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We look forward to welcoming you to CSW 2018 in Boston!



The Compound Semiconductor Week (CSW) is the premier forum for science, technology and applications of compound semiconductors. As in previous years, CSW 2018 will bring together the 45TH International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors (ISCS) and the 30TH International Conference on Indium Phosphide and Related Materials (IPRM).


Conference News



Please submit your abstracts to CSW 2018 by the abstract deadline on January 26th. The submission website can be found here.

CSW / ISCS / IPRM Award nomination open...

As in previous years, several important awards will be awarded during CSW 2018. Please submit your nominations by March 19th, 2018. More information about the awards and the nomination procedure can be found here.

Special issue of physica status solidi (a)...

As in previous years, Wiley's physica status solidi (a) will publish a special issue with selected papers from CSW 2018. The Guest Editor for this special issue is Prof. Srabanti Chowdhury (University of California - Davis) and you can find the call for papers here.

Short course on Materials and devices for neuromorphic applications...

Prof. Jeehwan Kim from MIT is organizing a Short Course in the morning of May 29th (Tuesday) on "Materials and Devices for Neuromorphic Applications." More information about this short course will be published here in the next few days.

Focused session on Ga2O3 Materials and devices...

CSW 2018 will feature a Focused Session on Ga2O3 Materials and Devices. This Session is being organized by Dr. Masataka Higashiwaki (NICT) and will highlight some of the key recent advances in this exciting new material. If you would like your paper to be included in this focussed session, please indicate so during the abstract submission process.


Conference Venue and Date

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA, USA

May 29th, 2018 - June 1st, 2018

(Note that CSW 2018 goes from Tuesday through Friday)


Abstract submission deadline:              

January 26th, 2018

Abstract Submission

The abstract submission website will be open until Jan. 26th, 2018. You can access it here. The abstract for CSW 2018 is limited to two pages, the first one of text and the second one of figures. Please use this file (MSWord or PDF) as a template and don't change the fonts or format. Thank you!

Abstracts are requested in the following topics:

0. Focused session on Ga2O3
1. Materials and Characterization
1.1 Narrow bandgap materials
1.2 Nanostructures
1.3 Novel materials (nanocarbon, 2D materials, and non-Ga2O3 oxides) & characterization. 
1.4 Wide bandgap materials

2. Devices and Technologies
2.1 High-frequency devices
2.2 Power electronics
2.3 Semiconductor Lasers
2.4 Optoelectronics: devices and integration

3. Physics and Emerging Devices
3.1 Semiconductor physics
3.2 Organic semiconductors and flexible electronics
3.3 Other novel device concepts including ferroelectrics, spintronics etc. 


The Conference Registration page will open in January 2018. The Registration Fees for CSW 2018 are expected to be $675, for regular attendees, and $500 for students.


CSW has a long tradition of honoring some of the top researchers in the field of compound semiconductors. The CSW Awards Committee will be accepting nominations for the awards described below until March 19th, 2018. Please submit your nominations to the Chair of the Awards Committee, Prof. Yasuhiro Arakawa (arakawa@iis.u-tokyo.ac.jp). You can find the nomination form and instructions for the 2018 Awards here (or in PDF format, here)

+ Welker Award

The Welker Award was established in 1976 by Siemens AG in honor of Heinrich Welker, the pioneer in the field of III-V compound semiconductors. The award is now supported by Osram GmbH and given away for outstanding research in the area of III-V compound semiconductors. Click here to get the list of the recipients, which includes three Nobel Laureates.

+ Quantum Devices Award

The Quantum Devices Award was initiated by Fujitsu Quantum Devices Ltd. in 2000, and is now sponsored by the Japanese section of the ISCS steering committee. The Award honors pioneering contributions to the field of compound semiconductor devices and quantum nanostructure devices including physics and epitaxial growth. You can find the list of previous recipients of the Quantum Devices Award here.

