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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 Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (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. Dr. Maier is a co-recipient of the 2009 IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial Paper Award and Best Paper Award presented at The International Society of Optical Engineers (SPIE) Photonics East 2000-Terabit Optical Networking Conference. He is the founder and creative director of the Optical Zeitgeist Laboratory (www.zeitgeistlab.ca). His 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 Technical Program Committees of IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE GLOBECOM, and IEEE ICC, and is an Editorial Board member of the IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials as well as ELSEVIER Computer Communications. He is a Senior Member of IEEE.


"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream." (Mark Twain, 1835-1910)

Research Interests

Dr. Maier's research activities aim at providing insights into technologies, protocols, and algorithms shapening the future of optical networks as well as exploring new ways of deploying emerging optical technologies in related multidisciplinary research areas. His work aims at rethinking the role of optical networks with a particular emphasis on communications, energy, and transport for emerging Smart Grid and electric mobility (e-mobility) applications as well as bimodal Fiber-Wireless (FiWi) networks for broadband access. Together with his students, he currently focuses on the design and performance evaluation of Smart Grid communications over FiWi networks and green video-dominated Packet Optical Transport Networks (P-OTNs).


  • Computer Networks (Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011)
  • Optical Networks (Fall 2008)

Current projects

Smart Grid Communications over Über-FiWi Networks
This research project inquires into fiber-wireless access sensor networks, new communications paradigms, migration paths, and implementation models to integrate and efficiently control e-mobility, distributed renewable energy sources, and future smart microgrid technologies.
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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 vehicle use patterns, thereby paving the way for a more holistic design of zero-emission smart zones by means of FiWi communications technologies.
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Advanced WBANs for an Ageing e-Health Society
As societies around the world will face populations with a significant increase of people aged over 65 years during 2010 and 2030, it will be key to find more cost-efficient healthcare solutions. This project aims at investigating advanced wireless body area networks (WBANs) and examining the involved challenges, including energy-efficient MAC protocol design, interoperability, as well as co-existence and integration with FiWi access sensor networks.
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Previous projects

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 from legacy SONET/SDH TDM but also widely deployed wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) circuit-switched network infrastructures.
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Optical Coding (OC) enabled Carrier-Grade Ethernet Networks
The purpose of this research project is to reconcile a partly sceptical networking community with OC technologies and establish them as a viable next step to enhance carrier-grade Ethernet network architectures with novel OC enabled control plane and OAM processes.
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Fiber-Wireless (FiWi) Broadband Access Networks
This research project investigates the design and performance of future-proof FiWi broadband access network architectures, medium access control and path selection protocols, and scheduling algorithms required to ensure QoS continuity and end-to-end QoS support across heterogeneous optical and wireless platforms.
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Martin Maier, professeur au Centre Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications

Martin Maier, professeur au Centre Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications