Dr. Rob Maunder
Robert G. Maunder is an industry authority on channel coding, having gained his PhD in Wireless Communications in 2007 from the University of Southampton. He has published over 100 IEEE papers and resources on the holistic design of signal processing algorithms and hardware implementations for error correction decoders, including Turbo, LDPC and Polar decoders.
Rob’s research has reframed the industry debate around channel coding for 5G and significantly changed the direction of the 3GPP’s RAN1 working group. This work has dispelled the longstanding myth that the level of parallelism in Turbo decoders is inherently limited. Rob has found a way to unlock unlimited levels of parallelism and with it, dramatically improve Turbo decoder throughput and latency. This breakthrough has formed the foundation upon which AccelerComm Ltd has been built.
Chairwoman & Acting CEO
Shirin is an experienced entrepreneur with 23 years of experience in the mobile industry. As founder/CEO of Arieso, she led her company’s growth from an idea to a leading international company, growing its sales from 0 to $40M. Her customer list included major vendors such as Qualcomm, Huawei, Nokia and Ericsson as well as tier-1 mobile operators such as AT&T, Vodafone Group, Telefonica, America Movil, Etisalat, China Unicom, EE and MTN Group. She successfully sold her business to a major US blue chip in 2013 delivering between 5 – 10x return to her investors.
Shirin is the winner of numerous awards including Blackberry Woman in Technology, Best Woman in Mobile, Business Woman of the year 2013, and European Entrepreneur of the year 2013. She joined AccelerComm, having been introduced to Dr. Rob Maunder as an entrepreneurial mentor at Future Worlds in Southampton. Shirin has an MEng in Electronics Engineering from Southampton University
Dr. Taihai Chen
Director & IC Design Engineer
Having completed his doctorate at Southampton University in 2015, Taihai joined Dr. Rob Maunder’s research team to focus on exploring enterprise opportunities in highly-parallel algorithms and architectures for high-throughput wireless receivers which was the foundation for AccelerComm.
Taihai started his career as an Early Career Researcher and is now a Director and IC Design Engineer at AccelerComm. He has published several papers in IEEE journals and conferences and was selected to present their technology at SET for Britain at the House of Commons in March 2016.
VP Sales & Marketing
Tim joined AccelerComm in June 2016 from ARM, where he had most recently held the position of VP EU Partner Management, with responsibility for selling ARM’s extensive IP portfolio throughout Europe, Middle East, Africa and India.
Prior to ARM he spent nearly 10 years with Tensilica (now part of Cadence), as Sales Director, selling customisable processor IP in Europe. In 2001 he became Marketing Director for Sony Semiconductor having moved from Texas Instruments, where he had held roles in field applications, technical sales and sales management, across TI’s entire catalogue of products. Tim has a BSc. in Electrical Engineering Science from Salford University