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Martin Maier

Réseaux optiques du futur

Développement des réseaux optiques du futur et fusion avec les réseaux sans fil de la prochaine génération, modernisation évolutive des réseaux


MARTIN MAIER is a full professor at the National Institute of Scientific Research (INRS), Montreal, Canada. He was educated at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, and received MSc and PhD degrees (both with distinctions) in 1998 and 2003, respectively. In the summer of 2003, he was a postdoc fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge.He was a visiting professor at Stanford University, Stanford, October 2006 through March 2007. Further, he was a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow (IIF) of the European Commission from March 2014 through February 2015. Dr. Maier is a co-recipient of The 2009 IEEE Communications Society Best Paper Award and Best Paper Award presented at the International Society of Optical Engineers (SPIE) East Photonics 2000-Terabit Optical Networking Conference. He is the founder and creative director of the Optical Zeitgeist Laboratory ( research activities aim at rethinking the role of optical networks and exploring novel applications of optical networking concepts and technologies across multidisciplinary domains, with a particular focus on communications, energy, and transport for emerging smart grid applications and bimodal fiber-wireless (FiWi) networks for broadband access. He is the author of the book "Optical Switching Networks" (Cambridge University Press, 2008), which was translated into Japanese in 2009, the lead author of the book "FiWi Access Networks" (Cambridge University Press, 2012), and (co ) author of over 100 journal and conference proceedings publications. He served on the IEEE INFOCOM Technical Program Committees, IEEE GLOBECOM,and IEEE ICC, and is an Editorial Board member of the IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials ELSEVIER Computer Communications. He is a Senior Member of IEEE. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the IEEE Technical Subcommittee on Fiber-Wireless (FiWi) Integration.


"Twenty years from now you'll be more disappointed by the things you did so by the ones you did." So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. . " (Mark Twain, 1835-1910)

Research Interests

Dr. Maier's research activities to provide insights into technologies, protocols, and algorithms shaping the future of bimodal Fiber-Wireless (FiWi) networks for unified broadband access as well as exploring new ways of deploying emerging optical fiber and wireless technologies in related multidisciplinary research areas . Its work aims at rethinking the role of networks in their full potential, including their future convergence with other technologies and economic sectors. Together with his students, he currently focuses on mobile Internet, automation of knowledge work, Internet of Things, cloud technology, and advanced robotics, which represents the five technologies with the most probable potential economic impact in 2025.


  • Fiber-Wireless Networks and Entrepreneurial Design (Summer 2019, Winter 2016/2017)
  • Computer Networks (Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011)
  • Optical Networks (Fall 2008)


Current projects


Artificial Intelligence based Mobile Edge Computing

Two-level cloud-cloudlet architectures leverage both centralized and distributed cloud resources and services, where the cloudlet infrastructure is typically based on data-centric FiWi access networking technologies. Cooperative automation is a key feature that is expected to enhance unified FiWi and Het-Net networks by means of artificial intelligence (AI) -based mobile edge-computing (MEC) capabilities. This research project will address the key challenges to enabling AI based MEC in FiWi enhanced 4G networks to meet key design requirements such as ultra-low latency. Moreover, TensorFlow, an open source machine-learning library, will be exploited to realize collaborative automation as an important stepping stone towards human-robot symbiosis. read more

Ethereum: Decentralized Applications and Autonomous Organizations

The objective of this research is to combine the capabilities of Ethereum blockchain and emerging Tactile Internet technologies to a truly distributed P2P architecture that is capable of adopting a resilient, autonomous, and decentralized control for the Internet Tactile applications. Furthermore, this project will promote interaction between humans, machines, and smart contracts. The outcomes of this research project will lead to significant transformations across multiple industries and open new challenges and business opportunities that are set to revolutionize our digital world. read more


Toward 6G: The Internet of No Things

Future 6G networks should not only explore more spectrum at high-frequency bands but, more importantly, converge upcoming technological trends such as multisensory extended reality (XR), connected social robots, human-machine interaction, and blockchain technologies. This project will explore the so-called Internet of No Things with its human-intended services that appear when needed and disappear when not needed. The Internet of No Things aims at helping realize the paradigm shift "from 5G engineering to 6G humanity," as envisioned in the world's first 6G White Paper. read more



Previous projects

Extended Reality and O2O Communications

The recently emerging trend of extended reality (XR) aims at combining real and virtual world and human-machine interaction. XR is the next-generation mobile computing platform that creates a reality-virtuality continuum for the extension of human experiences. This research project investigates the potential and limitations of online-to-offline / offline-to-online (O2O) operations, with 70% of millennials prefer shopping in conventional brick-and-mortar stores DESPITE the fact That They Spend an average of 7.5 hours a day online. read more

Internet Tactile

The Tactile Internet is expected to be an extremely robust and reliable system that supports user experience and tactile applications / services in a connected world. To achieve this vision, several technologies like Fiber-Wireless (FiWi) access networks, cloud based platforms, robotics etc. are expected to converge by the end of this decade. We will look at key enabling techniques and architectures to improve the overall system performance. We expect that the results of this project will be more important than the end-to-end delay for the future. read more

Cloud Computing for Smart grids and Smart Cities

There is a plethora of readily available wired and wireless networking technologies to build smart grid communications infrastructures. The major roadblocks to a sustainable low carbon society may be less feasible and expansive but the lack of business and regulatory frameworks for emerging smart grids. Cloud computing is widely used in the early 1960s. This research project aims to unveil the potential of cloud computing in smart grids and to explore the role of cloud computing. read more

Advanced WBANs for an Ageing e-Health Society

As societies around the world will face populations with a significant increase of people over 65 years during 2010 and 2030, it will be cost-effective healthcare solutions. This project aims at investigating advanced wireless networks (WBANs) and examining the challenges involved, including energy-efficient MAC protocol design, interoperability, and co-existence and integration with FiWi access sensor networks. read more

Unveiling the Hidden Connections between E-mobility and Smart Microgrid

Electric mobility (e-mobility) and smart microgrid are two different game changing concepts for sustainable transportation and energy solutions. This research project aims at unveiling the hidden connections between local intermittent renewable energy sources and the stochastic characteristics of electric vehicles use patterns, thus paving the way for a more holistic design of zero-emission smart zones by means of FiWi communications technologies. read more

Smart Grid Communications over Über-FiWi Networks

This research project provides information on fiber-wireless access, new paths, migration paths, and ready-to-run implementation of e-mobility, distributed renewable energy sources, and future smart microgrid technologies.
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Green Video-Dominated P-OTNs

This research explores next-generation P-OTN switch architectures with advanced packet switching capabilities and new forwarding models, paying particular attention to their control, evolutionary migration not only legacy SONET / SDH TDM but also widely deployed wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) circuit-switched network infrastructures. read more

Optical Coding (OC) Enabled Carrier-Grade Ethernet Networks

The purpose of this research project is to reconcile a part of the world with OC technologies and establishes them as a viable next step to enhance carrier-grade Ethernet network architectures with OC enabled control plane and OAM processes. read more

Fiber-Wireless (FiWi) Broadband Access Networks

This research project investigates the design and performance of future-proof QoS continuity and end-to-end QoS support across heterogeneous optical and wireless platforms. read more


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Martin Maier, professeur au Centre Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications

Martin Maier, professeur au Centre Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications