Previous Speakers

Prof. Jin Jang, Fellow of SID, Kyung Hee Univesity, Korea


Biography: Jin Jang is a Professor at Department of Information Display of Kyung Hee University. His current research programs are in oxide and LTPS TFTs for displays, TFT circuits and TFT application to sensors, QLED, Micro-LED and flexible AMOLED. He is the author or co-author of over 950 technical publications of which over 600 are in SCI Journals such as Nature, Advanced Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Energy Environmental Science, APL, IEEE TED and IEEE EDL. He is currently a Director of Advanced Display Research Center (ADRC), and had served as Program Chair of SID Symposium 2007 and General Chair of SID Display Week in 2009 and General Chair of IMID 2012, 2013. He is a Fellow of SID and he was awarded George Smith Award from IEEE in 2012, Slotto Owaki Prize from SID in 2015 and Ho-Am Award in 2017.


Speech Title: Past, current and future displays for consumer electronics


Abstract: Display products changed from CRT, PDP to LCD and OLED, and the applications are also diversified from TV, PC monitor and mobiles to digital signage, AR/VR and automobile applications. Recently, there are huge demand on the next-generation displays such as flexible display, micro-LED, QD display and micro-OLED for AR/VR applications. I will explain the display technology history and touch on the current issues on these next-generation displays. Current hot issues for displays are micro-LED and flexible AMOLED. Large area micro-LED displays are a lot demonstrated, but TFT based micro-LED displays are currently focusing for manufacturing of cost-effective displays. On the other hand, flexible AMOLEDs are being manufactured for foldable smartphones and mobile applications. I will discuss these technologies and the future prospect of display technologies for consumer electronics.



Prof. Massimo Poncino, IEEE Fellow, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Biography: Massimo Poncino is Full Professor of Computer Engineering at Politecnico di Torino. 
His research interests include the design automation of digital systems, with special emphasis on low-power embedded systems, modeling and the simulation of digital systems. 
He has coauthored more than 350 publications in the above areas.  Many of these publications are relative to the results of industry-oriented funded research projects, including collaborations with various companies from the ICT, semiconductor, and automotive domain. Since 1999, Massimo Poncino has been involved, as a technical manager or coordinator  of more than 30 of EC-funded projects.

Massimo Poncino has served as member of Technical Program Committee of many international IEEE and ACM conferences, and also served as a reviewer for a number of journal and conferences of the IEEE and ACM.  He was the Technical Program Chair of the 2011 IEEE/ACM Symposium on Low-Power Electronics and Design and General co-Chair for the 2012 IEEE/ACM Symposium on Low-Power Electronics and Design.  He has served in the Editorial Board of several international journals and is currently serving in the Editorial Board of IEEE Design & Test and ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems (TODAES).

Massimo Poncino is a Fellow of the IEEE, member of the ACM SIGDA Low-Power Technical Committee, and a Member the Circuit and Systems Society.


Speech Title: Energy-Quality Scalability in Mobile Devices

Abstract: The main constraint of most mobile electronic devices is not computational power, but rather their energy consumption. These devices rely in fact on rich multi-core platforms with powerful accelerators that could be even exploited further, if it were not to the stringent constraints imposed by batteries. A paradigm that has recently emerged is the so-called "energy quality scalability", which leverages the fact that most functionalities of a mobile device are error-resilient: controlled errors in their operations do not have a dramatic impact on final quality of the outputs, but might allow to simplify the system and therefore save energy. This impact can be fully exploited in mobile systems, where most functionalities are meant for two human senses (sight and hearing) that have limited sensitivity. This talk will present some ideas that are particularly promising and also quite consolidated in the research community, but, in spite of their simplicity and economic sustainability, have not found their way into mobile devices.


Prof. Stefan Mozar, IEEE Fellow, Guangdong University of Technology, China; Consultant and Adjunct Professor, GDUT Dynexsys, Australia

Biography: Dr Stefan Mozar studied engineering at the University of NSW (BE, MEngSc), and received his PhD in Electronics Engineering from Okayama University (Japan). His MBA was awarded by UTS. He is an independent consultant who works internationally. He holds an adjunct professorship at Guangdong University of Technology, China. Dr Mozar is the current Chair of a new IEEE initiative, the Life Science Technical Community (IEEE LSTC), which is bringing life science, engineering, and medical communities together for the benefit of humanity. He is the Past President of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society. His expertise lies in communication systems, power electronics, reliability and safety engineering. He has contributed towards many successful projects, which have won about 30 international and national design awards. This includes an Australian Design Award. He has worked with a number of Asian, Australian, and British Universities. He is an entrepreneur, who has starting a number of technology companies. He is currently developing probabilistic based safety models for electronic products. His work has resulted in inventions, patents, and publications. He is the editor of the 6th edition of McGraw Hill Electronics Engineering Handbook that will be released in the first quarter of 2019. He is recipient of the IEEE Millennium Medal, and the 2017 David Robinson Award, issued by Engineers Australia. He received many other awards from the IEEE and other organisations. He frequently is invited to present technical seminars, and give invited talks internationally. He has worked and studied on 4 continents.


