First OpenAirInterface North America Workshop

The OpenAirInterface Software Alliance (OSA) is pleased to announce its first workshop on the North American continent in association with its Strategic Partners, Nokia Bell-Labs who is hosting this event at their prestigious Murray Hill premises, and the NSF PAWR Program who are supporting through local organization and outreach.

Keynote Speakers

Peter Vetter heads of the A-Lab (or Access research lab) in Nokia Bell Labs and is a Bell Labs Fellow. He is leading an eminent global team with the mission to invent game changing innovations that define the future of mobile and fixed access.  Under his leadership, he and his teams have realized several world-first system demonstrations in access and successfully transferred industry leading concepts into product. He was also co-founder of an internal venture that produced the first FTTH product in Alcatel.
He received the degree of Physics Engineer from Gent University (Belgium) in 1986 and a PhD with Prof. H. Pauwels in 1991. After a post-doctoral fellowship with Prof. T. Uchida at Tohoku University (Japan), he joined the research center of Alcatel (now Nokia) in Antwerp in 1993. Since 2009, he works at Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey.  During his professional career, his broad range of research interests included liquid crystal displays, optical interconnections, optical access, access platforms, access network architectures, energy efficient access networks, copper and cable access, wireless access, and indoor networks. He has authored or co-authored over a hundred international papers and presentations, including several invited, tutorials, and keynotes.

Larry Peterson is the CTO of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) and the Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science, Emeritus at Princeton University.
He is a co-author of the best selling networking textbook “Computer Networks: A Systems Approach,” and has been the technical lead on several Internet-scale distributed systems, including the widely used PlanetLab and MeasurementLab platforms, and the CoBlitz CDN (now commercially licensed by Akamai). He is currently working on the CORD access edge cloud, and leads CORD’s Tech Steering Team.
Peterson is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the ACM and the IEEE, the 2010 recipient of the IEEE Kobayashi Computer and Communication Award, and the 2013 recipient of the ACM SIGCOMM Award. He received his Ph.D. degree from Purdue University in 1985.

Lyle Bertz serves as a Director of Technology Innovation & Architecture at Sprint where he is responsible for long-term Core Network and Service System (wireline, enterprise, IOT, LTE & 5G) technology strategy and architecture as well as support of related standards and global ecosystem activities.
Mr. Bertz has over 20 years of experience with Sprint leading network and service research and development, orchestration and execution of key technology proofs of concept/demonstrations, vendor and open source solutions development.  He has lead development efforts on open source mobile cores and is currently a member of ONF OMEC (Open Mobile Evolved Core).
His portfolio includes over 100 awarded US patents and is a co-author, editor and contributor to multiple IETF RFCs and drafts.

Azhar Sayeed is a Chief Technologist, at Red Hat. His role is to work with Telcos worldwide to define new architectures and develop deployment models and strategies for Cloud and Virtualization.
Azhar is active in open source communities such as OpenDaylight and OPNFV. Most recently Azhar drove a Virtualized Central Office Architecture as an OPNFV community project demonstrating how Central Offices can be virtualized to drive new cost effective way to deliver Residential, Business and Mobile services.
Azhar has more than 25 years of experience in the Networking, Telecommunications and Software industry. Prior to Red Hat Azhar, is a 17 year veteran of Cisco Systems where he ran many teams and projects from Software Product Management to Engineering development and Solutions delivery teams. He has 9 Patents and is author of a book – “MPLS and Next-Generation Networks: Foundations for NGN and Enterprise Virtualization”

Amar Padmanabhan is a lead developer on the magma project at Facebook.
Prior to Facebook Amar led the controller implementation at Nicira which was subsequently acquired by VMware and has been involved in software networking for over a decade.
Amar holds a masters from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and an undergraduate degree from IIT Kharagpur.

Workshop Program

The workshop will be organized as follows.

