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Aldo Bruno

Aldo Bruno is the Technical Lead MEMS Sensor System Competence Team within the application engineering at Infineon Technologies, specializing in consumer sensors. Before Infineon, he held the role of Digital ASIC Designer at Cirrus Logic UK, where he honed his expertise in DSP, digital filters, audio codec systems, voice activity detection, and speech enhancement algorithms. In 2018, while completing his master’s thesis at Infineon Technologies, he concentrated on the development of ANC systems to explore the potential enhancements Infineon MEMS microphones could bring. Throughout his career and personal pursuits, Aldo’s passion for audio and acoustics has been a driving force since he´s also a musician and music producer.

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Infineon Technologies AG

Here at Infineon, we combine entrepreneurial success with responsible action to make life easier, safer, and greener. Barely visible, semiconductors have become an indispensable part of everyday life. We play a key role in shaping a better future – with microelectronics that link the real and the digital world. Our semiconductors enable efficient energy management, smart mobility, as well as secure, seamless communications in an increasingly connected world. Infineon designs, develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of semiconductors and system solutions. The focus of its activities is on automotive and industrial electronics, communication and information technologies, IoT, sensor technology and security. The product range comprises standard components, software, customer-specific solutions for devices and systems, as well as specific components for digital, analog, and mixed-signal applications.

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Ken Diest

  • Research Manager and Tech Lead
  • Meta

Ken Diest is a Research Manager and Tech Lead at Meta’s Reality Labs, where he leads programs focused on MEMS and micro-actuator technologies. His focus is on developing these technologies from early stage through production to address critical opto-mechanical and display challenges in AR/MR.

A Materials Scientist by training, Ken’s prior work focused on tunable devices and materials with an emphasis on optical systems. He was the editor and co-author of the book Numerical Methods for Metamaterial Design, and has previously held technology development roles at Apple, MIT Lincoln Laboratories, and Northrop Grumman that focused on new displays and nano-photonics.

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Meta

Meta builds technologies that help people connect, find communities, and grow businesses. When Facebook launched in 2004, it changed the way people connect. Apps like Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp further empowered billions around the world. Now, Meta is moving beyond 2D screens toward immersive experiences like augmented and virtual reality to help build the next evolution in social technology.

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Mo Maghsoudnia

Mo Maghsoudnia is the visionary Founder and dedicated CEO at the helm of UltraSense Systems, a pioneering company in the technology and manufacturing sector. With a track record of transformative leadership and innovation, Mo has been instrumental in shaping the industry landscape.

Before founding UltraSense, Mo Maghsoudnia made significant contributions as the Vice President of Technology & Manufacturing at InvenSense. In this influential role, he oversaw global operations and spearheaded the development of cutting-edge Process Technology. Under his guidance, InvenSense achieved remarkable success, culminating in its acquisition by TDK for a staggering $1.4 billion in 2017.

Prior to his tenure at InvenSense, Mo Maghsoudnia served as the Vice President of Manufacturing at NetLogic MicroSystems. Here, he demonstrated his exceptional ability to steer manufacturing operations, elevating the company from a single product line to a diversified product portfolio powerhouse. His adept leadership, combined with a diverse product range, paved the way for Broadcom’s acquisition of NetLogic MicroSystems for a
remarkable $4 billion in 2012.

Mo’s expertise is firmly rooted in his academic pursuits, holding a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University. His passion for innovation is further underscored by his impressive intellectual property portfolio, boasting 12 patents, and an extensive list of research papers that he has authored.

Mo Maghsoudnia’s unwavering commitment to technological advancement and his exceptional leadership have left an indelible mark on the tech and manufacturing sectors, solidifying his status as a true industry luminary.

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UltraSense Systems

UltraSense Systems transforms driver touch interfaces in automotive with its In-Plane Sensing solutions, which enable multi-mode sensing, processing, and AI / Machine Learning algorithms to turn almost any surface into the ultimate touch experience. UltraSense In-Plane Sensing includes a SmartSurface Human Machine Interface (HMI) controller for programmable audio, illumination, haptics, and user feedback. When integrated into steering wheels, infotainment systems, and other in-vehicle interfaces, UltraSense offers a more intuitive and modern experience for drivers; a more integrated, easier to manufacture and thinner solution for tier-suppliers; and greater design options plus recyclability and sustainability benefits for automakers.

