On October 23rd, 2013, the inauguration of IEEE Solid-State Circuits Indonesia Chapter Society had been held in the first 2013 IEEE International Conference on Electronics Technology and Industrial Development (ICE-ID 2013). The inauguration and conference were held at Swiss Belhotel Bay View in Bali, one of the most beautiful island in Indonesia. The event was attended by around 75 participants from over the world, including Japan, South Korea, Thailand, India, Indonesia and Malaysia. The event was hosted by the School of Electrical Engineering and Informatics (SEEI), Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) in collaboration with IEEE Indonesia Section, IEEE Indonesia CAS Chapter and newly established IEEE Indonesia SSCS.
The aim of this conference was to address the importance of electronics industry development, specially for emerging countries like Indonesia. Without any electronics industries, the advancement of science and technology will not be maximal. Indonesia, as the 4th populous country in the world and a steady economic growth in the last ten years, is still considered as a promising market for personal computers, telecommunication and other electronic products. More than 100 millions mobile phone users, a broad physical infrastructure development, a priority in public health and education program along with a continuous GDP growth are all becoming the main drivers for future development. Therefore, by establishing SSCS chapter and arranging the conference, it would stimulate the development of Industry, specially in Indonesia. ICE-ID was also established to provide premier networking forum of leading researchers, industrial players and government regulators to discuss the recent advance technology research and development, government regulation strategy and education system to promote the establishment electronics industry. All related area of research was discussed in this conference.
The inauguration was personally attended by the President of IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society, Dr. Rakesh Kumar. The Chapter committee was also selected, which consist of Chapter Chair : Trio Adiono, Vice Chair : Mervin Hutabarat, Secretary : Eva Muchtar and Treasury : Ihsan Haradi. Besides, Rakesh Kumar also became a main keynote speaker entitled, ” Inspiring Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Microelectronics “. Rakesh Kumar addressed and discussed about the important challenges and opportunities. Innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities abound in the high-tech semiconductor technology. He also discussed about the fabless IC start-up that offers hope for entrepreneurs, researchers, and designers in fulfilling their dreams.
The second keynote speech was given by Dr. Richard Mengko, a former Minister’s Advisor for Information Technology Affairs of the State Minister of Research and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia. His talk was entitled “A continuous effort in a changing environment”. He gave a brief outlook on the electronics sector that Indonesia had experienced, along its political and economic environment changes, starting with the investment of the foreign multinational companies in chip manufacturing (wire bonding and encapsulation) in the late 70’s, during which Indonesia enjoyed a considerable economic growth, followed by the global economic crisis in the 90’s and the political instability in 1998 up to the current reformation period. The up and down of the economic growth have introduced a number of changes in the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Science & Technology (S&T) policies that consequently influence the entry barrier for the entrepreneurs to jump in this area.
The conference also included a panel discussion about the case study of electronics industry development in Indonesia. The discussion covered the technology development and regulation history and its next strategy. After the conference, Dr Rakesh Kumar had an opportunity to visit ITB. ITB was established in 1920, and the oldest technological university in Indonesia. ITB has been credited as one of the most “prestigious” universities in Indonesia.