IEEE Global Communications Conference
9-13 December 2019 // Waikoloa, HI, USA
Revolutionizing Communications


The following keynote speakers have been confirmed for IEEE GLOBECOM 2019. The title and abstract of their talks will be posted closer to the conference.

Keynote Speakers

Vinton G. CerfDr. Vinton G. Cerf

Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google

Vinton G. Cerf is vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He contributes to global policy development and continued spread of the Internet. Widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet," Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet.   He has served in executive positions at MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and on the faculty of Stanford University.

Vint Cerf served as chairman of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from 2000-2007 and has been a Visiting Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 1998. Cerf served as founding president of the Internet Society (ISOC) from 1992-1995.  In addition, Cerf is honorary chairman of the IPv6 Forum, dedicated to raising awareness and speeding introduction of the new Internet protocol. Cerf is a Foreign Member of the British Royal Society and Swedish Academy of Engineering, and Fellow of IEEE, ACM, and American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Engineering Consortium, the Computer History Museum, the British Computer Society, the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, the Worshipful Company of Stationers and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.  He has served as President of the Association for Computing Machinery, chairman of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) and completed a term as Chairman of the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology for the US National Institute of Standards and Technology. President Obama appointed him to the National Science Board in 2012.

Cerf is a recipient of numerous awards and commendations in connection with his work on the Internet, including the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, US National Medal of Technology, the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, the Prince of Asturias Award, the Tunisian National Medal of Science, the Japan Prize, the Charles Stark Draper award, the ACM Turing Award, the Franklin Medal, Officer of the Legion d’Honneur and 29 honorary degrees.  In December 1994, People magazine identified Cerf as one of that year's "25 Most Intriguing People."

His personal interests include fine wine, gourmet cooking and science fiction. Cerf and his wife, Sigrid, were married in 1966 and have two sons, David and Bennett.

David LassnerDr. David Lassner

President, University Hawai'i (UH)

David Lassner is the 15th president of the University of Hawaiʻi (UH), the statewide system comprising all public higher education in Hawaiʻi.  He also currently serves as interim Chancellor of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, the flagship research campus of the UH System. Lassner’s current agenda includes a focus on helping more Hawaiʻi residents earn college credentials and developing an innovation sector to strengthen the Hawaiʻi economy while creating high-quality jobs. He is also advancing the UH commitments to sustainability and to becoming a model indigenous-serving university.  

Lassner has worked at the university since 1977, holding the position of vice president for information technology and chief information officer for many years before being appointed President. Lassner is also a member of the university’s cooperating graduate faculty and has taught both online and in-person in computer science, communications, business and education.

Lassner is currently a commissioner of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE), a board member for the National Association of System Heads (NASH), and a member of the Board of Governors of the East West Center.  In his prior positions Lassner played an active leadership role in a variety of local, national and international information and communications technology organizations. He served on the boards of Hawaiʻi’s High Technology Development Corporation and Public Broadcasting Service affiliate and he chaired the Hawaiʻi’s Broadband Task Force. Lassner also served on the board of Internet2, was a co-founder and board member of the Kuali Foundation, and past-chair of the boards of the Pacific Telecommunications Council and of EDUCAUSE.

Lassner led Hawaiʻi’s major statewide federally funded project that interconnected all public schools, libraries and higher education campuses on six islands with fiber optics and has received multiple National Science Foundation (NSF) grants over the past 20 years focused on research and education networking and cyberinfrastructure. He has been principal investigator (PI) for over $400 million in extramural contracts and grants and is currently PI for the DoD’s Maui High Performance Computing Center, for the Pacific Disaster Center, which provides information support for disaster managers and planners in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, and for an NSF International Research Networking Connections program grant focused on research & education networking in the Pacific and Australasia.  

Lassner earned an AB in economics summa cum laude and an MS in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).  He also earned a PhD in communication and information sciences from the University of Hawaiʻi. He has been recognized with Internet2’s Richard Rose Award, the Richard Jonsen Award from the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, CENIC’s inaugural Christine Haska Distinguished Service Award,  and as a Distinguished Alumni Educator of the UIUC Computer Science Department and a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Hawaiʻi.

Lizhong ZhengDr. Lizhong Zheng

Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Lizhong Zheng received the B.S and M.S. degrees, in 1994 and 1997 respectively, from the Department of Electronic Engineering, Tsinghua University, China, and the Ph.D. degree, in 2002, from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley. Since 2002, he has been working at MIT, where he is currently a professor of Electrical Engineering. His research interests include information theory, statistical inference, communications, and networks theory. He received Eli Jury award from UC Berkeley in 2002, IEEE Information Theory Society Paper Award in 2003, and NSF CAREER award in 2004, and the AFOSR Young Investigator Award in 2007. He served as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, and the general co-chair for the IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory in 2012. He is an IEEE fellow.