Communication and Disclosure

Radio 24 on NiPS laboratory: Se il computer non consuma energia

Milano, Sept 29th, 2015



"Se il computer non consuma energia" is the title of the interview that Maurizio Melis realized with Luca Gammaitoni on the recent scientific production of NiPS Laboratory.

The radio interview (in italian): interview

L. Gammaitoni speaks at THE FUTURE TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT 24-25 SEPTEMBER 2015


L. Gammaitoni speaks at THE FUTURE TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT, London, 24-25 SEPTEMBER 2015.


Toward zero-power computing

Present computers consume too much energy, producing a large amount of heat during computation. This condition is limiting the development of future, more powerful computers and constitutes a bottleneck for the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) scenario. How can we dramatically lower the energy consumption of computing? What is the minimum energy required by a computing device? Can we build a computer that operates without spending any energy at all?

These questions today have new answers and “zero-power computing” has left the pure speculations to enter physics laboratories. In the meantime we discovered that what we though to know about reversible computing is wrong…

L. Gammaitoni meets J. Kovalik at Caltech



Pasadena Aug 13th 2015

Luca Gammaitoni meets Joseph Kovalik, former post-doc at NiPS Laboratory and presently at JPL Pasadena.

Luca Gammaitoni visits Adi Bulsara's group at SPAWAR System Center in San Diego


San Diego, 10 July 2015


L. Gammaitoni, NiPS Director, visited Adi Bulsara's group at SPAWAR System Center in San Diego (USA).

During the visit the state of the collaboration with NiPS has been discussed. Specific attention has been devoted to the realization and test of new micro-scale energy harvestiong devices in the framework of powering novel autonomous sensors and ICT devices.

In the picture from left. L. Gammaitoni, A. Bulsara, T. Emery.

L. Gammaitoni at the EECS department at Berkeley to meet prof. Tsu-Jae King Liu


Berkeley, Aug 5 2015


Luca Gammaitoni, NiPS Director, met prof. Tsu-Jae King Liu, director of the Electronic Enegineering and Computer Science Dept. at the university of Berkeley to discuss scientic aspects of nano-mechanical computing devices.


NiPS Laboratory is organizing a networking session at ICT2015, in Lisbon,

Perugia, July 31, 2015
NiPS Laboratory is organizing a networking session at ICT2015, in Lisbon, on Oct. 22, 2015.
The title of the session is "Decreasing energy consumption toward zero-power devices". 

Francesco Orfei from NiPS attends the ISVLSI 2015 Conference



Montpellier, July 10, 2015


Francesco Orfei from NiPS presented research progresses at the international conference ISVLSI 2015 ( in   Montpellier, France.

The conference explores emerging trends, novel ideas and concepts in the area of VLSI. The Symposium covers a range of topics: from VLSI circuits, systems and design methods to system level design and system-on-chip issues, to bringing VLSI experience to new areas and technologies like nano- and molecular devices, MEMS, and quantum computing.


Prof. J. Bokor, vice director of E3S Berkeley visits NiPS Laboratory


Perugia, 2-7-2015


Prof. Jeff Bokor, Associated Dean ath the EECS University of Berkeley and vice director of the "Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science (E3S)" (, visited NiPS Laboratory on July 2nd.

During prof. Bokor visit, the memebrs of NiPS together with scientists from the GHOST ( group of the University of Perugia, presented recent results on their research on "towards zero-power computing" (see the recent review).


The first fused Silica monolithic suspension for Advanced Virgo

Cascina (PI) 18-6-2015


(H. Vocca from NiPS Laboratory, during the mirror installation)


Thermal noise in mirror suspension  is the most severe limit to the low-frequency sensitivity of first generation interferometric gravitational wave detectors. In order to minimize the pendulum thermal noise, a monolithic suspension, using fused silica as a low dissipation material, has been developed for Advanced Virgo.

Now the first monolithic suspension has been realized last Thursday June 11st, thanks to a strong collaboration between the INFN groups of Perugia, Firenze and Roma1, that also collaborate in the development of such key components of the mirror suspensions. -

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Micro Energy Day 2015


Discover smart solutions for mobile electronic energy needs.


Institutions from across Europe will be celebrating Micro-Energy Dayduring this week, to raise awareness about energy use in mobile electronic devices.

Coordinated by the NiPS Laboratory ( at University of Perugia and partners in the EU funded “ICT-Energy project” ( as part of European Sustainable Energy Week, this year’s Micro Energy Day will include several demonstrations in different European countries.


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