Speech Title: Consumer Electronics Invades Healthcare

Abstract: There is a new generation of Consumer Electronics companies that have identified a market segment for consumers that want to stay healthy and fit. This market segment is growing rapidly for a number of reasons. Wearables are fashion items and serve a monitoring function. Wearables can track how active we are, and thus provide an incentive to keep “moving”. These fitness trackers are made for fun and to provide some feedback on how one is tracking with personal fitness goals. They are not intended to be used for healthcare applications. Newer wearables also include functions that track health performance indicators. They can measure blood pressure or blood glucose levels, or Oxygen levels to mention a few. These devices are not of medical grade, but many healthcare practitioners ask their patents to monitor their health using these devices. Their advantage is that they are low cost, reasonably accurate. Further innovation, the IoT, and low-cost mass-produced products are now invading the healthcare industry. Remote patient monitoring systems, fall detectors, driver alert systems, are new avenues where these consumer-grade devices are intruding in healthcare. This invasion is changing how healthcare practitioners are interacting with their patients. For one there is information overflow and privacy concerns. Will these devices be abused by thrill-seekers, who are starting to implant them to become Transhumans? Can medical device manufacturers’ justify the high cost of medical grade monitoring system when it can be done cheaper on a smartphone?


Prof. Amine Bermak, IEEE Fellow, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar

Biography: Prof. Amine Bermak received the Masters and PhD degrees, both in electrical and electronic engineering (microelectronics and Microsystems), from Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France in 1994 and 1998, respectively. During his PhD, he was part of the Microsystems and Microstructures Research Group at the French National Research Centre LAAS-CNRS, where he developed a 3D VLSI chip for artificial neural network classification and detection applications in a project funded by Motorola. While finalizing his PhD, he was offered a Post-doc position at the Advanced Computer Architecture group at York University – England, to work on VLSI implementation of CMM neural network for vision applications in a project funded by British Aerospace.
Prof. Bermak was nominated for the 2013 Hong Kong UGC best teacher award (for all HK Universities). He is the recipient of the 2011 University Michael G. Gale Medal for distinguished teaching (Highest University-wide Teaching Award). This gold medal is established to recognize excellence in teaching and only one recipient/year (out-of over 550 faculty) is honored for his/her contribution. Prof. Bermak is also a two-time recipient of the “Engineering School Teaching Excellence Award" in HKUST for 2004 and 2009, respectively.
Prof. Bermak has received many distinguished awards, including the 2016 DAC best design context award, the “Best paper award” at IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and systems ISCAS 2010; the 2004 “IEEE Chester Sall Award”; the IEEE Service Award from IEEE Computer Society and the “Best Paper Award” at the 2005 International Workshop on System-On-Chip for Real-Time Applications. He has published over 250 articles in journals, book chapters and conference proceedings and designed over 50 chips. He has supervised 25 PhD and 16 MPhil students. He has served on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems and IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II. He is also currently serving on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems; IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices and Nature Scientific Reports. He is the guest editor of the November 2010 special issue in IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems. Prof. Bermak is a Fellow of IEEE and IEEE distinguished Lecturer. He was the co-director of MIT-HKUST Consortium.


Speech Title: Autonomous self-powered and self-calibrated Microsystems for IoT applications

Abstract: “Autonomous Microsystems” refers to smart electronic systems that are able to sense, process and transmit useful information from the environment while being completely autonomous by harvesting readily available solar, thermal or kinetic ambient energy. Deployed in IoT applications, these smart devices are able to monitor water leakage in a water pipe, blood pressure in human body, temperature of frozen food items, but also humidity, air and water quality in intelligent buildings and smart cities. The design of “autonomous Microsystems” must take into consideration a number of challenging IoT constraints such as low cost, self-calibration to minimize human intervention, and self-power generation to replenish depleted energy resources. Silicon based technology is the only alternative solution offering single-chip solutions featuring the best trade-off in terms of cost/performance and enabling large scale integration and mass volume production leading to large scale deployment of “autonomous microsystem” devices in various emerging IoT applications with minimal human intervention.
This talk will present enabling technologies for IoT sensing addressing key issues related to power consumption, energy harvesting and calibration of “autonomous Microsystems”. Three case studies will be presented, namely: (i) smart vision systems with energy harvesting capabilities, (ii) Batteryless temperature sensing for passive RFID applications and (iii) olfactory sensors with self-calibration capability. The talk will cover state-of-the art technological developments in this area, and outline existing challenges as well as emerging new opportunities for research and innovation in this rapidly growing field. The conclusion of the talk will discuss whether “autonomous microsystems” are becoming a reality or is just another engineering dream idea.


