W02 Recent Trends in Memristor Science & Technology: the journey from single memristor device towards 100 trillion synapses of brain

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Kyeong-Sik Min, Kookmin University, KR (Contact Kyeong-Sik Min)
Ronald Tetzlaff, Technische Universität Dresden, DE (Contact Ronald Tetzlaff)
Fernando Corinto, Politecnico di Torino, IT (Contact Fernando Corinto)


This workshop focuses on Recent Trends in Memristor Science & Technology: the journey from single memristor device towards 100 trillion synapses of brain. Memristors were predicted theoretically in 1971 and demonstrated experimentally in 2008. Since then, a lot of researches have been done to develop memristor technology for possible uses of non-volatile memories, analog circuits, computing logics, neuromorphic systems, etc. In this special workshop of memristor science and technology, we have some invited talks about the recent state-of-the-art techniques of memristor circuits & systems, integration, fabrication, etc. We also discuss how memristor-based neuromorphic systems can mimic human brain's neuronal architecture with ~1011 neurons and ~1014 synapses for realizing future neuromorphic systems. We hope that this workshop can be a premier forum, where we review the recent challenges of memristor technology and discuss future possibility of artificial-intelligence hardware which can be based on memristor science and technology.


Leon O. Chua, Berkeley, USA. He is widely known for his invention of the memristor and the Chua's Circuit. His research has been recognized internationally through numerous major awards, including 16 honorary doctorates from major universities in Europe and Japan, and 7 U.S. patents. He was elected as a foreign member of the European Academy of Sciences (Academia Europea) in 1997, a foreign member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2007, and an honorary fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, in 2012. He was honored with many major prizes, including the Frederick Emmons Award in 1974, the IEEE Neural Networks Pioneer Award in 2000, the first IEEE Gustav Kirchhoff Award in 2005, the Guggenheim Fellow award in 2010, Leverhulme Professor Award (United Kingdom) during 2010-2011, and the EU Marie Curie Fellow award, 2013. Prof. Chua is a Recipient of the top 15 most cited authors Award in 2002 from all fields of engineering published during the 10-year period 1991 to 2001, from the Current Contents (ISI) database.

Daniele Ielmini, Politecnico Milano, Italy. He received the Laurea (cum laude) and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from Politecnico di Milano in 1995 e 2000, respectively. He is a Full Professor at the Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria, Politecnico di Milano, after appointments as Assistant Professor in 2002 and Associate Professor in 2010. He held visiting positions at Intel Corporation (2006), Stanford University (2006) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2010). His research interests include the modeling and characterization of non-volatile memories, such as nanocrystal memory, charge trap memory, phase change memory (PCM), resistive switching memory (RRAM), and spin-transfer torque magnetic memory (STT-MRAM). In 2016, he coedited the book 'Resistive switching - from fundamental redox-processes to device applications' for Wiley-VCH. He authored/coauthored 8 book chapters, more than 250 papers published in international journals and presented at international conferences, and 6 patents. His works received more than 5300 citations, with an H-index of 41 (Scopus, October 2016). He has served in several Technical Subcommittees of international conferences, such as IEEE-IEDM (2008-2009), IEEE-IRPS (2006-2008), IEEE-SISC (2008-2010), INFOS (2011-2017), ISCAS (2016-2017) and DATE (2017). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE. He was recognized a Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson Reuters in 2015. He received the Intel Outstanding Researcher Award in 2013, the ERC Consolidator Grant in 2014, and the IEEE-EDS Paul Rappaport Award in 2015.

Hyunsang Hwang received his Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Texas at Austin, USA in 1992. After five years at LG Semicon as a senior researcher, he became a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), South Korea in 1997. Since 2012, he has been a Professor at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea. He has published more than 360 journal papers and 32 IEDM/VLSI technology papers. His current research interests include neuromorphic device, ReRAM and selector devices.

