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HORIZON-2020: Research and Innovation Staff Exchange Action

Memristive and multiferroic materials for logic units in nanoelectronics

MELON

The most simplistic computational model of a neuron is an 'on-off' switch, with a '0' representing a resting state and a '1' representing an axon firing an action potential. While this lends itself well to conventional digital electronics and silicon-based transistors, it does not represent the incredible natural 'state' space of a real neuron. When it comes to realising the potential of a brain-like processing system, novel materials are needed. The EU-funded MELON project has created an expert consortium of academic institutions and an SME to explore novel materials with history-dependent conductivity to emulate neuronal connectivity. Together with materials capable of multivalued logic and interconnects, the team plans to deliver the building blocks of tomorrow's emergent computing circuits...

Develop the innovative material platform...

... to emulate self-organization of neuronal connections, ...

...and overcome the tyranny of the deterministic binary logic...

...to make a machine think like a human

Switching between chiral states resembles cell division and can be used in neuromorphic computers. Scientific Reports, 10, 8657 (2020)

Switchable chirality Researchers, supported by the H2020-MSCA actions, demonstrated the possibility of switching chirality in nanosystems to create the neuromorphic computers that mimic the human brain...

Multivalued logic in ferroelectrics A map to use ferroelectric material suggests processing information using multivalued logic - a leap beyond the simple ones and zeroes that make up our current computing systems that could let us process information much more ...

Invited talk by D. Rubi at 2020 Annual Meeting of Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (INN-CNEA-CONICET BA & Bariloche). In spanish

July 18th, 2020. A virtual talk "From Boulogne to neuromorphic computing and a particular double life " for advanced secondary students was given in Centro Atómico, Argentina - CONICET, by Dr. Cynthia Quinteros, seconded from University of Groningen to Buenos Aires These activities have been organized from the last 30 years, and aim to both trigger scientific vocation in teenagers and disseminate CONICET-CNEA research activities to the society...