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Hiren Kulkarni
180 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000
AUS
phone: +61398387759
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Hiren Kulkarni specializes is IT Services, Account Management, Business Continuity of IT Services & Support Systems. He is experienced in Business Systems Integration (mergers and acquisitions), Business Process Transformation and ERP Implementations.

Mr. Kulkarni offers Expert Witness and Expert Consultant Services in Project Management, Strategy, Delivery & Execution. He is Certified in Prince2, ITIL and specializes in Oracle Business Intelligence tools & E-Business Suite Modules: Project Accounting (Costing, Billing, Management), SLA, E-Tax, GL, AP, AR, FA, PJM, INV, iExpenses, iProcurement, PO.
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James B. Wener, BSME, MBA
Founder
3132 North Volz Drive West
Arlington Heights IL 60004
USA
phone: 847-927-5377
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James Wener Business Systems Expert PhotoJames B. Wener, BSME, MBA is a Business Systems Consultant with over 45 years of experience in successfully managing small through very large projects and implementing a large number of computer systems for healthcare, manufacturing, and distribution organizations.

Mr. Wener is a certified HIPAA professional, having performed several HIPAA compliance assessments, staff training programs, writing policies and procedures and developing and implementing HIPAA Breach Programs. Health care clients include Rush/Prudential Health Plans in Chicago, HMO Illinois, Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, Harris Health Plans in Dallas, HealthFirst in New York and Mercy Health Plans in Wisconsin and Illinois, Mercy Hospital in Chicago and other health maintenance organizations (HMOs).

A Management Systems consultant since 1991, Mr. Wener has a significant record of accomplishment. His Information Technology (IT) projects include the implementation and management of a wide variety of application software systems. He has decades of experience in process automation for payers (health plans, third party administrators or TPAs), providers (hospital and physician groups), Management Service Organizations (MSOs), and clients in other industries. Mr. Wener specializes in:
  • Analyzing Operational Flow
  • Identifying Information Requirements
  • Preparing Vendor Requests for Proposal
  • Selecting, Developing, and Implementing Computerized Solutions
Litigation Support - James B. Wener has been an expert witness for several plaintiffs and defendants regarding failed projects, failed system implementations, and HIPAA breaches. His extensive litigation support and expert witness engagements have focused on assisting attorneys in understanding the industrial and best practices related to the facts of their case, preparing the "message" that best represents the client's position, assisting in preparing pleadings, assisting in settlement negotiations, writing expert witness reports understandable to the non-professional, preparing for opposing side depositions, being deposed, and preparing for and appearing at trial.

Areas of Expertise:
  • HIPAA Assessments
  • Failed System Implementation Projects
  • Intellectual Property Damages
  • Wrongful Employee Termination
  • Project Management
  • System Implementation
  • Systems Implementation Management
  • Disaster Recovery Planning
  • Breach of Patient Privacy
  • Software Company Bankruptcy
  • Failed Project Management
  • IT Advisor Independence
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    7/5/2018 · Computers
    Companies invest considerable time, effort and money when selecting and implementing a major mission critical computer system. Successfully completing the process can be complicated and frustrating; as a result, it doesn't take a lot for implementations to fail. The problem is that the business organization that undertook the implementation in the first place is stuck - stuck with the time, money and the inconvenience of not having the system they purchased. The company has not only left without the new system, they are back to using the systems that they originally thought so inadequate that they committed to spending the time and money for a new system.

    6/5/2018 · Computers
    Implementing a mission critical computer system has a significant impact upon a business organization. Successfully completing the process can be complicated and frustrating; as a result, it doesn't take a lot for the implementation to fail. Once an implementation fails, there is always enough blame to go around. The problem is that the business organization that undertook the implementation in the first place is stuck – stuck with the time, money and the inconvenience of not having the system they purchased. The company has not only left without the new system, they are back to using the systems that they originally thought sufficiently inadequate that they committed to spending the time and money for a new system. Successful litigation will help – but will not make them whole. But worse, a failed litigation only compounds the problem. Preparing the strategy for litigating a failed implementation takes time and thought. This article will take the reader through the development and implement of a litigation strategy that worked and discuss why it worked.