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Dr. Roland Helm

  • Senior Vice President, Head of Integrated Optical Sensing
  • ams OSRAM

Roland joined ams Osram in January 2024, as Senior VP, Heading the Business Line Integrated Optical Sensors. He has a track record in the semiconductor and sensors industry spanning 20 years where he held various leadership positions. In his previous role, he has grown a MEMS business from technical feasibility to technology and market leadership. Before he was working in a technology start-up and in a business consultancy. He is passionate to capture the value of new technology matching the needs of modern society. Roland lives with his family with three kids in Munich. He enjoys time with his family, endurance sports, skiing and sailing.

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ams OSRAM

A global leader in innovative light and sensor solutions
At ams OSRAM, we pioneer differentiating light and sensor solutions. Looking back on more than 100 years of industry experience, we combine engineering excellence and global manufacturing capabilities with passion for cutting-edge innovation. Our commitment to pushing the boundaries of illumination, visualization, and sensing has earned us the trust of customers worldwide. Together, we create break-through applications that make our world safer, smarter, and more sustainable.

“Sense the power of light” – our success is based on our deep understanding of the potential of light. We harness its full spectrum – visible and invisible – to illuminate our surroundings as well as gather information from them. By adding intelligence to light, we enable our customers to drive transformative applications.

Our distinct portfolio of advanced light and sensor technologies sets us apart in our industry. It includes high-quality semiconductor-based light emitters, sensors, CMOS ICs and software as well as a range of traditional lighting technologies for automotive and special applications.

Our around 20,000 employees worldwide focus on innovation alongside the societal megatrends of digitalization, smart living, energy efficiency, and sustainability. Our light and sensor technologies are setting industry standards in the automotive, industrial, medical and consumer electronics markets. This is reflected in our global portfolio of some 14,000 patents and patent applications. Headquartered in Premstaetten/Graz (Austria) and Munich (Germany), the group achieved EUR 3.6 billion revenues in 2023.

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Dr. Tristan Rousselle

Tristan Rousselle holds a Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the University Grenoble Alpes. He completed part of his postgraduate studies at Sussex University (Brighton, UK) and the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology (San Diego, CA). In 2000, he co-founded a company called Protein’eXpert, now known as PX’Therapeutics. This biotechnology company specializes in the engineering, pre-clinical, and clinical development of therapeutic proteins. By 2011, PX’Therapeutics had more than 60 employees in Grenoble and Lyon and generated nearly 50% of its turnover outside Europe.

In July 2013, a few months after the acquisition of PX Therapeutics by the “Laboratoire Aguettant,” Tristan decided to launch a new venture with a leading innovative project in the field of Biosensors
named “Aryballe”. He founded the company in March 2014. Since then, Tristan has successively held the positions of CEO, Deputy CEO & CTO (2018-2022), and President & CEO since November 2022. Over the last 10 years, Aryballe SA
has raised over $25M, open offices in New York and Seoul and has progressively become the leader in the growing industrial domain of Digital Olfaction.

Aryballe’s products are based on a smart combination of Silicon photonics sensors co-developed with the CEA, as well as fluidics, imaging, data science, and user-friendly software.

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Aryballe

Aryballe combines biochemistry, advanced optics and machine learning to mimic the human sense of smell. Odors captured by the silicon photonics-based core sensor in our NeOse Advance are analyzed by the cloud-based Aryballe Suite to provide objective, fast analysis. This enables customers to leverage odor data for improved decision making for R&D, quality control, and manufacturing.

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Dr. Ando Feyh

  • MEMS Strategy Management, New Business and M&A
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Ando Feyh received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University after a Physics Diploma degree at Stuttgart University.

He started his career at Bosch in 2002 within Corporate Research and Advance Engineering. Concentrating in the field of microsystems, he worked on integration and miniaturization of MEMS sensors, in development and in project management positions.
Between 2010 and 2014 he was an expat in the Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, leading different MEMS projects and an engineering group for MEMS pre-development.
2014 he joined the Bosch internal IoT startup “Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions”, first responsible for Advance Engineering and System Architecture, later as Head of Engineering. Mid 2018 he was nominated Head of Technical Responsibility / CTO, responsible for engineering, project management and product management of IoT devices.
Since mid 2021 he is focusing on MEMS Strategy Management, New Business and M&A projects within the Mobility Electronics Sensors Business unit.