Prof. Everett X. Wang, Guangdong University of Technology, China

Biography: Everett X. Wang received the BS from Peking University in 1982. In 1986 he received the MS from Institute of Theoretical Physics, Academy of Sciences of China and Ph.D. from University of Texas at Austin in microelectronics in 1993. He then joined Intel Corporation as Sr. Engineer, Staff Engineer and Sr. Staff Engineer, working on stress modeling, quantum tunneling, quantum size effect, 3D mesh generation, hydrodynamic and Monte Carlo models. In 2000 he transferred to Photonic Technology Operation in Intel as a program manager for thermal optical switch products. In 2003 he joined Design Technology Service of Intel as team leader working on hole mobility under arbitrary stress using 2D quantum transport and Monte Carlo method. In 2006, he founded a high-tech startup for developing energy efficient transportation systems. Since 2011, he has been with Guangdong University of Technology as 100-talent-plan distinguished professor. Dr. Wang authored and co-authored 54 journal and conference papers. He also holds 34 approved and pending patents. Dr. Wang’s interests include receiver and system design for global navigation satellite systems, transport models for advanced electron devices, modeling and control of robotic systems as well as deep learning in medical applications.


Speech Title: Modeling, Simulation and Verification of Robotic Bicycle Dynamics and Control

Abstract: Recent progress in autonomous vehicles inspires renewed research in vehicle dynamics and control. Light and efficiently robotic electric bicycle has great potential to become the most energy efficient vehicles for urban transportation. It can serve as a perfect platform for shared single-track vehicle. In this abstract we apply symbolic math to obtain nonlinear analytic dynamics model for the vehicle. The holonomic and nonholonomic constraints from wheels are fully included. Based on the Euler-Lagrange equation, the nonlinear dynamics is shown to satisfy an underactuated manipulator equation. The symmetric mass matrix, Coriolis and centrifugal forces as well as gravitation contribution are all shown to be dependent on vehicle roll and steer angles. The complex dynamic model is then applied to simulate vehicle dynamics and control behaviors. The model is compared with existing literature. Finally a working prototype is built to verify our simulation results.


Prof. Tayeb Mohammed-Brahim, University of Rennes 1, France, Southeast University, China

Biography: Tayeb Mohammed-Brahim is currently emeritus professor in Rennes 1 University (France) and invited professor in South-East University of Nanjing (China). He was previously Head of Microelectronics & Microsensors Department of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications of Rennes and Director of the Common Center on Microelectronics in the west of France. He got his PhD (Doctorat d'Etat) in Paris-XI University (France) and he founded the thin-film Laboratory in Algiers University (Algeria). Then he moved to Caen University (France) where he created the reliability Laboratory. After that and since 2000, he moved to Rennes 1 University where he became on 2007 the head of Microelectronics Group becoming the Microelectronics and Microsensors Department after 2012. He is mainly involved in the field of thin film and nanowire devices based on amorphous, micro-poly crystalline silicon films or organic films: Photovoltaic cells, Thin Film Transistors for flat panel displays and OLEDs, chemical and mechanical sensors. Presently, his main activities focus on flexible electronics particularly on flexible organic electronics. He is author of more than 300 papers on these different fields.


Speech Title: Organic and Silicon based flexible Electronics

Abstract: Flexible electronics becomes now a major research domain due to a fast growing market. The overall revenue of wearable technology was $38 billion in 2017 and it is expected to grow over $85 billion in 2022. The dominant sectors will be healthcare and medical, fitness and wellness. Silicon based electronics showed its ability to be highly flexible, reaching less than 1mm curvature radius and then meaning the possibility to be fold nearly in half, to be stored and reused when re-flattened. With their very low Young modulus, organic materials are considered fitting perfectly the need of flexibility. The main purpose is then to fabricate electronic devices using organic materials only. Best performance Organic Field Effect Transistors (OFET) are P-type. However the most efficient electronics needs both N-type and P-type transistors. Then, huge research is done to increase the performance of N-type OFETs. The fabrication of such transistors involve different technologies. Of course, the chosen technology has to be made easily at the lowest cost possible, on large area, at compatible with flexible substrate temperature. Deposition in solution, particularly printing technology, fulfill the requirements of easy process, low cost and compatibility with flexible substrate. Among several printing technologies, inkjet printing drop-on-demand technology is the most promising. The talk will give a review of main results on silicon and organic based flexible electronics.


