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Landauer project consortium meeting held in Delft



Delft, 6-7 March 2014


The Landauer project ( held a consortium meeting in Delft (NL) on March 6-7.

The project, funded by the E.C. (FET Proactive G.A. 318287), is coordinated by NiPS and deals with operating ICT basic switches below the Landauer limit.
During the meeting the various partners of the project have presented the state of the research in the workpackages under their responsibility, according to the following agenda:


Mar. 6 2014

15:00     Status of the project (coordinator)                                            

15:10     WP1 Logic switch: classical and quantum modeling (Y. Omar)     

15:30     WP2 Noisy computing (I. Neri)                                       

15:50     WP3 Nanomagnetic switches (G. Carlotti)                      

16:10     WP4 Nanomechanical switches (W. Venstra)                  

16:30     WP5 Nanoelectronic stochastic logic gates(F. Hartmann)

16:50     coffee break

17:10     WP6 Comm., exploitation and dissemination (L. Gammaitoni)  

17:20     WP7 Management (L. Gammaitoni)                                

17:30     board meeting                                                                   

19:00    end of day 1                                                  


Mar. 7 2014  

9:00       Theoretical study of bit-switching and bit-resetting, D. Chiuchiù          

9:50       Parametric oscillations and noise squeezing in few-layer MoS2 resonators, W. Venstra          

10.40     coffee break                                                                      

11:00     Memory devices with positioned and site-controlled quantum dots: From floating gate to memristive operation mode, F. Hartmann        

11:50     Quantum modeling of a switch, Y. Omar                        

12.40     lunch            

15:00     lab tour

end of day 2

NiPS annual meeting 2014




As usual NiPS Laboratory helds the annual meeting to review the 2013 activity and to plan for 2014.

The meeting occurs on Jan 14 at the Posta dei Donini resort in Perugia with the following program:


Review 2013: quello che abbiamo fatto
10:00  Introduzione (L. Gammaitoni)
10:30  Il Progetto Nanopower (L.G.)
11:00  Il Progetto Landauer (I. Neri, D. Chiuchiù)
11:30  Risonanza Stocastica (E. Boco)
11:45  Low power sensor nodes (F. Orfei)
12:00  Energy Harvesting (H. Vocca, F. Cottone)
12:30  Nano-things (M. Lopez, M. Mattarelli)
13:00 Pranzo
14:30  Le Azioni Coordinate europee (S. Lombardi)
15:00  Virgo (H. Vocca, F. Travasso)
15:30  Wisepower (V. Bacchettini, R. Maiorano, N. Staffolani)

2014: quello che vogliamo fare
16:30  Gli obiettivi (L. Gammaitoni)
17:00  Discussione
18:00  Conclusioni


Participation on invtation only.

NANOPOWER Project ended. The reviewers comment is: excellent results!


(The NANOPOWER consortium. From left: Clivia Sotomayor Torres, Luca Gammaitoni, Markus Buttiker, Fabian Hartman, Bjorn Sothman, Jouni Ahopelto. Professor M. Buttiker, very sadly died on 4 October 2013).



The NANOPOWER project has completed the third year of activity and has reached the end of the
funded period.

It was initially conceived in order to address the powering issue in microscale
electronic devices and we are glad to communicate that it has been fully developed according the
initial plan. The scientific objective of this project was to study energy efficiency with the specific aim
of identifying new directions for energy-harvesting technologies. With this aim, three different classes
of prospective power generators have been considered in a coordinated effort by the six research
groups composing the NANOPOWER consortium.

These are:
- nonlinear nanomechanical oscillators
- heat rectification devices
- quantum harvesters.

L'apprendista scienziato



Seminario della giornalista Silvia Bencivelli

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.

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