Mr. Smith’s technology development experience spans a breadth of projects of varying complexity and magnitude, involving a variety of technologies and methodologies. In each instance, success depended upon he initiation of innovative concept designs and development approaches that expanded the then current traditional views.
- Currently, as the Principal of Critical 1 Consulting, Mr. Smith is serving as the principal investigator (technical lead) in the development of a CONOPS (code named Red Cell), in collaboration with ISR and Telcordia Advanced R&D Labs, for an alert system that leverages existing and near-term technologies (e.g., national cellular infrastructure as well as other communications infrastructures) to provide: detection and modeling of threats; national and regional situation awareness and coordination; efficient planning and execution of alert notifications; continuous response processing; and status updating.
At ISR, directed several communications-oriented efforts.
- Developed CONOPS, network architecture, and migration/deployment strategy for major government customer for high-throughput (multi-terabit per day) real-time distributed data acquisition and processing systems.
- Developed strategy, DoDAF compliant architecture, and phased development plan for a DoD/IC customer for the introduction of machine-to-machine (M2M) services, aligned with the DoD net-centric service oriented paradigm, and implemented within DoD’s Global Information Grid (GIG).
At GTE/Verizon, directed several communications-oriented efforts.
- At GTE, directed teams of systems and software developers in the design and implementation of several prototype proof-of-concept systems—each based upon principles and concepts he previously had developed, presented internally to management, and later presented in professional papers and conferences.
- Planned, set-up, and served as the network administrator of an AIN (Advanced Intelligent Network) R&D test-bed comprised of high-performance hardware for developing and evaluating various system designs, products, services, etc. This test-bed functioned as the testing center (system verification and validation) for this major collaborative joint development effort—which included not only internal development by GTE Laboratories, but also development systems of various vendor partners (AGCS, Bellcore, IBM, etc.).
- Developed and directed prototype in a Smalltalk environment the High Value Platform—the first GTE attempt at defining converged services—from a broader futuristic perspective (not restricted to AIN). This provided the opportunity to introduce to the rest of GTE his vision of customer-centered services built around abstract symbolic reasoning leveraging his artificial intelligence expertise. (See References 7 through 12 below.)
- Developed conceptual design of, and provided technical direction for GTE contracted development of commercial AIN Service Creation and Service Logic Execution Environments—SCE and SLEE. While constrained to AIN standards, these systems were designed to embrace that same vision. These commercial systems were demonstrated by DGM&S, the contractor, at Telecom’95.
- Provided vision and technical direction for the Telecom’95 Converged Services demonstration, which went well beyond then available AIN service capabilities to include additional features just now appearing in IM—instant messaging, etc. The demonstration was developed in a record-setting four months for presentation at the world’s premiere telecom conference held once every four years in Geneva, Switzerland.
- Developed conceptual framework for how new emerging technologies could transform services in the consumer and SOHO markets. Examples included: 1) new e-commerce services built around the existing directories business, 2) enhanced messaging capabilities—from paging, to IM, to unified messaging, etc., and 3) the broadband home environment—epitomized by the Connected Family. effort and collaborative work with OSGI.
Previously, at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), Lockheed, Unisys, and Contel, Mr. Smith conducted one-person, self-directed IR&D projects in various areas . Not only were projects successfully completed, but were also leveraged into significant follow-on CR&D (e.g., two DARPA contracts) and commercial efforts.
- At GTRI, pursued self-initiated study of J. Richard Huynen’s dissertation, “Phenomenological Theory of Radar Targets,” a study in scattering matrix theory. Developed analytical solutions to the equations contained there, and applied them to the analysis of in-house radar data. This self-initiated effort first led to the pursuit and awarding of a one-person DARPA exploratory contract, which later resulted in other multi-million dollar follow-on efforts with DARPA.
- At Lockheed, developed one-person IR&D project in Airborne AI—artificial intelligence applied to the cockpit environment. Leveraged this project into the successful competition for yet another multi-million dollar DARPA contract—the Pilot’s Associate. Identified and collaborated with key industry partners. This project was broad-based, expanding beyond pure AI considerations to include man-machine cybernetics and data fusion considerations to form an entirely new pilot-systems interaction paradigm.
- At Unisys, developed an intelligent GIS—geographic information system—first, for a Lisp machine environment. Success of this IR&D led to porting of the GIS system to a military-hardened platform for incorporation within other Unisys developed DoD systems.
- At Unisys, developed Lisp-machine implementation of a blackboard environment—to support distributed AI expert systems. The environment included not only the run-time execution framework for managing knowledge sources, but also inspector/debugger toolset capabilities to develop of blackboard applications. A unique feature of the environment was incorporation of the above described GIS capability.
- At Unisys, later commenced development of an ADA implementation of the same blackboard environment—to support deployment of distributed AI expert systems on a military-deployable platform. [Halted by Sperry-Burroughs merger to form Unisys.]
- At Contel, developed C-language implementation of a blackboard environment as an SDK—develop tools and runtime libraries, especially designed to support real-time knowledge sources. Although the effort was considered part of an R&D project, the SDK was developed to meet commercial software engineering practices—including not only appropriate documentation, but also extensive V&V test suites, etc. were developed as part of the effort.
- Assisted with the employment of the above C-based blackboard SDK to develop a real-time expert system for a TDRSS satellite command and control management system. [Halted by the Contel-GTE merger.]