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IFW Dresden appoints Dr. Anjana Devi as director of IMC

Prof. Dr. Anjana Devi, a distinguished expert on chemistry of functional nanoscale and 2D materials, has been appointed as the Director of the Institute for Materials Chemistry (IMC) at Leibniz Institute of Solid State and Materials Research Dresden (IFW). Concurrently, she is anticipated to be appointed with the prestigious role of Chair of Materials Chemistry at the Faculty of Chemistry and Food Chemistry at the Technical University of  Dresden (TU Dresden).

Professor Dr. Anjana Devi, an esteemed scientist of Indian origin, earned Doctorate from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India. Since 1998, she has been working with the Ruhr-University, Bochum, where she held the position of Professor of Inorganic Materials Chemistry since 2011. Her exceptional contributions to the field have been recognized internationally, for which she received an Honorary Doctorate from Aalto University, Finland.

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Elisabetta Chicca and SWIMS Project Awarded EUR 13.5 Million ERC Synergy Grant

Elisabetta Chicca and SWIMS Project Awarded EUR 13.5 Million ERC Synergy Grant

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The European Research Council (ERC) has granted a EUR 13.5 million Synergy Grant to the Stochastic Spiking Wireless Multimodal Sensory Systems (SWIMS) project, led by a consortium of four prominent scientists, including Professor Elisabetta Chicca from the University of Groningen.

SWIMS aims to revolutionize the design of smart wireless multimodal sensory systems, drawing inspiration from the nonlinear signaling observed in the nervous system of insects like bees. The project proposes a paradigm shift in digital signal processing, focusing on a novel stochastic analog spiking neuromorphic concept for Internet-of-Things (IoT) nodes.

The grant underscores the significance of SWIMS in addressing the rising energy consumption of digital infrastructure and recognizes its potential to bring about breakthroughs in energy efficiency for future IoT technologies. The international collaboration involves researchers from TU Dresden, UC Louvain, EPFL, and the University of Groningen, emphasizing the project’s global impact. This funding reaffirms the ERC’s confidence in SWIMS as a pioneering force in advancing sustainable and energy-efficient IoT systems.

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Impressions of the MemrisTec Summer School 2022

Impressions of the MemrisTec Summer School 2022

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SMACD’23 Best Paper Award for Mem²CNN project

SMACD’23 Best Paper Award on Emerging Technologies and Applications was presented to the paper entitled “A Simplified Variability-Aware VCM Memristor Model for Efficient Circuit Simulation”. A team of researchers from Technische Universität Dresden and FZ Jülich, Vasileios Ntinas, Dharmik Patel, Yongmin Wang, Ioannis Messaris, Dr. Vikas Rana, Stephan Menzel, Alon Ascoli, and Ronald Tetzlaff contributed to the paper. This project was funded within the DFG SPP MemrisTec.

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IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems Darlington Best Paper Award Recognizes Breakthrough in Memristive Neuronal Signal Generation

The prestigious IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems Darlington Best Paper Award has been granted to the research paper titled “How to Build a Memristive Integrate-and-Fire Model for Spiking Neuronal Signal Generation“. The paper, authored by Sung Mo Kang, Donguk Choi, Jason K Eshraghian, Peng Zhou, Jieun Kim, Bai-Sun Kong, Xiaojian Zhu, Ahmet Samil Demirkol, Alon Ascoli, Ronald Tetzlaff, Wei D Lu, and Leon O Chua, presents two compact memristive models for generating spiking neuronal signals using readily available low-cost components. The first neuron model introduced in the paper is called the Memristive Integrate and Fire (MIF) model. It enables neuronal signaling by utilizing two voltage levels: the spike-peak and the rest-potential. The second model presented was MIF2, which goes a step further by incorporating a third refractory voltage level during hyperpolarization, thereby promoting local adaptation.

One of the significant implications of this research is the potential design of a memristive solid-state brain with an estimation of its surface area and power consumption. This breakthrough is expected to encourage further experimental demonstrations of memristive circuits, paving the way for more accessible and cost-effective implementations. Analytical projections indicate that a memristive solid-state brain could be achieved within the surface area and volume equivalent to the median human brain.

