Professor John M. Cioffi

rofessor John M. Cioffi

John M. Cioffi is Chairman and CEO of ASSIA, Inc., a Redwood City, CA based company pioneering DSL management software sold to DSL service providers, specifically known for introducing Dynamic Spectrum Management or DSM. He is also the Hitachi Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, where he held a tenured endowed professorship before retiring after 25 full-time years. Cioffi received his BSEE, 1978, Illinois; PhDEE, 1984, Stanford; Honorary Doctorate, University of Edinburgh 2010; Bell Laboratories, 1978-1984; IBM Research, 1984-1986; EE Prof., Stanford, 1986-present. Cioffi also founded Amati Com. Corp in 1991 (purchased by TI in 1997 for its DSL technology) and was officer/director from 1991-1997. At Amati, Cioffi designed the world’s first ADSL and VDSL modems, which design today accounts for roughly 98% of the worlds over 300 million DSL connections. Cioffi is an inventor on the basic patents on the widely licensed ADSL design, VDSL, Dynamic Spectrum Management, and vectored DSLs.

Cioffi currently is also on the Board of Directors of Alto Beam, Teranetics, and ClariPhy. He is on the advisory boards of Focus Ventures, Wavion, SiTune, and Quantenna. Various other awards include IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal (2010), International Marconi Fellow (2006); Member, United States National Academy of Engineering (2001); International Fellow United Kingdom’s Royal Academy of Engineering (2009); IEEE Kobayashi Medal (2001); IEEE Millennium Medal (2000); IEEE Fellow (1996); IEE JJ Tomson Medal (2000); 1999 U. of Illinois Outstanding Alumnus and 2010 Distinguished Alumnus. Cioffi has published several hundred technical papers and is the inventor named on over 100 aditional patents, many of which are heavily licensed in the communication industry.