    3/29/2018 · Expert Witnessing
    The role of the litigation attorney is to tell a story to the arbiter in such a way to effectively represents the client's position. Often the attorney requires a person with unique expertise to understand and present technical information in a manner that is understandable to the lay person. Attorneys often determine the need for an expert witness after discovery and after depositions have been taken for many of the witnesses. In many cases this is too late for an expert to most effective. My experience as an expert witness has led me to recommend considering the use of an expert at the following times

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    Dr. Stephen Castell
    PO Box 334
    Witham CM8 3LP
    GBR
    phone: 44-1621-891-776
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    Dr. Stephen Castell, Chartered Information Systems Practitioner and Member of the Expert Witness Institute, is Chairman of CASTELL Consulting. He is an internationally acknowledged Independent Computer Expert who has been involved in a wide range of computer litigation over many years. CASTELL Consulting, currently in its twenty-fifth year, provides independent professional consultancy and expert services in Computer Systems, Software, Project Management, Strategy, and Contract Disputes, to a wide variety of international clients and companies. As an Expert Witness in computer litigation, Dr. Castell has acted in over 100 major cases including the largest and longest computer software actions to have come to trial in the English High Court. He is the author of the best-selling Computer Bluff (1983), and of The APPEAL Report (1990) on the admissibility of computer evidence in court and the 'legal reliability' of information systems and technologies (with the CCTA).

    6/28/2018 · Computers
    The Reg A Conference is the largest gathering of deal-makers and investors interested in Regulation A, a prime opportunity for companies to network with like-minded business executives, as well as financial professionals who assist in bringing capital to companies (https://theregaconference.com/presenting-companies/). Many such companies are today basing their new business ventures and projects, and their search and submissions for funding, on blockchain technology applications. So-called cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin are just one example of the use of this functionality. The business implications of this secure online record-keeping tech are huge – and not only in cryptocurrency. This presentation provides a probing and extensive expert critique of blockchain, its cryptocurrency, distributed ledger and smart contract applications, and argues for a cautionary, savvy approach to implementing and investing in such business systems, on grounds of professional due diligence, rigorous corporate governance and wide experience of past leading-edge ICT systems failures.

    8/18/2011 · Computers
    The new government has announced the areas that it has identified for dramatic cuts in public spending. One of the most effective reductions should be derived through more professional, better-managed government IT spending.

    6/23/2011 · Computers
    You are an established, reputable, medium-sized corporation. A year ago your board decided to upgrade your existing computer systems by buying a 'unified package', 'lightly-customised', from a 'solution provider'.

    10/9/2009 · Computers
    Synopsis of a Talk given to the Association of Independent Computer Specialists

    10/8/2009 · Computers
    Software implementation contracts are frequently terminated with the software rejected amidst allegations from both supplier and customer, e.g. software/database errors/deficiencies, faulty design, shifting user/business requirements. An important technical issue on which the IT Expert appointed in such disputes is asked to give an expert opinion is: what was the quality of the delivered software and was it fit for purpose?

    10/7/2009 · Computers
    The Negotiation Competition, now in its fifth year, is a contest open to all law students in England and Wales, designed to promote the skill of negotiation, a crucial component of ADR

    8/4/2004 · Computers
    I spent much of a whole year recently investigating why a major IT outsourcing deal broke down, and had given rise to the largest software contract dispute yet seen in the English High Court

    Disputes over failed software construction projects raise interlinked technical and legal issues which are complex, costly, and time-consuming to unravel – whatever the financial size of the claims and counterclaims, the facts and circumstances of the contract between the parties, or the conduct of the software development

    Stephen Castell, PhD
    The Forensic Approach to assessing and dealing effectively with IT Projec Risks. TWO-DAY INTENSIVE SEMINAR, WORKSHOP AND CLINIC. NICE, CÔTE D'AZUR, FRANCE. 17th - 19th MARCH 2005
    12/7/2009
    Commonwealth Telecommunication Organisation (CTO) 2nd Annual Investing In ICTs In Emerging Markets: Examining Business & Investment Opportunities In Developing Economies. 9th & 10th December 2009, Inmarsat Conference Center, London, UK
    10/8/2009
    The findings of this expert investigation were clearly reported by Dr Castell to the court and (most unusually) were fully accepted by the Prosecution without any need for cross-examination, assisting in achieving a Not Guilty verdict from the Jury.
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    Howard J. Cohen, PhD
    President
    3272 Cowper Street
    Palo Alto CA 94306-3004
    USA
    phone: 650-856-8123
    fax: 650-856-4273
    Howard J. Cohen, PhD, has over 30 years of experience in Software Engineering, Architecture and Implementation. He possesses particular expertise in Algorithms, Relational Databases, Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) and Software Applications in general. His experience has been in a broad spectrum of technology, in several languages, in a wide variety of applications, and on multiple platforms. Dr. Cohen's background includes Electronic Design Automation, Bioinformatics, Digital Cartography, Banking Systems for Foreign Exchange Traders, and many more. He is the co-inventor on approximately 120 patents.

