Plenary Speakers

Oxide Electronics

Prof. Arokia Nathan

University of Cambridge

UK

Professor Arokia Nathan is the Professor of Photonic Systems and Displays in the Department of Engineering​ at the University of Cambridge. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta. Following post-doctoral years at LSI Logic Corp., USA and ETH Zurich, Switzerland, he joined the University of Waterloo where he held the DALSA/NSERC Industrial Research Chair in sensor technology and subsequently the Canada Research Chair in nano-scale flexible circuits.

He was a recipient of the 2001 NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Fellowship and in 2006, he moved to the UK to take up the Sumitomo Chair of Nanotechnology at the London Centre for Nanotechnology, University College London, where he received the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. He has held Visiting Professor appointments at the Physical Electronics Laboratory, ETH Zürich and the Engineering Department, University of Cambridge. He has published over 400 papers in the field of sensor technology and CAD, and thin film transistor electronics, and is a co-author of four books. He has over 50 patents filed/awarded and has founded/co-founded four spin-off companies. He serves on technical committees and editorial boards in various capacities. He is a Chartered Engineer (UK), Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (UK), Fellow of IEEE (USA), and an IEEE/EDS Distinguished Lecturer.

Impact of mechanical deformation on flexible thin film transistor performance

Dr. Ahmed Nejim

Silvaco

UK

Ahmed Nejim obtained his PhD in 1990 in Ion-Solid interaction and ion beam modification of polymers from the University of Salford in Manchester. A wide experience in ion implantation and semiconductor processing was obtained in 17 years of research in material science, semiconductor physics and microelectronic design. Experience in lecturing, mentoring and facility management. 10 years of technical project management, European multinational projects, Liaison research fellow of a UK national research facility at the University of Surrey.

Since 2001 he has been working at Silvaco supporting TCAD software users in optoelectronics, power and large area electronic applications. He acts as an R&D Project Manager for Silvaco Europe. Involved in projects ranging from smart systems, power electronics, MEMS, solar cell design to organic and oxide based TFT model development.

AI Fundamentals and Its Applications in Semiconductor: Learning-based Technologies for Accelerating Parametric Testing, Device Modeling and IC Design

Mr. Yanfeng Li

CEO of Platform Design

Automation

Mr. Yanfeng Li is a seasoned semiconductor technologist and EDA expert in the field of AI-driven parametric testing, device modeling, PDK and IP validation. He has driven the developments of several world leading modeling/PDK software and AI-driven parametric test instruments serving semiconductor companies worldwide. He is the founder and CEO of Platform Design Automation, a leading China EDA company pioneering in device modeling and AI-driven parametric test solutions and his last venture was with Accelicon as General Manager till its successful exit with Agilent. He also served key technical roles at Cadence and PDF solutions. He has authored and co-authored more than 20 journal/conference papers. Mr. Li graduated from Tsinghua University and Vanderbilt University both in Electrical Engineering.

Designing Flexible Hybrid Electronics for Functionality, Performance, Robustness and Energy Efficiency

Prof. Tim Cheng

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

China

K.-T. Tim Cheng received his Ph.D. in EECS from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988. He is currently Dean of Engineering and Chair Professor of ECE and CSE at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He worked at Bell Laboratories from 1988 to 1993 and joined the faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1993 where he was the founding director of UCSB’s Computer Engineering Program (1999-2002), Chair of the ECE Department (2005-2008) and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research (2013-2016). He held a Visiting Professor position at TsingHua Univ. Taiwan (1999), Univ. of Tokyo, Japan (2008), Hong Kong Univ. of Science and Technology (2012) and Zhejiang University China (2012-2016). His current research interests include mobile embedded systems, computer vision, SoC design verification and test, and multimedia computing. He has published more than 400 technical papers, co-authored five books, adviced 40 PhD theses, and holds 12 U.S. Patents in these areas. He served as Director for US Department of Defense MURI Center for 3D hybrid circuits which aims at integrating CMOS with high-density memristors.

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