Technology and Standards Spring Forum Speakers

Mads Almassalkhi Mads Almassalkhi

Co-Founder, Packetized Energy

Mads Almassalkhi is assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Vermont and co-founder of tech startup Packetized Energy, where he focuses on developing technology partnerships with smart appliance manufacturers and other energy technology vendors to turn connected devices into grid-edge flexibility that can dispatched for valuable energy market and grid services. 

Prior to Packetized Energy and University of Vermont, he was lead systems engineer at Root3 Technologies, which developed software for set-point optimization of large industrial energy complexes. Before that, he received his PhD from the University of Michigan in Electrical Engineering (EE): Systems in 2013, and a dual major in Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio in 2008. When he is not working on energy problems, technology, or teaching, he is spending his time with his amazing wife and small children. 

Riya V Anandwala Riya V Anandwala

Director of Industry Communications, CTA

Riya V Anandwala is the Director of Industry Communications at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). In her role, she oversees strategic communications for CTA’s membership, research, technology and standards, diversity and inclusion, US Jobs and CTA Foundation. Prior to joining CTA, Riya worked for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, where she was chief spokesperson for the Academies’ technology and environment portfolio and led top-tier media engagement campaigns. 

Riya has spent several years in the nonprofit space as a communications professional for a variety of organizations including the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and Saint Louis University’s Medical Center. She began her career as a reporter in Mumbai and continued her writing journey in the Midwest. Riya’s news stories have appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Peoria Journal Star, Indianapolis Business Journal, and Hindustan Times. Riya holds a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University-Bloomington and a bachelor’s degree in mass media from The University of Mumbai. 

Matt CorrallMatt Corrall

Design Director, Ultraleap

Matt Corrall is Design Director at Ultraleap. He and his team of designers and researchers use gesture control and mid-air haptics to craft the interfaces of the future; focusing on people and practical applications to discover where spatial interaction can really make a difference. 

With a background in industrial design, Matt has many years of experience as an interaction designer specialising in bespoke user interfaces and complex digital services. His broad portfolio covers everything from toys, sustainable packaging and medical devices to software for the renewable energy and cryptocurrency sectors. 

Chris DecenzoChris Decenzo

Principal Engineer, Amazon

Chris DeCenzo is a Principal Engineer at Amazon where he focuses on Smart Home for Alexa Devices. Prior to joining Amazon, Chris spent 9 years as the Chief Architect at Icontrol Technologies, a pioneer in the Connected Home space. Icontrol was split up and sold to Xfinity and in 2016. 

Brian EbermanBrian Eberman

CCO, Pillo Health

Dr. Brian Eberman is an experienced technology professional with over 25 years of experience in bringing new technologies and companies to market. He is currently Chief Operating Officer of Pillo Health, which provides a smart personalized device for medication management and adherence at home. Most recently he was CTO and CEO of Jibo, building the world first social robot and bringing it to thousands of people’s homes. 

Prior to Jibo, Brian was President and COO of EnglishCentral a company that pioneered a unique video and speech technology approach to English language learning. The company provides world-wide, mobile English lessons. Brian was CEO of Avenue100 an online education marketing company which was acquired and became part of the Washington Post Company in 2007. Avenue100 was a leader in analytic performance marketing with leading advertising approaches across multiple online marketing channels. 

Brian brings decades of experience in speech technology, robotics, and using analytics for decision making to each position. This includes over 10 years in speech recognition with a stint as Vice President of Product Management at ScanSoft (now Nuance Communication) the leader in speech technology; and prior research and development experience at SpeechWorks and Digital Equipment. Brian holds multiple patents in speech technology, Internet search and robotics. He has co-authored technical specifications for the IETF and authored multiple refereed papers. Brian holds a B.S, M.S and Ph.D. from MIT.

Scott Edgar Scott Edgar

Aris MD, CTO

Scott Edgar was a computer prodigy as a child and started programming at the age of 4. He learned programming alongside his first language. He speaks it intuitively, fluently, and articulately. There isn't anything he can't build. He has a love and talent for programming that mirrors a great artist. His talent for building beautiful precise algorithms and software has an eloquence. It has led to the success of his past start-ups. His last start-up, Dryft, selling to a major Silicon Valley tech giant along with his code and patents. Scott is uniquely able to bring to life ideas that were previously science fiction. ARIS MD is very lucky to have this visionary.

Rehan EhsanRehan Ehsan

Sr. Director, Technology & Standards, CTA

Rehan Ehsan is a Sr. Director, Technology & Standards at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer technology companies and which owns and produces CES® – The Global Stage for Innovation. 

As part of CTA’s Technology & Standards department, Rehan serves as the primary lead on issues related to energy efficiency, product safety, accessibility, and drones. In addition, Rehan works with CTA’s Government and Legal Affairs to provide technical assessment for policy positions relating to those governed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Energy (DOE), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and others. 

Prior to joining CTA, Rehan held standards and policy positions with American Fuels and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), and the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM). He is a graduate of the West Virginia University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. 