+ ISCS Young Scientist Award

The ISCS Young Scientist Award is supported by the International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors (ISCS). Established in 1986, the ISCS Young Scientist Award acknowledges technical achievements in the field of compound semiconductors by a scientist younger than 40 years on the first day of the Symposium. The list of previous recipients is available here.

+ IPRM Award

The IPRM Award was initiated by the Indium Phosphide and Related Materials (IPRM) Conference in 1993, as The Michael Lunn Award. During the first three years following its introduction (1993-1995), the award was given for the best paper presented at IPRM. The award criteria were revised in 1996 to recognize individuals who have made “outstanding contributions to the InP community”. In 2007, the award was renamed the IPRM Award and has since been sponsored by the IPRM international steering committee to recognize individuals or organizations who have made an outstanding contribution to the InP and related materials community, especially in the areas of materials growth, integrated photonic components, and high frequency electronics. The list of previous recipients is available here.

+ CSW Best Student Paper Award

The CSW Best Student Paper Award was established for students who present their work as speakers or poster presenters. The award is are open only to students who are officially registered at a university by the abstract submission deadline. Awardees will be selected by members of the program committee based on abstract content and presentation quality. All papers with registered students as first-authors will enter the competition. Student award applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the award ceremony in the closing session. A partial list of previous CSW Best Student Paper Awardees can be found here.


Organizing committee


Tomas Palacios - MIT

CSW General Chair

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Grace (Huili) Xing  -  Cornell University

CSW Technical Program Chair

Yong-Hang Zhang, Arizona State University (USA) - Regional Chair for America


Tetsuya Suemitsu, Tohoku University (Japan) - Regional Chair for Asia and Australia


Eva Monroy, CEA-Grenoble (France) - Regional Chair for Europe and Africa

CSW International Steering Committee

ISCS International Steering Committee:

Yasuhiko Arakawa (Univ. Tokyo, Japan), Chair

Oliver Ambacher (Univ. Freiburg, Germany)

Colombo Bolognesi (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland)

James Coleman (Univ. Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA)

Shizuo Fujita (Kyoto Univ., Japan)

Nicolas Grandjean (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland)

James S. Harris (Stanford Univ., USA)

Yoshiro Hirayama (Tohoku Univ., Japan)

Diana Huffaker (UCLA, USA)

Heonsu Jeon (Seoul National Univ., South Korea)

Umesh Mishra (UCSB, USA)

Henning Riechert (Paul-Drude-Institut, Germany)

Tom Tiedje (Univ. British Columbia, Canada)

Eric Tournie (Univ. Montpellier, France)

Charles Tu (UCSD, USA)

IPRM International Steering Committee:

Henning Riechert (Paul-Drude-Institut, Germany), Chair

Yasuyuki Miyamoto (Tokyo Inst. of Technology, Japan)

Shigehisa Arai (Tokyo Inst. of Technology, Japan)

Hajime Asahi (Osaka Univ., Japan)

Brad Boos (Naval Research Lab., USA)

Sophie Bouchoule (CNRS-LPN, France)

Kent D. Choquette (Illinois Univ., USA)

Takatomo Enoki (NTT, Japan)

Norbert Grote (Fraunhofer HHI, Germany)

Sebastian Lourdudoss (Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)

Yuichi Matsushima (Waseda Univ., Japan)

Yoshiaki Nakano (Univ. Tokyo, Japan)

Tomas Palacios (MIT, USA),

Abderrahim Ramdane (CNRS-LPN, France)

Mark Rodwell (UCSB, USA)

Andre Scavennec (Alcatel Thales III-V Lab, France)

Franz-Josef Tegude (Univ. Duisburg, Germany)

Osamu Wada (Kobe Univ., Japan)

Hotel Information

The CSW-2018 organization has been able to secure special rates at several hotels near the conference venue. You can find information about those hotels and their location below. Many of these special rates are 50% lower (or even more) than the regular rates, therefore please do not delay booking your hotel. We only have a limited number of hotel rooms secured, and rates will significantly increase once that the special-rate rooms are booked. Thank you!