June 25, 2019: Hands-On Training of OpenAirInterface Software and Deployment Environment

The workshop will start with a full day of training on the OpenAirInterface Software, Testing Tools and Continuous Integration environments. A hands on session will be part of training day: Deploying OAI software (UE, 4G, 5G and Core Network) on PAWR Platform resources; POWDER-RENEW and COSMOS will allow experimenters to deploy their own experiments for use after the workshop. Detailed instructions and pre-work will be sent to registered attendees.

Training Program

Time Slot Training Team Affiliation Title
09:00AM – 10:30AM Florian Kaltenberger
Hongzhi Wang
The Basics of OpenAirInterface
10:30AM – 11:00AM COFFEE BREAK
11:00AM – 12:30PM Raymond Knopp EURECOM / OSA OpenAirInterface L1-L2 Procedures
12:30PM – 01:30PM LUNCH BREAK
01:30PM – 03:00PM Lionel Gauthier
Luhan Wang
Olivier Choisy
Tien-Thinh Nguyen
The OpenAirInterface Core Network: 4G and 5G
03:00PM – 03:30PM COFFEE BREAK
03:30PM – 04:30PM Raphaël Defosseux OPENAIRINTERFACE SOFTWARE ALLIANCE The OAI Continuous Integration Framework
04:30PM – 06:30PM Florian Kaltenberger
Hongzhi Wang
Ivan Seskar
Kobus Van der Merwe
Kirk Webb
OAI Hands-On Training: OAI-Enabled Research and Development on the COSMOS and POWDER Platforms*

*Preparatory information for the hands-on training session will be provided to the registered participants before the event.

June 26-27, 2019: Talks and Demos on Latest Results and New Use-Cases with OpenAirInterface

The next two days of the workshop include keynotes, panels and technical topics. The two workshop days will also be an opportunity for teams working with OAI to show their results and meet other community members with similar interests. We shall also have a thorough discussion on software licenses and the OAI Public License V1.1 in particular during the course of a panel.

June 26, 2019: Workshop – Day 1

Time Slot Speaker Affiliation Title
09:00AM Raymond Knopp EURECOM / OSA Welcome to the 1st OpenAirInterface North America Workshop
09:00AM – 09:45AM Peter Vetter NOKIA BELL LABS Keynote: title coming soon
09:45AM – 10:30AM Larry Peterson OPEN NETWORKING FOUNDATION Keynote: title coming soon
10:30AM – 11:00AM COFFEE BREAK
11:00AM – 12:00PM Panelists coming soon PANEL DISCUSSION: How do the OAI Public License and other open source licenses influence use of such software in industry’s use-cases
12:00PM – 01:00PM LUNCH BREAK
01:00PM – 01:20PM Kurtis Heimerl UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON CoLTE: Productizing OAI for Rural and Remote Internet Access
01:20PM – 01:50PM Kazunari Kobayashi FUJITSU Title tbd
01:50PM – 02:10PM Martin O’Shield WINDYCITYSDR How ‘OpenCells All-in-One OpenAirInterface 5G’ Creates Low Bandwidth Mobile Phone Data Networks
02:10PM – 02:30PM Hongzhi Wang TCL CORPORATION 5G UE Prototyping based on OpenAirInterface
02:30PM – 02:50PM François Taburet NOKIA BELL LABS Getting Measurements from OAI eNodeB/gNodeB
02:50PM – 03:10PM Salvatore D’Oro NORTH EASTERN UNIVERSITY Testing a Unified Cellular Network Management Framework on OpenAirInterface
03:10PM – 03:30PM COFFEE BREAK
03:30PM – 03:50PM Hongwei Zhang IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY Predictable URLLC: Algorithms and Prototyping
03:50PM – 04:10PM Luhan Wang BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF POSTS AND TELECOMS Microsecond-Level Timing Service by using OpenAirInterface
04:10PM – 04:30PM Sudhir Pattar INTERDIGITAL CORP. OAI LTE support in EMANE
04:30PM – 04:50PM Jacobus Van der Merwe UNIVERSITY OF UTAH RAN Research with OAI and the POWDER Platform
04:50PM – 05:10PM Lus Felipe Ariza Vesga UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE COLOMBIA Real-time Emulation Methodologies for Centralized Radio Access Networks

