Future of Semiconductors Forum
KAUST, May 15-18, 2023
Honorary Chair, KAUST President
Dr. Tony F. Chan is the third president of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). He joined KAUST as president on September 1, 2018, after nearly a decade as president of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Dr. Chan's professional field is computational mathematics, with interests including image processing and computer vision, physical circuit design and computational brain mapping. He has been one of the most cited mathematicians in the world and published over 200 refereed papers.
Semiconductor-powered technologies are transforming our world; they form the foundations of pivotal future-enabling fields such as energy generation, sensors and information technologies, among others. The integrated circuit (IC) chip has been at the heart of technological innovation, and semiconductors, the backbone of the third and fourth industrial revolutions. Yet over the last two years, the world has experienced a severe global shortage of semiconductor chips — among the many challenges wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, and also as a result of the mass evolution of industries that employ semiconductor technology.
Currently, most of the IC chips are manufactured outside the Kingdom, mainly in North America, Europe and East Asia. As a result, companies are struggling to meet demands. The automotive industry is one example. Chips are needed to produce new cars, and the shift toward electric car production has increased the requirement for more IC chips than ever before. Demand for computers, laptops, tablets and electronics also skyrocketed with the exponential rise in people working remotely at the height of the pandemic. And the rise of 5G networks has significantly accelerated demand.
Connecting leaders for semiconductor localization to advance the digital economy, industry, and energy sectors of Saudi Arabia.
Semiconductor technology is the physical foundation of the third and fourth Industrial Revolutions. It is crucial for numerous applications including energy, computing, data storage, sensors, communication, lighting, and photovoltaics. Given the strategic importance of semiconductor technologies globally and emerging opportunities for transformative impacts in the middle east, KAUST and KACST will organize the 2nd Future of Semiconductors Forum to discuss the localization of e-chips and strengthening the digital economy sector of Saudi Arabia. The event will take place at KAUST, with many leading researchers, policymakers, investors, and corporations participating in the forum. The first Future of Semiconductor Forum organized by KACST, KAUST, and RDI was a great success, resulting in strong collaborations for the future development of semiconductor R&D and manufacturing, including the launch of the Saudi Semiconductor Program.
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