Display Week 2021 Keynote Presentations

This year, for the first time, we have five invited keynote addresses, with one being released each day of the show. The keynote speakers are senior executives from some very successful and influential companies representing different perspectives that matter to the industry. Google and Amazon will bring the perspectives of big system companies that use displays as a platform for delivering amazing services to customers. Adobe will give us a preview of the future with a vision of compelling augmented-reality experiences enabled by software on current and future display systems. Samsung Display will deliver the perspective of a long-time leader and innovator in the display business. Applied Materials will provide a unique point of view from a company that is a leader in the materials and manufacturing of semiconductor and traditional displays and is now at the forefront of the intersection of these two industries. We look forward to hearing their predictions for the future of the display industry and our world.

Nikhil Balram
Display Week 2021 General Chair

Designing an Ambient Customer Experience

Monday, May 17, 8:00 am PDT

Miriam Daniel

Vice President, Echo and Alexa Devices 

At Amazon, we believe technology should make your life easier and better, without getting in your way. Our vision is to create an ambient experience, one that understands you and your home well enough to predict your needs and proactively act on your behalf in meaningful ways. In this discussion, Daniel will talk about how her teams invent that experience — starting with the introduction of Alexa and the first Echo speaker, through to the development of Echo Show smart displays, better sensors, and smarter, more personalized AI. Taken together, these inventions have and will continue to change the way people interact with technology.   

Miriam Daniel is the vice president of Echo and Alexa Devices at Amazon. She is one of the creative minds behind Echo and Alexa, innovations that have changed the way we interact with the world around us. Daniel joined Amazon and the Alexa team in 2014. She is responsible for the innovative lineup of Echo Products and Alexa experiences that delight customers every day, as well as the developer technologies that skill builders use to bring Alexa experiences to life. Daniel has a background in computer engineering and has previously held product and engineering leadership positions at Intel Corporation.

The Metaverse and the Great Future of Display

Tuesday, May 18, 8:00 am PDT

JS Choi

CEO and President
Samsung Display

For its keynote address at SID’s Display Week 2013, Samsung Display presented “Displays and Innovation: An Exciting Future,” which envisioned a display-centric world in a hyper-connected future. Now we are living in a world surrounded by displays, particularly as a result of Covid-19. This is because displays are the windows connecting people. This keynote itself will be presented virtually through the display screen as a part of the Metaverse. When it comes to the Metaverse, it’s easy to think just of virtual-reality devices, but it should really be said that all actions and lifestyles made online and digitally belong to the Metaverse. As the role of displays becomes more and more important, it is only natural that the requirements for displays will increase. Samsung Display has always strived to bring people a more vibrant, beautiful, and useful display experience, pioneering an era of self-luminous displays with OLED smartphones 10 years ago. In the next decade, self-luminous displays will not only be for smartphones, but will expand to all products with innovative technologies such as foldability, slidability, under-panel cameras, and quantum dots.

JS Choi is Samsung Display’s president and chief executive officer. Prior to his appointment in 2020, he was head of the Large Display Business Division and took the leading role in completing Samsung Display’s transition to a quantum-dot (QD) display business. Before joining Samsung Display, Choi was in charge of Memory, Foundry, and Display while he was head of Samsung Electronics America, starting in 2014. Choi received his master’s of science and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. He has authored more than 30 papers in the field of electronic circuits and devices, and holds more than 25 U.S. patents.

Providing Access to Immersive Storytelling Tools While Waiting for the AR Display Breakthrough

Wednesday, May 19, 8:00 am PDT

Stefano Corazza

Vice President, Fellow 

While the augmented-reality ecosystem has been maturing quickly after clearing major hurdles, including computer vision and authoring tools, the key to the next major unlock will be no-code authoring solutions for creative storytellers as well as a more immersive (and wearable) way to experience AR. How quickly the field of AR will be able to scale will be tied to the ease of using animation and integrating interactivity in storytelling. Adobe has developed Aero, an AR authoring tool intuitive enough for non-technical creators and robust enough to grow with extended-reality (XR) professionals so creators can be ready for the great hardware display breakthrough whenever it arrives. This presentation will discuss the paradigm shifts and challenges AR creation presents as well as some key unlocks in the animation and interactivity space.

Stefano Corazza is a former researcher at Stanford University Biomotion Lab, where he developed machine-learning solutions for marker-less motion capture. He is the founder of Mixamo, the first online service for 3D character animation, which was acquired by Adobe in 2015. In the last five years, Corazza has developed Adobe’s strategy in 3D/immersive technology and is also head of augmented reality as vice president and fellow. In addition, Corazza is an artist, angel investor, startup advisor, and founder of the Festival of the Impossible.

