Dr. Gerald Deboy, INFINEON

Opening Keynote: Challenges and System Solutions for Maximizing Energy Efficiency in SMPS and PV applications

Energy Efficiency is the major requirement to our modern society both within generation from Renewable Sources as well as along the entire conversion chain to the final load such as a CPU processor. We will start with a look into todays system architectures and its inherent limitations. Based on this analysis we will review alternative scenarios and discuss their requirements in terms of topologies, control and needed power devices. Examples will include 380V DC distribution, combined energy generation and storage, DC/DC converters and decentralized power management for PV systems. The resulting requirement profile and Figure-of-merits for power devices will be discussed on the basis of a fundamental analysis of the switching transition. The talk will review the latest achievements in silicon-based power devices in comparison to the value proposition of wide-band gap devices. An outlook into ideal combinations of topologies and devices will close the talk.


Dr. Gerald Deboy received the M.S. and Ph.D. degree from the Technical University Munich in 1991 and 1996 respectively. He joined Siemens Corporate Research and Development in 1992 and the Semiconductor Division of Siemens in 1995, which became Infineon Technologies later on, contributing mainly to optical investigation methods for ICs and power devices during this period. His research interests were later focused on the development of new device concepts for power electronics, especially the revolutionary COOLMOS(tm) technology. From 2004 onward he has been heading the Technical marketing department for power semiconductors and ICs within the Infineon Technologies Austria AG. Since 2009 he is heading a business development group specializing in new fields for power electronics. He is a Sr. member of IEEE and has served as a member of the Technical Committee for Power Devices and Integrated Circuits within the Electron Device Society. He has authored and coauthored more than 70 papers in national and international journals including contributions to three student text books. He holds more than 50 granted international patents and has more applications pending.

Prof. Sabine Seidler, Vienna University of Technology, Rector

Banquet Keynote

German-born Sabine Seidler studied at Merseburg University of Applied Sciences from 1979 until 1984. In 1989, she completed her Doctorate in Material Sciences and moved to the Martin Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg, where she worked for seven years in the Institute of Material Science. In 1996, she became the first ever female professor at Vienna University of Technology. Between 2001 and 2007, she managed the Institute of Materials Science and Technology, before becoming Vice Rector for Research in 2007. On 4 March 2011, she was appointed as the Vienna University of Technology's first ever female rector. She assumed this post on 1 October 2011. Sabine Seidler's research focuses on the areas of structure-property relationships in polymers, fracture mechanics and plastics testing. She has produced numerous publications and conference papers. She has also co-edited several books. Sabine Seidler is a member of the scientific advisory committee of the Helmholtz Centre in Geesthacht, the Centre of Material and Coastal Research, the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research in Dresden, Fraunhofer Austria Research and the supervisory board of AMAG (Austria Metall AG). She is also a member of numerous academic committees, associations and networks.