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Bosch

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 402,600 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2021). The company generated sales of 78.7 billion euros in 2021. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. With its more than 400 locations worldwide, the Bosch Group has been carbon neutral since the first quarter of 2020. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 128 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 76,100 associates in research and development, of which more than 38,000 are software engineers.

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861–1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan

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Ruby Yan

Ruby Yan is a seasoned Business Line Director at GlobalFoundries, where she oversees the HMI (Human-Machine-Interface) and healthcare business line. With more than 12 years of experience in the company, she has held various roles and responsibilities including technology development and product management. She is also a Master Inventor in GlobalFoundries, boasting an impressive track record with more than 20 patents granted and over 70 peer-reviewed papers published. Ruby is passionate about promoting diversity and inclusion and advocating for female leadership in the tech industry. As a company representative to the German Diversity Charter Association (Charta der Vielfalt), she works to support and inspire underrepresented groups in STEM fields.

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GlobalFoundries

GF is one of the world’s leading semiconductor manufacturers and the only one with a truly global footprint. We are redefining innovation and semiconductor manufacturing by developing feature-rich process technology solutions that provide leadership performance in pervasive high growth markets. As a steadfast partner, with a unique mix of design, development and fabrication services, GF works collaboratively alongside our customers to bring a broad range of innovative products to market. With a global customer base, a talented and diverse workforce and an at-scale manufacturing footprint spanning three continents, GF is delivering a new era of more.

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Dr. Erwin Hijzen

  • Program Director
  • imec

Erwin Hijzen received his PhD in Applied Physics from the Delft University of Technology. After that he has worked for Philips and NXP in the area of semiconductor technology, holding different R&D positions. He is currently working for IMEC, as director for the MEMS ultrasound program.

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imec

Imec is a world-leading research and innovation center in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. Imec leverages its state-of-the-art R&D infrastructure and its team of more than 5,500 employees and top researchers, for R&D in advanced semiconductor and system scaling, silicon photonics, artificial intelligence, beyond 5G communications and sensing technologies, and in application domains such as health and life sciences, mobility, industry 4.0, agrofood, smart cities, sustainable energy, education, … Imec unites world-industry leaders across the semiconductor value chain, Flanders-based and international tech, pharma, medical and ICT companies, start-ups, and academia and knowledge centers. Imec is headquartered in Leuven (Belgium), and has research sites across Belgium, in the Netherlands and the USA, and representation in 3 continents. In 2021, imec’s revenue (P&L) totaled 732 million euro.

Further information on imec can be found at www.imec-int.com.

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Doug Sparks

  • Vice President Business Development
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Doug Sparks is the InchFab VP of business development. He is also the president of M2N Technology, the former CTO of Hanking Electronics and founder and president of NanoGetters. Doug has been in the MEMS indistry for over 3 decades in a variety of roles from startups to management, process, design and packaging.,

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InchFab

InchFab uses an ultra-low-cost scalable “micro-sized” fab platform. Today InchFab uses this platform to provide highly flexible and cost effective MEMS foundry services to its customers and partners.

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Dr. Jacob Hsu

Yu-Wen Hsu received the Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University, Taipei, ROC. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer responsible for developing MEMS devices and applications with smart sensing system center, industrial technology research institute, Taiwan.

He received gold medal for national innovation and creative award in 2014 and hold 31 patents in MEMS and sensors. His current research interests are in the novel navigation-grade IMU for INS, high speed MEMS voltage/current sensors for UPS/power module, multi-gases sensor with self-healing for e-nose.

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Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI)

ITRI is a world-leading applied technology research institute with more than 6,000 outstanding employees. Its mission is to drive industrial development, create economic value, and enhance social well-being through technology R&D. Founded in 1973, it pioneered in IC development and started to nurture new tech ventures and deliver its R&D results to industries. ITRI has set up and incubated companies such as TSMC, UMC, Taiwan Mask Corp., Epistar Corp., Mirle Automation.

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Yalcin Bulut

Yalcin has over twenty-five years of semiconductor experience, as the Chief Operating Officer, he manages sales, marketing, quality assurance and product areas at Menlo Microsystems.

Yalcin joins Menlo Micro after serving the role of Vice President of Sales and Marketing at United Silicon Carbide (UnitedSiC, now Qorvo). Prior to that his leadership experience included Vishay, Inc. where he was the Vice President of Power Product Lines, along with Alpha and Omega Semiconductor where he guided the company’s strategic direction as Vice President of Discrete Product Lines.

