Network Intelligence in the Open RAN: architectures, challenges and open experimental platforms

Speaker : Salvatore D'Oro
Northeastern University (Boston)
Date: 30/11/2022
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Room 4B01


The Open Radio Access Network (RAN) paradigm and its embodiment based on the O-RAN Alliance specifications is poised to transform the telecom ecosystem via virtualized and disaggregated RAN, open interfaces and RAN intelligent controllers (RICs). This talk will provide a comprehensive introduction to O-RAN, including a clear overview of the potentials of the Open RAN paradigm and of the challenges to its realization. After a brief introduction on O-RAN and its architecture, we will focus our attention on discussing how Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data-driven optimization will transform the ecosystem and will identify challenges to be overcome to de-risk AI, as well as how to design, train and deploy AI-based solutions that are able to generalize across multiple topologies, network and traffic conditions. Finally, the talk with focus on showcasing selected results obtained using OpenRAN Gym (, an experimental platform for research on O-RAN developed by our team at Northeastern University.