June 27, 2019: Workshop – Day 2

Time Slot Speaker Affiliation Title
09:00AM – 09:40AM Amar Padmanabhan FACEBOOK INC. Keynote: A Systems Approach to Access Networks
09:40AM – 10:20AM Lyle Bertz SPRINT Keynote: 4G / 5G Open Source Cores – Current State and the Future
10:20AM – 11:00AM Azhar Sayeed RED HAT INC. Keynote: Journey to Cloud Native for 5G
11:00AM – 11:30AM COFFEE BREAK
11:30AM – 12:30PM Panelists coming soon PANEL DISCUSSION: 5G Communities and Their Role in the Phase Changes in Telecom Industry
12:30PM – 01:30PM LUNCH BREAK
01:30PM – 01:50PM Yuko Akiyama FUJITSU Implementation and Evaluation for the Commercial Use of OAI
01:50PM – 02:10PM Patrick Robert SYRTEM 5G OTA Video DL TX Towards Two UEs at 3.5 & 26 GHz using Modular gNB and UE SDR Platforms Running OAI SW
02:10PM – 02:30PM Dan Steinbach INTERDIGITAL CORP. Software Implementation of an NR LDPC on a GPU to Replace an FPGA Implementation
02:30PM – 02:50PM Terng-Yin Hsu TAIWAN CHIAO TUNG UNIVERISTY Soft PHY Enhancement – GPU Offload and Distributed Computation
02:50PM – 03:10PM Raymond Knopp EURECOM / VENCORE Device to Device Contributions to OAI
03:10PM – 03:30PM Yacine El Mghazli NOKIA BELL LABS Continuous Integration Contributions from Nokia Bell-Labs France
03:30PM – 03:50PM COFFEE BREAK
03:50PM – 04:10PM Olivier Choisy B-COM 5G-Core cloud-Ready Deployment based on Micro-Services Architecture
04:10PM – 04:30PM Navid Nikaein EURECOM / OSA Open F1/E1/X2 Interfaces and RIC Controller in OAI
04:30PM – 04:50PM Keliang Du BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF POSTS AND TELECOMS Development Status of AMF in OAI 5G Core
04:50PM – 05:10PM Tao Han UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA CHARLOTTE Learning-Assisted Network Slicing for Diverse Applications in 5G


Demos will run concurrently with the coffee break and the 26th of June cocktail from 5pm to 7pm.

Presenter Affiliation Title
Lisa Lam INTERDIGITAL CORP. 28GHz NR Beam Steering Demo
Olivier Choisy B-COM AMF/SMF Demo in the 5G SBA Core
Rahman Doost-Mohammady RICE UNIVERSITY Experimentation with POWDER-RENEW Non-realtime Massive-MIMO Framework
Kirk Webb UNIVERSITY OF UTAH Mobile and Wireless Research with OAI and the POWDER Platform


Please register here at your earliest. We have limited seats at the event.

Location and Accommodation

The workshop will take place at The Hamming Hall Auditorium & Oak Room at

Bell Labs, Murray Hill, NJ, USA, 600 Mountain Avenue
Murray Hill, NJ 07974-0636
United States

For more information on the location, please click here.

The nearest hotel is the Best Western Plus Murray Hill Hotel and Suites located at 535 Central Avenue New Providence, New Jersey 07974 United States. The hotel provides a daily shuttle service to Nokia Bell Labs at 7:30am, 8:00am, and 8:30am. The evening pick-up time from the workshop venue is 5pm and 5:30pm. Other hotels are also available in the vicinity.

The hotel offers a special rate of $128 + taxes (around $146.72 per night) to the workshop participants. The reservation can be made by directly calling the hotel and providing the discount code for Nokia NOSN.

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