SSDM 2013

Chair's Welcome Address

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to be delivering this message of welcome on behalf of the Organizing Committee of SSDM 2013. The purpose of SSDM is to contribute to the promotion of science and industry related to solid-state electronics. The conference has been providing a forum for interaction of related fields—ranging from physics and material science to circuits, systems, and process technologies—to discuss on the very latest research. Through SSDM, information has been delivered from Japan and Asia to the rest of the world. In fact, we have witnessed many globally recognized scientific findings and technical achievements that have led to real innovation. We expect that this year will be no exception.

SSDM also serves as the gateway to future success for younger researchers and students, and perhaps this is why the Conference is familiar to such a wide and varied audience.

Now reaching its 45th year, SSDM will be held in Kyushu for the first time ever. As reflected in the way it is sometimes referred to as 'the gateway to Asia," Kyushu is a region where there is a tremendous amount of interaction with Asian nations, and it is on this basis that we have planned three plenary lectures under the theme of "From Asia to the World's Tomorrow" at this year's Conference. The three guest speakers will be Dr. Mamoru Mohri, astronaut and Chief Executive Director of the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Japan; Professor Peter (Chung-Yu) Wu, former President of National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan; and Professor Hideo Hosono of Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, who continues to create a stream of innovative materials.

Three short courses covering nanoelectronics, spintronics and power devices are also planned, featuring lectures from invited speakers who are all key figures at the forefront of their fields.

The utmost consideration has been taken to ensure that throughout the entire Conference everybody taking part will enjoy discussions and create fresh ideas. Your participation at SSDM 2013 will be greatly appreciated.

Tanemasa Asano
Conference Organizing Committee Chair, SSDM2013
Kyushu University