Chris Lauwers is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ubicity Corporation, a provider of modeldriven service lifecycle management systems. Chris also serves as the Chair of the OASIS TOSCA Technical Committee. Prior to Ubicity, Chris was Chief Technology Officer at Avistar Communications Corp from 2001 to 2012. He was also Avistar’s Vice President of Engineering from 1994 to 2001.
Chris has 25 years of experience designing and building networking and communications solutions for large enterprises and service providers. Over the course of his career, Mr. Lauwers has helped pioneer several modern networked communications and collaboration technologies. His PhD research at Stanford University led to one of the first Shared Window Systems, technology more commonly known today as Web Conferencing. At Avistar, he built the first globally-scaled deployments of desktop video conferencing, including deployments of interactive video in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) environments. He also created the first “video extranet” enabling presence-based video calling between business partners over IP networks.
Chris holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the KU Leuven of Belgium and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Stanford University. He holds 91 patents in the areas of presence-based interactions, desktop video, recorded and live media at the desktop, multimedia documents, and data sharing.