Plenary Speakers

Peter Vetter

Peter Vetter (Nokia, President of Bell Labs Core Research)

Bio: Peter Vetter is President of Bell Labs Core Research and Bell Labs Fellow. He leads an eminent global research organization with the mission to create game changing innovations that define the future of networks and insure portfolio leadership for Nokia’s core business. During an international career of thirty years in research leadership mostly in fixed and mobile networks, he and his teams have realized several world-first system demonstrations and successfully transferred industry leading concepts to the business groups. He received a PhD at Ghent University (Belgium) in 1991 and was a post-doctoral fellow at Tohoku University (Japan) until 1993. He then joined the research center of Alcatel (now Nokia) in Antwerp and has worked at Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey since 2009. He is IEEE Fellow and Honorary Professor of KU Leuven.

Title: The 6G Network at the Center

Abstract: 6G is no longer a mere long-term aspiration. It is a framework of technologies that will become reality by the end of the decade. We are transitioning from the idea-generation phase to systematization and proof-of-concept realization. In this talk, we give our vision of the 6G network at the center that is an essential pilar equal to artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud to shape the future of human augmentation. We will summarize the main technology areas for 6G and provide some research highlights. These include new spectrum technologies in the upper midband 7-15 GHz, which the industry identified as a priority for 6G, sub-THz bands, which is essential for future backhaul and has potential for joint high-capacity communication and sensing, AI, which may cause a paradigm shift for air interface design, and energy efficient radio access, which is seen as one of the key requirements for 6G.

Tsu-Jae King Liu

Prof. Tsu-Jae King Liu (UC Berkeley, Dean of the College of Engineering)

Bio: Tsu-Jae King Liu received the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. She joined the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center as a Member of Research Staff in 1992, to research and develop high-performance thin-film transistor technologies for flat-panel display applications. In 1996 she joined the faculty of the University of California, at Berkeley, where she now holds the Roy W. Carlson Distinguished Professorship in Engineering. From 2000 to 2004 and from 2006 to 2008, she served as the Faculty Director of the UC Berkeley Microfabrication Laboratory. From July 2004 through June 2006 she was Senior Director of Engineering in the Advanced Technology Group of Synopsys, Inc. (Mountain View, CA). From 2008 through 2012, Professor Liu was the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering at UC Berkeley. She also served as Faculty Director of the UC Berkeley Marvell Nanofabrication Laboratory in 2012. From 2012 to 2016 she served as Chair of the Electrical Engineering Division, and from 2014 to 2016 she served as Chair of the EECS Department.

Professor Liu's awards include the Ross M. Tucker AIME Electronics Materials Award (1992) for seminal work in polycrystalline silicon-germanium thin films; an NSF CAREER Award (1998) for research in thin-film transistor technology; the DARPA Significant Technical Achievement Award (2000) for development of the FinFET; the Electrical Engineering Award for Outstanding Teaching at UC Berkeley (2003); the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award (2010) for contributions to nanoscale MOS transistors, memory devices, and MEMS devices; the UC Berkeley Faculty Mentor Award (2010); the Electrochemical Society Dielectric Science and Technology Division Thomas D. Callinan Award (2011) for excellence in dielectrics and insulation investigations; the Intel Outstanding Researcher in Nanotechnology Award (2012); the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) University Researcher Award (2014); and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) Aristotle Award (2016). Her research activities are presently in advanced materials, fabrication processes and devices for energy-efficient electronics. She has authored or co-authored over 500 publications and holds over 90 patents.

Professor Liu is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, and serves on the Board of Directors for Intel Corporation.

Title: CMOS Technology Evolution for Revolutionary Impact

Abstract: Steady advancement in complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) integrated circuit (IC) technology has enabled the capability and affordability of computing and communication devices to improve exponentially over time, giving rise to cloud computing and the Internet of Things, which together with advances in machine learning have ushered in the era of Artificial Intelligence. To date, CMOS technology advancement has been driven primarily by market demand for faster and more energy-efficient digital computing; as such, transistor scaling to sub-10 nm technology nodes has presented challenges for analog/RF IC design. In this keynote presentation I will discuss evolutionary advancements in CMOS technology that can address these challenges, focusing on relevant figures of merit, for revolutionary impact.