*** Plenary Speaker ***

Dr Heike Riel
IBM Fellow, Director IoT Technology and Solutions, IBM Research


Nanoscale Materials and Devices for Future Computing


For many years the progress in computing was driven by “smaller & denser” resulting in “faster & cheaper”. However, dimension scaling alone is no longer sufficient to increase performance hence innovation in materials, devices and architectures is required for the future of information technology.

Beyond these completely new computing paradigms are developed such as non-von Neumann computing and quantum computing. I will discuss some of our research activities in developing new nanoscale materials and devices and measurement techniques for future computer systems.


Heike Riel is IBM Fellow and Department Head of Science & Technology at IBM Research. She pursues research in nanotechnology and nanosciences and her research has contributed to advancements in OLED display technology, molecular electronics and semiconductor nanoscale materials and devices. Her organization is devoted to advancing the frontiers of information technology through the physical sciences.

She received the master’s in physics from the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and the PhD in Physics from University of Bayreuth (Germany) in 2002 and an MBA from Henley Business College (UK) in 2010.
She has authored more than 140 peer reviewed publications and filed more than 50 patents. She has received several major awards, e.g. the Applied Physics Award of the Swiss Physical Society, the TR100, she is elected Member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences and of the Leopoldina, the German National Academy of Sciences, and received an honorary doctor by Lund University. In 2017 she was awarded the APS David Adler Lectureship Award in the Field of Materials Physics