Yalcin holds a Bachelor of Material Science Engineering (Solid State Physics emphasis), and subsequently earned his Master of Business at Iowa State University.

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Menlo Microsystems Inc.

Menlo Microsystems is on a mission to create a more energy efficient and sustainable world with an entirely new category of electronic switches. The Ideal Switch® eliminates compromises and tradeoffs by combining the benefits of electromechanical and solid-state switches into the best of both worlds. Menlo Microsystems is bringing more than 99 percent reductions in size, weight, power and cost to dozens of industries such as medical, aerospace and defense, telecommunications, consumer electronics, industrial IoT (Internet of Things) and test and measurement.

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Ramon Borrell

Ramon Borrell is a highly experienced professional in the field of Inkjet and industrial printing systems, with 30 years of experience in the industry. He has held technical leadership and executive positions for 20 years, including 14 years at HP where he led the development of large format printers and 14 years as CTO and R&D Director at Xaar, a leading company in inkjet printheads. In 2021, Ramon joined Quantica as CTO, bringing his extensive technical expertise and leadership experience to the company.

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Quantica

Quantica is an advanced additive manufacturing company headquartered in Berlin and Barcelona. Their groundbreaking inkjet-based technology, NovoJet™, transforms production by enabling the digital deposition of high-viscosity and high particle-loaded materials. With their advanced systems, users can print and combine new materials seamlessly in a single process for 2D and 3D application development. From car coatings to printed electronics to hearing aids, Quantica’s technology offers a solution.

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Marco Pratillo

  • Sales Manager Semi & MEMS Test Equipment BU
  • SPEA

Marco Pratillo received his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic of Turin (Italy) in 2012. He promptly joins SPEA as part of the Product and Test Engineering Group in Electronic Industries and Custom Semiconductor Test Equipment. Starting from 2017, he relocated to Suzhou (China) as Test Engineering Manager Mems and Power Semiconductor, where he contributed to the exponential growth of the Semiconductor Division, Power and MEMs. He spent five years working closely with the Sales team aiming to affirm and expand the presence of SPEA’s products. In 2022, Marco returned to Italy in the role of Technical Sales Manager, specifically dedicated to the biggest Semiconductor manufacturing leaders in Asia.

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SPEA

Established in 1976, SPEA is a world leading company in the field of automatic test equipment for ICs, MEMS, sensors, electronic boards. SPEA serves the big semiconductor IDMs and OSATs with the most cost-effective and high-performance equipment to test automotive, SoCs, analog mixed-signal devices, MEMS sensors and actuators, power and discretes, identification devices, delivering highest measurement capabilities, lowest cost of test and fastest time-to-market. SPEA systems are designed to detect any possible defect in electronic products, so that they won’t fail on the field. High throughput, best detection capability, test techniques designed on the latest technologies requirements, complete configurability. For SPEA customers, testing is not an additional cost, but a tangible competitive advantage.

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Dr. Annalisa De Pastina

Dr. Annalisa De Pastina is an expert in M/NEMS and piezoelectric transduction. She has 10 years of experience in the field of nanomechanical sensors and actuators, specializing in microtechnology and piezoelectric thin films. In 2014, she graduated in Biomedical Engineering from Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, and in 2018 she obtained her PhD in Microengineering from EPFL, Switzerland. Dr. De Pastina is currently a senior scientist in piezoMEMS at Silicon Austria Labs, where she leads pivotal industrial collaborations and international projects focused on the development of novel piezoelectric MEMS sensors and actuators, such as MEMS microspeakers, microphones and ultrasonic transducers.

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Silicon Austria Labs (SAL)

Silicon Austria Labs (SAL) has been founded to be a top Euro­pean re­search center for elec­tronic-based systems. In the network of science and economy, we carry out re­search at a global level and create the basis of ground­breaking prod­ucts and processes.

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Tarik Souibes

Tarik Souibes holds a master’s degree in physics and graduated from an engineering school with a specialization in materials dedicated to microelectronics. He joined ST in 1998 as a technical marketing engineer. With more than 26 years of experience at the company, Tarik has held various roles and responsibilities, dealing with a wide range of products including power, analog, and sensors.

Today, Tarik is responsible for product marketing for sensors within the ST MEMS Sub-Group.