Hardware Innovation and Display Supply Chain in a Post-Covid World

Thursday, May 20, 8:00 am PDT

Ana Corrales

Chief Operating Officer
Google Devices & Services

The global Covid-19 pandemic has presented many challenges to supply chains and prompted us to evolve our approach to hardware innovation. This Keynote will address the role that displays play in Google’s hardware vision, the lessons the industry can take from the pandemic, our approach to innovation in a post-Covid future, and how the display industry can help meet the needs of end customers.

Ana Corrales is the chief operating officer for Google’s Devices & Services business. As COO, Corrales leads the development process for Made by Google hardware and Nest products — phones, laptops, Google Home, Chromecast, Nest Thermostat — and manages getting those products into the hands of customers. She also drives end-to-end IT efforts and customer experience work across the business. She previously led Google Devices & Services' first-party retail efforts, including driving the growth of e-commerce channel Google Store. Previously, Corrales served as COO and CFO at Nest. She also served as senior vice president of product operations at Cisco Systems. In 2006, she co-founded a startup solar company and, as acting CEO, sold the company in 2010. Corrales has been recognized by Forbes as one of the 50 Most Powerful Latinas in Business, and as one of the most powerful Latinas by the Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA). The Hispanic Information Technology Executive Council (HITEC) has recognized her as a top technology executive. She is known in the industry as a seasoned leader who can successfully grow startup businesses into multibillion-dollar companies. Corrales is a native of Costa Rica. She earned a master’s degree in engineering from Stanford University.  

The Role of Materials Engineering to Enable the Next Wave of Display Innovations

Friday, May 21, 8:00 am PDT

Om Nalamasu

Senior Vice President
Chief Technology Officer
Applied Materials, Inc.
Applied Ventures, LLC

Materials Engineering – the process of depositing, removing, modifying, and analyzing materials at an atomic level on an industrial scale – has transformed the world through lower cost and higher performance solid-state devices. These same capabilities have driven the display industry through waves of innovation, enabling the transition of the IT and entertainment industries from laptop to desktop to very large high-resolution TVs through equipment scaling from Gen 2 to Gen 11 platforms. Simultaneously, continuous innovations in TFTs (amorphous Si to MOx to LTPS) and front planes (LCD to OLED) have transformed the display industry into a constant companion of semiconductor innovations in ushering the era of mobility. As display devices become an increasingly ubiquitous part of everyday life, mobility platforms including AR/VR computing and communication devices, wearables, foldables, and direct-view and automotive displays demand higher brightness and resolution with flexible form factors at lower cost. This presentation will detail how materials engineering can address some of the fundamental challenges associated with bringing these devices from lab to fab for everyday use.

Omkaram (Om) Nalamasu is senior vice president and chief technology officer (CTO) of Applied Materials, Inc. He brings extensive experience and passion to the role of CTO, where he leads the development of disruptive products to address new markets and businesses in partnership with the broader technology ecosystem. He has built a world-class team to support Applied’s leadership in materials engineering. He also serves as president of Applied Ventures, LLC, the venture capital fund of Applied Materials, where he oversees strategic investments in early- and growth-stage companies. A world-renowned expert in materials science and one of our industry’s most respected forward-thinkers, Nalamasu has championed a renewed focus on Applied’s global innovation culture through various internal development programs and open innovation methods. He has solidified strategic relationships with universities, government organizations, and research institutes around the world. Nalamasu joined Applied in 2006 after serving as an NYSTAR Distinguished Professor of materials science and engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he also served as vice president of research. He has held key research and development leadership positions at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Bell Laboratories/Lucent Technologies, and Agere Systems, Inc., and was director of Bell Laboratories’ Nanofabrication Research Laboratory, MEMS and Waveguides Research, and Condensed Matter Physics organizations. His research interests include nanomanufacturing, nanopatterning, electronic and photonic materials, and lithography, with special emphasis on applying patterning and materials expertise for device fabrication for electronics, photonics, and energy applications. Nalamasu has made seminal contributions to the fields of optical lithography and polymeric materials science and technology. He has received numerous awards, authored more than 180 papers, review articles, and books, and holds more than 120 worldwide issued patents. In 2017, Nalamasu was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering for technical innovation spanning materials development, atomically controlled thin-film fabrication, and commercialization in microelectronics and energy generation and storage. He is a member of the board of directors of The Tech Museum in Silicon Valley and serves on several national and international advisory boards. He received his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.