Wei Lu, Univ. of Michigan. His research interest includes high-density memory based on two-terminal resistive devices (RRAM), memristors and memristive systems, neuromorphic circuits, aggressively scaled nanowire transistors, and other emerging electrical devices. He received his B.S. (1996) and Ph.D (2003) in physics from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, and Rice University, Houston, TX respectively. From 2003 to 2005, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 2005 and is currently a Professor and Director of the Lurie Nanofabrication Facility. He is an IEEE Fellow, Associate Editor for Nanoscale, a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award in 2009, EECS Outstanding Achievement Award in 2012, 2014-15 Rexford E. Hall Innovation Excellence Award, and the 2016-2017 David E. Liddle Research Excellent Award. To date he has published over 100 journal papers that have received over 20,000 citations with an h-factor of 61 ( Google Scholar ). Prof. Lu is currently advising 11 Ph.D. students and 3 Postdocs. He is also co-founder and Chief Scientist of Crossbar Inc, a Silicon Valley semiconductor company with over $100M VC funding to date to develop next generation non-volatile memories.

Said Hamdioui, TU Delft, Netherlands. He received the MSEE and PhD degrees (both with honors) from the Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. He is currently with the Delft University of Technology. He has more than eight years of experience in industry and academia as a consultant and/or as researcher and developer on test issues in general and memory testing in particular. He spent a couple of years with Intel Corporation in Santa Clara and Folsom, California, where he was responsible for developing new low-cost and efficient test solutions for advanced Intel single-port and multiport embedded cache designs in the new generations of microprocessors. In addition, he spent more than one and half years with Philips Semiconductors in France and The Netherlands, where he was responsible for driving advanced product debug and yield ramp activities and for developing systematic ways of reducing the time in yield improvement for advanced semiconductor memories. Dr. Hamdioui is the author of a book and about 40 conference and journal papers in the area of testing; many of them are the result of cooperation with industrial partners (e.g., Intel, ST, Infineon, etc). His research interests include VLSI test and reliability, deep-submicron CMOS IC design and test, systematic fault modeling, test generation and optimization for semiconductor memories, design for testability, BIST, yield enhancement, product engineering, etc. He was the recipient of the European Design Automation Association (EDAA) Award for 2001. He is a member of the IEEE.

Abu Sebastian, IBM Zurich. He is a Principal Research Staff Member and Master Inventor at IBM Research - Zurich. He received a B. E. (Hons.) degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from BITS Pilani, India, in 1998 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering (minor in Mathematics) from Iowa State University in 1999 and 2004, respectively. He was a contributor to several key projects in the space of storage and memory technologies and currently leads the research effort on in-memory computing at IBM Zurich. Dr. Sebastian is a co-recipient of the 2009 IEEE Control Systems Technology Award and the 2009 IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology Outstanding Paper Award. In 2013 he received the IFAC Mechatronic Systems Young Researcher Award for his contributions to the field of mico-/nanoscale mechatronic systems. In 2015 he was awarded the European Research Council (ERC) consolidator grant. Dr. Sebastian served on the editorial board of the journal, Mechatronics from 2008 till 2015 and served on the memory technologies committee of the IEDM from 2015-2016.

Mirko Prezioso, Mentium Technologies Inc., Santa Barbara, USA. He received the M.S. degree in theoretical condensed matter physics and the Ph.D. degree in advanced materials science and technology from the University of Parma, Parma, Italy, in 2004 and 2008, respectively. Since 2013, he has been a Research Assistant Professor with the University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, where he has been working on memristors and neuromorphic hardware.

