Martin May

Martin May

Director of Technology Strategy

Location:Home Experience Lab

What's new:
I joined Technicolor Paris Research Labs in summer 2008 - at the time still called Thomson. I took the job of a Distinguished Scientist leading the activities in the wireless homenetworking domain, Futur Internet, as well as in opportunistic communication. In these two domains, we are running a couple of very interesting projects like Haggle, WIP (finished end of 2008), OpNex, Figaro, and Scampi.
In 2010, I changed my job within Research and Innovation and am now Director of Technology Strategy. In this role, I defined and coordianted together with Jens Peter Wittemburg the research strategy of all R&I in Techniolor. Since 2013, on top of my role as technology strategist, I'm also running the Paris research lab working on data mining and analytics. The core project we are running is on network data mining. We build a platform that allows to predict usage of devices and simplify troubleshooting for network operators. 

I still try to be as active as possible in multiple conferences like IEEE Infocom, ACM CoNext or ACM MobiHoc and am also area editor in CCR, the ACM SIGCOMM newsletter, as well as in the Computer Communication Journal published by Elsevier.

Short Bio:
Martin May received the Master degree in computer science from the University of Mannheim in 1996. In 1999, he received his Ph.D. degree at INRIA Sophia Antipolis from the University of Nice, France. He did most of his thesis work on Internet QoS mechanisms at INRIA, but was also technical staff member of Lucent Bell-Labs Research, Holmdel, USA and Sprintlabs, Burlingame, USA. Until beginning of 2000, he continued his research as a post-doctoral member of the research staff at Sprintlabs, Burlingame, US. In 2000, he founded a start up company in France where he worked in the field of Content Networking.
After selling the company end of 2003, he went back to academia where he joined the Swiss Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich) as a senior research associate. His research interests are in Future Internetworking Architectures and network security. Since 2006, he coordinates a large EU-funded project on Future Internet Technologies with the goal to develop new networking paradigms and node architectures for the Future Internet - the ANA project. In 2008, Dr. May joined the Thomson Research Lab in Paris (now called Technicolor R&I) where he runs the media delivery program.
Dr. May is a member of the IEEE, ACM and the Internet Society. He is an area editor of ACM Sigcomm Computer Communication Review as well as of the Computer Communication Journal published by elsevier, has chaired multiple workshops and conferences and also served on technical Program committees for many top tier networking conferences.

Research interests:
Over the last years, I change quite a bit my focus of interest. While during my PhD I was mainly working on QoS aspects of the Internet, I later moved towards different archtiectures like overlay networking and more recently, clean slate approaches for Futur Internet Architectures. Within Thomson, we focus on how to provide new communication services on the Internet, and what communication architecture needs to be deployed side by side with the Internet to support these new communication services. The research on wireless home networking can be seen as the natural extension of these concepts.

  • Data Mining
  • Future Internet Architectures
  • Opportunistic networks and content dissemination
  • Wireless home networking
  • Network security, measurements, and anomaly detection
  • Content Discovery and recommender systems

Haggle is a communication architecture that enables opportunistic communication between networked devices. We named the Haggle communication paradigm "Pocket Switched Network" as data take advantage of both network availability and device mobility to achieve communication services. The Haggle implementation called MobiClique is going to be soon available on windows mobile and symbian phones.
OneLab2 will establish a competitive and federated facility with international visibility and a broad set of customers. Onelab2s vision and research contributions will materialise in PlanetLab Europe, the European arm of the worlds most widely used research networking test bed, with the freedom to innovate on behalf of European industrial and academic research priorities. This will give European Internet stakeholders a means to experiment at the network and application layers and accelerate the design of advanced networking technologies for the future Internet.
OPNEX delivers a first principles approach to the design of architectures and protocols for multi-hop wireless networks. Systems and optimization theory is used as the foundation for algorithms that provably achieve full transport capacity of wireless systems. Subsequently a plan for converting the algorithms termed in abstract network models to protocols and architectures in practical wireless systems is given. Finally a validation methodology through experimental protocol evaluation in real network test-beds is proposed.
The Nano Data Center project is a new content delivery paradigm where content is stored on the home gateways in a way that it can be accessed quickly and securely by customers. We expect NaDa to save 90% capital investment to ISPs, and also 90 to 95% energy in the data delivery process. NaDa, thanks to its "managed Peer-to-peer" communivation infrastructure, will allow a large range of new services to be deployed quickly and safely such as P2P games, User generated Services, VoD, Catch-up TV, etc.
The ANA Project aims at exploring novel ways of organizing and using networks beyond legacy Internet technology. The ultimate goal is to design and develop a novel autonomic network architecture that enables flexible, dynamic, and fully autonomous formation of network nodes as well as whole networks. Universities and research institutes from Europe and Northern America are participating in this project.
Figaro has the goal to develop the technologies to intelligently interconnect multiple home networks and distributed and share content in neihborhood communities. This project covers networkig aspects, system design, but also topic like energy management and home automation.

Latest publications


Characterizing Home Wireless Performance: The Gateway View

, , , Jaideep Chandrashekar, Pascal Le Guyadec, , Martin May, Karel Van Doorselaer, Koen Van Oost

IEEE Infocom 2015
April 26, 2015

SCAMPI: Service platform for soCial Aware Mobile and Pervasive computIng

Mikko Pitkanen, Teemu Karkkainen, Joerg Ott, Marco Conti, Andrea Passarella, Silvia Giordiano, Daniele Puccinelli, Franck Legendre, Sacha Trifunovic, Karin Hummel, Martin May, , Thrasyvoulos Spyropoulos

ACM MobileCloud Computing workshop 2012
August 17, 2012

Probe and Pray: Using UPnP for home network measurements

Lucas DiCioccio, Renata Teixeira, Martin May, Christian Kreibich

PAM 2012
March 13, 2012