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Galileo: NiPS Laboratory members visit ESIE Paris



Paris, Oct 25-26, 2013


NiPS Lab members (from left to right: Francesco Cottone, Helios Vocca, Luca Gammaitoni) visited the ESIEE (Sensors, Multiphysics Components and Analysis Microsystems) group lead by prof Philippe Basset (rightmost in the picture) at the Université Paris-Est.

This visit is part of the ongoing bilateral project funded under the Galileo program.

The collaboration activity is focussed on the design, realization and test of mems scale vibrational energy harveters.

L. Gammaitoni speaks at the Berkeley Symposium on Energy Efficient Electronic Systems


Berkeley, 28 Oct. 2013

L. Gammaitoni, NiPS Director, is an invited speaker at the Berkeley Symposium on Energy Efficient Electronic Systems.

He is presenting recent results from NiPS Laboratory activity on "Operating basic switches toward zero-power computing" as part of the FET Proactive LANDAUER project.

Please find here the symposium program: program.

The new coordination action "ICT-Energy" just started...



Heidelberg, 23 October, 2013


NiPS Laboratory is the coordinator of the new coordination action entitled "ICT-Energy" that has just celebrated the "kick-off" meeting at the university of Heidelberg.

The meeting, hosted by Prof. Vincent Heuveline and his staff, has seen the participation of all the 10 partners of this EC funded project under objective ICT-2013.9.8 (Coordinating communities, identifying new research topics for FET Proactive initiatives and fostering interdisciplinary dialogue).

ICT-Energy is aimed at creating a coordination activity among consortia involved in the ICT-ENERGY subject with specific aim at bringing together the existing “Toward Zero-Power ICT” community organized within the ZEROPOWER C.A. and the novel “MINECC” (Minimising energy consumption of computing to the limit.

The ten partners are:

1 (Coordinator) NiPS Laboratory, Università di Perugia
2 Roskilde University
3 University Heidelberg
4 Barcelona Supercomputing Center
5 Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
6 Aalborg University - Denmark
7 Hitachi Europe Limited
8 University of Bristol
9 University of Glasgow
10 University College Cork, National University of Ireland


(in the picture: the Hitachi presentation at the meeting)

NiP Laboratory at the Festival della Scienza, Genova (IT)


Luca Gammaitoni chat with Marco Cattaneo at the Festival della Scienza in Genova.

"Il mio telefonino fa il caffè" (my mobile makes coffè) is the title of this event focussed on the future of ICT.

To know more visit the Science Festival web site: link

Oct. 14 - L. Gammaitoni speaks at the workshop on "Heat transfer at smal scales" in Zaragoza



Understanding and controlling heat transfer is a problem of significant interest in practical applications concerned with heat management, as well as with conversion of heat in other forms of energy. Heat dissipation is a problem in current technologies, e.g., microelectronics, but heat dissipation can also be a source of clean energy, if this waste heat can be transformed using appropriate devices. There are several instances that show how dissipated heat can be converted in other forms of energy, e.g., thermoelectricity, or how the associated temperature gradients can be used to control the motion of colloidal particles or induce separation in multicomponent mixtures, hence, using thermal gradients to rectify the pervasive Brownian motion that becomes relevant a small scales.

Heat transport at small scales, from nano to micrometer lengths, is a generic problem that features in a wide range of disciplines; biology (molecular motors), physics, chemistry and engineering (chemical reactions at surfaces, microelectronic devices, condensation-evaporation processes) or in medical applications (thermal therapy treatments).

L. Gammaitoni speaks at the workshop Heat transfer at small scales (October 14, 2013 to October 16, 2013) held at the University of Zaragoza in Spain.

For more information please check the workshop program here: program.

New course on the Physics of Energy at the University of Perugia

Prof. Luca Gammaitoni held the novel course "The Physics of Energy".

Start date Oct. 7, 9:00. Physics Department, Aula E.

The course is intended for undergraduated student (Laurea Triennale) in Physics.

Program of the course available here: fisica dell'energia.pdf">program.

NiPS Summer School 2013



We celebrated the NiPS Summer school, held in Perugia on July 8-10.

Pictures of the event are available at the ZEROPOWER FB group.

The slides of the lectures will be published on the school web site:

L. Gammaitoni as a Panelist at JETC2013



L. Gammaitoni is one of the panelist at the 12th Joint European Thermodynamics Conference, in Brescia, Italy, July 1-5, 2013.

Instead of keynote lectures, the conference features twelve panel discussions (mini-symposia) in which invited experts in each topicl briefly outline the essential points of their personal views with the objective of clarifying the state of the art, especially for the benefit of the young researchers attending the conference.


L. Gammaitoni speaks on "Energy harvesting at micro and nano scales".

Please find here the extended abstract of the presentation:

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