2020 International Conference on Solid State Devices and Materials


On behalf of the entire SSDM2020 Committees, it is my greatest pleasure to welcome you all to the 2020 International Conference on Solid State Devices and Materials (SSDM2020) to be held on September 27-30, 2020.

SSDM2020 was initially planned to be held in Toyama city as the first SSDM conference in the Hokuriku area of Japan. We had to decide, however, to move the conference online because of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. That is, it became the all-virtual conference for the first time in the history of SSDM.
Since first held in 1969, SSDM has been one of the most important conferences to facilitate active discussion among academia, industry and government, about a broad spectrum of topics related to solid state devices and materials, extended to those for multidisciplinary and emerging research fields. We are fully aware that COVID-19 is now making a negative impact on your research activities, and we decided to extend the paper deadline by about two months. The SSDM Committee members have been working hard to ensure that SSDM2020 maintains its high standard and quality even though it became an all-virtual conference.

This year, 455 abstracts were submitted from 16 countries around the world. Although the total number of submitted papers is not as high as before, it is still a good number considering the current situation of COVID-19. Actually we were able to adopt many high quality papers as usual.

On Sunday September 27, two Short Courses will be given. One is “Recent advances in organic electronics” organized by Junichi Takeya from University of Tokyo, and the other is “5G evolution and beyond” organized by both Kunio Tsuda from Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corp. and Koh Johguchi from Shinshu University. We encourage beginners as well as experts who are interested in the fields to join those courses. This year, we also organize a Tutorial Session (in Japanese) for students on “Future of quantum computer - Quantum technology on the move – “, which is a fast growing emerging field today.

The Plenary Session on Tuesday September 28 features four talks by distinguished speakers; “How Fugaku became the first Exascale Machine, and how our Journey towards FugakuNeXT will continue”, presented by Satoshi Matsuoka from RIKEN, “A New Metric for Gauging Progress of Semiconductor Technology” presented by H.-S. Philip Wong from TSMC, “Engineering qubits in silicon with atomic precision” by Michelle Y. Simmons from Silicon Quantum Computing, and “Organic Electronics — Retrospective and Outlook” presented by Ching W. Tang from Hong Kong Univ. of Science and Technology. You may notice that the first three talks will focus on integrated silicon devices on computing; present, near-future and beyond. The last talk will be about innovations in the research field of organic materials.

The regular sessions will start immediately after the Plenary Session in twelve research areas. They consist of 52 invited papers, 342 contributed papers, including 21 late-news papers. All presentations will be oral, as the poster presentation might be difficult to conduct online.

On behalf of everyone involved in organizing SSDM2020, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all the contributors sharing their latest research results and ideas to make SSDM2020 so stimulating and exciting. We also express our sincere gratitude to many corporations and foundations for their financial supports. The SSDM is sponsored by The Japan Society of Applied Physics.

Last but not least, it is again my great honor and pleasure to extend a warm welcome to everyone attending SSDM2020. I hope you enjoy the exciting program and stimulating discussions during the conference.
September 2020

Atsushi Kurobe
Chair, Organizing Committee, SSDM2020