    Dr. Cohen has over 15 years of experience as an Expert Witness. He possesses excellent written and verbal communications skills, including the ability to express himself well in interpersonal contacts, make presentations to large audiences, explain complex concepts clearly, and write well on levels ranging from the scientific to end user documentation. He is available to analyze complex systems, to write clearly about technical issues, and communicate face-to-face in a manner appropriate for any audience to understand the issues, the technology and the point of view. Dr. Cohen has been deposed and testified at arbitration hearings and in Federal Court.

    Expert Witness Projects Include:
    • Trade Secrets
    • Copyright
    • DMCA - Digital Millennium Copyright Act
    • Patent Infringement
    • Source Code Analysis
    • Business Practices
    • Damages Analysis
    • Computer Software Security / Forensics
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    Harry G. Direen, PhD, PE
    Consultant
    Colorado Springs CO 80921
    USA
    phone: 877-869-5201
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    Harry Direen, PhD, PE has over 30 years of experience as an engineer Designing and Developing Systems in the Electronics and Software Industry. He has taught engineering courses at the US Air Force Academy and at the University of Colorado. Dr. Direen currently works with a research group at the US Air Force Academy developing control systems and image processing using GPGPUs for UAVs. An inventor, he holds 3 United States patents.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Direen has significant experience as an expert witness supporting counsel and testifying in complex patent infringement cases. He has a broad base of knowledge in electronic and software systems gained from a long career developing a wide range of products and systems. His litigation experience also includes encryption / decryption methods associated with databases and signal processing.

    Dr. Direen has reverse engineered a variety of complex systems over the years, including: media players, modems, modem compression algorithms, coriolis mass flow meters, database systems, and a range of other products to support patent infringement cases generating detailed claim charts and writing expert reports to demonstrate infringement. He has successfully discovered and analyzed complex digital signal processing algorithms and pertinent operations within these products.

    Dr. Direen's expertise is available to counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant. He is highly proficient in explaining complex systems to laymen.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Electronic Systems
    • Control Systems
    • Embedded Systems Design and Development
    • Databases
    • Control of UAVs / Drones
  • Robotics
  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Product Reverse Engineering
  • Intellectual Property
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    James Parker
    205 Hammerstone Crescent
    Thornhill Ontario L4J 8A9
    Canada
    phone: 416-302-7501
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    James Parker Electronic Security Systems Expert PhotoJames Parker has over 35 years of relevant industry experience specializing in Electronic Security Systems & Sensors, Electronics R&D, and New Product Development. He has in-depth knowledge of electronic product design in both Wired and Wireless Technologies and outstanding knowledge of Environmental and False Alarm Immunity. Products, such as alarm systems, that Mr. Parker led the design of, have an installed base in the millions. Litigation Support - Mr. Parker provides Patent Litigation support to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense and is experienced with civil liability, criminal and patent litigation, including Inter Partes Reviews (IPRs). He has the ability to explain complex technical material in a straight forward manner. Mr. Parker's past clients include Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Fish & Richardson PC, Alarm.com, 2GIG Technologies, and Nest Labs. His services are available nationally and internationally. Areas of Expertise:

    • Electronic Security
    • Security Systems
    • Burglar Alarm Systems
    • Intrusion Detection
    • Motion Detection
    • Wireless Alarm Systems
    • Wired Alarm Systems
    • Occupancy Detection Systems
    • Premises Security
    • Residential and Commercial Security
    • Inter Partes Reviews (IPRs)
    • Research and Development
    • Engineering Management
    • New Product Development
    • Electronic Engineering
    • Embedded Systems
    • Alarm Control Panels
    • PIR (Passive Infra-Red) Motion Detection
    • uW (Microwave) Doppler Motion Detection
    • Solar LED Flood Lights (Patio to Street Level)
    • Patent Litigation
    • Intellectual Property

    Background - Mr. Parker is the Past Vice President of Engineering for Digital Security Controls Ltd. (DSC), a leading global manufacturer of electronic security systems and components with sales exceeding $400 million annually. He is currently the President at EE-Systems Group Inc. Canada (R&D) where he is responsible for overseeing new product and business development. A prolific inventor, Mr. Parker has been granted over 25 unique patents with approximately 100 patent documents published worldwide. View James Parker's Consulting Profile.