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STMicroelectronics

At ST, we are more than 50,000 creators and makers of semiconductor technologies mastering the semiconductor supply chain with state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities. An integrated device manufacturer, we work with more than 200,000 customers and thousands of partners to design and build products, solutions, and ecosystems that address their challenges and opportunities, and the need to support a more sustainable world. Our technologies enable smarter mobility, more efficient power and energy management, and the wide-scale deployment of cloud-connected autonomous things. We are committed to achieving our goal to become carbon neutral on scope 1 and 2 and partially scope 3 by 2027. Further information can be found at www.st.com.

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Eric Aguilar

An award-winning entrepreneur, Eric is a visionary leader in the field of advanced sensor systems for complex systems such robotics and autonomous platforms.

Throughout his distinguished two-decade career, Eric’s passion for sensor design and innovation has made him a key player in the industry. His expertise includes leading teams at renowned companies such as Tesla, where he managed a crew of 300 engineers on the firmware for Model 3, and at X, where he spearheaded the development of Google Project Wing, an autonomous drone delivery service.

Eric’s expertise in sensor integration includes a leadership position at Argo AI, a self-driving venture supported by Ford and Volkswagen. His role in steering product development for a sensor company later acquired by Google for $85 million — as well as his pioneering work building sensors for drones at US Navy Research Labs — further showcase his depth of experience.

Eric earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from California State Polytechnic University and has pursued advanced studies in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the University of Southern California. His work continues to shape the future of MEMS and sensors technology, making him a sought-after thought leader and speaker in the field.

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Omnitron Sensors

Omnitron Sensors is rewriting the script on building high-performance low-cost sensors for the world of tomorrow. Leveraging its executive team’s extensive experience designing, fabricating, and using MEMS sensors, Omnitron has developed a “new topology for MEMS” that addresses some of the most pressing pain points in MEMS manufacturing.

Featuring the clever arrangement of silicon process steps and a new packaging method, Omnitron’s topology significantly improves performance to produce robust, rugged, reliable, repeatable, and low-cost MEMS sensors in high volumes by leveraging commercial MEMS foundries.

The company’s first proof point of its new topology for MEMS is a large, robust, low-cost, MEMS scanning mirror for long-range LiDAR.

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Volker Herbig

Volker Herbig, VP BU Microsystems at X-FAB, oversees all MEMS activities within the X-FAB Group. Before assuming his current role, Volker worked as Director Product Marketing at X-FAB. Previously he held also engineering, marketing and management positions at Siemens, Inkjet Technologies and Carl Zeiss where, among other activities, he developed MEMS inkjet print heads and was responsible for setting up a manufacturing facility for those. Volker Herbig holds a master’s degree in physics from Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.

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X-FAB

X-FAB is one of the world’s leading specialty foundry groups for analog/mixed-signal semiconductor technologies with a clear focus on automotive, industrial, and medical applications. As a pure-play foundry, X-FAB provides manufacturing and design support services to customers that design analog/mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs) and other semiconductor devices for use in their own products or the products of their customers. Its customers worldwide benefit from the highest quality standards, manufacturing excellence and innovative solutions by using X-FAB’s modular CMOS and SOI processes in geometries ranging from 1.0 µm to 110 nm, and its special micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) processes. X-FAB is also the first pure-play foundry to provide comprehensive processing technologies for the wide-bandgap materials silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN). The GaN-on-Si wafers are manufactured in its modern 8” fab in Dresden, Germany, and SiC wafers in the 6” fab in Lubbock, Texas, USA. X-FAB runs six production facilities in Germany, France, Malaysia and the U.S. The company employs about 4,200 people worldwide.

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Dr. Michael Eritt

Dr. Michael Eritt heading the Engineering Department for the MEMS and CMOS 200 mm cleanroom. He joined Fraunhofer IPMS in 2020 as group leader and was responsible for the technology development of MEMS scanners. Prior joining Fraunhofer he worked 10 years in the lighting and PV industry as product developer of OLED lighting modules and manager back-end with focus on scaling production from lab to fab for organic solar films. Michael Eritt graduated in Microsystem Technology in 2003 and received his PhD in electrical engineering from Technical University of Chemnitz in 2010.

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Fraunhofer IPMS

The Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS in Dresden Germany is your access to know-how, expertise, and modern R&D infrastructure in the field of optical sensors and actuators, integrated circuits, microsystems (MEMS/MOEMS) and nanoelectronics. The Fraunhofer IPMS is one of 76 institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the leading organization for applied research in Europe. Relying on more than 30,000 employees, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has a research budget of 2.9 billion euros. Around 70 percent of this sum are generated through industrial commissions and publicly financed research projects.

