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Towards zero-power ICT. New review article from NiPS



Is it possible to operate a computing device with zero energy expenditure? This question, once considered just an academic dilemma, has recently become strategic for the future of information and communication technology.


Published the book on Micro Energy Harvesting with contributions from NiPS



Micro Energy Harvesting
Danick Briand (Editor), Eric Yeatman (Editor), Shad Roundy (Editor), Oliver Brand(Series Editor), Gary K. Fedder (Series Editor), Christofer Hierold (Series Editor), Jan G. Korvink (Series Editor), Osamu Tabata (Series Editor)
ISBN: 978-3-527-31902-2 - 490 pages, April 2015
Chapter 2 devoted to Fundamentals of Mechanics and Dynamics, Helios Vocca and Luca Gammaitoni


ICT-Energy Summer school 2015


NiPS Summer School 2015 "ICT-Energy: Energy consumption in future ICT devices"

Fiuggi (Italy) - July 7-12, 2015


The Noise in Physical System Laboratory is glad to announce the sixth edition of NiPS Summer School devoted to "ICT-Energy: Energy consumption in future ICT devices".

The school, supported by European Commission under the FET Proactive Coordination Action ICT-Energy (, is open to graduate students, post-docs, young researchers, and in general to all scientists interested in the physical foundations and practical applications of energy management in computing processes.
The school is aimed at teaching the bases of the science of efficient ICT through 4 thematic groups of lectures:

1) Basic on the physics of energy transformations at micro and nanoscales
2) Introduction to energy harvesting and distributed autonomous mobile devices
3) Software and energy aware computing
4) High performance computing and systems

For each thematic group we foresee 4 lectures for a total of 16 lectures organized in four full days.
Participants to the school will have the opportunity to widely discuss with teachers and colleagues, also through a evening poster-session, where the research conducted by the participants will be illustrated.

The school issues a certificate of participation with explicit mention of the hours of lectures, for credit assignment.

more info:

L. Gammaitoni visits TUDelf for the Landauer project


Delft, April 6-10, 2015


At TU Delft with Warner Venstra for the LANDAUER project (

F. Cottone and M. Mattarelli visit the water supply of SMAS Almada for project PROTEUS



Lisboa, March 30th 2015


F. Cottone and M. Mattarelli, from NiPS lab, visit to the water supply of SMAS Almada for project PROTEUS (AdaPtive micROfluidic- and nano-enabled smart systems for waTEr qUality Sensing - H2020-ICT-2014-1)
meeting venue: 
Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia
Universidade Nova de Lisboa

C. Diamantini from NiPS lab visits the Physics of Information Group in Lisbon



Cristina Diamantini, form NiPS Laboratory, University of Perugia, is visiting the Physics of Information Group in Lisbon.

Tomorrow she will present the seminar:

Generalized Landauer Bound as Universal Thermodynamic Entropy in Continuous Phase Transitions 

Date & time: 24/03/2015 at 10:00.
Location: Seminar Room (2.8.3), Physics Department, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon. 
The classic Landauer bound can be lowered when erasure errors are permitted. Here we point out that continuous phase transitions characterized by an order parameter can also be viewed as information erasure by resetting a certain number of bits to a standard value. The information-theoretic expression for the generalized Landauer bound in terms of error probability implies thus a universal form for the thermodynamic entropy in the partially ordered phase. We explicitly show that the thermodynamic entropy as a function of interaction parameters and temperature is identical to the information-theoretic expression in terms of error probability alone in the specific example of the Hopfield neural network model of associative memory, a distributed information-processing system of many interacting stochastic bits. In this framework the Landauer bound sets a lower limit for the work associated with "remembering" rather than "forgetting".


This activity is part of the LANDAUER project.


F. Orfei and L. Gammaitoni visit the Hitachi Laboratory in Cambridge



Cambridge, Feb. 6th, 2015

Francesco Orfei and Luca Gammaitoni from NiPS visited the Hitachi Research Laboratory in Cambridge (UK).
During the visit the Hitachi Lab director, David Williams, presented the activities of the laboratory and discussed the participation of his laboratory to the ICT-Energy consortium, coordinated by NiPS.

Hitachi Cambridge, that is coordinating the "TOLOP" research project funded by FET,  is specifically interested in very low-power novel microprocessors.

Future collaborations between Hitachi Research and NiPS have been discussed.

L. Gammaitoni invited at the 'FET and Innovation' workshop



Brussels, Feb. 5th, 2015 

Luca Gammaitoni, NiPS Lab director participated at the  1-day workshop on 'FET and Innovation'.
The workshop is organized by the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) unit of Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT), and had place on 5 February 2015 on the premises of the European Commission at Avenue de Beaulieu, 25, Brussels.

The Future and Emerging Technologies programme invests in transformative frontier research with a high potential impact on technology, to benefit our economy and society. FET provides a unique combination of high risk, long term, multidisciplinary and collaborative frontier research, which lays the foundations for radically new technologies. Innovation out of FET research is what can make a difference between having the best research and doing something useful with it, something that people will embrace, that will improve society and create better lives for all.

The workshop aimed at identifying ecosystems that can stimulate innovation from FET type of research and the actions necessary to put the ecosystems in place, identifying notably the ones that may need support at the European level. 

During the workshop Gammaitoni advanced the need to find a proper funding instrument to fill the gap between FET funded research (challenging, high-risk, long-term) and main stream ICT funded programs that aims at short-term results. "We need to find a way to bridge the gap between proof-of-concept results, produced by the best FET projects, and products that are the declared objective of main stream ICT research", declared Gammaitoni that is coordinating the C.A. ICT-Energy where more 50 groups are represented.