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    Monty G. Myers, PE
    3305 Northland Drive
    Suite 305
    Austin TX 78731
    USA
    phone: 512-459-9292
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    Monty Myers Computer Software Expert PhotoMonty G. Myers, PE, is an active Software Industry Executive with 30+ years of experience, including the founding of Eureka Software Solutions, Inc. (“Eureka”) and acting as CEO of Eureka for 28 years.

    Mr. Myers has provided services to a balanced mix of plaintiffs and defendants in over 40 litigation matters ranging from billion dollar, landscape-changing lawsuits between worldwide industry leaders to smaller-scale litigation between individuals or local businesses. Mr. Myers' clients have included Global 1000 and Fortune 500 companies in industries such as Enterprise, Finance, Military and Defense, Transportation, Oil and Gas, Security, Healthcare, and Automotive.

    Litigation Support - Monty Myers is a Computer and Software Expert Witness, experienced and proven at offering expert testimony under-oath at trial, hearings, and depositions. For the last 5+ years, he has provided expert witness services for engagements including Software Patent or Software Trade Secret litigation matters.

    Mr. Myers is available as a consulting and/or testifying expert witness to assist with understanding the technology and technical issues in the case and providing review, analysis, and testimony (report, deposition, or courtroom) regarding the technology, software, or patents involved in the case. He has worked extensively with counsel in the taking and defending of depositions, reviewing and challenging the testimony of others, and assisting with and implementing an overall trial strategy.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Source Code Review
    • Source Code Comparison
    • Source Code Reconstruction
    • Source Code Misappropriation / Theft
    • Source Code Copyright / Patents
    • Software Patents
    • Trade Marks
    • Trade Secrets
  • Antitrust
  • NDAs
  • Open Source Licensing
  • Computer Forensics
  • Mobile / Wireless Technology
  • Cloud and Web Business
  • Hardware / Infrastructure
  • Contract Performance / Project Management
  • Capabilities:
    • Adept at taking highly technical material and effectively communicating it to counsel, the judge or a jury in terms they can understand via testimony or reports/declarations
    • Skilled at reviewing and comparing software source code and functionality in the litigation context in relation to protected intellectual property including, trade secrets, copyrights, and patents and/or license or other contractual commitments and requirements
    • Able to reverse engineer and reconstruct hardware and software environments from backups, remnants, and fragments of deprecated software along with re-creating historical hardware and software environments
    • Highly familiar with functional and performance testing of software against applicable specifications, warranties, or industry standards using proprietary and commercial testing tools and techniques
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    C. Matthew Curtin, CISSP
    Founder and CEO
    Columbus Headquarters
    5 E. Long St., 9th Floor
    Columbus OH 43215
    USA
    phone: 614-545-4225
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    C. Matthew Curtin, CISSP  Founder and CEO of Interhack is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional. An Expert in Computers and Information Technology, Mr. Curtin and his team at Interhack help attorneys and executives use data and computer technology in high-stakes situations. 

    Mr. Curtin's work has been at the cutting edge of the intersection of law and technology. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit relied on Interhack's forensic computing practice and Mr. Curtin's expert opinion when it established standards for application of Federal wiretap statutes to Web technology, In re Pharmatrak Privacy Litigation (see link above). 

    Academic references to their work include the Stanford Law Review and university courses throughout the world. Mr. Curtin maintains a regular academic appointment as a Senior Lecturer at The Ohio State University's Department of Computer Science and Engineering. He currently chairs the Recruitment subcommittee of the Business Advisory Network that advises the Ohio Department of Education's standards for technology education in secondary and postsecondary schools throughout the state. 

    C. Matthew Curtin's services are available for plaintiffs, defendants, and for the courts directly on technical matters. 

    Areas of Forensic Expertise:

    • Electronic Discovery
    • Preservation and Forensic Analysis of Data
    • Complex Analysis of Non-Standard Data Sets
    • Investigations
    • Data Breaches

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    Matthew Curtin
    This book is the story of the formation of the world's most widely-used system to protect sensitive information and how a group of independent cryptographers, civil libertarians, and hobbyists managed to demonstrate the system's weakness in June of 1997, even as the U.S. Congress debated the government's control over cryptography. As one of the coordinators of the DESCHALL project that broke a secret message encrypted with what was then the government standard, Curtin presents a unique insider view of how the project came together and what happened behind the scenes to demonstrate the weakness of the standard and ultimately to usher in the age of unrestricted cryptography.
    Matthew Curtin, Peter G. Neumann
    Suitable for the IP manager or developer seeking to improve Web privacy and security, is an indispensable resource for system administrators and application developers, providing a means to understand, create, and maintain secure Internet systems.
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    100 Mill Plain Rd.
    Danbury CT 06811
    USA
    phone: 855-PROLIFOGY (776-5436)
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    Premium Software Consulting Services provided by industry leading experts. Today's software users expect and demand software that is more intelligent, interactive, usable, and reliable than ever before, over a backdrop of continuously evolving technology spanning a range of platforms. To remain competitive, modern applications need to solve complex problems that have never been solved before. This requires more than just programmers. You need experts.