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Stefan Martens

Stefan joined Amkor Technology in 2019 and currently serves as a Senior Director for MEMS and Sensor Products. He manages assembly and test services for large volume automotive and consumer MEMS sensors for European customers. Stefan has 18 years of experience in the semiconductor industry and held positions at Infineon and Huawei in Germany, primarily in the field of RF devices and modules prior to joining Amkor. He has been issued 15 patents and holds a MSc in Applied Physics as well as a PhD in Microsystem Engineering from the University of Freiburg, Germany.

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Amkor Technology, Inc.

As one of the world’s largest providers of high-quality semiconductor packaging and test services, Amkor has helped define and advance the technology landscape.

We deliver innovative solutions and believe in partnering with our customers to bring 5G, AI, Automotive, Communications, Computing, Consumer, IoT, Industrial and Networking products to market.

As a truly global supplier, Amkor has manufacturing and test capabilities as well as product development and support offices in Asia, Europe and the US.

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Jakob Spoetl

Jakob Spötl works as head of acoustics in the R&D department of USound. He is one of the first employees of USound and joined the company in 2015, right after finishing his studies in electrical and audio engineering at the TU Graz in Austria. His main interest was (and still is) the multidisciplinary; combining knowledge from different fields. Therefore, his main expertise lies in understanding and modeling of the interplay between different physical domains (electronics, mechanics, and acoustics). Combining this with real-world applications and the resulting psychoacoustic experience is what he thrives on.

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Usound

USound GmbH is a fast-growing company that develops advanced audio solutions based on MEMS speaker technology. Headquartered in Austria and with offices in Shenzen, China, USound enables its global customers to bring new revolutionary audio products to the market.

USound is disrupting the audio industry, setting new standards in audio experience. The company achieves this through radical miniaturization, power reduction, and increased production efficiency. USound MEMS speakers are ideal for state-of-the-art TWS earphones, IEMs, audio and AR/VR glasses, OTC hearing aids, and various consumer electronics products. The company’s audio products are safeguarded by over 370 patents.

Leadership:
Ferruccio Bottoni, CEO & Co-Founder
Andrea Rusconi, CTO & Co-Founder
Herbert Gartner, CFO & Chairman

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Alastair Attard

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Alastair Attard is Director of Business Development at UTAC Group. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and an Executive MBA from the University of Malta, and has over 18 years of experience in the assembly & test of semiconductor devices.

Prior to joining UTAC, Alastair worked at STMicroelectronics firstly as part of the process engineering team for flip chip and SiP, and later in process and package development for MEMS packages. He later joined Besi, where he was manager of the process development group, with focus on advanced die attach and pick & place technologies.

Alastair joined UTAC in 2018, focusing on technical program management and assembly business development in the European region. Today he is responsible for worldwide business development of assembly and test solutions for semiconductor devices at UTAC with particular focus on MEMS, Sensing, and Advanced Packaging.

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UTAC

UTAC is a leading independent provider of assembly and test services for a broad range of semiconductor chips with diversified end-use applications including communication, consumer, computing, automotive, security, industrial and medical. Our customers include fabless companies, integrated device manufacturers and wafer foundries.

UTAC is headquartered in Singapore with more than 12 production facilities. Our global sales network is widely focused on five regions: the United States, Europe, China and Taiwan, Japan and the rest of Asia with sales offices located in each of these regions.

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Pierre-Marie Visse

  • Senior Technology & Market Analyst, MEMS & Sensing
  • Yole Group

Pierre-Marie Visse is Senior Technology & Market Analyst, MEMS & Sensing at Yole Group. He is working within the Photonics & Sensing team. Pierre-Marie contributes daily to the technical, marketing, and strategic analysis on various MEMS and sensing technologies.Prior to Yole Group, Pierre-Marie served as an R&D project manager at eLichens, specializing in the detection of environmental gases, for more than 2 years. His primary focus was the development of gas sensors and IoT for gas detection. Previously, Pierre-Marie worked at TDK-Tronics for more than ten years as an inertial MEMS designer for custom sensors, accelerometers, and gyroscopes. He then worked as an R&D project manager for the navigation, industrial, and watchmaking industries. Pierre-Marie graduated from ESIEE-Engineering (France) in 2010, specializing in microsystems.

