Rod Walsh is a Principal Researcher for Nokia Research Center in Tampere, Finland. He is working on cloud computing and smart spaces, along with human and machine interaction therein, and distribution and virtualisation at several layers of the computer networking and interactions stack. His research interests also include small and diverse group collaboration, ubiquitous computing through autonomous formation and orchestration of multi-device environments, and taking playful design patterns in everyday activities. His previous work on hybrid networks and broadband data access to homes has also delivered expertise and standardization contributions in IP Datacast, multi-access terminals, media guides and service discovery.
As a respected coach, leader and individual contributor in research, design and venture teams, he has catalysed many industrial and scientific contributions. These include 15 granted patents, scientific publications, many company internal expert presentations, keynotes, and significant contributions to ratified Internet, telecommunications and broadcast standards. With a proven track record in developing theory into technology development agenda and into useful business assets, he enjoys both hands-on and intellectually intense development and is able to form and drive multidisciplinary and specialist collaboration to deliver on these.
Rod is known for his passion for innovative technologies and their application in wider systems, his friendly and accessible style, and his drive to achieve across organizational and discipline boundaries.