    All of our consultants have a Ph.D. in computer science or related discipline and at least ten years of industry experience. All have contributed to the software state-of-the-art, published original work, presented at conferences around the world, and have years of hands-on, practical industry experience. Areas include Software Design, Reliability, OOP, Pedagogy, Algorithms, Vision, Embedded Systems, Knowledge Acquisition, Programming Theory, Formal Methods, Computational Linguistics, Artificial Intelligence, and others. They know and work with today's modern programming languages and technologies. Expertise spans all aspects of the software life-cycle.

    Offering advanced software development, project management, code review & quality assurance, management consulting, expert witness services, failed project turnaround, usability analysis, and more. Available on or off site anywhere in the United States and Europe. Please see our web site for more information and additional service offerings.
    3/28/2013 · Computers
    The discovery phase of IP litigation often calls for a technical review of a software product. A code review is an activity conducted by an expert witness that involves reviewing the source code of a product to discover pertinent facts relevant to the case.

    3/28/2012 · Technology
    The situation: you have invested an enormous amount of money and company resources in developing software solutions to address client needs. Regardless of the size of your company, every dollar counts and you want to know that your investment today will ultimately produce a fast, modern, scalable, and correct software solution that will still be usable tomorrow with tomorrow's technology.

    Licensing and infringement litigation are two primary potential income sources from a patent. With licensing, the inventor permits the licensee to make, use, sell, or offer to sell a patented invention for compensation.

    10/20/2011 · Technology
    C++, one of the most widely used and known programming languages in software history, could possibly turn into one of the most unknown languages in the coming months.

    12/8/2010 · Technology
    Prolifogy's failed project turnaround service has generated increased interest recently. Specifically, it was the most requested of all service offerings last month—a fact that surprised even company officials.

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    Dr. George Edwards
    Computer Scientist
    7958 Beverly Blvd
    Los Angeles CA 90046
    USA
    phone: 323-545-3933
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    George EdwardsDr. George Edwards, Ph.D. is an expert in Computer Software, Internet Applications, Web Technologies, Mobile Phone/Tablet Applications, Digital Video and Multimedia, Medical and Embedded Software, and Aerospace/Defense Systems. He has more than a decade of experience as a scientist, engineer, and technical consultant to academic research labs, government agencies, technology companies, and attorneys.

    Dr. Ewards has authored dozens of articles and papers related to software engineering for scientific journals and industry magazines. He is listed as a co-inventor on two pending patent applications for novel software technology and has served as a software expert witness in patent litigation matters.

    Dr. Edwards teaches a graduate-level course on software engineering at the University of Southern California.

    Dr. Edwards provides expert consulting in the following areas:
    • Intellectual property and patent infringement
    • Software design/source code audit and review
    • Non-performance claims
    • Expert witness and depositions
    Dr. Edwards is an expert in the following technologies :
    • Programming languages & platforms: Java, C/C++, C#, Perl, Python, PHP, .NET, WinForms, WPF, Visual Studio, Eclipse, Java EE, CORBA
    • Internet and web: JavaScript, AJAX, Node.js, Ruby, HTML, XML, CSS, ASP.NET
    • Mobile devices & applications: Android, iOS, iPhone, Windows Mobile, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Palm OS, Java ME
    • Multimedia: MPEG, SVG, DVR, Silverlight, Flash
    • Operating systems & servers: UNIX, Linux, Windows, Mac OS
    • Networking: IMAP, POP, SMTP, DNS, TCP/IP, HTTP
    • Databases: RDBMS, SQL, MS SQL Server, MS Access, Oracle, MySQL
    • Project management & development methods: Kanban, Lean software development, agile, object-oriented (OO), aspect-oriented programming (AOP), component-based development, COTS integration, requirements engineering, spiral model, UML
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    7/10/2012 · Patents
    The importance of software patents has increased dramatically in recent years. The high profile patent disputes between Apple, Google, and other smartphone companies have attracted the most attention in the press, but patent battles are being waged all across the software industry.

