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Dr Themis Prodromakis

University of Southampton
Nano Group, Southampton Nanofabrication Centre
Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK
+44 (0)23 8059 8803


When 1-5 June, 2014
Where Melbourne, Australia

CAS-FEST 2014: "Memristive devices, circuits, systems and applications"

Nanoscale resistive switching elements, also known as memristors, are nowadays regarded as a promising solution for establishing next-generation's memory, due to their infinitesimal dimensions, their capacity to store multiple bits of information per element and the miniscule energy required to write distinct states. The functional properties of such elements are however associated with rate-dependent electro- or thermo-dynamic changes that are contingent on both the present as well as the past environment, presenting us with opportunities in exploiting them as novel computation elements that bring us a step closer towards realizing bio-inspired systems and applications. This technical forum will present the state-of-the-art developments in the field while it will be demonstrated how memristive dynamics could be exploited in practical applications, with particular emphasis in the areas of analogue IC design and biomimetic circuits.

The impact of memristors is currently realized through their potential in establishing high spatial- and high storage-density beyond the current CMOS technological roadmap for memory and computation. Present day computing and memory systems burn most of their power in transferring data back and forth between computing and memory blocks. On the contrary memristor technology has the potential of integrating memory and computation locally, reducing dramatically the power-cost in data communication.  At the same time the unconventional dynamics of such devices often correlate with counterpart biological systems that are capable of regulating the bio-information flow along with transcribing memory. This approach is currently exploited for establishing unconventional computation formalisms that find applications in adaptive systems.

In order to provide a thorough introduction on memristors to the CAS members that are not familiar with the field but also solidify existing knowledge, it requires bringing together an interdisciplinary forum. In this CAS-FEST, top experts will provide a thorough overview on memristors via high-quality tutorials, held on Sunday 1st June 2014, that will cover all aspects of this emerging technology, namely: theory, practical nanodevices, physical switching mechanisms, circuits and emerging applications.

A number of targeted special sessions are planned concurrently with ISCAS, to allow for auxiliary high quality contributions in the field. The prospective authors are invited to submit papers on scientific and technical interest of the following topics (but not limited to):

  • Theory and modeling
  • Functional materials and devices
  • Advanced nanoelectronic technologies
  • Information storage at the nano-scale
  • Bio-inspired/-mimetic memory and computation
  • Neuromorphic circuits and systems
  • Memristor-based circuits
  • Signal processing with memristors
  • Applications exploiting memristors
  • Novel architectures and CMOS integration
  • Cellular automata and array computing
  • Chaos and complex networks
  • Sensory applications

Authors are invited to submit a 4-page paper in PDF in IEEE 2-column format via electronic mail to the CAS-FEST Editors, for peer review. The Editors seek novel and important contributions, supported by strong experimental evidence.

Selected participants to the CAS-FEST 2014 will be invited to submit an extended version to a special issue of the new IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics in Circuits and Systems (JETCAS), according to the JETCAS policies and procedures. The accepted papers will be published in the December 2014 issue of JETCAS, pending JETCAS approval.

The technical program of CAS-FEST will resume on Thursday 5th June 2014, with targeted presentations from eminent scientists in the field, highlighting the state-of-art at present time and potential opportunities stemming from memristors. CAS-FEST will finally conclude with a 2-hour session that will provide an opportunity for CAS researchers to exchange ideas on this emerging topic.


Themis Prodromakis, University of Southampton (
Wei Lu, University of Michigan (
Omid Kavehei, University of Melbourne (

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