Keynote Speakers

Prof. Kiat Seng Yeo, Advisor (Global Partnerships) at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Singapore

Title: ”Can Modern Electronics Keep Pace with Moore’s Law?”
Abstract: The invention of the transistor in 1948 at Bell Laboratories was a turning point in the history of electronics. The transistor promises to revolutionize electronics; indeed, it has become an integral and essential part of our lives. This talk begins with an introduction to early computers, the invention of integrated circuits, and how it changed the electronics industry. As integrated circuits continue to evolve, it is important to know the forces that have driven it along its historical trajectory and to discover how much further it could go. Can the electronic revolution keep pace with Moore’s Law? What are the embedded system design and technology challenges? Is electronics still evolving or has it come to an end? What is the next big thing? How is it going to affect us? This keynote will attempt to answer these questions. As a conclusion, the other trends to watch for the next revolution will be presented.
Biography: Professor Kiat Seng YEO (M’00–SM’09–F’16) received his B.Eng. (EE) in 1993, and Ph.D. (EE) in 1996 both from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. Currently, he is a full professor and Advisor (Global Partnerships) at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and a distinguished professor at Tianjin University. He was Chairman of the University Research Board, Member of the Academic Council, Associate Provost for Research, and Founding Associate Provost for Graduate Studies and International Relations at SUTD. He has over 30 years of experience in industry, academia, and consultancy. Before joining SUTD, he was a full professor at NTU; and spent 13 years in management positions as Associate Chair (Research), Head of Circuits and Systems, and Sub-Dean (Students Affairs). Professor Yeo was also a Fellow of the Renaissance Engineering Programme (REP) and served as a Senator and Advisory Board Member at NTU. He has made many outstanding contributions to advance Singapore’s education and research ambitions throughout his career. As the Founding Director of VIRTUS, a S$52 million IC Design Centre of Excellence jointly set up by NTU and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), he contributed extensively to the economic development of integrated circuit design in Singapore by leading multidisciplinary research, with a focus on industry collaboration. In 2016, he initiated the FIRST (Fostering Industrial Research Success Together) Industry Workshop at SUTD. Today, it is a flagship event with an attendance of over 1,000 professionals from the industry. Since 1996, Professor Yeo has been providing consultancy services to statutory boards, local SMEs, and multinational corporations in the areas of electronics and IC design. As Principal Investigator, he secured over SGD70 million in research funding from various funding agencies and industry. He is the author of 13 books and 7 book chapters and has published over 600 top-tier refereed journal and conference papers in his area of research and holds 39 patents, including 2 patents for the world’s smallest integrated transformer, a patent for the world’s smallest integrated filter for 60GHz standard, the inventor of several high Q-factor RF spiral inductors and co-inventor of quite a few novel circuit techniques for 5G/6G wireless communication and RF/mm-wave IC applications. Professor Yeo is a world-renowned expert in low-power RF/mm-wave integrated circuit design and a recognized expert in CMOS technology. He holds/held positions such as advisor, chair, co-chair, and technical chair at many international conferences. He was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Bronze Award) by the President of the Republic of Singapore on National Day 2009 and was awarded the Nanyang Alumni Achievement Award in 2009 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the University and society. Professor Yeo is an academician of the Singapore Academy of Engineering, an academician of the Singapore National Academy of Science, a Fellow of IEEE, and a Fellow of the Asia-Pacific Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAIA). He is the principal author of the Integrated Circuit Design Research Ranking for Worldwide Universities 2008 and World University Research Rankings (WURR) 2020. Professor Yeo was ranked among the World’s top 2% of scientists by Stanford University from 2020 to 2023.

Dr. Yuichi Nakamura, Senior Executive Professional, NEC Corp, Japan

Title & Abstract: To be updated.
Biography: Dr. Yuichi Nakamura received his B.E. in information engineering and M.E. in electrical engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1986 and 1988, respectively. He received his Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Information, Production and Systems, Waseda University, in 2007. He joined NEC Corp. in 1988 and led NEC’s research about embedded system design and quantum technologies as a general manager and a vice president at NEC research and development. Currently, he is a senior executive professional at NEC Corp. He is also a guest professor at Kyushu University, Waseda University, and Tokyo University and an invited professor at Osaka University. He has over 30 years of professional experience
in electronic design automation, signal processing, supercomputer design, combinational optimization, and quantum computing. Dr. Yuichi Nakamura contributed to managing and leading several innovative projects in signal processing and computing area. He has published more than 25 journal articles and 40 international conference papers and has had many keynote talks at major conferences. Currently, he is a board member of the Japanese government quantum innovation meeting, a program officer of the Japanese Quantum sensing project, and an evaluation committee of several Japanese government grant meetings.

Two other outstanding keynote speakers from academia and industry will be selected and invited to speak at the 17th IEEE MCSoC 2024.