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    Christopher M. Daft, PhD
    2443 Fillmore St., #380-4039
    San Francisco CA 94115-1814
    USA
    phone: 415-800-3734
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    Christopher M. Daft, PhD, is an award winning, Oxford Educated Materials Scientist whose areas of expertise include medical imaging, electronics, semiconductors, medical devices, sensors, MEMS, signal processing, and image processing.

    A serial inventor who holds 22 United States Patents with several pending, Dr. Daft has diverse industry experience including multi-nationals such as GE, Medtronic, Fujifilm, Samsung, and Siemens as well as several start-ups. He is a well-published winner of grants from the National Institute of Health.

    Dr. Daft has been an Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE ) Senior Member since 2004. He has three years of experience teaching electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois. Dr. Daft holds a BA and MA in Physics from Oxford University as well as Doctorate from Oxford in Materials Science.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Daft provides litigation support in the areas of Intellectual Property and Medical Devices including Imaging, particularly Medical, Patents, Minimally Invasive Surgical Guidance, and more. His experience includes a variety of cases in the areas of wearable electronics, imaging systems, and surgical technology. Dr. Daft has extensive deposition and trial testimony experience.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Design Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Electromagnetic Engineering
    • Microelectronics
    • Medical Imaging
    • Electronics
    • Semiconductors
  • Medical Devices
  • Sensors
  • Software Engineering
  • MEMS
  • Signal Processing
  • Image Processing
  • Physics
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    Marie G. Kerr
    Davidsonville MD 21035
    USA
    phone: 410-353-4414
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    Marie Kerr Financial Fraud  Expert PhotoMarie G. Kerr specializes in Financial Fraud. She is a Certified Financial Crime Specialist, Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), and Project Management Professional (PMP).

    Ms. Kerr is a financial industry veteran with a deep understanding of how financial institutions work. She has served as a Homeland Security Program Advisor and Fraud Detection Subject Matter Expert (SME) and an IT and AML Advisor for a three-bank merger. Her experience includes uncovering the flow of financial transactions through banking application software and banking payment systems, detection of fraud and money laundering, understanding the architecture and data design of software systems and how they can be used to commit financial crimes, and the implementation of COTS products.

    Litigation Support - Marie Kerr provides litigation support strategy and interrogatories for financial crime (fraud) cases involving large international banks. Her cases may involve:
    • Payment Systems
    • Financial Crime / Fraud Detection
    • Anti-money Laundering (AML)
    • Regulatory Issues
    • Bank Secrecy Act (BSA)
  • Compliance Solutions
  • Data Analytics
  • Software Development and Implementation
  • Gap and Data Analysis
  • COTS Products
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    11/21/2017 · Finance
    Well-publicized bank transgressions are frequently labeled "compliance failures." However, to those of us who work in the industry, this sometimes feels like an insult. Anyone, like me, who has worked in banking, anti-money laundering (AML), software creation, audit readiness, compliance and process engineering, knows how easy it is to blame "the system." That excuse is often coupled with process lapses, and the official explanation of failure becomes "we need new software and better training of our (low-level) back-office staff." This may be true. It is quite difficult to grasp the totality of compliance mandates and then implement effective software and process solutions, especially in huge financial institutions. Geographic spread and fuzzy organizational lines can also cause compliance problems.

    11/8/2017 · Banking
    The collision of ineptitude and avarice is a frequent occurrence; sometimes it's on purpose. And always, in the case of financial malfeasance and extreme noncompliance, it involves IT systems. People drive the fraud. Processes can either support or hide the crime depending on the quality of back-office controls, but the proof lies in understanding the data, the software, and how they can be manipulated. Application software, tables within the applications and discrete data elements comprise the fundamentals-the ABCs of understanding how financial crimes are committed and detected. The following two stories are based on true events and are emblematic of how financial crimes and lack of compliance are enabled. One was committed by a single person, the other by a cadre within the bank. And they both matched the MO of the recent HSBC anti-money laundering (AML) debacle: a revolving door in Compliance and Audit of under-qualified people and an active intent to obfuscate by continually changing systems.

    8/23/2016 · Banking
    The recent guidance (warning, really) from the FDIC1 on the need for financial institutions to perform due diligence when selecting anti-money laundering (AML) software puts the proof of compliance burden squarely on the financial institution. It also points to the need for an enterprise solutions architecture, one that builds on existing structures-how things really are-rather than on pushing through a vendor package. While there is no doubt that commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products play an integral part in AML compliance, there is also no doubt that AML software depends on the quality and uniformity of data supplied by the financial institution. The systems, data, processes and organizational structure of the enterprise form the infrastructure of compliance, and these must be understood and documented to ensure that the COTS "solutions" are just that. If, for example, a bank wanted to institute an automated customer risk scoring system, there would be many questions that needed answers before software could be selected and installed...