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Yole Group

Yole Développement (Yole) has grown to become a group of companies providing marketing, technology and strategy consulting, corporate finance services, reverse engineering and costing services. With a strong focus on emerging applications using silicon and/or micro manufacturing, Yole Group of Companies has expanded to include more than 80 collaborators worldwide covering MEMS and image sensors, Compound Semiconductors, RF Electronics, Solid-state lighting, Displays, Software, Optoelectronics, Microfluidics & Medical, Advanced Packaging, Manufacturing, Nanomaterials, Power Electronics, Batteries & Energy Management and Memory. Yole, along with its partners System Plus Consulting, PISEO and Blumorpho, support industrial companies, investors and R&D organizations worldwide to help them understand markets and follow technology trends to grow their business.

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Company website: www.yole.fr
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Company phone: +33 472 83 01 80

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Corrado Rocca

During his career, Corrado held several managerial roles in telco, media, IoT, communications and automotive industries, mainly in technical, product and business areas.

He is currently heading in Pirelli Tyre the R&D department developing tyre connectivity solutions, for OE and aftermarket applications. He is leading for Pirelli several international standardization initiatives in the field of future mobility.

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Pirelli

Established in Milan in 1872, Pirelli is a major player in the tyre industry and the only global manufacturer focused solely on the Consumer tyre market, which includes tyres for cars, motorcycles and bicycles. With a distinctive positioning in High Value tyres, the Group stands as a global brand known for its cutting-edge technology, high-end production excellence and passion for innovation that draws heavily on its Italian roots.
With 18 production plants in 12 countries, around 31,000 employees, a turnover of about €6.65 billion in 2023, Pirelli has a commercial presence in over 160 countries.
Pirelli’s technological excellence is also nourished by the innovation and competencies derived from sporting competitions, in which it has been active for over 115 years. At present, the company participates in over 350 car and motorcycle sport events and since 2011 it has been the Global Tyre Partner to the Formula One™ World Championship.
Thanks to a strong commitment in research and development, Pirelli has over 2,000 people engaged in R&D located at its Milan headquarters and 12 local technology centers and a portfolio of 6,000 patents.
In 2023, Pirelli’s investment in R&D equaled 5,4% of its revenues from High Value products.

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Dr. Andreas Charles Voelker

  • Business Development, Micro- & Nanotechnologies
  • CSEM
  • Scientist (PhD in physics) with 20+ years of experience in Photonics\
  • Expertise in development of photonic based analytic/diagnostic devices in regulatory environment
  • Extensive knowledge in interdisciplinary R&D project management, technology transfer, business development, coaching and consulting specifically at the interface of industry and research
  • Start-Up coaching
  • Married, two children

 

EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Nanophotonics, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, 2007

Diploma in Physics, Humboldt Universität Berlin, Germany, 2002

 

SOME WORK EXPERIENCE

CEO, LS Instruments AG, Fribourg, Switzerland (12 years)

Roche Diagnostics, Germany

Ypsomed, Burgdorf, Switzerland

CSEM, Neuchatel since 2021

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CSEM

CSEM is a non-profit-oriented public-private Swiss technology innovation center renowned for developing advanced technologies with profound societal impact. Our mission is to transfer these innovations to industries, strengthening the economy. We are changing the face of the MEMS field by developing and industrializing processes for emerging materials and devices. With a multidisciplinary team and ISO-9001 standards, we provide a comprehensive one-stop-shop for the entire innovation chain. About CSEM – MEMS for a smarter future

CSEM is a non-profit-oriented public-private Swiss technology innovation center renowned for developing advanced technologies with profound societal impact. Our mission is to transfer these innovations to industries, strengthening the economy. We are changing the face of the MEMS field by developing and industrializing processes for emerging materials and devices. With a multidisciplinary team and ISO-9001 standards, we provide a comprehensive one-stop-shop for the entire innovation chain. From high-performance materials to innovative processes, we push the boundaries of microfabrication technologies. Our unique lithium on niobate insulator (LNOI) platform enables nonlinear photonic integrated circuits (PIC). In addition to our cutting-edge R&D we offer tailored devices including MEMS and LNOI PIC foundry services, and MEMS characterization and reliability testing. CSEM contributes to the development of reliable and advanced MEMS that pave the way for a smarter future.

