NiPS Summer School 2014

“ICT-Energy: Energy management at micro and nanoscales for future ICT”

Perugia (Italy) – July 14-18, 2014

The Noise in Physical System Laboratory is glad to announce the fifth edition of NiPS Summer School devoted to “ICT-Energy: Energy management at micro and nanoscales for future ICT”.

The school is organized 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.

Previous editions of NiPS Summer School have seen in four years the participation of more then 100 students and young researchers from all over the world. Please visit the following links for information on previous editions, together with the slides of the lectures and photos of the events:


Scientific Director

Luca Gammaitoni, NiPS Laboratory, Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Perugia


Main topics

– Energy dissipation in computing processes
– Energy transformation processes at micro and nano scale
– Energy aware algorithms
– Energy efficiency and high performance computing
– Stochastic computation
– Novel computing paradigm for improved energy efficiency
– Bio-inspired computing



July 14, Mon. – General Session
15.00 – 16.00       Registration
16.00 – 16.30       Presentation of the school
16.30 – 17.30       Lecture 1: Basic on energy consumption in ICT devices (V. Zhirnov)
17.30 – 18.30       Lecture 2: Computer architecture techniques and power dissipation (O.Palomar)
18.30 – 19.00       Welcome cocktail
Evening free

July 15, Tue. – General Session
9.00 – 10.50        Lecture 3: Basics on photovoltaics and thermoelectrics (D. Paul)
10.50 – 11.10        coffee break
11.10 – 13.00        Lecture 4: Physics of Energy (L. Gammaitoni)
13.00             Lunch
15.00 – 16.20        Lecture 5: Energy for Networked autonomous devices (I. Neri)
16.20 – 16.40        coffee break
16.40 – 18.00        Lecture 6: Energy aware algorithms (K. Eder)
Evening free

July 16, Wed. – General Session
9.00 – 10.20        Lecture 7: Vibration Energy harvesting: Basics (P. Mitcheson)
10.20 – 10.40        coffee break
10.40 – 12.00        Lecture 8: Vibration Energy harvesting: non-linear approaches (F. Cottone)

12.30             Lunch
14.00 – 23.00        Excursion to Assisi and social dinner


July 17, Thu. – Parallel Project sessions: ICT-Energy + LANDAUER + PHIDIAS
9.00 – 10.50        Lecture 1:

                        ICT-ENERGY: Heat production and heat dissipation in computing devices (L. Gammaitoni)

                        LANDAUER: Minimizing energy consumption to the limit: classical and quantum approach (M. Pezzutto – Y. Omar)

                        PHIDIAS: Compressive Sampling for Low Power Applications (P. Vandergheynst)

10.50 – 11.10        coffee break
11.10 – 13.00        Lecture 2:

ICT-ENERGY: Toward zero-power computing with nanomagnets (G. Carlotti – M. Madami)

LANDAUER: Toward zero-power computing with nanomagnets (G. Carlotti – M. Madami)

PHIDIAS: Ultra-Low Power Computing Systems for Bio-Signals Monitoring (D. Atienza)

13.00             Lunch
14.00 – 15.30        Poster session & Coffee
15.30 – 16.50        Lecture 3:

ICT-ENERGY: Nano mechanical switches (W. Venstra)

LANDAUER: Nano mechanical switches (W. Venstra)

PHIDIAS: The benefits and challenges of near-threshold computing for wearable devices (T. Gemmeke)

16.50 – 17.10        coffee break
17.10 – 18.30        Lecture 4:

ICT-ENERGY: Nano-electronic stochastic logic gates (F. Hartmann)

LANDAUER: Nano-electronic stochastic logic gates (F. Hartmann)

PHIDIAS: Introduction to Low-Power Design in Advanced CMOS Technologies (A. Burg)

Evening free


July 18, Fri. – Parallel Project sessions: ICT-Energy + LANDAUER + PHIDIAS

9.00 – 10.50        Lecture 5:

ICT-ENERGY: Application: MEMS scale energy harvesting (P. Basset)

                                            Application: Silicon as a Key Material for Multiphysics Microharvesting (D. Narducci)

LANDAUER: Landauer principle and reversible logic (C. Diamantini)

PHIDIAS: Energy management policy for ultra-low power devices (A. Bartolini)

10.50 – 11.10        coffee break
11.10 – 13.00        Lecture 6:

ICT-ENERGY: Application: NEMS scale vibration energy harvesting (F. Cottone)

Application: Autonomous wireless sensors for automotive (F. Orfei)

LANDAUER: Computing with uncertainity (I. Neri)

PHIDIAS: PULP – The Parallel Ultra Low Power Platform Project (D. Rossi)

13.00              Lunch

15.00 – 16.20        Lecture 7:

PHIDIAS: Analog Circuits for Neuroscience and Healthcare Application (Srinjoy Mitra)



    15.00 – 15.30        S. K. Rethinagiri    Low-power modeling, estimation and optimization techniques

    15.30 – 15.55        V. Nico   A multiple degree-of-freedom velocity amplified vibrational energy harvester: experimental analysis and modelling

    15.55- 16.20         E. Boco  Characterization and optimization of a two degree of freedom velocity amplified electromagnetic energy harvester

    16.20 – 16.40   coffee break

    16.40 – 17.05        D. Chiucchiù    Role of conditional entropy in experimental tests of Landauer Principle

    17.05 – 17.30        A. Pfenning      Photocurrent-voltage relation of resonant tunneling diodes photodetectors

  17.30 – 18.00   Conclusion



NiPS Laboratory, Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Perugia

via Pascoli 1 – I-06123 – Perugia (Italy)



Hotel Giò (website)

via Ruggero D’Andreotto, 19 – 06100 Perugia (PG)

How to reach

From Roma Fiumicino Airport you can move to Perugia by train or by bus.



Registration fee

The registration fee includes lunches, coffee breaks and teaching materials.

Summer School (14-18 July 2014): 400 €

Early registration (untill 15 May 2014): 300 €

Accompanying person: 90 €


Registration fee for students includes welcome cocktail (July 14), coffee breaks and lunches on July 15,16,17,18 and teaching materials.
Excursion and social dinner on July 16 are offered by the Organizers.

Registration fee for accompanying person includes welcome cocktail (July 14) and allows the participation to the excursion and the social dinner on July 16, offered by the Organizers.


Deadline for registration: 30 June 2014


Registration form: registration closed


Please notice that school attendance is limited to 70 students and the participation will be assessed on a first-come/first-serve basis, subjected to acceptance from the Organizing Commettee.

Students can apply for a scholarship. The allocation and amount of scholarships are at the discretion of the organizing committee.

Supported by ICT-Energy, VII FP (Coordination and suppport action N. 611004); LANDAUER, VII FP (FET Proactive Collaborative project N. 318287); PHIDIAS, VII FP (  Wisepower srl