The “10th Joint Sino-German Symposium on Opto- and Microelectronic Devices and Systems” (SODC 2018) hosted this year by the Chair of Integrated Photonics of the RWTH Aachen University (Germany) took place from the 16th to the 20th of September 2018 and was co-chaired by Prof. Jeremy Witzens (RWTH Aachen) and Prof. Yong-Zhong Xiong (Nanjing University of Science and Technology).
The SODC has been taking place every two years in alternating locations in Germany and China and has been co-funded by the Sino-German Center for Research Promotion, a joint center of the “Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft” (DFG) and the “National Natural Science Foundation of China” (NSFC). It brought together 48 internationally recognized scientists from Germany and China, as well as invited speakers from the USA and Switzerland. The conference was well attended with 76 registered attendees, among which 9 delegates from tier one industrial leaders and local SMEs.
Among the many topics presented at the symposium, this year a special focus was put on the implementation of optical devices in silicon chips (“Silicon Photonics”) for communications and sensing applications, as well as the convergence of microelectronic and optical components on silicon. Silicon Photonics enables the cost-effective mass manufacturing of optical components on the chip scale with the same manufacturing infrastructure as microelectronics and is one of the emerging disruptive technologies in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Other covered topics were Nanophotonics, Optical Devices, Optical Communications, Integrated Circuit Technology and Sensing.
Keen and open interactions during the symposium are expected to seed numerous collaborations between the involved German and Chinese research institutions.
Group picture of invited speakers