SCTE® LiveLearning for Professionals Webinar™ Series: Making Cable Smarter With AI, ML, Deep Learning and Automation
Date / Time: Thursday, December 15, 2022, 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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Aiming to take advantage of the vast quantities of customer data they collect, cable operators are increasingly adopting artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), deep learning and network automation to improve service delivery, cut operating costs and gain greater insights into their customers. So far, for instance, operators are applying these technologies and techniques to plan their fiber-optic nodes better, run their HFC networks more efficiently and target their video content and ads to customers more effectively.

In this session, we will look at the most promising use cases for AI, ML, deep learning and automation, the challenges they present and the lessons that are being learned.

Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading | bio Rob Wilmoth, Chief Architect – Telco, Media, and Entertainment, Red Hat | bio
Dr. Sayandev Mukherjee, Distinguished Technologist, Next-Gen Systems, CableLabs | bio Derek DiGiacomo, Senior Director, Energy Management Programs and Business Continuity, SCTE | bio
Thuy Nguyen, Cable Segment Lead, Network Platforms Group, Intel Corporation | bio

Alan Breznick has tracked the media, telecommunications, broadband, and consumer electronics industries for more than 20 years. Before switching over to Heavy Reading in 2007, he was the original editor of Light Reading Cable Website and founding author of Heavy Reading's Cable Industry Insider. At Heavy Reading, he primarily focuses on cable/MSO services, technologies, and networks, as well as IPTV infrastructure. Alan was formerly a broadband analyst for Kinetic Strategies and a contributing analyst for One Touch Intelligence. He previously reported for Communications Daily, Cable World, Multichannel News, Broadband Daily, Crain's New York Business, and Genuine Article Press, among other publications.

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Rob Wilmoth is Chief Architect for the Red Hat North America Service Provider team. He works closely with customers and partners advising and assisting with challenges ranging from regulatory compliance and general IT to changing the way that they view their business problems in the network and content delivery spaces. He has been with Red Hat since 2007 in various solutions architecture roles supporting Red Hat’s most strategic customers.

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Dr. Sayandev Mukherjee is a member of CableLabs’ Next-Generation Systems Group, where he works on innovative applications of AI/ML for both wired and wireless communications. Prior to joining CableLabs, he conducted research on wireless communications and ML. A senior member of the IEEE, Dr. Mukherjee has been awarded more than 20 patents and has authored two research monographs published by Cambridge University Press, in addition to more than 80 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers. He received his Ph.D. in artificial neural networks (the precursors of today's deep learning models) from Cornell University in 1997.

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With 23+ years with SCTE, Derek DiGiacomo has been responsible for the organization’s Energy Management Program, most notably the Energy 20/20 program. Energy 2020 is an industry-wide effort that set out to help drive sustainability for our broadband networks.

DiGiacomo also is project manager for the Energy Management Subcommittee (EMS) in the SCTE Standards Program. The EMS team is responsible for writing best practices and standards pertaining to energy reduction and system availability; EMS standards address such areas as: Facilities, Fleet, Network Operations; Access Network, Alternative Energy; and Cooling. Under Derek’s leadership, SCTE has seen a dramatic 50% reduction in the dependency of grid-supplied power at its Exton, PA headquarters. Derek also oversaw installation of a microgrid consisting of hydrogen fuel cell, photolytic system, batteries, natural gas generator and grid that enables SCTE’s critical system to achieve seven plus days of runtime in the event of a grid power interruption.

Finally, in addition to his Energy Management activities, Derek serves as a continuity planning subject matter expert for SCTE on the Network Operations Subcommittee Working Group 3 responsible for Business Continuity. This standards group is responsible under Derek’s leadership for the deployment of the DHS HF SHARES radio program for the cable industry.

He holds a Master’s of Science degree in Telecommunications and Network Management from Syracuse University, is an alumni of the National Renewable Energy Labs (NREL) Executive Leadership Academy Class of 2017 and named to the 2019 Environmental + Energy 100 list.

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Thuy Nguyen leads the Cable Segment for Intel's Network Platforms Group (NPG). Intel is focused on helping cable MSO's and the cable partner ecosystem transform HFC networks to meet the ever growing demand for more broadband bandwidth. Thuy supports the Intel team developing access network solutions enabling Network Functions Virtualization to help Cable MSO's scale their HFC networks for the next decade of growth and network transformation.

Prior to Intel Corporation, Thuy has spent more than 20 years working in the Cable broadband industry where he previously served Comcast as GM & VP of Engineering. Thuy has worked in Network Engineering capacities for Rogers Cablesystems, @Home Network ([email protected]), Comcast, and Charter. Thuy has also worked for Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent, and startup companies developing cable broadband and wireless solutions.

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Rich Loveland is the Director of Product Line Management for Vecima’s Passive Optical Networking (PON) for fiber-to-the-premise products.

With more than 35 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Rich has held various marketing, product management, business development and engineering roles at Ciena, Ipitek, Pliant Systems Inc., Nortel Networks, Nokia (Formerly Alcatel-Lucent) and now Vecima Networks Inc.

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