IEEE Future Networks World Forum
12-14 October 2022 | Montreal, Canada + Virtual (Hybrid)

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


The Open Grid has been designed to support self-optimizing self-healing autonomic systems that can monitor the infrastructure for predicting and reactive maintenance and; use real-time AI to improve performance.




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


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





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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