Our People

Executive Committee Members


Raymond Knopp

Raymond is Professor in the Communication Systems Department at EURECOM.
He received his PhD degree in Communication Systems from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne. His current research and teaching interests are in the area of digital communications, software radio architectures, and implementation aspects of signal processing systems and real-time wireless networking protocols. He has a proven track record in managing both fundamental and experimental research projects.
Raymond is a leading figure in the OpenAirInterface Community and has been instrumental in making open software for Radio Access Network a reality through contributions over two decades. He is one of the very first and one of the most significant contributors to the OpenAirInterface codebase.
Raymond was elected as the President of the OSA in December 2018.

Ulrich Finger

Ulrich received an Engineering degree from the University of Stuttgart and a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Networks from Telecom Paris.
He conducted research in Computer Science at Centre National d’Etudes des Télécommunications (C.N.E.T.), Issy-Les-Moulineaux, France, and later served as Head of the Computer Science Department at Telecom Paris.
In May 1997, he became the Director of EURECOM. Ulrich Finger is a member of IEEE, ACM and IFIP. He holds nine patents and is author of numerous papers in leading scientific conferences and journals.
Ulrich serves as board member of the OSA.

David Gesbert (IEEE Fellow)

David is head of the Communication Systems Department, EURECOM.
After his Ph.D at TelecomParis Tech in 1997, he has been with the Information Systems Laboratory, Stanford University, a founding engineer of Iospan Wireless Inc, San Jose, CA., a world pioneer for MIMO-OFDM, and with Univ. Oslo.
He has published about 250 papers and 20+ patents in the area of communications systems. He was recently named a Thomson-Reuters Highly Cited Researchers in Computer Science. Since 2015, he holds an ERC Advanced grant on “Smart Device Communications”.
David serves as board member of the OSA.

Florian Kaltenberger

Florian is Assistant Professor in the Communication Systems Department at EURECOM.
He got his PhD degree in Computational and Applied Mathematics from Vienna University of Technology. He has been working in the wireless research for the past ten years. He is an active member of the OpenAirInterface 5G software radio team that he has lead technically in the PHY layer work.
Florian is skilled in MIMO, Matlab, Wireless Technologies, LTE, and Digital Signal Processing. Florian oversees R&D activities at the OSA especially in the PHY and MAC layer.
Florian serves as the General Secretary of the OSA.

Pascal Gros

Pascal Gros received an Engineering degree from EFREI Paris in 1985 and a PhD in Control Systems from UTC (Université de Technologie de Compiègne) in 1991.
He worked as a research engineer for UTC and Telmat in the field of Computer Graphics. In 1992 he joined the Multimedia department of EURECOM where he held a research position in the Information Visualisation domain. He became responsible of the EURECOM IT service in 2001 and of logistics services in 2008. He was also responsible for the construction and operation of the new EURECOM building. He is Secretary General of EURECOM since 2018 and manages all the support services (human resources, finance, legal, IT, logistics).
He serves as Treasurer of the OSA.

Navid Nikaein

Navid is Professor in the Communication Systems Department at EURECOM.
He received his PhD degree in Communication Systems from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne. His work is in the area of real-time wireless networking protocols and architectures as well as 4G and 5G technology enablers such as SDN, NFV, MEC, and the cloud. He is coordinating the mosaic-5g.io initiative, that provides a software-based 4G/5G service delivery platform on top of the OpenAirInterface communication infrastructure.
Navid has a proven track record in managing experimental system research projects at an international level. He oversees R&D activities at the OSA in both RAN and CN domains.
Navid serves as board member of the OSA.

Strategic Members

Yuuko Akiyama

Yuuko is Senior Manager at Fujitsu Limited.
She joined Fujitsu Limited in 2005 and since has served in various leadership roles in software development for telecommunications.
Currently she is leading a project on base station software development for the carrier network.
Her current interests are related to network softwarization and the software and network architecture development for 5G.
Yuuko is the board member of the OSA for Fujitsu.

Laurent Depersin

Laurent leads the HOME Lab at InterDigital bringing best in class technologies in the Home in its wide sense, embracing Communication, Networking (5G, WiFi, virtualization and SDR), Video and VR streaming, Cloud computing/gaming, ML/AI (machine learning) for better in home understanding & control, EDGE computing.
He manages a team of seasoned engineers and scientists dedicated to creating value through IP, standards contribution and technology development. This team brings together a unique combination of both hands-on expertise plus forward-thinking thoughts essential to IP creation and advanced concepts delivery.
Laurent joined InterDigital R&I (fly. Technicolor R&I) with a 20+ years experience acquired mainly in the Telecom industry. Click here for more information about his work.
Laurent is member of board at the OSA representing InterDigital.

