IEEE Future Networks World Forum
On-Demand through 15 November 2022

OGA8: Toward Multi-party Autonomous Networks Powered by the Open Grid


The open grid will support time-sensitive distributed decision-making for network self-planning, self-optimization and self-healing. Reaching this autonomy in an open multi-party (vendors/users) ecosystem will require robust multi-agent software architectures with efficient, scalable coordination and common intent.


Michel Gémieux, VMware


  • Gwenael Poitau (Dell)
  • Mahdi Hirab (VMware)
  • Kim-Khoa Nguyen (ÉTS)
  • Alexei Nicolaev (VP Ekinops)


Michel Gémieux is a Staff Engineer and Technical Lead in the Cognitive Edge team, which is part of the in the Distributed Edge group at VMware. Engineer and researcher located in Montreal, his main research interests are AI-enabled wireless networks (ORAN), 5G and 6G wireless communications, smart grid and hardware acceleration. He started his journey in Telecommunications doing research on CRAN and LTE technologies with Huawei Technologies Canada and Polytechnique in 2013, he then migrated to 5GC (UPF) development when joining Kaloom in 2018. He then rapidly moved into leadership and became Technical Lead, and then Team lead of the acceleration strategies of the cloud native switch based UPF. Michel Gémieux holds a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Polytechnique Montreal. His thesis subject was hardware acceleration of distributed communication networks. He received awards and honours throughout his Ph.D., including but not limited to, the Hydro-Quebec’s Scholarship of Excellence, the Schneider Electric Student Merit Award, the Student Merit Scholarship (EFC), the Doctoral Scholarship (CTM), and was a PERSWADE Trainee (CRSNG). Michel was also involved in multiple Industrial Research Chairs during both his academic and industrial career.

Gwenael Poitau has 20 years of experience developing wireless communication systems for the telecom and defense markets.  He began his career with Wavesat in Montreal developing signal processing algorithms and ASIC architectures for 4G chipsets. He was then promoted as technical lead for LTE development.  He continued to work on LTE at Interdigital where he generated Intellectual Property on Device-to-Device communications and participated to 3GPP standardization.  He joined Ultra Electronics in 2010 as Wireless Architect for the new ORION radio product line and was promoted Chief Technology Officer in 2013. In addition to its CTO role, he took the Head of Engineering position in 2016. In 2019, he co-founded the Resilient Machine learning Institute, in collaboration with École de Technologie Supérieure (Montreal), to enhance the resilience of critical communications systems with distributed AI/ML techniques. In 2022, he joined Dell Technologies as Wireless AI Technology Director. He currently leads Dell research on advanced 5G/6G AI applications with an emphasis on cross-layer optimization, multi-agent systems and graph-based learning.

Mahdi Hirab. As Director Advanced Technologies at VMWare, offers fast expertise leveraging telecom engineering (4G, 5G RAN, Core network and service layer and AI/ML knowledge), software engineering (SDN, NFV, Analytics, Policy, Cloud technologies) and DevOps methodology to deliver highly effective and creative solutions that address business and technology challenges. Vast expertise on how to use/contribute to open source ecosystem to develop telecom solutions and business strategies employing cutting-edge technologies to increase technology leadership thru rapid innovation.
Mahdi has more than 18 years of experience in the telecom industry.

Kim Khoa Nguyen is Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and the founder of the IoT and Cloud Computing Laboratory at the University of Quebec’s Ecole de technologie supérieure, Montreal, Canada. In the past, he served as CTO of Inocybe Technologies (now is Kontron Canada), a world’s leading company in software-defined networking (SDN) solutions. He was the architect of the Canarie’s GreenStar Network and also involved in establishing CSA/IEEE standards for green ICT. He has led R&D in large-scale projects with Ericsson, Ciena, Telus, InterDigital, and Ultra Electronics. He is the recipient of Microsoft Azure Global IoT Contest Award 2017, and Ciena’s Aspirational Prize 2018. He is the author of more than 130 publications (50 journals), and holds several industrial patents. His expertise includes network optimization, cloud computing, IoT, big data, machine learning, AI, smart building, smart city, high speed networks, and green ICT.


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