Thomas C. Jacobson
Tom has been involved with the design of networking hardware, software, and Internet development for over 30 years. After early work in atmospheric physics and designing and building mini and microcomputer hardware, he built the first TCP/IP networks in Minnesota, pioneered supercomputer-workstation interworking, and helped guide the development of the first Internet browser (Gopher). He founded one of the original NSF regional networks (MRNet) and participated in the development of NSFNet. He co-founded Internet-Way (now UUNet France) in Paris. At Loral/Orion he guided the development of DVB based data broadcasting services. At Skystream he worked on advanced satellite coding, content security, and Internet architecture, and was a member of the Technical Advisory Board. At Frontier he led the development of next gen ABR video architecture. He is currently interested in the OTT video-on-demand paradigm shift, high efficiency video coding, interoperable content security, and satellite based multicast content delivery for distance education. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, and has also attended Stanford and the University of Oslo. His wife is an oceanographic researcher, and they have homes in Wisconsin and Brittany, and a daughter at Oxford University.