Navid Nikaein

Assistant Professor, Communication System, Eurecom.

Navid Nikaein

I am an assistant professor in communication systems department at Eurecom since 2009, where I am exploring ideas stem from both fundemental and experimental system research related to radio access network (RAN) (L1.5/L2/L3) in cellular, adhoc/mesh, and cloud settings with realistic use-cases.

I am also leading the development of the 4G->5G radio access networks of OpenAirInterface wireless technology platform. Current focus is on software defined 5G networks to realize the concept of network slicing. Checkout the code at

Past Experiences

I received my HDR degree (Habilitation) from University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis UNICE in 2015, and the Ph.D. degree in communication systems from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology EPFL in 2003.In terms of professional expereince, I was a research engineer/postdoc at Eurecom from 2003-2005, and a founding member of 3ROAM from 2005-2009, which is a startup company in Sophia-Antipolis, France, pioneering a range of intelligent wireless backhaul routing products for private and public networks.

Area of Interests

  • Access layer techniques and networking protocols/architectures

  • Cloud-native and programmable RAN (SDN, NFV)

  • Edge packet services and RAN analytics (MEC)

  • Fronthaul and backhaul transport networks

  • OpenAirInterface: Design and development of flexible HW/SW platforms for 4G/5G (realtime RF and Emulation)

  • Machine-type communication / IoT

  • Public safety networks / moving cells

  • Proximity networks


  • OpenAirInterface Training - (2011- present)

  • Mobile AdHoc Networks - 2005

Funded Projects




PostDocs/R&D Engineers

  • Kostas Katsalis Radio API in SDN and MEC frameworks

Ph.D. Students

  • Chia-Yu Chang Flexible Fucntional Split, User-centric RAN Programmability: D2D case study

  • Anta Huang Mobile Edge Computing, Network-centric RAN Programmability: RAN Sharing case study

  • Konstantinos Alexandris Network Abstraction/Graph, Mobility Management in 5G network

  • Romain Favraud self-programmable moving-cells in maritime environment - CIFRE

  • Nikolaos Sapountzis Energy and load optimizations for small cell networks - co-supervised with Thrasyvoulos Spyropoulos


  • Aikaterini Trilyraki Ethernet Fronthaul and Soft RRH GW

  • Bilel Ben Romdhanne (Ph.D Telecom ParisTech, 2011-2013), now at Moviken, Nice/France

  • Kaiji Zhou (Ph.D Telecom ParisTech, 2011-2013), now at Huawei, Shanghai/China

  • Daniel Camara (PostDoc, 2010-2011), now research fellow at Telecom ParisTech, Sophia-Antipolis/France

  • Lusheng Wang (PostDoc, 2011-2012), now Assistant Prof. at Hefei University of Technology, China

  • Aymen Hafsaoui (PostDoc, 2011-2013)

Selected Publications

Cloud-Native Radio Access Network

Public Safety

Machine-type communication in LTE/LTE-A

Latency in LTE

Complete list of publications could be fount at: [Eurecom DB], [DBLP], [Google Scholar].