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Started the V NiPS Summer school in Perugia



The fifth edition of NiPS Summer School devoted to "ICT-Energy: Energy management at micro and nanoscales for future ICT" is currently undergoing in Perugia.
The school is organized by the Noise in Physical System (NiPS) Laboratory of the University of Perugia and is divided into 3 specialized schools, through 5 days. In the first 3 days there will be common courses (General sessions). Day 4 and 5 are devoted to specialized courses under the 3 following parallel sessions:
- ICT-Energy summer school
- Landauer summer school
- PHIDIAS summer school
The school, supported by European Commission under the FET Proactive research project LANDAUER (, PHIDIAS ( and the 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 at micro and nanoscales in computing processes.

 The School is organized in Perugia (IT) during the same week of the international jazz festival Umbria Jazz 2014.


F. Cottone from NiPS at the 1st International Symposium on Energy Challenges and Mechanics


Francesco Cottone is invited speaker at the 1st International Symposium on Energy Challenges and Mechanics 8-10 July 2014,, Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom.

Cottone is presenting a talk on "Electrostatic MEMS generator for low-frequency vibration energy harvesting" (abstract).

Landauer project (EC FET Proactive) to be presented at the SIGMAPHI Statistical Physics conference in Rhodes


L. Gammaitoni presents preliminary results from the EC FET Proactive Landauer project at the International conference SigmaPhi 2014, to be held in Rhodes on July 7-11.


More details here: link to the conference program

Abstract: Fundamental energy limits in the physics of small-scale computing systems


NiPS Lab meeting with ST Microelectronics

Agrate, July 2 - 2014



L. Gammaitoni and H. Vocca from NiPS, met with researchers at ST Microelectronics in Agrate (MI) to discuss possible collaboration on the exploitment of energy harvesting technologies developed by NiPS and Wisepower srl (

Micro-energy Day 2014

Perugia, June 26th, 2014


Celebrated the 2014 edition of the Micro-energy day (see in difference cities in Europe.

In Perugia the team of NiPS Lab has organized a stand at the "Pian di Massiano - Percorso verde" park and organized a "vibrational energy" competition.

This is part of the outreach activities developed within the ICT-Energy coordination action, funded by EC within the FET Proactive program (see

“Micro and Nano Energy Harvesting": NiPS lab got first on Soft-landing Porgramme Evaluation Result

The project “Micro and Nano Energy Harvesting” presented by NiPS Laboratory has been selected by the expert of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation to be presented during the meeting on 22-26 June in Hong Kong.


Background of the Project:

The main goal of our work is the invention, design and prototipation of a new class of micro-powering systems for the energy consumption of stand-alone micro-electronic apparata like sensors or actuators. These powering systems are aimed at integrating/substituting the standard batteries even in electronic mobile devices of bigger dimensions. The principle of operation of these new micro-generators is based on the exploitation of energy present in the ambient (e.g. vibrations) and its conversion into electric power by using non-linear dynamics approach. The powering systems devised and prototyped by NipsLab can be used for all the stand-alone applications where a continuous energy supply is needed (wireless sensors…) and offer a good response in terms of dimension, duration, performance and environmental impact.

Traditional batteries cannot be used for micro-devices for their big dimensions and for the environmental pollution caused by the heavy metals and polluting elements with which they are made. In electronic apparata the traditional batteries offer a short-time duration and their performances decrease in time for the number of usage cycles.

Our powering systems can be well produced and scaled in micro-dimensions and are made mostly of recyclable or low polluting materials.

More information here.

Luca Gammaitoni, Paris Est, Spring 2014, Lectures


Luca Gammaitoni, director of NiPS Laboratory, presents a set of 5 lectures at the Universitè de Paris Est.

12 - 21 May, 2014

- Introduction to the notion of energy. The energy at the microscopic scale and the entropy.
- Theory of information, thermodynamics calculation: computers and energy.
- Operating basic switches toward zero-power computing.
- Introduction to renewable energy sources and energy harvesting technics.
- Vibration energy harvesting with linear and nonlinear devices.
More information available here: lectures

Luca Gammaitoni speaks at the High Performance Computing Info Day

Paris, April 9th, 2014
Luca Gammaitoni, form NiPS, speaks at the High Performance Computing (HPC) Info Day, organised by ETP4HPC and the European Commission (DG CONNECT) on behalf of the Public-Private Partnership (cPPP) on HPC with the local support of TERATEC, on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 –in Paris.
Gammaitoni presented the ICT-Energy ( initiative.

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.

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