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Stefan Rombach

Stefan Rombach received the Phd. degree in microsystems engineering from the University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany. He was working as a member of the scientific staff at the chair of microelectronics in the field of readout interfaces for MEMS inertial sensors and MEMS micro-mirrors based on low-power system design and Delta-Sigma modulation. Since 2018, he has been with Northrop Grumman LITEF, Freiburg, Germany, where he is working as Head of the MEMS department in the field of inertial sensor systems development.

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Northrop Grumman LITEF GmbH

LITEF is one of the leading companies in the development and manufacturing of navigation and sensor systems. The company’s expertise is based on German technology for mechanical, fibre optic and micromechanical inertial sensors. This enables ITAR-free distribution of LITEF products around the globe.
Founded in 1961 and headquartered in Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany), the company’s product range includes MEMS sensors based inertial measurement units, attitude and heading reference systems, inertial navigation systems and inertial reference systems. In close dialogue with the customer, specific product solutions are developed for measurement and navigation tasks with maximum precision and reliability requirements.

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Pierre Chastanet

  • Head of Unit of “Microelectronics and Photonics Industry” Unit, DG CNECT
  • EU Commission

Pierre Chastanet is Head of the Unit for Microelectronics and Photonics Industry at the European Commission, where he manages the development of European semiconductor policy and the implementation of the European Chips Act.

Mr. Chastanet has been working for over 17 years in the European Commission, supervising different digital policies in the areas of cloud, data flows, software, cybersecurity, privacy, green ICT, and telecom innovation.

Prior to that, Mr. Chastanet gained more than 10 years of ICT experience, mostly in various IT management positions in a large multinational company.

He graduated from Telecom ParisTech, the Free University of Brussels, and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He also earned a Leadership Executive Certificate from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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EU Commission

The European Commission is the EU’s politically independent executive arm. The Directorate‑General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology is the Commission department responsible to develop a digital single market to generate smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in Europe.

Follow the latest EU tech news on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube via @DigitalEU.

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Filipe Alves

Dr. Filipe Serra Alves is currently a Staff Researcher within the Integrated Micro and Nanotechnologies Research Group at INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Portugal. His research is focused on the development of new integrated systems that range from the design and fabrication of MEMS devices, to the instrumentation and control electronics, both at the discrete and integrated level.He obtained his PhD in microelectronics in 2017, specializing in pull-in based MEMS inclinometers with integrated mixed-signal electronics, from the University of Minho, Portugal, in collaboration with the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. Prior to joining INL as a Research Fellow, he served as an assistant professor in the Industrial Electronics Department at the University of Minho. Recently, he has been working in new sensor concepts, including polyimide-based flexible devices and high-resolution MEMS inertial sensors, with a particular interest in FPGA and ASIC-based high-performance digital systems. As a principal investigator, he has coordinated several research projects targeting new transduction mechanisms and working principles, aiming to push the boundaries of MEMS technology. Dr. Alves has authored numerous high-impact publications and serves as a reviewer for top-tier journals in the field, including IEEE Sensors Journal, Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, Sensors and Actuators A: Physical or Nature Scientific Reports.

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INL (International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory)

The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory is one of the main international research centres dedicated to nanoscience.

The Laboratory is an intergovernmental organization founded in 2005 upon a joint agreement between Portugal and Spain. Today, it houses a multicultural community of more than 400 researchers from 30 nationalities with various scientific backgrounds. Headquartered in Braga, northern Portugal, INL focuses on strategic research areas that deepen our understanding of fundamental phenomena, serving as the basis for the development of innovative technologies.
Key areas include clean water, clean energy, zero hunger, good health, and overall well-being. INL’s mission is two-fold: to carry out excellent research in nanotechnology, and to engage with society by means of technology transfer and public outreach. This twin approach guides the organisation to navigate the unknown universe of science, and to identify new research areas at the intersection of established knowledge fields. The overarching objective is to advance research anchored in nanotechnology towards new science and novel methodologies, and to devise nanotechnology-based solutions, in the physical and human environments, mediated by cutting-edge research in information and communication technologies.

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Bo Cui

Dr. Bo Cui is currently the senior director of research at SITRI (Shanghai Industrial micro-Technology Research Institute). He received his BS from Peking University in 1994, and his PhD from Princeton University in 2003. After PhD, he joined the National Research Council of Canada in 2003, and then Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo (Canada). He was a visiting researcher to SITRI in 2022, and joined SITRI in January 2024. His research focuses on the development of cleanroom MEMS/micro-nano-fabrication technologies. He is the author for 125 journal publications and 130 conference publications/presentations.