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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 ...

Artificial Intelligence aims to develop computer systems capable of performing tasks complex skills such as voice and pattern recognition or decision-making, mimicking capabilities of the human brain. At present, new materials and devices are intensively researched able to perform these tasks efficiently. In a joint work of researchers of the MELON, from CNEA-CONICET and RUG, it was found that both non-volatile and volatile electrical resistance changes, which can replicate the behavior of brain synapses and neurons ...

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

I will study Science!

October 3rd 2020, Dr. Cynthia Quinteros, a member of MELON research project, presented an overview of the scientific life from the perspective of her own personal experiences. The presentation, organized in frame of the program ROOT, was devoted to unveil some myths regarding the archetypical figure of a scientist by the presentation of a real-life example, a woman scientist educated in a foreign in-development country. The talk was conducted in English with simultaneous translation to Dutch, and accompanied by an accordingly designed presentation. The engagement of the kids in the activity was evaluated as positive based on the questions formulated after the talk. The initiative ROOTS consists of a multilingual science programme for kids of 8 -12 years old and supported by the University of Groningen. Its main goal aimed to impact in the university’s neighbouring communities by promoting scientific vocations. See online ...

The overall aim of the SPIN-TECH project is to boost the scientific excellence and innovation capacity in the field of spintronics – especially in the development of advanced technology for design and production of superconducting spin-valves for computing-in-memory operations. The consortium includes: Institute of Electronic Engineering and Nanotechnologies, Moldova; Stockholm University, Sweden; and University of Twente, the Netherlands.

Joint meeting, Twente, Octobre 2020