Welcome Message from STS 2018 Chairman
I would like to extend thanks to all the participants in the semiconductor industry and the invited speakers to the SEMICON Korea STS 2018.
We are living through challenging times. In 2017, Global economic recovery has been slow and uneven. Also geo-political risk has increased uncertainty in the world. In parallel, we are seeing a paradigm shift in both economic and social terms as we experience a 4th industrial revolution, sweeping away old assumptions and subjecting us all to a new intensity of competition.
Rapidly evolving information and communication technology is serving as an enabler for connection and convergence technologies that help build a complex network among people and objects. The commercialization or 5G technology, the advancement of machine learning based artificial intelligence, and the wider adoption of cloud and big data are further accelerating our transition into a new industrial era, dubbed the 4th industrial revolution.
For the successful leadership in rapidly changing environment, the competence by oneself is not sufficient to solve the problem. Sustainable growth can be achieved by obtaining the best technical skills and competitiveness through the collaboration of device makers, equipment and materials company.
In light of such situations, meaningful theses form six different areas of Lithography, Interconnection, Device, Etch, Contamination Free Manufacturing & CMP and Package will be announced at the SEMICON Korea STS 2018, for us learn about various new technologies while gaining insight into the development direction of the next generation semiconductor technology. We hope that participants will be able to gather valuable knowledge again this year.
Finally, we sincerely appreciate the contributions of all of the Committee Members, the executives and staffs of SEMI for their special effort to make this event a success. We ask you to the generous support for development of semiconductor industry continuously.
Program Chairman of SEMICON Korea STS 2018
Samsung Electronics Semiconductor R&D Center
Executive VP & General Manager, Ho-Kyu Kang