The 44th IEEE Semiconductor Interface Specialists Conference (SISC) was held in Key Bridge Marriott Hotel, Arlington, VA, on December 5-7, 2013, i.e.,
immediately prior to the IEDM.
The SISC provides a unique forum for device engineers,
solid-state physicists, and materials scientists to discuss issues of
common interest. Principal topics for discussion at SISC are semiconductor/insulator
interfaces, the physics of insulating thin films, and the interaction
among materials science, device physics, and state-of-the-art technology.
The first SISC meeting was held in 1965 and attendance was by invitation.
The conference, now public, alternates between the east and west coasts,
and meets just before the IEDM. An important goal of the conference is
to provide an environment that encourages interplay between scientific
and technological issues. Invited and contributed talks, as well as a
lively poster session, are presented in an informal setting designed to
encourage discussion, and conference participants enjoy numerous opportunities
for social gatherings with renown scientists and engineers.
The conference emphasis is on silicon-based devices,
including the SiC and SiGe systems, and topics evolve with the state-of-the-art.
Invited and contributed talks are complemented by informal events designed
to encourage lively discussion and debate.
Generous hospitality allows attendants to focus on
enjoying the conference. Hors d’oeuvres, wine, and cheese encourage
interaction among poster authors and other conference participants at
Thursday’s poster session. Friday afternoon has no scheduled talks,
to allow time to meet informally or visit local attractions. On Friday
evening the conference hosts a banquet and awards ceremony, complete with
the now-famous (and always riotous) limerick contest.
The limericks never fail to give the conference presentations, people
and events an entirely new perspective!
This year's SISC will continue the tradition of presenting
an award memorializing Prof. E. H. Nicollian.
The award will be given for the best student presentation. Ed Nicollian
was a pioneer in the exploration of metal oxide semiconductor (MOS) systems.
His contributions were important to establishing SISC in its early years,
and he served as the Technical Chair in 1982. With John Brews, he wrote
the definitive book MOS Physics and Technology.
SISC is sponsored by the IEEE Electron
For registration information and general inquiries
about SISC, please contact the Arrangements Chair.