Christian Gallard

Christian graduated from the Ecole Supérieure d’électronique de l’Ouest (ESEO) in 1996.
From 1997 to 2000, he was with Matra Communications and from 2000 to 2002 with Philips. From 2002 to 2004 he was involved in speech processing, UMTS FDD and MIMO. He joined France Telecom in Dec. 2004 where he researched WiMAX and LTE. Later he was involved in broadcasting (DVB-T2, DVB-NGH, projects B21C, ENGINES) and later collaborative research M3 (Mobile Multi-Media) project.
Today at Orange, he is leading research activities in connectivity for wireless broadband services.
Christian is member of board at the OSA representing Orange.

Abhimanyu Gosain

Abhimanyu (Manu) Gosain is a Technical Program Director at Northeastern University. In this role, he is in charge of setting strategic goals and the research agenda for a $100 million public-private partnership for the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program.
He has previously managed networking and mobile computing research projects as a Network Scientist at Raytheon BBN Technologies. His numerous professional publications and experience exemplify use-inspired basic research in the field of networking technologies such as LTE, 5G, dispersed computing, edge computing and Internet of Things.
He is an IEEE Senior Member. He received his M.S. degree from Tufts University and M.B.A. from Boston University with High Honors.
Manu is board member at the OSA representing the PAWR Project Office.

Douglas Knisely

Doug is a seasoned thought leader in the Wireless Telecommunications Industry and is globally recognized for his experience as a specialist in standardization of radio access technology.
Currently Principal Engineer at Qualcomm and Standarization Delegate at several standardization fora representing his organization, he was formerly VP of Technology at Airvana and prior to that a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs.
Doug is currently serving as a delegate at the O-RAN Alliance where he is one of the most influential voices encouraging joint efforts towards defining an open Radio Access Network architecture. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the OpenAirInterface Software Alliance especially in standards and all aspects of open source dealing with standardized technology.
Doug is board member at the OSA representing QUALCOMM.

Shah Rahman

Shah is the Engineering Lead at Facebook Connectivity, where he manages the Cellular Technology team to bring more people online by enabling operators and service providers with open, flexible and extensible carrier-grade cellular systems, especially packet core and backhaul. His team is developing the distributed packet core technology, Magma that Facebook open sourced at MWC’19 and is currently in live trials around the globe.
Prior to Facebook, Shah was an Engineering Director at Ericsson and led the NFV platform team for EPC gateways (vEPG, vBNG, vWMG and vSecGW). Previously, he managed teams at Redback Networks as well as Cisco Systems spanning a leadership and engineering career over 19 years. He has authored 18 patents and has another 7 pending at USPTO.
Shah holds a masters from Stanford University and a bachelors from University of Queensland, Australia — both in Electrical Engineering.
Shah is board member at the OSA representing FACEBOOK CONNECTIVITY.

Laurent Roullet

Laurent is currently leading the End-to-end Mobile Networks Virtualization & Verification research group at Nokia Bell Labs, located in Paris-Saclay.
He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, Paris and then from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace, Toulouse.
His expertises cover Cloud, SDN & NFV, LTE, RAN, Self Organized Networks, DVB-SH, DVB-H, IP Networking, Broadcast and Satellite Systems.
His company, Nokia Bell-Labs, is a Strategic Member of the Alliance.
Laurent is board member at the OSA representing Nokia Bell-Labs.

OpenAirInterface Software Alliance Staff


Irfan Ghauri

Irfan holds an MBA in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and a PhD in Electrical Engineering.
Till date he has founded two startups in his career, the first in Wireless Communications and the second in Collaborative Economy. He has also held Management roles in the corporate environments for fifteen years especially in funding advanced research.
He specializes in the art of the Start and has expertise in launching and accelerating embryonic projects. He is an ardent believer in the Technology of Management and is passionate about Business Model Design and Innovation. At the Alliance his role is evangelization and development of the OAI.
He is Director of Operations at the OSA.

Raphaël Defosseux

Raphaël graduated in 1996 from the École Supérieure d’Électricité with a Masters degree in Electronics and Signal Processing.
He started his career as a Hardware designer for different companies in France and the USA. He was introduced to 3G Wireless world by designing Viterbi/Turbo Decoder accelerators.
He has been working in Software Development for more than 10 years both in corporate and startup environments fulfilling many roles ranging from customer requirement gathering, specification, coding, testing, formal releases and maintenance tasks.
He strongly believes that code quality and proper work methodology are key to success, even for a personal SW project.
Raphaël is the Continuous Integration and Work Methodology expert at the OSA.

OSA Alumni

Christian Bonnet

Christian was Professor in the Communication Systems Department at EURECOM.
He participated in the definition of the programming language ADA and in the implementation of the first European ADA compiler within ALSYS. In 1987 he was appointed Director of the Real Time Department of GSI Tecsi, and responsible for the R&D European IST projects.
He served as Head of Department of Mobile Communications Department at EURECOM. Prof. Bonnet’s work was in the areas of radio communications, value added networks and real time systems. He was the co-creator of the Mobile Radio project at EURECOM that gave birth to the greatly successful OpenAirInterface Platform.
Christian was the founding President of the OSA, a position he resigned from when he retired from EURECOM in December 2018.