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Dr Themis Prodromakis

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

Nano-fabricated Synaptic Devices for Embedded Cognitive Computing

Recent advances in nanotechnology and the research of new materials has led to the elaboration of nano-components with novel properties and functions. Exploring how those novel com- ponents could be used to devise future computer architectures, complementing rather than supplementing CMOS technology, is an exciting new research topic. Among various new devices, mem- ristors or more generally memristive technologies, have attracted the attention of computer architects because of their behavioral similarities with biological synapses and their abilities yield very dense artificial synaptic arrays. Indeed, if those promises stand  true, they would pave the way for future cognitive and neuromor- phic computing systems. This topic is of a very cross-disciplinary nature. It requires basic knowledge in fields such as advances in nanosciences, computer architecture, electrical engineering, computer science and neurosciences. As such, a novel breed of scientists will be required to tackle its many challenges. We be- lieve that it is the true role of tutorials sessions to enlighten re- searchers towards novel fields and in particular multi-disciplinary research fields. 

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