    7/15/2016 · Banking
    A lonely woman falls for a silver-haired gentleman-the face of a criminal enterprise in Africa-in one of the most common romance scams known to law enforcement. She loses her house and her savings. She is devastated both financially and emotionally, taken in by shysters who understand the vulnerabilities of the lonely. And in this true case, the lonely woman is also a victim of the American banking system.

    6/7/2016 · Banking
    In one critical anti-money laundering (AML) review of a mid-tier bank, examiners admitted to having a hard time understanding how the transaction monitoring system worked.

    4/29/2016 · Banking
    A financial institution can have a comprehensive anti-money laundering program, a staff of experts, and a million-dollar (or more) specialized computer system in place and yet still miss potential problem customers because they failed to collect or use important data. In the end, it all comes down to data-discrete pieces of information that need to be collected, analyzed and presented in meaningful ways-to make a successful anti-money laundering program. No matter what automated or procedural anti-money laundering programs you have in place, the success of the program depends on meaningful data.One of the first steps in creating an effective program, then, is to develop a data plan to understand what data must be captured, how to capture it, how to analyze it, how to report it and how to use it.

    4/7/2016 · Banking
    What started out as an apparently straight-forward Transaction Monitoring System Validation project took an interesting and cautionary turn at an international bank recently. The Project Team assembled for the task-as well as executive management at the Bank-expected that the Validation would discover some less-than-perfect data mapping from their core banking system to their Transaction Monitoring System. A completely new Compliance staff had reviewed the Bank's unfamiliar (to them) Transaction Monitoring System, and could see that something wasn't quite right. Wires were not appearing properly on reports, General Ledger account numbers were showing up instead of Customer Account Numbers, and there were unnecessary transaction codes, like Wire fees, clogging the system. It seemed like a simple, methodical task of documenting the current mapping and making appropriate changes.

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    David Shaw
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    David Shaw is an independent Technical and ICT Expert and Consultant involved in a wide range of high profile System, Integrations, remedial work on Failed Systems and Programs, Litigation, Expert Witness, Mergers and Acquisitions, Financial and Ultra-High Speed Trading Systems, Cyberwarfare and Defence work.

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    Bhuvan Urgaonkar, PhD
    Available Nationally and Internationally
    W371 Westgate Building
    University Park PA 16802
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    Bhuvan Urgaonkar, PhD, has over 15 years of experience in the field of Software Engineering and Computers. His work includes research in computer systems software, distributed computing (including systems such as Zookeeper, Redis, Memcached, Cassandra, Kafka), datacenters, cloud computing, storage systems, energy efficiency of computers and datacenters, big data (including systems such as Hadoop, Spark). 

    Dr. Urgaonkar has published over 80 research papers in competitive peer-reviewed conferences and journals on these topics with several best paper awards. He has procured research funding totaling more than $3 Million USD from federal agencies and industrial labs (Google, HP, IBM, Cisco, Microsoft, Amazon) to lead and train several Phd and MS students who now work in industry and academia. Dr. Urgaonkar has also delivered lectures on topics including Cloud Computing and Data Centers to Faculty at Microsoft and numerous other technology companies and universities around the world. 

    Education / Training: Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2005) B.Tech (honors) in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India 

    Awards / Honors: Test of Time Award, ACM Sigmetrics 2016 National Science Foundation Career award, 2010 IBM Faculty Fellowships, 2016, 2014 Several best paper awards (see CV) 

    Litigation Support - Dr. Urgaonkar serves as an expert / technical consultant with multiple firms helping them (i) understand technical content related to state of the art products in areas such as content distribution, distributed computing, datacenter design, among others and (ii) interpret patents in these areas and connections between them and state of the art products and services. Services are available to law firms, government agencies, schools, firms / corporations, and hospitals. They include case review, deposition, and trial testimony as needed. 

