The 25th Asian Test Symposium

November 21-24, 2016, International Conference Center Hiroshima, Japan

25th Anniversary - Welcome home, ATS!

The Asian Test Symposium started 1992 in Hiroshima, Japan, as an annual symposium in the Asia Pacific region. Since then, the symposium has continued its growth and development, visiting various historic cities in Asia. This year it is marking its 25th anniversary, returning to its birthplace Hiroshima-city. Commemorating this historic milestone, we will have several anniversary events and activities:

25th Anniversary Panel Session: "Past, Present and Future of ATS."

Time:Wed Nov 23, 14:30
Room:Dahlia 1
Chair:Cheng-Wen Wu - National Tsing Hua University
Panelists:Hideo Fujiwara - Osaka Gakuin University, Japan
Yervant Zorian - Synopsys, Inc.
Xiaowei Li - Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing
Kuhn-Jong Lee - National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan
Seiji Kajihara, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Fukuoka, Japan

Krishnendu Chakrabarty, Duke University, NC, U.S.A.

Nine years ago, in the 16th ATS in Beijing, Prof. Tim Cheng organized a panel discussion session on test education, where they discussed the increasing demand for test and diagnosis expertise in the global semiconductor industry. They were worried about test education still being a niche and highly specialized subject area in the graduate curriculum and was seldom covered in undergraduate classes globally. It looks like we are not better off today, given even more severe competition and cost sensitive in the semiconductor industry. We are celebrating the 25th anniversary of ATS this year. Looking back the history of test research, obviously ATS has been an important part of it. Education wise, it also plays an important role, as we can see that the symposium rotates in different Asian cities where the semiconductor industry gains momentum and grows with ATS. The industry needs badly high-quality IC design, DFT, and test engineers, and professors bring students to ATS to get them ready for solving challenging issues that they will face immediately upon receiving their graduate degree. Can ATS serve the community in a similar way in the future?

There have been some panel sessions organized in the past 24 years for ATS, but most of them were dedicated to specific technical issues. This time, we are going to discuss how ATS will survive another 25 years. Or even more seriously, can it survive at all? To encourage the audience to join our discussion, we will give position statements on the past, present, and future of ATS. That is, we will review the past, which young attendees might not be familiar with. We will summarize the impact of ATS in different places in this region of the semiconductor world. We will analyze our position at the present time, and give visions of the future. We have observed the dramatic semiconductor market and industry shift in the past two decades, so it may be time for us to reposition ATS now.

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The 25th Anniversary Awards of ATS

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of ATS, the organizing committee this year gives two types of special awards to people who have made significant contribution to ATS. The first type of awards are called "The Most Contribution Author Awards", to appreciate the contribution of authors who have published the most with ATS. The second type of awards are called "The Most Influential Paper Awards”, to honor the published ATS papers that have been the most influential on VLSI test technology.

These two type of special awards were elected through a rigorous two-stage process. In the first stage, we elected the candidates based on statistics including the total number of papers published in ATS, the citation count over the years, and the citation count per year, etc. In the second stage, a 6-member award committee voted to reach the final decision. It is the great honor of this award committee to announce the winners on the symposium.

The 25th ATS Award Committee

Chair:Shi-Yu Huang - National Tsing Hua University
Members:Masanori Hashimoto - Osaka University
Huawei Li - Chinese Academy of Sciences
Zebo Peng - Linköping University
Xiaoqing Wen - Kyushu Institute of Technology
Qiang Xu - The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Anniversary Celebration Banquet

We will celebrate the silver anniversary of ATS during the banquet. The banquet dinner will take place on the cruise ship "Galaxy"  which will take you around Hiroshima bay and show you Miyajima  with its Itsukushima-shrine, an UNESCO World Heritage site most known for its huge red "floating" gate, as well as the skyline of Hiroshima-city. Happy birthday, ATS!

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中国電力技術研究財団 Electric Technology Research Foundation of Chugoku

In Cooperation With

IEICE The IEICE Information and Systems Society Technical Committee on Dependable Computing DISC International Dependable Integrated Systems Research Center - Kyushu Institute of Technology