Qiangfei Xia, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA. Dr. Qiangfei Xia is a professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at UMass Amherst and head of the Nanodevices and Integrated Systems Lab . He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2007 from Princeton University, where he was a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in Engineering (a graduate fellowship from Princeton). He then spent three years as a research associate in the Hewlett Packard Laboratories in Palo Alto, California. In October 2010, he joined the faculty of UMass Amherst as an assistant professor (tenure clock started in January 2011). He was promoted to an associate professor with tenure in January 2016 and then a full professor in September 2018. Dr. Xia's research interests include beyond-CMOS devices, integrated systems and enabling technologies, with applications in machine intelligence, reconfigurable RF systems and hardware security. He has received a DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA), an NSF CAREER Award, and the Barbara H. and Joseph I. Goldstein Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. Dr. Xia teaches freshman to graduate level courses, including Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering (ENGIN 112), Semiconductor Devices (ECE 344), Microelectronic Fabrication (ECE571) and Nanostructure Engineering (ECE 597/697NS). He was nominated for the Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA), a campus-wide highest honor to recognize exemplary teaching at UMass. Dr. Xia serves as a technical committee member for the International Conference on Electron, Ion, and Photon Beam Technology and Nanofabrication (EIPBN) conference, and the IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS), to name a few. He was the co-program chair for the 14th International Conference on Nanoimprint & Nanoprint Technology (NNT). He is also an active panelist for U.S. and international funding agencies, and a peer reviewer for tens of international archival journals and conferences. Within UMass, his most notable service is the building of a brand new clean room facility in the Marcus Hall. He is a senior member of IEEE and SPIE.

Kyeong-Sik Min, Kookmin Univ., Seoul, Korea. He received the B.S. degree in electronics and computer engineering from Korea University, Seoul, South Korea, in 1991, and the M.S.E.E. and Ph. D. degrees in electrical engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon, South Korea, in 1993 and 1997, respectively. In 1997, he joined Hynix Semiconductor, Inc., where he was engaged in the development of low-power and high-speed DRAM circuits. From 2001 to 2002, he was a Research Associate with the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, where he designed low-leakage memories and low-leakage logic circuits. In September 2002, he joined the Faculty of Kookmin University, Seoul, South Korea, where he is currently a Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering. He was a Visiting Professor with the University of California, Merced, Merced, CA, USA, from August 2008 to July 2009. His research interests include low-power VLSI, memory design, and power IC design. He is a member of the Institute of Electronics Engineers of Korea, and the Institute of Electronics, Information, and Communication Engineers in Japan. He was on various technical program committees, such as Asian Solid-State Circuits Conference, International SoC Design Conference, and Korean Conference on Semiconductors. He and his students were the recipient of the IDEC CAD & Design Methodology Award (2011), IDEC Chip Design Contest Award (2011), and IDEC Chip Design Contest Award (2012).

Fernando Corinto, Politecnico di Torino, Italy. He received the Laurea degree in electronics and the Ph.D. degree in electronics and communications engineering in 2001 and 2005, respectively, and the European Doctorate in 2005, all from the Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy. In 2004, he won a Marie Curie Fellowship (within the 'Marie Curie Actions' under the Sixth Framework Programme). He is currently an Assistant Professor of Circuit Theory with the Dipartimento di Elettronica, Politecnico di Torino. His research activities are mainly in the areas of nonlinear dynamical circuits and systems and locally coupled nonlinear/nanoscale networks. He is coauthor of more than 90 international journal and conference papers. He has been reviewer of several papers for international journals and conferences and chair of sessions in international conferences. He is the principal investigator of several research projects. Since 2010, he is Senior Member of the IEEE, Member of the IEEE CAS Technical Committees on Cellular Nanoscale Networks and Array Computing and Nonlinear Circuit and Systems. He is also Visiting Professor at PPCU of Budapest, since 2007. Dr. Corinto was the Technical Program Chair for the 13th Workshop on Cellular Nanoscale Networks and their Applications and 3rd Symposium on Memristor.

Ronald Tetzlaff, TU Dresden, Germany. He is a Full Professor of Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering at Technische Universität Dresden, Germany. His scientific interests lie in the theory of signals and systems, system modelling and identification, Volterra systems, cellular nonlinear networks, and memristors. From 1999 to 2003 he was Associate Editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS—PART I: REGULAR PAPERS. Prof. Tetzlaff was "Distinguished Lecturer" of the IEEE CAS Society (2001-2002). He is a member of the ITG, of the German Society of Electrical Engineers, and of the German URSI Committee.

