Gerhard Fettweis

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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.

Robert Calderbank

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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.

Luigi Colombo

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Luigi Colombo was born in Italy and was educated in the United States where he obtained a B.S. in Physics in 1975, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science in 1980 from the University of Rochester. He joined Texas Instruments (TI) in 1981 where he worked on a variety of materials research and development programs. He now manages the external research and development activities where in collaboration with several university professors he is developing new device flows for beyond CMOS devices. Luigi has also authored and co-authored over 140 refereed papers, made over 150 invited and contributed presentations, has written 3 chapters in edited books, and holds 108 US and international patents. In 1999 he was elected to the level of Fellow at TI, in 2011 he was elected IEEE Fellow, in 2011 he was also granted the distinction of “Cavaliere dell’Ordine “Stella della Solidarieta Italiana””, and has been an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas since 2009.

Giovanni De Micheli

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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 Nano-Tera.ch 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).

Xinliang Feng

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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).

Mark Horowitz

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Mark Horowitz received his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1978, and his PhD from Stanford in 1984. Since 1984 he has been a professor at Stanford working in the area of digital integrated circuit design. While at Stanford he has led a number of processor designs including: MIPS-X, one of the first processors to include an on-chip instruction cache; Torch, a statically-scheduled, superscalar processor; Flash, a flexible DSM machine; and Smash, a reconfigurable polymorphic manycore processor. He has also worked in a number of other chip design areas including high-speed memory design, high-bandwidth interfaces, and fast floating point. In 1990 he took leave from Stanford to help start Rambus Inc, a company designing high-bandwidth memory interface technology.

 

Ute Kaiser

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Ute Kaiser obtained her Ph.D. in 1978 from the Humboldt-University Berlin, at the Institute for Crystallography. In 2002, Prof. Kaiser made her habilitation at the Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena. Since 2004, Prof. Kaiser is Full Professor at the University of Ulm. Prof. Kaiser's current research interests include low-voltage transmission electron microscopy; low-dimensional carbon materials, low-dimensional inorganic materials, hybrid materials, battery materials and semiconductors.

Andras Kis

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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.

Joachim Kunkel

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Joachim Kunkel joined Synopsys in 1994 and serves as general manager of the Solutions Group. In this capacity, he oversees the business unit responsible for Synopsys DesignWare intellectual property (IP). Before joining Synopsys, Joachim was co-founder of CADIS GmbH in Aachen, Germany. There, he served as managing director and performed myriad duties in engineering, sales, and marketing. Before co-founding CADIS he was a research assistant at the Aachen University of Technology, where he conducted research in system-level simulation techniques for digital signal processing, with special emphasis on parallel computing. Joachim holds an M.S.E.E. degree, the Dipl.-Ing. der Nachrichtentechnik, from the Aachen University of Technology.

Karl Leo

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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.

Stuart Parkin

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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.

Bernd Rellinghaus

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Bernd Rellinghaus has earned his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Duisburg, Germany. Awarded with a Research Stipend of the German Science Foundation, he then joined the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, CA, USA. In 1997, he returned to Duisburg. In 2004, he moved to Dresden where he since then has been heading the Department for Metastable and Nanostructured Materials at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research (IFW Dresden). He is an expert in metallic materials, nanoparticles (particularly in nanomagnets) and in high resolution transmission electron microscopy. He has published about 100 papers in reputed journals.

Heike E. Riel

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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.

Oliver Schmidt

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Oliver G. Schmidt is a Director at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden (IFW Dresden), Germany, and holds a full Professorship for Material Systems for Nanoelectronics at the Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany. His scientific activities are focused on nano- and micro-materials and bridge across interdisciplinary research fields, ranging from nanoelectronics and microrobotics to energy storage devices and biomedical applications. He has received several awards: the Otto-Hahn Medal from the Max-Planck-Society in 2000, the Philip-Morris Research Award in 2002 and the Carus-Medal from the German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina in 2005. In 2010, he was awarded the Guinness world record® for the smallest man-made jet engine and in 2011 he became honorary professor at Fudan Shanghai University. He received the International Dresden Barkhausen Award 2013 and since 2014 he is chair of a new center for “Materials, Architectures and Integration of Nanomembranes (MAIN)”. He has published more than 600 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has given more than 250 invited talks worldwide.

Henning Sirringhaus

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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.

Jelena Vuckovic

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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.

Itamar Willner

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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.