Glen De Vos Glen De Vos

Sr. Vice President and CTO, Aptiv

Glen De Vos is senior vice president and chief technology officer of Aptiv, a position he has held since March 2017. In this role, Mr. De Vos is responsible for leading the company’s innovation strategies and development of advanced technologies. In addition, Mr. De Vos leads the global engineering organization, which includes more than 19,000 technologists located in 12 major technical centers across the globe. 

In addition to his current role, Mr. De Vos also served as President, Mobility & Services Group based at Aptiv’s Boston Technology Center. Previously, Mr. De Vos was vice president, Software & Services, Delphi Electronics & Safety (E&S), located in Mountain View, CA. He began his Delphi career with E&S in 1992 and following several progressive engineering and managerial roles in infotainment and user experience, was named vice president, Global Engineering for Delphi E&S in 2012. 

Mr. De Vos has extensive business, engineering, and manufacturing experience including time at General Electric and ITT Power Systems. Mr. De Vos received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Calvin College in 1982, a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1983, and a Master of Business Administration from Ball State University in 1994.

Karriane HaresignKarriane Haresign

Director, Technology & Standards, CTA

Kerri Haresign is the Director, Technology & Standards at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, the U.S. trade association representing over 2,200 consumer electronics companies and owns and produces CES®, the global stage for innovation. She is responsible for the management of CTA’s Portable Handheld and In-Vehicle Electronics Committee and Health, Fitness & Wellness Technology Subcommittee and their associated working groups that develop standards, bulletins and other technical publications. 

These efforts cover a broad range of technology subjects including sleep monitoring, physical activity monitoring, consumer stress monitoring, mobile health applications, unmanned aerial systems and augmented/virtual reality. Prior to joining CTA in 2016, Haresign server as the Manager for Knowledge Management at the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions. She is an active member of SES – The Society for Standards Professional and participants in a variety of other standards activities including the ANSI Executive Standards Council. Haresign is a proud past recipient of the ANSI Next Generation Award. 

Nicola KamathNicola Kamath

Head of Product Marketing, Ginger

Nicola Kamath is Head of Product Marketing at Ginger, an on-demand mental health company. Nicola is passionate about increasing access to mental health services. Throughout her tenure at healthcare companies such as Quartet, Castlight Health, Phreesia and Simplee (now Flywire), Nicola advocated for member-centric design to drive this change. 

Prior to her work in healthcare technology, Nicola worked at tech companies such as Microsoft and Amazon. Nicola holds a BS in Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA with a focus in Healthcare from Columbia University. She serves on the Advisory Board for Stanford University's Brain Health Innovation Lab, Brainstorm and is an Innovation Leader for the American Psychiatry Association. 

 Steve Koenig Steve Koenig

Vice President, Research, CTA

Steve Koenig is VP, Research at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer technology companies and which owns and produces CES® – The Global Stage for Innovation. He leads CTA’s industry research including consumer and business studies, technology forecasts and business intelligence. Koenig speaks and writes frequently on technology trends and their impact on consumer behavior, business opportunities and economies. 

Prior to CTA, Steve held analyst positions at NPD Group, Comscore, and a senior editor post at CMP Media’s former Computer Retail Week. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of North Texas. 

Simon Macgibbon Simon Macgibbon

CEO and Co-Founder, Myia Health

Simon MacGibbon is the CEO and co-founder of Myia Health, a predictive and personalized health monitoring platform for virtual patient care. Myia uses machine learning to transform streams of real-world health data into timely and actionable clinical insights. Simon has 25 years of experience using technology to create data driven products and transform enterprise capabilities. 

Prior to co-founding and leading Myia Health, Simon co-founded the Boston Consulting Group’s Digital Ventures global team. At BCGDV, Simon led teams responsible for imagining, building, and commercializing new technology platforms to help fortune 500 companies innovate like startups. 

Simon was formerly an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Co. and early in his career led CRM and analytics implementations with IBM. Simon’s belief in the potential of physiological measurement surfaced in the 1990s – both as an endurance athlete and through applied neuropsychology research at Otago University. Simon has a BSc from Otago University in New Zealand and a BA(Hons) in Applied and Industrial Psychology from the University of Canterbury. 

Brian Markwalter Brian Markwalter

Sr. Vice President, Research and Standards, CTA

Brian Markwalter is senior vice president of research and standards for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $351 billion U.S. consumer technology industry. CTA also owns and produces CES® – the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology. Mr. Markwalter is responsible for overseeing CTA’s ANSI-accredited standards development operation and extensive market research capability. 

Under Mr. Markwalter’s direction, CTA hosts more than 70 committees, subcommittees and working groups that produce standards used in millions of consumer devices. CTA standards are referenced by EPA, DOE, FTC, FCC and other government agencies. CTA’s market research has a rich 75 year history producing objective research, tracking sales data and forecasting trends. Mr. Markwalter represents CTA’s technical interests in industry and international venues related to self-driving vehicles, digital television, broadband access, spectrum management, standards and intellectual property, cybersecurity and energy efficiency. 