Alon Ascoli received a Ph.D. Degree in Electronic Engineering from University College Dublin in 2006. From 2006 to 2009 he worked as RFIC analog engineer at CSR Sweden AB. From 2009 to 2012 he was Research Assistant in the Department of Electronics and Telecommunications at Politecnico di Torino. Since 2018 he is Scientific Collaborator with the Department of Microelectronics, Brno University of Technology, Brno, Czech Republic. Since 2012 he is Scientific Collaborator in the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Technische Universität Dresden, where he is currently pursuing a Habilitation in Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering. His research interests lie in the area of nonlinear circuits and systems, networks of oscillators, Cellular Nonlinear Networks and memristors. Dr. Ascoli was honored with the International Journal of Circuit Theory and its Applications (IJCTA) 2007 Best Paper Award. He acts as Secretary for the Cellular Nanoscale Networks and Array Computing Technical Committee (CNNAC) since May 2017. In April 2017 he was conferred the habilitation title as Associate Professor in Electrical Circuit Theory from the Italian Ministry of Education. In November 2017 he was conferred a Performance Bonus Award from Technische Universität Dresden. Since 2014 he is Management Committee Substitute for Germany in the COST Action IC1401 MemoCIS "Memristors - Devices, Models, Circuits, Systems, and Applications". He has been Program Chair and Special Session Chair for the 15th International Workshop on Cellular Nanoscale Networks and their Applications (CNNA) in 2016. He is the Technical Program Chair for the International Conference on Memristive Materials, Devices, and Systems (MEMRISYS) 2019.


07:30W02.1Registration Desk opens
08:30W02.2Opening session

Kyeong-Sik Min, Kookmin University, KR, Contact Kyeong-Sik Min

8:30-8:45 Opening session

8:45-10:00 (Keynote) Leon O. Chua, UC Berkeley, USA (Title: No Backtracking Rules the foundation of all non-volatile memristors, will be presented by Prof. Corinto, Politecnico di Torino, Italy)

10:00W02.3Coffee break 1
10:30W02.4Morning session

Kyeong-Sik Min, Kookmin University, KR, Contact Kyeong-Sik Min

10:30-11:00 (Invited) Daniele Ielmini, Politecnico Milano, Italy (Title: Emerging devices and circuits for analogue in-memory computing, will be presented by Dr. Zhong Sun, Politecnico Milano, Italy)

11:00-11:30 (Invited) Hyunsang Hwang, POSTECH, Korea (Title: Resistive switching based Synapse and Threshold switching based Neuron Devices for neuromorphic system)

11:30-12:00 (Invited) Wei Lu, Univ. of Michigan, USA (Title: RRAM foundations for neuromorphic and in-memory computing systems)

12:00W02.5Lunch break
13:00W02.6Afternoon session#1

Fernando Corinto, Politecnico di Torino, IT, Contact Fernando Corinto

13:00-13:30 (Invited) Said Hamdioui, TU Delft, Netherlands (Title: Computation-in-Memory Based on Memristive Devices: What is all about and what is still missing?)

13:30-14:00 (Invited) Mirko Prezioso, Mentium Technologies Inc., USA (Title: Memristive circuits for neurocomputing and beyond: a progress update)

14:00-14:30 (Invited) Abu Sebastian, IBM Zurich, Swiss (Title: Computing using imprecise computational memory)

14:30W02.7Coffee break 2
15:00W02.8Afternoon session#2

Fernando Corinto, Politecnico di Torino, IT, Contact Fernando Corinto

15:00-15:30 (Invited) Qiangfei Xia, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA (Title: Memristive Crossbar Arrays for Brain-Inspired Computing)

15:30-15:55 (Invited) Kyeong-Sik Min, Kookmin Univ., Korea (Title: Memristor-crossbar-based neural networks: from ideal to reality)

15:55-16:20 (Invited) Fernando Corinto, Politecnico di Torino, Italy (Title: Computing with Memristor Oscillatory Networks)

16:20-16:45 (Invited) Ronald Tetzlaff, TU Dresden, Germany (Title: Memristor Cellular Neural Network-inspired Paradigms for Signal Processing, will be presented by Dr. Ioannis Messaris, TU Dresden, Germany)

16:45-17:10 (Invited) Alon Ascoli, TU Dresden, Germany (Title: Store/Retrieve Gene Design and Analysis for Bistable-like Memristor CNN)

17:30W02.9Workshops end