The 48th IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN), October 1-5, 2023, in Daytona Beach, Florida, USA

LCN Keynote Presentations

Please contact the LCN General Chair with any questions.

Monday, 02 October 2023, 0900-1000 EDT

INTERBEING in the Next G Era: On the Symbiosis between INTERnet and Human BEING

Martin Maier

Scientific Head, Optical Zeitgeist Laboratory
Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications Research Centre
Montreal, Quebec, Canada


According to NSF, there's a difference between 6G and Next G research. Next G research is more than 6G in that it includes but is not limited to cellular technologies and the topics of interest and specific key performance indicator requirements put forth by 6G standards development organizations. According to the Next G Alliance's roadmap to 6G, there exists a unique opportunity to address economic and societal challenges and explore the interdependencies between technological and human evolution. In this keynote, we outline our ideas on the symbiosis of Inter(net) and (human) being in the Metaverse's emerging Virtual Society enabled by a stronger and more resilient nexus between real and virtual worlds, giving rise to the powerful concept of Interbeing — a word that is not in the dictionary yet. As this nexus grows stronger and more resilient, it conducts more meaning and consequence, facilitates more experiences, and empowers more people to expand the parameters of the connected worlds. Our proposed approach leverages on tokenized digital twins as well as hyperintelligent life-like digital organisms that symbiomimic biological superorganisms to form the foundation of a future not only virtual, but also stigmergic society based on advanced extended reality wearables and generative AI enabled convergence of digital evolution with biology for realizing the reality-virtuality continuum of the Next G era.


Martin Maier is a full professor with the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), Montré́al, Canada. He was educated at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, and received MSc and PhD degrees both with distinctions (summa cum laude) in 1998 and 2003, respectively. In 2003, he was a postdoc fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA. He was a visiting professor at Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 2006 through 2007. He was a co-recipient of the 2009 IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial Paper Award. Further, he was a Marie Curie IIF Fellow of the European Commission from 2014 through 2015. In 2017, he received the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Foundation in recognition of his accomplishments in research on FiWi-enhanced mobile networks. In 2017, he was named one of the three most promising scientists in the category “Contribution to a better society” of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) 2017 Prize Award of the European Commission. In 2019/2020, he held a UC3M-Banco de Santander Excellence Chair at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Madrid, Spain. He is co-author of the book Toward 6G: A New Era of Convergence (Wiley-IEEE Press, January 2021) and author of the sequel 6G and Onward to Next G: The Road to the Multiverse (Wiley-IEEE Press, February 2023).

Tuesday, 03 October 2023, 1030-1130 EDT

Thirty Years of Networking Research and Thirty Days at NSF

Dr. Ellen Zegura

Professor and Stephen Fleming Chair in Telecommunications
School of Computer Science
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia, USA


In this talk I will highlight projects, lessons learned, and paths forward from my 30 year career working in computer networking. I will also briefly touch on my latest endeavor, serving the computing research community through work at the National Science Foundation funding agency.


Dr. Ellen Zegura is Regents and Fleming Chair Professor in the School of Computer Science at Georgia Tech. Starting in August 2023, she is on loan from Georgia Tech to the National Science Foundation serving as Division Director for Computer and Network Systems (CNS) within the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate. Her research interests lie in computer networking, with an emphasis on mobile and wireless networks, and on ethics education in undergraduate computer science. She is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the ACM.