Prof. Takashi NOGUCHI, University of the Ryukyus, Japan

Biography: Takashi Noguchi received M.S. degree in 1979 and Ph.D. in 1992 from Doshisha University. In 1979, he joined Sony Corp., and contributed in R&D on Si MOS LSIs as well as Si TFTs (LTPS). In1994, he stayed in MIT as a visiting scientist. In 1998, he managed a research on novel Si devices in Sony Research Center. In 2001, he moved to France as a research scientist of CNRS in Universite Paris-Sud. In 2002, he moved to Korea and he managed two research projects as an executive member in SAIT, and also contributed in SungKyunKwan University. After 2006, he has contributed as a professor in University of the Ryukyus in Japan. After April 2019, he is a professor emeritus in Univ. of the Ryukyus.


Speech Title: Laser Annealing for Semiconductor Devices

Abstract: Effective laser annealing (LA) of semiconductor for TFTs on panel and for MOS devices in LSI are presented. By performing LA such as excimer laser annealing (ELA) by pulse scanning and blue laser diodes annealing (BLDA) by CW scanning is effective to crystallize as well as activate the dopants in Si films for high performance TFTs on panels for FPDs as low temperature poly Si (LTPS) process. Also, lateral laser crystallization from the bulk-crystal seed enables to realize SOI-like TFTs of 3D integration. Additionally, vertical uniform channel formation toward vertical direction is realized using LA for power devices in LSI application. Such high power or high energy LA techniques for semiconductor process are expected to produce attractive new device applications.


Prof. Mamoru Furuta, Kochi University of Technology, Japan

Biography: Mamoru Furuta is a Professor at Department of Environmental Science and Engineering of Kochi University of Technology, Japan. His current research interests are metal oxide semiconductors for TFTs and their application to imaging devices. In 1988-2004, he worked in the Central Research Laboratory of Panasonic, and Toshiba Matsushita Display Technology Co., Ltd. He had wide variety of job experiences in company not only the R&D but also a mass production including a start up of the polycrystalline silicon (LTPS) TFT factory in Singapore. Since 2005, he joined Kochi University of Technology, and has been working on the research of metal oxide semiconductors for TFT. In 2006, he demonstrated a pioneering work of the metal oxide TFT which was the worlds’ first LCD driven by ZnO TFT at the conference of the Society for Information Display (SID’06) which was held at San Francisco, USA. He received the Distinguished Paper Award from the SID in 2006, the Outstanding Poster Award from the International Display Workshop (IDW) in 2006, 2013 and 2016, and the Niwa-Takayanagi Paper Award from the Institute of Image Information and Television Engineers (ITE, Japan) in 2011. He is a member of editorial board of Applied Physics Express (APEX) and Japanese Journal of Applied Physics (JJAP), Japan Society of Applied Physics, and a senior member of the IEEE.


Speech Title: TFTs for Active Matrix: From Silicon to Oxides and New Materials

Abstract: Thin-film Transistor (TFT) is one of key compoments for flat-panel displays (FPDs). Amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) TFTs have excellent uniformity for large area application; however, field effect mobility and reliability of the TFTs are not sufficient to adress an organic light emitting diode (OLED) display. Excimer laser annealing is used to crystallize amorihous Si into poly-Si (LTPS). Since field effect mobility of LTPS TFT is over 100 cm2/Vs, it is widely used for high-definition and small size FPDs for smartphone. Recently, metal oxide semiconductors, such as InGaZnO (IGZO), have attracted particular attention for TFT applications owing to its high field effect mobility of over 10 cm2/Vs, steep subthreshold swing (S.S.) , extremely low off current, large-area uniformity, and good bias stress stability. In this presentation, recent TFT technologies for active matrix and flexible displays will be discussed including a heterointegration of LTPS and oxide TFTs.


Prof. Byung Seong Bae, Hoseo University, Korea

Biography: Byung Seong Bae received the B.S. degree in atomic nuclear engineering from the Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, in 1984 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in applied physics from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul, Korea in 1986, and 1991, respectively. Between 1991 and 1998, he worked at the Samsung Electronics on the development of amorphous and poly-silicon TFT LCD with integrated driver. From 1999 to 2003, he set up the high-temperature poly-silicon TFT LCD factory and developed micro-display for projection display at ILJIN Display. Since 2006, he is a Professor, School of Electronics and Display Engineering of the Hoseo University, Asan, Korea.


Speech Title: Driving of Electronic Displays

Abstract: A display device is an electronic component which shows the image from the electrical signals of the image source such as TV, computer, smart phone, etc. The display is the first impression of a customer in most electronic devices, and the importance of the display is getting higher. Various types of display have been developed, and each display needs different driving scheme for the best performance of the display. Driving scheme is important in terms of the power consumption as well as the display performance. The relationship between display performance and driving scheme will be introduced after a brief review of the driving technologies for various displays. In terms of the performance of the display, driving scheme is much important as well as the fabrication of the display panel itself. The quality of the image strongly depends on the method of the driving and the some fault of the display image can be eliminated by changing the addressing scheme. Various methods for driving various displays will be examined.