The recognition of this outstanding research with the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems Darlington Best Paper Award underscores its importance and impact on the field. The authors’ contribution to advancing the understanding and practical application of memristive circuits is commendable, and their work is expected to inspire further breakthroughs in the field of neuroscience and neuromorphic engineering.

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Dr.-Ing. Marc Reichenbach Appointed as Full Professor for Integrated Systems at the University of Rostock

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Marc Reichenbach, a well-experienced expert in processor architectures and processor development, has been appointed as a university full professor for “Integrated Systems” at the Faculty of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at University of Rostock, effective from June 1st, 2023. Prof. Dr. Reichenbach also completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science and pursued a post-doctoral position at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg.

His academic achievements demonstrate his dedication to advancing the field of computer science. Prior to his new role, he served as a substitute Professor at the BTU Cottbus for almost two years, further enriching his teaching and research experience. Marc’s extensive knowledge, combined with his international visibility and scientific skills, make him a valuable asset for the University of Rostock.

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MemrisTec Young Researcher Award for Tommaso Rizzi

During the MemrisTec2023 workshop, Tommaso Rizzi received one of the two MemrisTec Young Researcher Awards 2023 for his paper „Exploring Process-Voltage-Temperature Variations Impact on 4T1R Multiplexers for Energy-aware Resistive RAM-based FPGAs“, published in 10/2022 at the IEEE International Integrated Reliability Workshop (IIRW) in South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA.

Within his paper Tommaso Rizzi evaluated a promising way towards the implementation of RRAM based devices coupled with large sized multiplexers into FPGAs. His results provide considerable improvements in terms of energy consumption and speed of modern FPGAs.

All the best for Tommaso Rizzi!

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MemrisTec Young Researcher Award for Eter Mgeladze

During the workshop MemrisTec2023 Eter Mgeladze (NaMLab, BioMCross Projekt) received one of the two MemrisTec Young Researcher Awards 2023 for her paper „An Analog Memristive and Memcapacitive Device for Neuromorphic Computing“, which she presented at the conference IEEE International Conference on Electronics, Circuits and Systems (ICECS) in Glasgow, Scotland in 10/2022.

In this multi-disciplinary work research spans from material and device optimization, via electrical characterization towards basic modeling of the devices properties. One focus is the investigation of frequency-dependent potentiation and depression properties of analogue switching memristive devices. Moreover, there is a comparatively novel aspect – the interplay between memristive and memcapacitive properties within one device. The results are the base for more sophisticated modeling, that will lead to conception of new devices and circuits for low power neuromorphic systems, and as such is very timely, interesting and useful for the broader community.

All the best for Eter Mgeladze!

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Dr. Erika Covi appointed as First TUD Young Investigator at the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering

In a groundbreaking move to promote excellence and counteract structural disadvantages, Dr. Erika Covi, a scientist at NaMLab, has been appointed as the first “TUD Young Investigator” at the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering by the rectorate of the Technical University of Dresden (TUD). 

This prestigious status aims to integrate exceptional and independent junior research group leaders more closely within the faculties at the renowned Dresden science location. Her extensive experience in NaMLab will be instrumental in integrating well-founded knowledge into the faculty while offering qualifications tailored to the industry’s changing needs. Moreover, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Mikolajick, who serves as the chair holder of nanoelectronics and scientific director at NaMLab, further strengthens the collaboration between the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering and NaMLab gGmbH. Having such a close partnership ensures seamless knowledge and expertise exchange between the two institutions.

The introduction of the “TUD Young Investigator” program is expected to have a far-reaching impact, providing exceptional junior researchers with enhanced opportunities to collaborate, lead their own research groups, and make significant contributions to their respective fields. By actively integrating these young talents, TUD aims to foster innovation and promote academic excellence at its science location in Dresden.

For more information about the “TUD Young Investigators” program, please visit the official website of the Technical University of Dresden.