Our Team

Tufon’s team has many years of experience in embedded systems design, development, and implementation. We are  uniquely positioned to reduce our customers' time to market through innovative design services.  


Homayoun Shahri, Ph.D.

Dr. Shahri is the principal partner and founder of Tufon Consulting. He has over 23 years of industrial and academic experience in communications and multimedia with extensive development background in both source and channel coding algorithms, crypto techniques, speech/audio and image/video compression, communications related software, and software engineering, as well as programmable architectures. Dr. Shahri has been consulting with various companies in channel modeling and equalization, channel coding, audio and video compression for wireless and wired channels, and cryptography. He is a recognized expert in hardware/software implementation of Reed-Solomon, Turbo codes, and soft decision decoding, and video/audio/speech coding algorithms, as well as cryptographic systems, and algorithms. He has designed and implemented systems for distribution and streaming of audio and video reliably over secure IEEE 802.11 a/b, as well programmable architectures for implementation of cryptographic algorithms.

Dr. Shahri was a founding member of Malleable Technologies, which was acquired by PMC-Sierra in June of 2000. At Malleable/PMC, he was the director of Applications Development, where he made major contributions to the design of Malleable Programmable Processor (MDP), and contributed to defining the development tools, and the requirements for Malleable’s Voice over Packet products. As a hands-on technical manager, he mapped many complex algorithms to the unique SIMD/VLIW Malleable Architecture. Dr. Shahri joined Malleable from Liberate Technologies (formerly Navio/NCI), where he was one of early employees. At Liberate he led the DSP algorithms design, development, and implementation for image compression and communications. Prior to Liberate he worked at Microunity, a programmable DSP company, where he was in charge of mapping complex communications algorithms to the Microunity architecture. Prior to that, Dr. Shahri was with AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he carried out research in video and speech compression. At Bell Labs, he made important contributions in the areas of low delay video transmission and transmitted noise reduction for telephony applications.

Dr. Shahri obtained his Ph.D. in EE from Lehigh University, specializing in channel coding, and taught at Lafayette College for 3 years. He has over 20 publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings, as well as several awarded and pending patents. Dr. Shahri was an Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC), and a lecturer at UC-Irvine. He is a senior member of IEEE, a member of Tau Beta Pi, and Eta Kappa Nu.