MetaCom 2023
IEEE International Conference on Metaverse Computing, Networking and Applications (IEEE MetaCom 2023)
June 26-28, 2023 · Kyoto, Japan


The Metaverse is Dead, Long Live the Metaverse: Distinguishing Opportunities from Hype

What are the research prospects, challenges, and opportunities for Metaverse computing? Visions of immersive computing, IoT, ubiquitous computing, and augmented/extended reality have existed for some time. What has changed now to explain the recent explosion of interest in Metaverse applications? How stable is this new trend? The panel brainstorms opportunities and hype in an effort to articulate a prospective roadmap for supporting a novel application ecosystem that builds on the proliferation of pervasive “things,” the rise of machine intelligence, and the introduction of progressively more capable end-devices that facilitate immersion.

Panel Chair

Tarek Abdelzaher
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Bio: Tarek Abdelzaher is a Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Professor of Computer Science and a Willett Faculty Scholar at the University of Illinois. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan in 1999. Abdelzaher co-authored over 300 refereed publications in Real-time Computing, Distributed Systems, Sensor Networks, and IoT, with an H-index of 95. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Real-Time Systems, and as an Associate Editor of multiple journals including IEEE TMC, IEEE TPDS, ACM ToSN, ACM TIoT, and ACM ToIT. He also chaired several top conferences in his field, including RTSS, Sensys, Infocom, ICDCS, IPSN, RTAS, DCoSS, and ICAC. Abdelzaher received the IEEE Outstanding Technical Achievement and Leadership Award in Real-time Systems (2012), a Xerox Research Award (2011), and several best paper awards. He is a fellow of IEEE and ACM.

Panel Members

Klara Nahrstedt
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Bio: Klara Nahrstedt is the Grainger Chair in Engineering Professor in the Computer Science Department, and the Director of Coordinated Science Laboratory in the Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests are in end-to-end QoS, teleimmersion, resource management in distributed multimedia systems, and IoT cyber-physical systems. She is the recipient of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award, ACM SIGMM Technical Achievement Award, and other recognitions. She was the chair of ACM Special Interest Group in Multimedia (SIGMM), general and TPC co-chair of ACM Multimedia, IEEE Percom, IEEE/ACM IoTDI, IEEE SmartGridComm, IEEE SECON, and other venues. Klara Nahrstedt received her Diploma in Mathematics from Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany in 1985, and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Computer and Information Science in 1995. She is ACM, IEEE, AAAS Fellow, Member of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina Society), and Member of the US National Academy of Engineering.

Mani Srivastava
University of California, Los Angeles
Bio: Mani Srivastava is on the faculty at UCLA where he is a Distinguished Professor in the ECE Department with a joint appointment in the CS Department and is the Vice Chair for Computer Engineering. His research is broadly in the area of human-cyber-physical and IoT systems that are learning-enabled, resource-constrained, and trustworthy. It spans problems across the entire spectrum of applications, architectures, algorithms, and technologies in the context of systems and applications for mHealth, sustainable buildings, smart built environments, digital twins, and mixed-reality. He is a Fellow of both the ACM and the IEEE.

Baochun Li
University of Toronto
Bio: Baochun Li is a Professor and serves as Associate Chair, Research in the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. He is cross-appointed to the Department of Computer Science. He is a member of the Computer Engineering research group. Starting August 2005, he holds the Bell Canada Endowed Chair in Computer Engineering. Prof. Li’s research interests include cloud computing, distributed systems such as distributed machine learning and federated learning, security and privacy, and networking. He has co-authored more than 450 research papers in major international journals and conference proceedings, with a total of over 24000 citations, an H-index of 86 and an i10-index of 319. He has also served as chair and member of organizing and technical committees of many international conferences, including IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE IWQoS, IEEE ICDCS, IEEE NETCODE, IEEE ICNP. Baochun Li received several research awards including Leonard G. Abraham Prize Paper Award in the Field of Communications Systems, University of Toronto McLean Award, the Multimedia Communications Best Paper Award from the IEEE Communications Society. He is a fellow of IEEE and Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Max (Chong) Li
Computecoin Network and Columbia University
Bio: Dr. Max (Chong) Li is a faculty member in the department of electrical engineering at Columbia University (in the City of New York), the founder & CEO of the Web3 data cloud company “Oort”. He had been working with Qualcomm Research on 4G LTE and 5G systems design. He is an IEEE Senior member, and also the president of Science & Technology Economic Committee at China-US Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Li is a holder of 200+ International/US patents. He has been actively publishing academic papers on top-ranking journals, including Proceedings of the IEEE, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, IEEE Communications Magazine, Automatica, etc. His paper “Youla Coding and Computation of Gaussian Feedback Capacity” was nominated for the 2019 IEEE Information Theory Society Paper Award (one of the highest honors from the IEEE Information Theory Society). He has also served as reviewer, committee and co-chair for most prestigious journals and conferences in communications and control societies. Dr. Li is a grant review committee member of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. He is the author of the book "Reinforcement Learning for Cyber-physical Systems" (Taylor & Francis CRC press). Dr. Li has broad research interests including information theory, machine learning, distributed database and computing systems (e.g., blockchain), networked control and communication, PYH/MAC systems design for advance telecommunication technologies (5G and beyond).


  • Aug 31, 2022

    Web site is up.

  • Aug 31, 2022

    Call for Papers published.

Important Days

  • Dec 30, 2022

    Paper Submission Due

  • Jan 18, 2023

    Paper Submission Due (extended)

  • Feb 6, 2023

    Paper Submission Due (Firm)

  • Mar 15, 2023

    Author Notification

  • May 10, 2023

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  • Jun 26-28, 2023

    Conference Date

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