Tremaine in Washington, DC. He earned his bachelor’s degree with distinction in American studies from Cornell University and his law degree from Stanford University. Glist concentrates on the areas of cable television, communications, media, telecommunications, privacy and security, and information technology. He has been involved in many groundbreaking efforts in telecommunications and cable law, helping to develop the legislation, regulation and case law impacting these industries. He was the first practicing lawyer to receive the Vanguard Award, the most prestigious award presented by the National Cable and Telecommunications Association.

Michael Cook is the vice president of technology in the CPE technology group at Comcast Cable in Philadelphia. His background is in software engineering and new product development. He was formerly with Telcordia Technologies, as a vice president of software development. One of his primary responsibilities is to lead the work on energy reduction across Comcast CPE. Michael has 19 patents issued or pending and is actively involved in new technology development.

Pierre Delforge joined the National Resources Defense Council in 2010 after 20 years in the IT industry, where he worked in software development, hardware integration and most recently as the lead for HP’s energy efficiency and climate strategy. At NRDC, Delforge is focusing on reducing the energy consumed by information technology and consumer electronics in spite of their rapid growth. While information technology has a tremendous potential to transform the way we live and work and help the world transition towards a low-carbon economy, the global explosion in the number of electronics devices continues to make energy efficiency of electronic devices and networks a critical priority.

Ralph Brown is responsible for leading CableLabs’ technical staff in delivering innovative solutions to the cable industry. Brown leads development in seven areas of technical excellence: systems architecture, network design, business support systems/operational support systems, client software, security, strategic assessment, and test/prototype development. He is also responsible for identifying and leading in areas of convergence and synergy across CableLabs programs. These efforts include development of cable-modem and residential-gateway specifications, as well as the interoperability testing and certification of products built to these specifications. Previously, as the senior vice president of CableLabs’ broadband access department, he was responsible for leading the DOCSIS® and CableHome™ R&D projects.

Jeremy Dommu is an energy analyst in the building technologies program of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Dommu is focused on reducing energy consumption from consumer and commercial appliances by setting regulatory rulemakings on energy efficiency appliance standards. He holds a master’s in business administration from the George Washington University, where he concentrated in energy and environmental policy.

Alan Meier is a senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research has focused on understanding how people (and machines) use energy and the opportunities that exist for them (and technologies) to conserve. His research on “standby power use” in appliances—equal to 1% of global CO2 emissions—led him to propose an international plan to reduce standby power loss in all devices to less than 1 watt, which has now been endorsed by the G8 countries. His other research interests include energy use of consumer electronics, energy test procedures, rolling resistance of tires and international policies to promote energy efficiency. Meier earned his Ph.D. in energy & resources from UC Berkeley after completing degrees in chemistry and economics.

Henry ML Wong is a senior power technologist at Intel Corp., enabling and evangelizing energy efficient power and thermal technologies. He is a 26+ year Intel veteran, with more than 16 years of industry experience in digital and mixed signal processor development, including the first Intel® Mobile Chipset (360SL), the first mobile Intel® Pentium® Processor (P54LM/P55C), and advanced mobile package technologies. Wong then spent 5+ years leading technology development enabling high-efficiency and high-reliability power-conversion techniques, component thermal solutions and system clocking networks. For the past seven years, he has led Intel’s support of the enterprise industry energy-efficiency initiatives, technologies and policies with organizations such as the U.S. EPA, U.S. DoE, CEC, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs and The Green Grid. He is a 1984 graduate of Yale University, with a degree in semiconductor physics and econometric modeling.

Jimmy Schaeffler is chairman/CSO of The Carmel Group, a telecommunications, computer and media industries consultant located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif. since 1995. The company provides consulting services with focused expertise in cable, satellite, wireless and telephony, and such new, advanced services as VOD, DVRs, HDTV, interactive TV and satellite radio. Schaeffler’s insights and views are reported in such publications as Investor’s Business Daily, Time Magazine, Business Week and The Wall Street Journal. He is also a regular speaker at NAB, NCTA Cable Show, and CES.

Doug Johnson is vice president of technology policy for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). He is responsible for public policy issues that affect product development, operations, sales and marketing in the $165 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. Johnson directs CEA’s activities and initiatives related to energy efficiency at the local, national and international levels. During his tenure at CEA, he has testified on behalf of the consumer electronics industry before the U.S. Congress, state legislatures and regulatory agencies on issues impacting technology innovation, product distribution and consumer choice. Johnson has worked with companies to develop and implement industry strategies on public policy matters important to the consumer electronics sector, including energy efficiency, international trade and logistics, and the use of electronic products at home, in vehicles and on board aircraft.

Randall Higa is a program manager at Southern California Edison, where he leads the codes and standards program. Prior to working at SCE, Higa worked at Southern California Gas Company managing various customer programs, regulatory proceedings, and energy efficiency programs, including the nonresidential new construction program and statewide partnership programs. He began his engineering and architectural career at CTG Engineers and Albert C. Martin and Associates prior to embarking on his current utility career. Higa is a USGBC and ASHRAE member and has previously served on the ASHRAE 90.1 committee and currently serves on the ASHRAE Building Energy Quotient committee. In addition to being a licensed mechanical professional engineer, he is also a LEED-accredited professional. Higa graduated from UCLA engineering, where he studied mechanical engineering and thermal sciences.

Thomas Bolioli is a consultant for Terra Novum, LLC specializing in environmental information technology. For the last six years he has served as a technical advisor to the EPA ENERGY STAR program on the energy efficiency of IT & electronics. In support of the EPA, Bolioli has worked with everyone from Fortune 500 clients to small businesses to promote the use of monitor and computer-power management in the enterprise. He is also the author of the C++ based “GPO Tool for Power Management.” Currently Bolioli is working with a team of experts on the development of the Tier 2 Computer Specification (having assisted on Workstations in Tier 1) as well as specifications for digital television adapters and advanced set top boxes.

Derek Okada is a project manager with Southern California Edison’s Strategic Planning team in the Customer Energy Efficiency (EE) and Solar Division. He is currently leading efforts to develop strategies to mitigate plug loads related to appliances and electronics. As part of the strategic planning team, he is responsible for identifying and developing new strategies in order to enhance SCE’s EE portfolio, including the development of new potential measures (EE solutions) with SCE’s EE program management team. Prior to joining SCE in 2008, Okada held strategic planning and financial planning positions with the Los Angeles Times/Tribune Company, Ingram Micro and Toyota Motor Sales, USA. He also worked in litigation and financial consulting with Arthur Andersen LLP and Simpson and Company LLP. Derek holds a B.A. from UCLA and a M.A. from the University of Chicago.