Prof. Martin Maier
Professor, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), Montréal, Canada
Martin Maier is a full professor with the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), Montréal, 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. He was a recipient of the two-year Deutsche Telekom doctoral scholarship from 1999 through 2001. He was a visiting researcher at the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, in 1998 and Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe, AZ, in 2001. In 2003, he was a postdoc fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA. Before joining INRS, Dr. Maier was a research associate at CTTC, Barcelona, Spain, 2003 through 2005. 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.
Among numerous other publications, Martin Maier is co-author of the book “Toward 6G: A New Era of Convergence” (Wiley-IEEE Press, January 2021) and author of the recently published sequel “6G and Onward to Next G: The Road to the Multiverse” (Wiley-IEEE Press, February 2023). The first book elaborates on the importance of convergence of upcoming technological trends and key enabling technologies (e.g., AI, robots, XR, and blockchain) that lie at the heart of 6G and the possible end of the smartphone era. The book ends with an outlook on how future profound technologies will weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it and the boundary between virtual and physical worlds is to become increasingly imperceptible. Conversely, the second book explores the emergence of a new regime that connects all humans and machines into a global matrix, which some call the global mind or world brain, leveraging on the collective intelligence of all humans combined with the collective behavior of all machines, plus the intelligence of nature, plus whatever behavior emerges from this whole. It focuses not only on the technologies but also points to the expected human transformation in the 6G era through unifying experiences across the physical, digital, and biological worlds delivered by non-traditional converged service platforms, where developers do not hesitate to use technologies from as many disciplines as possible to pave the way for the coming Metaverse as the precursor of the future Multiverse.