Mr. Markwalter has participated in joint U.S.-China development programs on standards and presented at FCC workshops on a variety of subjects. His leadership in the industry is reflected through positions on the Advanced Television Systems Committee Board of Directors, IEEE Consumer Electronics Society Board of Governors, NTIA’s Online Safety and Technology Working Group, FCC’s Technological Advisory Council, FCC’s Video Programming Accessibility Advisory Committee and NIST’s Smart Grid Interoperability Panel Governing Board. 

Prior to joining CTA, Mr. Markwalter worked as Director at Intellon Corporation, a semiconductor company specializing in power line communications. In this role, he helped develop and launch the technology adopted by the HomePlug Powerline Alliance for data networking over residential power lines and holds seven patents in this area. Mr. Markwalter holds BS and MS EE degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is a licensed professional engineer.

Melissa MatalonMelissa Matalon

Sr. Director, Member Programs, CTA

Melissa Matalon is the senior director of member programs at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer tech companies, and which owns and produces CES®, the global stage for innovation. 

Matalon oversees all member programs and has managed and advocated for emerging technology groups within CTA in categories of artificial intelligence, drones, robotics, self-driving vehicles and XR. She is also responsible for identifying new emerging technology categories and helps CTA determine its strategy to serve them. 

Prior to CTA, Melissa held positions at Girls Inc. of the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area and The Advisory Board Company.

Anthony ReinaAnthony Reina

Medical Doctor

Anthony Reina is a medical doctor with extensive experience in artificial intelligence, neurophysiology, telemedicine and data science. His current work involves privacy-preserving, distributed training for 3D convolutional neural networks in medical imaging. 

Reina has developed augmented reality telestration methods for surgical telemedicine and published a review of current methods in remote surgical training. His published research details how the brain controls arm movement, and he previously worked on brain-computer interfaces that allow paralyzed patients to control robotic arms and blind patients to regain sight. 

Lesley Rohrbaugh Lesley Rohrbaugh

Director, Market Research, CTA

Lesley Rohrbaugh is Director of Market Research at Consumer Technology Association (CTA). Lesley is responsible for coordinating and executing aspects of consumer, B2B and strategic research programs across all technology categories at CTA, as well as developing overall research strategy and project planning. 

With over a decade of market research experience, Lesley has worked with several major corporate and non-profit brands, is a frequent speaker at many industry events, and was recently on the board for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Insights Association. Lesley holds degrees in psychology and sociology from Virginia Tech. 

Youssef SalehYoussef Saleh

Founder and CEO, Ava Robotics

Youssef Saleh is Founder and CEO of Ava Robotics. Youssef is an entrepreneurial leader with a passion for turning ideas into profitable and growing businesses. Previously, Youssef was SVP and GM of the Remote Presence Business Unit at iRobot, where he was responsible for iRobot’s leading-edge autonomous robots for commercial applications. 

Prior to iRobot, Youssef was VP/GM of Telepresence & Vertical Solutions at Polycom. He started his career as a software engineer and has a BSEE in Computer Science Engineering from Northeastern University. 

Tom TansyTom Tansy

Chairman, SunSpec Alliance

Tom Tansy is Chairman of the SunSpec Alliance where he leads the distributed energy industry's efforts to establish data and communication standards that enable seamless integration of solar PV and storage into the Smart Grid. 

The SunSpec Alliance has more than 100 stakeholders across the globe, including leading fleet operators, component suppliers, software developers, financiers, and utilities. SunSpec’s areas of focus include grid integration, finance data interchange, O&M data interchange, and cybersecurity. Tom also serves on the technical committee for the IEEE 2030.5 standard and leads the SunSpec/Sandia Cybersecurity Working Group. 

The SunSpec/Sandia Cybersecurity Working Group is focused on networked Distributed Energy Resources (DER) consisting of solar PV and energy storage, leverages a membership of 350+ industry experts, and has published four scientific papers in the past year. In addition, Tom lead the development of the SunSpec Public Key Infrastructure that is enabling the roll out of the IEEE 2030.5 standard for DER systems in California. Tom previously served as a board member for the Solar Energy Finance Association, as General Manager and Vice President of Business Development for Power-One (now part of ABB) and helped start electric vehicle manufacturer Zero Motorcycles.

John UnderkofflerJohn Underkoffler

Founder, Oblong Industries

John Underkoffler is the principal of Treadle & Loam, Provisioners and the founder of Oblong Industries, which through its g-speak platform and Mezzanine product family pioneered spatial, gestural, multi-user computing. These pursuits extrapolate fifteen years of primal work at the MIT Media Lab, where John devised real-time computer graphics systems, advances in optical and electronic holography, large-scale data interaction and navigation techniques, and the I/O Bulb and Luminous Room systems. 

The knee between MIT and Oblong was his design work as science & technology advisor to films including Minority Report, The Hulk (A.Lee), Aeon Flux, and Iron Man. John serves as curator-at-large for New York's Museum of Arts and Design; on the Board of Directors of the E14 Fund in Cambridge, MA; and as caretaker to a leavening starter named "Aylmer" in Los Angeles. He is the recipient of the 2015 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award and holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.