Gerhard Fettweis


Gerhard Fettweis earned his Ph.D. under H. Meyr's supervision from RWTH Aachen in 1990. After one year at IBM Research in San Jose, CA he moved to TCSI Inc., Berkeley, CA. Since 1994, he is Vodafone Chair Professor at TU Dresden, Germany, with currently 20 companies from Asia/Europe/US sponsoring his research on wireless transmission and chip design. He coordinates 2 DFG centers at TU Dresden, cfaed and HAEC. Gerhard is IEEE Fellow, member of acatech, has an honorary doctorate from TU Tampere, and has received multiple awards. In Dresden he has spun-out more than ten startups, and setup funded projects of more than EUR 1/3 billion volume. He has helped organizing IEEE conferences, most notably as TPC Chair of IEEE ICC 2009, IEEE TTM 2012, and General Chair of VTC Spring 2013.

Symposium talk: Advancing Electronics for Designing Future Systems

Robert Calderbank


Robert Calderbank is Director of the Information Initiative at Duke University, where he is Professor of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics. He joined Duke in 2010, completed a 3 year term as Dean of Natural Sciences in August 2013, and also served as Interim Director of the Duke Initiative in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in 2012. Before joining Duke he was Professor of Electrical Engineering and Mathematics at Princeton University where he also directed the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics.

Symposium talk: Coding for Racetrack Memory

Luigi Colombo


Dr. Luigi Colombo earned BS (1975) degree in Physics from Iona College (NY) and PhD (1980) degree in Materials Science from the University of Rochester (NY). He is now an Adjunct Professor of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas after a 36-year career at Texas Instruments (TI). He joined TI in 1981 to work on infrared detector materials where he performed research on II-VI compounds, and developed a HgCdZnTe liquid phase epitaxy process and put in production in 1991; this process is still in production today. Luigi has also developed high-k capacitor MIM structures for DRAMs, SiON/poly-Si and Hf-based high-k gate/metal transistor gate stacks for advanced transistor devices beyond the 90 nm node. He is currently responsible for the development of new materials such as graphene, hexagonal boron nitride and transition metal dichalcogenides and their integration in new device flows as part of the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI).  Over the past 8 years Luigi has developed the first CVD graphene process on Cu in collaboration with researchers at UT Austin.  He has authored and co-authored over 150 refereed papers, made over 170 invited and contributed presentations, has written 4 chapters in edited books, and holds over 100 US and international patents. He is on the Strategic Advisory Council of the European Graphene Flagship, has been on the advisory board of the UC Berkeley Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science External Advisory Board, the SRC-NRI Technical Program Group, and the SRC-STARnet Strategic Advisory Board. He is also an IEEE and APS Fellow.

Symposium talk: 2D Materials: Crystal Growth for Future Device Structures

Giovanni De Micheli


Giovanni De Micheli is Professor and Director of the Institute of Electrical Engineering and of the Integrated Systems Centre at EPF Lausanne, Switzerland. He is program leader of the program. Previously, he was Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University.He holds a Nuclear Engineer degree (Politecnico di Milano, 1979), a M.S. and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (University of California at Berkeley, 1980 and 1983).

Symposium talk: The majority paradigm in logic synthesis

Fei Ding


Prof. Ding started his PhD study in Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 2004, with Prof. Yonghai Chen (PhD supervisor) in the Institute of Semiconductors. From 2006 to 2009 he was selected in the first Chinese Academy of Sciences - Max Planck Society joint PhD program, working partly in Stuttgart (MPI-FKF) and Dresden (IFW). Part of his PhD study was performed together with Prof. Val Zwiller in Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.

After the PhD he did one and half year Postdoc, then he got the support from Marie Curie Fellowship and moved to Switzerland. During the two years' stay in Big Blue (IBM) he was working with Dr. Rainer F. Mahrt in the Exploratory Photonics Group. Since October 2012, Prof. Ding has been working at the Leibniz University of Hannover and the IFW as a scientific group leader.  

Symposium talk: Near-optimal entangled-photon sources in the solid state? 

Xinliang Feng


Xinliang Feng obtained his PhD degree in April 2008 from Prof. Klaus Müllen's group at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research. In December 2007 he was appointed as a group leader at the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research and in 2012 he became a distinguished group leader at the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research. Now he is Head of Chair for Molecular Functional Materials at cfaed. His current scientific interests include graphene, two-dimensional nanomaterials, organic conjugated materials, and carbon-rich molecules and materials for electronic and energy-related applications. He has published more than 365 research articles which have attracted more than 22,000 citations with H-index of 72 (Sept. 2017).

Symposium talk: Organic 2D Materials for Electronics

Andras Kis


Andras Kis obtained his PhD degree from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in 2003. From 2004 till 2007 he was a postdoctoral researcher under Prof. Zettl's supervision at the University of California, Berkeley. After that, he came back to EPFL and worked there from 2008 till 2015 as a tenure-track assistant professor. Since 2015, he is associate professor at EPFL, School of Engineering (STI), Institute of Eletrical Engineering (IEL). Prof. Kis's field of expertise include nanotechnology, nanoelectronics, nanofabrication, nanomechanics, nanomanipulation, AFM, TEM and SEM. He received several awards for his scientific work: ERC consolidator grant, ERC starting researcher grant and Latsis Foundation University Prize.

