IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) NMDC (Nanotechnology Materials and Devices Conference) 2013 kicked off, October 7, at Cheng Kung Hall, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), southern Taiwan, with nearly 250 scholars and experts from 20 countries including USA, UK, Italy, Australia, Canada, Korea, and Japan.
NCKU President Dr. Hwung-Hweng Hwung welcomed the guests from the world in his opening remarks, “Nanotechnology has been a daily practice here in NCKU and Tainan. For example, 20-nanometer silicon chips are fabricated every day in Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) located at Tainan Science Park.”
“Besides semiconductors, nanotechnology is being studied by our faculty for applications to photonics, medicine, environmental protection, and building materials,” added Dr. Hwung, “These studies are in close collaboration with industries and have produced students who are most welcome by industries in Taiwan.”
“Nanotechnology is the technology of the future,” said Dr. Paul Ching-Wu Chu, the Honorary Chancellor of Taiwan Comprehensive University System (TCUS), who is also an international superconductivity pioneer, invited to deliver his remarks at the opening ceremony.
Dr. Chu also said, “Nanotechnology has provided authors with opportunities for the development of science and also development of future devices that may determine the future of this world.”
“Even in my own study, we have recently found that nano-route may offer an effective means to achieve our goal in naturally assembled and artificially made material systems,” Dr. Chu noted.
“It is our wish and strategy to reach out to prestigious academic and research institutions for productive research collaboration and bilateral scholarly exchanges,” said Dr. Hwung who also mentioned that in recent years, many talented foreign students and internationally-renown scholars have come to NCKU for scholarly activities making NCKU an interactive forum, from which many innovative ideas have been generated through constructive dialogues and discussions.
The 3-day conference includes 267 presentations, including 8 plenary speeches and 13 keynote speeches, by world renowned scientists and technologists, according to Dr. Yon-Hua Tzeng, Dean of NCKU College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, who is also the general chair of IEEE NMDC 2013.
The themes of the conference include nanoelectronics and nanophotonics, nanobiomedicine and translational nanomedicine, and nanotechnology enabled devices for renewable energy and sustainable environments.