Institute of Communications and Connected Systems


Online Seminar | Memristors - from memory to the future of brain-inspired computing

09 December 2020, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

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Adnan Mehonic, Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow and member of the Institute of Communications and Connected Systems will present case studies and showcase the potential of memristors for future technologies. 

This event is free.

Event Information

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All | UCL staff | UCL students






Robert Thompson – Institute of Communications and Connected Systems

Memristors - from the future of memory to bio-inspired computing

An exponential increase in demand for computing power and the slowdown of Moore's law makes a strong case for the exploration of alternative technologies.

Although the memristor technology is currently still in development, it is a strong candidate for future non-volatile memory technology and the non-CMOS and beyond von-Neumann computing solutions.

Since its early development in 2008, memristor technology expanded remarkably to include many different materials systems, physical mechanisms, and novel memory and computing approaches. Small memory chips based on memristors are already being sold by several companies, while large industrial projects demonstrated high-performance memristive computing systems.

Here, I will present and discuss a few representative case studies and showcase the potential role of memristors for the future of memory technologies and the expanding field of AI hardware and brain-inspired computing. 

ICCS Chair

This session will be chaired by: Izzat Darwazeh

Attending the seminar 

The Seminar will be held on the Zoom platform. Details of how to access Zoom can be found on their website.

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About the ICCS online seminar series

The ICCS seminar series is designed to bring together members of our community who are currently away from our home in Bloomsbury and distributed across the world. The Seminars are being curated to provide academic exploration and inspiration, offering insights into a range of topics surrounding communications and connected systems. Topics will either explore subjects close to the work of our academics or introduce wider concepts from experts in the global academic and industrial community.

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The seminar will begin with a presentation aimed at a technical audience, but at a level that will be accessible to those from a range of engineering disciplines. Speakers have been asked to end their presentations with a technical challenge or delving deeper into the content to engage those more invested in the topic. 

The seminar series is designed to offer a compact exploration of ranging topics and is therefore short in format. The presentation will run for 15 - 30 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of questions.
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About the Speaker

Adnan Mehonic

Lecturer in Nanoelectronics and Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow at UCL

Dr Mehonic received a BSc in Electronic Engineering from the University of Sarajevo in 2009 and was awarded the Golden Badge, the best student award. He graduated from University College London (UCL) with an MSc in Nanotechnology (Distinction, Oxford Instruments prize for the best MSc project) in 2010 and PhD in 2014 (top 3 best PhD thesis in 2013/14, EE Department), demonstrating the first ambient operating all-SiOx memristor. He has been working as a Research Associate in the group of Electronic Materials and Devices, EEE UCL till 2017, further developing silicon oxide memristive technology.  In 2017, he was awarded a highly prestigious 5-year Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship to work on neuromorphic technology for energy-efficient AI hardware. In 2019, he was appointed as a Lecturer in Nanoelectronics. He serves on the advisory boards of Wiley’s Adv. Intelligent Systems and is an Editor for Frontiers in Materials and Frontiers in Nanotechnology. He is a board member for IoP’s Dielectrics and Electrostatics group, and an IoP and IET member. At the EEE department, he is the director of the MSc in Nanotechnology.

To date, he has authored more than 40 journal publications and over 60 international conference proceedings (including more than ten invited talks). His research resulted in two major EPSRC project grants - EP/K01739X/1 in 2013 and EP/P013503/1 in 2016, and a Leverhulme grant in 2016 , and the RAEng Research Fellowship in 2017. He is the inventor of 5 resistance-switching patents and co-funder of spinout company (“IntrinSic Semiconductor Technology”), where he serves as a Chief Technology Officer. He received the “One to Watch 2015” award from UCL Enterprise for UCL’s most innovative staff.

His current work is focused on energy-efficient nanoelectronics and functional materials. More specifically, he works on non-von Neumann computing paradigms harnessing the physics of memristive devices to perform both memory and computing. He is interested in circuits and algorithms for on-chip implementation of ML/AI and nonconventional information processing algorithms (e.g. spike-based computing).

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