Symposium talk: 2D dichalcogenide electronic materials and devices

Karl Leo


Karl Leo is Professor of Optoelectronics and Head of the Dresden Integrated Center for Applied Physics and Photonic Materials (IAPP), at TU Dresden. He is a pioneer in the field of organic semiconductors and his research focuses on improving the conductivity of semiconductors. His work has been honored, among others, with the Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation (DFG) as well as with the German President's Award for Innovation. Leo is member of the European Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina) and fellow of the Optical Society of America and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. In the spin-offs Novalek AG and Heliatek GmbH he successfully transferred his research results into industrial applications.

Symposium talk: High-performance organic transistors

Stuart Parkin


Since 2014, Stuart Parkin is director at the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics in Halle and professor at the Institute of Physics of the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg. He is an IBM Fellow (IBM’s highest technical honor) and a Consulting professor in the Dept. of Applied Physics at Stanford University. Until summer 2015 he was the director of the IBM–Stanford Spintronic Science and Applications Center and managed the Magnetoelectronics group at the IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA. In Halle, he will further develop and shape the field of material sciences, especially of applied spintronics.

Heike E. Riel


Heike Riel is an IBM Fellow and serves as Executive Director of the IBM Research Frontiers Institute, as well as Director of IoT Technology and Solutions at IBM Research. She is responsible for a broad portfolio of research activities spanning the physical sciences and the mathematical sciences to build cognitive IoT solutions. The IBM Research Frontiers Institute comprises leading-edge research activities pushing the limits of today’s technologies, developing tomorrow’s computing architectures, and projecting their implications for business and society. The goal is to create scientific and technological breakthroughs in the research topics of Computing Re-imagined, Data Experienced and The Invisible Made Visible.

Henning Sirringhaus


Henning Sirringhaus holds the Hitachi Professorship of Electron Device Physics at the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. He has an undergraduate and PhD degree in physics from ETH Zürich (CH). From 1995-1996 he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Princeton University (USA). He has been working in Cambridge in the field of charge transport in organic semiconductors and their application in field-effect transistors since 1997. In 2000 he co-founded Plastic Logic Ltd., a technology start-up company commercialising printed organic transistor technology.

Symposium talk: Charge transport and device physics of high mobility organic field-effect transistors

Brigitte Voit


Voit studied chemistry at the University of Bayreuth (1982–1987) and was awarded her PhD with distinctions in 1990. During her PhD, she was a visiting researcher at the University of Arizona. After a postdoctoral stay at the Eastman Kodak research laboratories in Rochester, NY, USA, she received her habilitation from the Technical University of Munich in 1996.

Since 1997, Prof. Dr. Brigitte Voit is head of the IPF Institute Macromolecular Chemistry and Managing Director/Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of the ''Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung e.V.'' Dresden. Brigitte Voit is also member of the Faculty Natural Sciences /Department of Chemistry at the Technische Universität Dresden and heads the chair of ''Organic Chemistry of Polymers''. She is principle investigator in the "Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden" (cfaed) and the "Centre for Regenerative Therapies Dresden" (CRTD) as well as faculty member of the "Dresden International Graduate School for Biomedicine and Bioengineering" (DIGS-BB), demonstrating the close cooperation with the TU Dresden in the frame of "DRESDEN-concept".

Symposium talk: Designing conjugated polymers for organic electronic applications

Jelena Vuckovic


Jelena Vuckovic is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and by courtesy of Applied Physics at Stanford, where she leads the Nanoscale and Quantum Photonics Lab. She is also a faculty member of the Ginzton Lab, Bio-X and the Pulse Institute at Stanford. Upon receiving her PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 2002, she worked as a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford. In 2003, she joined the Stanford Electrical Engineering Faculty, first as an assistant professor (until 2008), then an associate professor with tenure (2008-2013), and finally as a professor of electrical engineering (since 2013). As a Humboldt Prize recipient, she has also held a visiting position at the Institute for Physics of the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany (since 2011). In 2013, she was appointed as a Hans Fischer Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Technical University in Munich, Germany.

Symposium talk: Quantum Nanophotonics

Itamar Willner


Itamar Willner earned his Ph.D. in 1978 from Hebrew University, Jerusalem, in Physical Organic Chemistry. As a post-doctoral student, he was at the University of California, Berkeley, where he became Professor in 1986. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and in 2002 became a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences. In 2009, he became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and of the Leopoldina (Matriculation No. 7275). He is also a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He received the EMET Prize for pioneering research and promotion of molecular and biomolecular electronics and the development of bionanotechnology and establishment of an interdisciplinary (combining chemistry, biology and materials science) research field. He specializes in supramolecular chemistry and nanosciences. In 2014 and 2015, he was one of the highly cited scientists at Thomson Reuters.

Symposium talk: Mimicking Nature with Constitutional Dynamic Networks