Name: Travis Doll, PhD
Title/Designation: President, CEO
Organization Name: Sciens Innovations
Bio: Dr. Doll is a software engineer specializing in digital signal processing with many years of industry experience in developing and delivering robust collection capabilities to the Intelligence Community. When not developing solutions for customers, Travis spends his time expanding company collaborations and researching new technologies to provide unique and challenging opportunities for the Sciens team.
Dr. Doll earned both his PhD and MS in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University, specializing in Digital Signal Processing. During his graduate years, he was awarded two National Science Foundation Graduate Teaching Fellowships to develop and implement STEM education within the Philadelphia school system. He received his BS in Computer Science from Dickinson College.
Consortium: Sensor Open Systems Architecture™
Membership Level: Associate
How long have you been involved with The Open Group SOSA™ Consortium? We started our MORA development a few years ago, so have been involved in open standards-based hardware and software design and development for quite some time now. Joining the Consortium was the next evolution in helping develop open standards for this community.
What do you do, and how long have you been doing it? My role at Sciens is to prioritize learning and growth opportunities for all team members, while seeking new challenges and partners, so we continue to expand collaborative environments within the open standards ecosystem. Also, in collaboration with our entire team, I contribute to the technical guidance of our product roadmap, open standards integration, and demonstration of our capabilities at events, labs, and customer facilities. I’ve worked in these capacities for more than four years at Sciens and attribute our success to our team’s expertise and hard work to realize our plans.
Why did your organization become a Member of The Open Group SOSA Consortium and what does/will your involvement look like? Joining SOSA for us meant knowing that we are actively helping to foster growth and interoperability within the SOSA community by leveraging our software and firmware expertise. We developed our helux toolkit in a hardware-agnostic and holistic manner to efficiently MORA-enable VPX hardware and assist with SOSA aligned hardware integration. Additionally, helux provides a solution to ease the development of MORA and VICTORY applications for SOSA aligned VPX hardware. Ultimately, we strive to offer effective products to expedite SOSA adoption within the CMOSS community.
How has/will membership in The Open Group SOSA Consortium benefit you, your organization, and the industry at large? The SOSA Consortium has given Sciens, and the whole industry, a platform to grow quickly and exponentially, while facilitating market adoption of SOSA aligned products. Having a member-driven community of likeminded companies, from the DoD down to component manufacturers, working towards a common goal is no small feat. The Consortium provides a framework where we can all collaborate and share innovative ideas.
What contributions do you hope to bring to The Open Group SOSA Consortium? Our goal in being part of the Consortium is to provide implementation, integration, and sustainment services to SOSA hardware groups using our helux products to foster the growth of SOSA aligned systems and programs cost- and time-efficiently. Our comprehensive software and firmware suite provides a solution that enables the initial implementation of software interfaces through complete system integration and demonstration. We develop our products in lockstep with the evolving MORA and VICTORY specifications to keep our partners in a deployable readiness state within the SOSA community. We intend to utilize the openness of the SOSA Consortium to provide input and feedback based on our direct experience implementing the requirements outlined in the specifications.
Why is it important for other organizations to join The Open Group SOSA Consortium? As a company, you are part of this landmark technical standard with the ability to provide your input and feedback, regardless of the company size. As SOSA aligned systems, and ultimately conformant systems, begin to make their way into military and defense applications, the best place to be is at the forefront of this development. That starts with the Consortium and the member companies leading the charge.
What are your hobbies? Outside of work, I spend most of my time with family. We’re pretty active, so it’s all about being outside, playing, running around…just generally enjoying each other, no matter what we get into.
What book are you currently reading? A favorite of mine, Drive by Daniel Pinkman, is one I came across as we were starting Sciens. The core principles presented—autonomy, mastery, purpose—spoke to us and had a significant influence on Sciens' founding principles. Our company environment strives to foster and facilitate team member growth, learning and exploration to enable each of us to find our place within the team.
What social networks do you belong to? Personally, LinkedIn. I’m always looking for new and interesting collaborations as well as networking with others. We find our best successes through collaborations, so always looking for opportunities. You can find Sciens Innovations on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, though!
Any last thoughts? I can’t emphasize enough what collaboration means to the growth of the SOSA community. Opportunities to connect come in all forms, even from small conversations at events or impromptu meet ups and phone calls. We’re always looking for new ways to discover what others in this community are working on, so we can tackle opportunities and handle challenges together. If anyone in the SOSA community wants to share their latest ideas and activities, don’t hesitate to reach out; we’re interested in learning what others are doing and seeing how Sciens can help contribute.