Pioneering “Modern-day Edison” Joins Tech Elites for SEMICON West

Brightest minds headline keynotes, popular AI Design Forum

Milpitas, Calif. – March 13, 2019 – Legendary inventor Dean Kamen, regarded by Forbes magazine as the “Modern-day Edison,” and creator of the Segway and hundreds of other innovations, will share the stage with other elite keynote speakers from industry powerhouses including  AMD,  Applied MaterialsIBM, and  Synopsys at the  49th SEMICON West, July 9-11, 2019, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.  Registration for SEMICON West, the flagship U.S. event for connecting the global electronics manufacturing supply chain, is now open. 

Back by popular demand, the AI Design Forum returns on July 9 for its second year at SEMICON West. SEMI Americas, the Electronic System Design Alliance and Applied Materials are partnering to stage the event with speakers representing the entire computing ecosystem. The AI era is widely expected to become the largest of any in industry history, and the speakers will present new approaches for the future of computing – from materials to systems.

The AI Design Forum keynote lineup includes:

Dr. Lisa Su, president and CEO of  Advanced Micro Devices  (AMD).Named last year by Fortune magazine as one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders,” Su will describe a growing consensus that 2019 promises a historic inflection point for high-performance computing, enabled by new design approaches that go beyond node shrinking.

Dr.  Aart de Geus, co-founder, chairman and co-CEO of  Synopsys, a leading expert on logic synthesis and software simulation, will address how the industry can benefit from co-optimization – from silicon to software – to fulfill the promise of AI.

Gary Dickerson, president and CEO of  Applied Materials, has been recognized by Barron’s as one of the World’s Best CEOs.  He will discuss how new materials and related innovations can help accelerate the breakthroughs needed in the AI era of computing by a factor of ten.  

Additional AI Design Forum keynotes will be announced in the coming weeks.

SEMICON West keynotes on Wednesday, July 10 include:

Dr. Jeff Welser, vice president and lab director at  IBM Research  - Almaden, will lay out the Future of Computing, including the growth of the quantum computing ecosystem, and where microelectronics will find its greatest challenges and opportunities.

Bob Pearson, senior advisor for the  W2O Group, author of four books about the role of technology for social commerce, will present From AI to Uh-Oh – Major Media Trends Shaping our Future.

Dean Kamen, founder of  DEKA Research and Development and a legendary inventor. His most recent enterprises include Kamen’s Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute to biofabricate human organs. 

"’Innovation is so hard and so frustrating, it takes the intersections of people with courage, vision and resources,’" said Dave Anderson, president of SEMI Americas, quoting SEMICON West keynote speaker Dean Kamen. “There’s no other community like SEMI for advancing the AI era, and the elite keynoters at SEMICON West promise to help the industry accelerate better business results with emerging technologies and applications.”

SEMICON West is the culmination of seven progressive conferences that comprise SEMI’s inaugural  Technology Leadership Series of the Americas. The year-long series, held at strategic venues across the U.S., is designed to foster discussions about short- and long-term technology issues critical to the $2 trillion global electronics industry. 

Themed BEYOND SMART, SEMICON West takes aim at industry disruptors with programs and pavilions focused on critical areas of industry growth including Smart manufacturing, Smart transportation and workforce development. Each themed pavilion will feature a Meet the Experts Theater where attendees can engage informally with industry thought leaders.

More information is available on the  SEMICON West 2019 website.

About SEMI

SEMI® connects more than 2,260 member companies and 1.3 million professionals worldwide to advance the technology and business of electronics manufacturing. SEMI members are responsible for the innovations in materials, design, equipment, software, devices, and services that enable smarter, faster, more powerful, and more affordable electronic products. Electronic System Design Alliance (ESD Alliance), FlexTech, the Fab Owners Alliance (FOA) and the MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG) are SEMI Strategic Association Partners, defined communities within SEMI focused on specific technologies. Visit to learn more, contact one of our worldwide offices.


Scott Stevens, for SEMI Americas
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