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2023 AIP Physics in Industry Day

The Future of Semiconductors

Thursday 2nd November 2023

CSIRO Lindfield

Our Topic in 2023 - The Future of Semiconductors

Semiconductors underpin almost every aspect of our modern lives in some way. Despite more objects around us incorporating semiconductor chips, the number of companies and roles actively developing new semiconductor technologies (in contract to exploiting existing commercially available semiconductor chips) are reducing in many countries. Why is this and what can we do to reinvigorate domestic industry? Does it even matter? Our 2023 Physics in Industry Day will explore the situation in Australia and around the world, hear from Australian innovators and consider what might we do collectively.

In 2023 we continue our enduring partnership with CSIRO to bring you this event, and we are proud to co-organise with the newly launched Semiconductor Sector Service Bureau (S3B 

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About the Physics in Industry Day:

The annual Physics in Industry Days has been an initiative to bring together researchers, industry, service providers, decision makers, educators and the general public to connect and learn around a chosen topic - either an industry sector or an area of science with significant industrial or national impact in the future. It is intended to be an informal gathering with interesting and informative speakers pitched at a level to engage with an informed general audience. Hosted at CSIRO at Lindfield, the program for the day builds in time to network as well as engage in a site tour to experience first-hand some of the research and development conducted on site by CSIRO, the National Measurement Institute (NMI) or on of the high-tech companies co-located at the Lindfield Collaboration Hub (LCH).


 Time  Program
 8:30 - 9:02   Arrival, registration, refreshments (scroll down for site/transport info)

  Program commences in Lehany Theatre
  Welcome by Scott Martin

  Introduction to the S3B (Semiconductor Sector Service Bureau) - Dr Nadia Court, S3B CEO [PRESENTATION]

 9:30 - 10:30

 Advanced Packaging Technologies Usher in a New Era in the Semiconductor Marketplace by Dr David Skellern AO [PRESENTATION]

 Dr David Skellern is one of Australia’s most successful technology entrepreneurs and a globally recognized researcher and research manager.

 David worked in radioastronomy for 10 years and taught electronics at Sydney and Macquarie Universities for 16 years before coming to prominence in the IT industry through Radiata, which he co-founded in 1997. Built on joint research conducted by Macquarie University and the CSIRO, the company demonstrated the world’s first chip-set implementation of the IEEE 802.11a High-Speed WLAN standard.

In 2001 Radiata was acquired by Cisco Systems Inc., where David was Director of Technology for the Wireless Networking Business Unit until 2004. Dr Skellern joined the Board of National ICT Australia in 2003 and became its Chief Executive Officer in 2005.

Dr Skellern was appointed to the Order of Australia in 2010. He is currently the Chair of the RoZetta Institute Board.
 10:30 - 11:00   Morning tea
 11:00 - 12:30

  Innovative Applications of Semiconductors

  Session Chair: Dr Scott Martin  

  Short presentations by Australian organisations putting semiconductor technology to diverse and innovative commercial uses.

  Invited Speakers:
  Prof. Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh - The University of Sydney
  Dr Angus North - Memjet [PRESENTATION]
  A/Prof. Tara Hamilton - CUVOS [PRESENTATION]
  A/Prof. Arne Laucht - Diraq
  Geoff Neilson - Electrogenics Labs [PRESENTATION]

  Q&A panel time permitting.

 12:30 - 14:00   Lunch and site tours (13:20 - 13:50) - TOUR DESCIPTIONS HERE
 14:00 - 15:30

  Future Directions and Opportunities

   Session Chair: Dr Nadia Court

  Industry perspectives will be presented and explored from a range of organisations spanning the innovation ecosystem with a focus on manufacturing and"
  how Australia can exploit research excellence via technology transfer into vibrant manufacturing capability.

  Invited Speakers: 
  Dr John Morrison - ANFF (Australian National Fabrication Facility) [PRESENTATION]
  Dr Julie Karel - FLEET (ARC Centre of Excellence for Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies) [PRESENTATION]
  Stef Winwood - Bluglass
  Dr Pasquale Aliberti – Morse Micro
  Ben Kitcher - AMRF (Advanced Manufacturing Research Facility) 

  Q&A panel to round off the day and address audience questions.

 15:30  Program concludes with afternoon tea.

The AIP gratefully acknowledges support of the following sponsors:

                              Ezzi Vision logo                                      WRays logo    LCU Logo                               NSW Government logo                                 CSIRO logo      Lindfield Collaboration Hub logo

Transport and Parking

CSIRO LINDFIELD - 36 Bradfield Road, Lindfield, NSW 2070 GOOGLE MAPS

Nearest train station: Lindfield (~ 3km away)

Bus route: 565

FREE Parking on site - please park in the carparks or the areas marked in green below.
Parking only on ONE SIDE (outside kerb) of the site ring road. This is to permit access of emergency vehicles.

Contact Details

The Industry Days are organised by Scott Martin - happy to consider recommendations for future topics or explore participation as a speaker, panellist, sponsor or exhibitor. 

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