Keynote Speaker


Prof. O. Bonnaud
Emeritus Professor at University of Rennes, France
Executive Director of National Coordination for Higher Education in Microelectronics and Nanotechnologies, GIP-P-CNFM, France
Guest Professor at Southeast University, China

Speech Title: The Strategy of Microelectronics Education to Face the Future Challenges of The New Digital World

Abstract: The global development of digital technology has invaded our 21st-century world, and applies equally to industry, finance and government. This field has experienced exponential growth since 2005, accelerating with digital payments, and with the arrival of crypto-currencies, 5G-6G, and above all artificial intelligence (AI). Transparency on the user side of this digital world masks the fact that the associated consumption of energy and natural resources (rare elements) is also growing exponentially. In fact, we risk reaching a global energy impasse over the next decade, with digital energy consumption outstripping current global electricity production. The hardware part of the digital world is physically based on electronics and microelectronics. Today's challenge is to reduce the energy consumption of all electronics and minimize the use of rare elements in advanced technologies. The development of new technologies involving new component and circuit architectures and new materials should go some way towards meeting these needs. After presenting the context and challenges, various proposals for improving electronics, both technologically and architecturally, are detailed. But all these improvements can only be achieved if future employees in the sector are capable of innovation. Indeed, on a global scale, the microelectronics profession is experiencing a growing skills deficit, corresponding to a serious recruitment shortage. There is an urgent need to attract and train new specialists in this field. The final part of the presentation is devoted to the actions taken by the French national network for higher education in microelectronics to meet these challenges.

Bio: Olivier Bonnaud, born in 1950 in France, is a student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris-Saclay and holds a PhD in microelectronics. In 1984, he became a full professor at the University of Rennes 1 and at Supelec (engineer school), where he created a microelectronics research laboratory that he directed until 2010, as well as several international masters and PhD programs in microelectronics engineering. He supervised 43 PhDs, worked in cooperation with microelectronics companies, on integrated and thin film technologies. He has published or presented more than 500 papers and written 7 books. He was member of more than 300 PhD defense juries, and chairman/co-chairman of more than thirty international conferences.
Founder in 1985 of a regional inter-university joint center for microelectronics education (CCMO), he directed it until 2010, when he was appointed by the French Ministry of Higher Education as Executive Director of the National Coordination for Higher Education to Microelectronics and nanotechnologies (GIP-CNFM), a network of 12 French inter-university training centers that hosts about 20,000 students per year for practical training on technological platforms, including 7 cleanrooms. President of several scientific associations in electrical engineering, evaluator and expert for several research and higher education international agencies, he is professor emeritus since 2013.
As part of his many international cooperation’s, he was selected for the "1000 global talents" program by the Chinese government in 2013. In 2018, he was awarded of the Jiangsu Province Friendship Medal for his 14 years scientific cooperation with SEU (Nanjing). Since 2019, he has been heavily involved in the French Strategic Committee of the Electronic Industry sector and is presently piloting a 5 years national project on “Skills and Jobs of the Future” in the field, in the frame of France 2030 governmental program.


Prof. Kin K. Leung
Tananka Chair Professor of Imperial College, U.K.
Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering
Member of Academia European, IEEE Fellow, IET Fellow
Imperial College, U.K.

Bio: Kin K. Leung received his B.S. degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from University of California, Los Angeles. He worked at AT&T Bell Labs and its successor companies in New Jersey from 1986 to 2004. Since then, he has been the Tanaka Chair Professor in the Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE), and Computing Departments at Imperial College in London. He also serves as the Head of Communications and Signal Processing Group in the EEE Department at Imperial. His current research focuses on optimization and machine learning for system design and control of large-scale communications, computer and sensor networks. He also works on multi-antenna and cross-layer designs for wireless networks.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, IEEE Fellow, IET Fellow, and member of Academia Europaea. He received the Distinguished Member of Technical Staff Award from AT&T Bell Labs (1994) and the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merits Award (2004-09). Jointly with his collaborators, he received the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Leonard G. Abraham Prize (2021), the IEEE ComSoc Best Survey Paper Award (2022), the U.S.–UK Science and Technology Stocktake Award (2021), the Lanchester Prize Honorable Mention Award (1997), and several best conference paper awards. He is an IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer (2022-23). He was a member (2009-11) and the chairman (2012-15) of the IEEE Fellow Evaluation Committee for the ComSoc. He has served as an editor for 10 IEEE and ACM journals and chaired the Steering Committee for the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing. Currently, he is an editor for the ACM Computing Survey and International Journal of Sensor Networks.


Prof. Jiangzhou Wang
Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK (FREng)
Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of IET, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer
University of Kent, UK

Bio: Jiangzhou Wang is a Professor at the University of Kent, U.K. His research interest is in mobile communications. He has published over 400 papers and 4 books. He was a recipient of the 2022 IEEE Communications Society Leonard G. Abraham Prize and the 2012 IEEE Globecom Best Paper Award. Professor Wang is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, U.K., Fellow of the IEEE, and Fellow of the IET. He was the Technical Program Chair of the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC2019), Shanghai, the Executive Chair of the IEEE ICC2015, London, and the Technical Program Chair of the IEEE WCNC2013.