Mr. Smith, the Principal of Critical 1 Consulting, Inc., has nearly thirty years experience in the information, DoD, aerospace, and telecommunications related industries. Most of that experience has been in applied R&D activities—including software and systems development efforts of various scopes, utilizing a variety of core technologies, programming languages, delivery platforms, coordination with external collaborators, etc.
Mr. Smith’s formal training as an applied mathematician/numerical analyst has served him well in a variety of applied R&D positions where out-of-the-box problem-solving skills are critical to the company’s success.
His senior and management level activities have included technology R&D coordination, technology business planning, development of new services and products, and representation on standards-bodies. While at Verizon/GTE, he regularly served as an objective consultant to other departments internal to GTE, as well as provided technical direction and oversight (from vision to execution) to external vendors on performing major contracts to GTE.
He has authored many professional papers and has contributed chapters to university-level textbooks in the areas of telecommunications and neural networks. Because of his unique expertise and perspective, he has appeared as an invited speaker at various management and technical conferences, including: the Project Management Institute (PMI), IEEE conferences, Pulver.com, and M2M United.
His core technology interests and experience span all aspects of distributed problem solving—from distributed artificial intelligence (DAI), to geographical reasoning systems, to net-centric computing (NCES), service oriented architectures (SOA), and the Global Information Grid (GIG), to human-machine (H-M) collaboration, to machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies. His experience in this broad area spans from fundamental research (DAI), to infrastructure development (in the telecommunications sector, and more recently, associated with DoD’s GIG), to specific application areas (from DARPA’s Pilot’s Associate to ORNL’s SensorNet).
Currently, he is actively involved in SensorNet (ORNL) and GIG (DoD’s Global Information Grid) related projects that leverage M2M technologies in new and innovative ways. Recently, he has developed for the West Virginia High-Technology Consortium Foundation (WVHTF) a strategy for the coordination and convergence of several WVHTF programs. The plan leverages such critical technologies as WiMax, session initiation protocol (SIP), and the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS).
His latest invited speaking engagement was at M2M United in San Antonio, TX June 26-27, 2006, where he presented “Emerging Trends That Will Transform M2M.” (pdf)
His experience in the areas of technology business planning, project management, and systems and software development are further detailed in the links located to the left and below.