Transportation: Parking in Boston is very expensive and difficult. At the same time, public transportation (buses and the metro, in Boston called "the T") and services like Uber or Lift make commuting and moving around Boston easy and efficient. Please don't rent a car unless you really need it. You will be happy not to have it.


Residence hall at boston university ($85/night)

  • This air-conditioned apartment-style residence hall is located at 10 Buick Street, a prime location with views of the Charles River and Downtown Boston
  • Suite contains 4 bedrooms (single bed for 1 person) and 2 bathrooms
  • A shared living area contains table with chairs, couch, TV and iron with ironing board
  • Each bedroom has a desk with chair, dresser, and closet.
  • Beds are made upon arrival and include sheets, blanket and comforter (daily housekeeping is not provided)
  • Towels, a bar of soap, and shampoo are provided
  • Full kitchen with refrigerator, sink, stove, microwave oven (cookware and utensils not provided)
  • 24-hour front desk security and staff assistance, free guest wi-fi
  • Check in begins at 3:00 PM and guests must check out by 11:00 AM on their day of departure
  • Overnight parking can be purchased from 7am-11pm at the garage located at Babcock & Gardner Streets. 

To book your room, please follow this link.


Holiday Inn Express & Suites Boston - Cambridge ($159/night)

This hotel is Just 10 minutes from downtown via the "T," three miles from Boston Logan Airport BOS and within minutes of the area's historic sites, universities and business destinations.

Corporate and academic guests find it easy to stay connected thanks to free hotel wide WiFi access and print services. The hotel's location ensures a short trip to Boston and Cambridge destinations, such as Kendall Square, the Financial District, EF Education, First Boston, and Massachusetts General Hospital MGH. Also nearby are the Hynes and BCEC convention centers, MIT, Boston University and Harvard University.

To book your room, please follow this link.

Courtyard Boston Cambridge ($199/night)

The newly renovated Courtyard Cambridge Hotel has all the tools you need to get work done. Offering spacious rooms, free WIFI, ergonomic desk chairs well-lit desks, luxurious bedding, 40-inch flat-panel TVs, coffee makers and refrigerators. This Boston hotel is perfect for the frequent business traveler. Our 207 room hotel is located on the banks of the Charles River, offering amazing views of the river, Cambridge and the Boston skyline. The Hotel’s ideal location near Harvard is also close to MIT, Boston University, world-renowned hospitals and Fenway Park. Downtown Boston, Logan International Airport and the best attractions in Boston are just minutes from our front door. 

To book your room, please follow this link.

Sheraton Hotel ($159/night)

Ideally located for business or leisure, the Sheraton Boston Hotel is in the heart of Boston. Four miles from Logan Airport and blocks from the financial district, Charles River, trendy Newbury Street and Fenway Park. Our remodeled hotel offers indoor walkways to The Shops at Prudential and Copley Place. 

To book your room, please follow this link.

Boston Plaza Hotel ($199/night)

The historic charm and contemporary elegance of the iconic Boston Park Plaza awaits. The cherished Boston landmark has been fully restored and reimagined through a $100 million renovation. Enter a destination that has been the heart of Boston for 90 years, and feel the vibrancy and style of today, with a spirit inspired by our past.

To book your room, please follow this link.


Fairfield Inn Boston-Cambridge by Marriott ($199/night)

Nestled in the heart of East Cambridge, this stylish and contemporary new hotel exceeds  expectations. Its convenient location and proximity to the Lechmere ‘T’ stop (Boston's subway system) will entice you to experience the unique ‘squares’ and neighborhoods of Cambridge, downtown Boston and beyond. Destinations include Harvard, MIT, the Seaport District, TD Garden, Faneuil Hall, Fenway Park, Copley Square and so much more. Each of our 123 smart and thoughtfully designed guest rooms and suites are built for the savvy traveler looking for comfort and productivity. Each room features free wi-fi, flexible work space, a mini refrigerator and microwave, as well as a 39-inch LED flat-screen TV. 

To book your room, please follow this link.

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