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. CerfVinton 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.

Daniel J. BlumenthalDaniel J. Blumenthal

Professor of ECE and Director of Terabit Optical Ethernet Center (TOEC), University of California at Santa Barbara

Dr. Daniel J Blumenthal is a Professor in the Department of ECE at UCSB, Director of the Terabit Optical Ethernet Center (TOEC) and heads the Optical Communications and Photonics Integration (OCPI) group. He is Co-Founder of Packet Photonics Inc. and Calient Networks, manufacturers of optical communications and network equipment. Dr. Blumenthal is lead PI for the recently awarded ARPAe OPEN-2018 funded project “FRESCO: FREquency Stabilized Coherent Optical Low‐Energy WDM DC Interconnects.”

He holds 23 patents and has published over 425 papers in the areas of optical communications and optical packet switching, ultra-narrow linewidth integrated lasers, optical gyro sensors, photonic integration integrated circuits, integrated atom cooling and photonic molecules, nano-photonics and microwave photonics.  He is co-author of Tunable Laser Diodes and Related Optical Sources (New York: IEEE–Wiley, 2005) and has published two invited papers in the Proceedings of the IEEE. 

Dr. Blumenthal is a 2017 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), Fellow of the IEEE and Fellow of the Optical Society of America. He has served on the Board of Directors for National LambdaRail (NLR) and as an elected member of the Internet2 Architecture Advisory Council. He is recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award (NYI) and an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award and has served on numerous program committees including OFC, Photonics in Switching and as guest editor of multiple IEEE Journal special issues. 

Blumenthal received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder (1993), the M.S.E.E. from Columbia University (1988) and the B.S.E.E from the University of Rochester (1981).

Asha R. KeddyAsha R. Keddy

Corporate Vice President, Intel Corporation
General Manager, Next Generation and Standards

Asha R. Keddy is Corporate Vice President at Intel Corporation, where she also serves as the General Manager of Next Generation and Standards (NGS) Group.  A recognized industry leader, Keddy’s passion is in understanding how advancements in technology can improve the lives of people, and the environment in which we live—creating a safer, healthier, smarter society for all.

Keddy’s organization enables new business verticals and applications - participating in industry consortia; contributing to global standards; developing and testing prototypes in trials, and driving product innovation.  Her team facilitates trials with other ecosystem partners, key learnings from which have been influential in setting government and industry policy, and in furthering the convergence of communications and computing with end-to-end technology solutions.

This work will open up new market opportunities in multiple verticals, including games, sports, connected cars, and smart cities, while bringing forward the advanced capabilities of artificial intelligence, visual data, mixed reality and connectivity-based technologies to address residential, enterprise and industrial business needs. Keddy’s vision of innovation is based on iterative development, insights about people, and a commitment to partnerships with industry and governments alike.

Keddy leads 5G partner strategy and development efforts for Intel. This multi-year investment, her team’s work, and dozens of trials with industry-leading manufacturing, operator, and vertical partners have resulted in several world “firsts.” These accomplishments will accelerate 5G commercial deployment across industrial, automotive, fixed wireless and enterprise use cases in all major geographies. The learnings and Intellectual Property (IP) from these engagements will also serve to evolve the development of system architectures and incubation of technologies and IP for wireless at Intel. 

Ms. Keddy lives in the Portland, Oregon, and in her personal time enjoys reading, painting, hiking, biking and kayaking with her husband and dog.

David LassnerDavid 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.

Richard LiRichard Li

Chief Scientist of Network Technologies, Huawei USA

Dr. Richard Li is Chief Scientist of Network Technologies at Huawei USA, where he leads a senior research team to design and develop next-generation network architectures, technologies, protocols, and solutions. Meanwhile, Richard serves as the Chairman of the ITU-T FG Network 2030, the Vice Chairman of the European ETSI ISG NGP (Next-Generation Protocols), Co-Chairs of Technical Program Committees for some ACM/IEEE/IARIA conferences and workshops. Prior to joining Huawei, he worked with Cisco and Ericsson in his various capacities in the field of networking technologies, standards, solutions and operating systems. During his career, Richard spearheaded network technology innovation and development encompassing several areas of networking such as Routing and MPLS, Mobile Backhaul, Metro and Core Networks, Data Center, Cloud and Virtualization. Richard is extremely passionate about advances in data communications, and challenges himself by solving problems in their entirety thus creating a bigger and long-term impact on the networking industry.

Lizhong ZhengLizhong 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.