Chris Hiszpanski

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California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
Sep 2006 — Jun 2007
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (with Honor)
Sep 2002 — Jun 2006


Los Angeles, CA
Technical Lead, Streaming
Apr 2020 — Present
  • Architected and developed core streaming software
  • Created low-latency (sub-second) video streaming platform (for web and mobile) using Media Source Extentions
  • Implemented MPEG-4 ISO BMFF / CMAF muxer in Go
  • Developed on-camera AAC audio daemon resulting in better audio fidelity and compression and lower compute usage
  • Developed real-time communication software
Technologies: Ambarella S5L & CV22, AWS, C, CMAF, Go, HiSilicon Hi3516A & Hi3519, HLS, ISO 14496, Media Source Extensions, MPEG-4 ISO BMFF, Python, Yocto, WebRTC
Santa Monica, CA
Chief Technology Officer
Mar 2019 — Apr 2020

Created AlohaRTC, a real-time video communication platform for teleoperation, smart cameras, robotics, and other connected devices.

  • Easy-to-use. SDKs for simple integration.
  • Low-latency. Less than 250ms.
  • Secure. End-to-end encrypted.
  • Cross-platform. Use any browser (including iOS Safari) -- no plug-ins needed.
  • Stellar. Crystal clear video, in town or across the globe, even in tough network conditions.

Engineering team acquired by Verkada.

Technologies: AWS, Git, Go, HTML5, Postgres, Preact, Scss, VerneMQ, WebRTC (DTLS, RTP, ICE, SDP, STUN, TURN)
Palo Alto, CA
Staff Machine Vision Mfg. Engineer
Oct 2017 — Mar 2019
  • Developed video recording web service for monitoring automation faults throughout Model 3 General Assembly
  • Designed object detection and segmentation convolutional neural networks for Autopilot 2.5 ECUs
  • Supported Model 3 machine vision systems during production ramp
Technologies: Ansible, Bootstrap, C, Caffe, CMake, FPD-Link III, Git, Go, HLS, Nvidia Tegra, PyTorch, SystemD, WebRTC
San Bruno, CA
Chief Architect
May 2014 — Jul 2017
  • First engineering hire
  • Scaled number of connected cameras by 5 orders-of-magnitude
  • Architected AWS-based backend for a global network of smart cameras
  • Created and shipped deep learning pipeline for real-time person and vehicle recognition
Technologies: Ambarella A5s & S2L, AWS (CloudFormation, CloudWatch Logs, EC2, Lambda, RDS, S3, SES, Route53), Caffe, Django, Postgres, Python
San Francisco, CA
Lead Embedded Software Engineer
Oct 2013 — May 2014
  • Led firmware team, setting direction and managing sprints
  • Designed single-board computer for new UAV autopilot product (fixed-wing, quad-copter, VTOL)
  • Developed board support packages (BSPs) for embedded Linux and Micrium uC/OS-II
  • Designed bootloader and other safety-critical firmware components
Washington, DC
Hardware and Software Engineer
May 2008 — Sep 2013
Jun 2006 — May 2008
Aug 2002 — Jun 2006
Jun 2002 — Sep 2002

Developed bootloader for over-the-air updates of Microchip PIC16F series microcontrollers within Rocky 7 rover, a terrestrial testbed for Mars Exploration Rovers.