    Areas of Expertise:

    • Software Design and Analysis
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    • Cloud Computing
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    8/13/2018 · Computers
    Modern Internet-scale distributed networks have hundreds of thousands of servers deployed in hundreds of locations and networks around the world. Canonical examples of such networks are content delivery networks (called CDNs) that we study in this paper. The operating expenses of large distributed networks are increasingly driven by the cost of supplying power to their servers. Typically, CDNs procure power through long-term contracts from co-location providers and pay on the basis of the power (KWs) provisioned for them, rather than on the basis of the energy (KWHs) actually consumed. We propose the use of batteries to reduce both the required power supply and the incurred power cost of a CDN.

    7/20/2018 · Computers
    Recent technological advances in the development of flashmemory based devices have consolidated their leadership position as the preferred storage media in the embedded systems market and opened new vistas for deployment in enterprise-scale storage systems. Unlike hard disks, flash devices are free from any mechanical moving parts, have no seek or rotational delays and consume lower power. However, the internal idiosyncrasies of flash technology make its performance highly dependent on workload characteristics. The poor performance of random writes has been a cause of major concern which needs to be addressed to better utilize the potential of flash in enterprise-scale environments. We examine one of the important causes of this poor performance: the design of the Flash Translation Layer (FTL) which performs the virtual-to-physical address translations and hides the erase-before-write characteristics of flash. We propose a complete paradigm shift in the design of the core FTL engine from the existing techniques with our Demand-based Flash Translation Layer (DFTL) which selectively caches page-level address mappings. We develop a flash simulation framework called FlashSim. Our experimental evaluation with realistic enterprise-scale workloads endorses the utility of DFTL in enterprise-scale storage systems by demonstrating: (i) improved performance, (ii) reduced garbage collection overhead and (iii) better overload behavior compared to state-of-the-art FTL schemes. For example, a predominantly random-write dominant I/O trace from an OLTP application running at a large financial institution shows a 78% improvement in average response time (due to a 3-fold reduction in operations of the garbage collector), compared to a state-of-the-art FTL scheme. Even for the well-known read-dominant TPC-H benchmark, for which DFTL introduces additional overheads, we improve system response time by 56%.

    6/27/2018 · Computers
    Cloud-based hosting promises cost advantages over conventional in-house (on-premise) application deployment. One important question when considering a move to the cloud is whether it makes sense for 'my' application to migrate to the cloud. This question is challenging to answer due to following reasons. Although many potential benefits of migrating to the cloud can be enumerated, some benefits may not apply to 'my' application. Also, there can be multiple ways in which an application might make use of the facilities offered by cloud providers. Answering these questions requires an in-depth understanding of the cost implications of all the possible choices specific to 'my' circumstances. In this study we identify an initial set of key factors affecting the costs of a deployement choice. Using benchmarks representing two different applications (TPC-W and TPC-E) we investigate the evolution of costs for different deployment choices. We show that application characteristics such as workload intensity, growth rate, storage capacity and software licensing costs produce complex combined effect on overall costs. We also discuss issues regarding workload variance and horizontal partitioning.

    6/7/2018 · Computers
    In this paper, we present techniques for provisioning CPU and network resources in shared hosting platforms running potentially antagonistic third-party applications. The primary contribution of our work is to demonstrate the feasibility and benefits of overbooking resources in shared platforms, to maximize the platform yield: the revenue generated by the available resources. We do this by first deriving an accurate estimate of application resource needs by profiling applications on dedicated nodes, and then using these profiles to guide the placement of application components onto shared nodes. By overbooking cluster resources in a controlled fashion, our platform can provide performance guarantees to applications even when overbooked, and combine these techniques with commonly used QoS resource allocation mechanisms to provide application isolation and performance guarantees at run-time.

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    Jacob Sharony, PhD, MBA
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    info@wirelessexpertconsulting.com
    Deer Park NY 11729
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    phone: 888-829-2457
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    Jacob Sharony, PhD, MBA, has over 25 years of experience in Mobile and Wireless Technologies. He is currently an adjunct professor at Columbia University, teaching wireless technologies and applications. He also served as a faculty member of the electrical and computer engineering department and director of the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology at Stony Brook University.

    Dr. Sharony held engineering and management positions in diverse technology disciplines at Time Warner Cable, Motorola, BAE Systems, NEC Research Institute, and IBM Research. He has over 50 US patents (pending and issued) and has served on several government expert panels.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Sharony provides Patent and Class Action litigation support and expert consulting in mobile and wireless technologies. This includes patent infringement and invalidity analysis, FRAND analysis, writing expert reports, and deposition, and testimony in court. His deep knowledge of target markets, including telecom, healthcare, logistics, transportation, government, hospitality, mobile commerce and supply chain management, combined with extensive expertise in wireless and mobile technologies ensure innovative and successful solutions.

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