Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Technical Program & Presenter Info. Posted

The draft for the Technical Program has been posted on the Nano-Net 2008 Website at: http://www.nanonets.org/files/Technical_Program_v2.1.pdf including times for workshop and tutorial sessions on the Sunday before the conference (September 14).

Also, we have added a Presenter Info section at: http://www.nanonets.org/presenter.shtml
with guidelines for presenters of full/invited and short papers.

Look forward to seeing you in September!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Submission Details for Camera-Ready Papers

Submission details are now posted for camera-ready paper versions. Please see the Submission Details section of the site at http://www.nanonets.org/submission.shtml #4 Final Paper Submission for instructions.

Also, registration information will be posted shortly when available.

Tutorial and Panel Updates

The date and tentative time has been announced for the tutorial Properties and Applications of Carbon Nanotubes and Other 1D Nanostructures held by Dr. Wei Liu. It will be held on Sunday September 14, 2008 from 8:30am - 12pm unless there are future changes. See details at http://www.nanonets.org/tutorial.shtml.

An additional member has been confirmed for the "Using Advanced Micro/Nano-electronic Technology to Establish Neuromorphic Systems" panel chaired by Dr. Wei Wang. The newest addition to the panel is Dr. Shih-Chii Liu, Institute of Neuroinformatics, Zurich, Switzerland. Please see http://www.nanonets.org/panel.shtml for more details.

~Damira (Nano-Net 2008 Webmaster)

American Physical Society Endorsement

We are happy to announce that the American Physical Society (APS) has endorsed Nano-Net 2008!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Updated Dates & CFP for Nano Self-Organization Workshop & 2-page short papers

There are updated dates now posted on the Nano-Net 2008 website for the following:

Acceptance Notifications (Regular and Invited Papers) - July 16, 2008
Camera-Ready Versions (All Papers) - August 8, 2008

Please make note of the changes and expect to hear from the committee shortly if you have submitted a regular or invited paper.

Also, please note that there is still some time left to submit a paper to either the nano self-organization workshop or the 2-page short papers for Nano-Net 2008.

Please see the workshop CFP at: http://www.albany.edu/selforganization


Monday, July 7, 2008

Wei Wang - Panel Chair and Panel

We are pleased to announce Wei Wang as Panel Chair for Nano-Net 2008. Dr. Wang is an Assistant Professor and Senior Research Scientist of Nanoscale Engineering with a Ph.D., in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada and a B.S., in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Beijing University of Aeronautics, Beijing, China. His main research areas include: modeling and simulation of nanoscale devices and interconnects, CMOS-nano hybrid circuits, 3D IC, FPGA and ASIC design.
The panel he will chair is titled, "Using Advanced Micro/Nano-electronic Technology to Establish Neuromorphic Systems Panel" and will include among others, Prof. Grarrett Rose, ECE Department of Polytech University; Dr. Vladimir Gorelik, Founder of Neuronix; Prof. Masud Chowdhury, ECE Department, University of Illinois at Chicago; and Dr. Mathew Hynd, Wadsworth, Albany, NY. Other panelists will be announced as they are confirmed.
To start the panel, several questions will be raised regarding the challenges of designing and building devices, circuits, and systems for neuromorphic applications. Then, each panelist will speak for 10-20 minutes about their perspectives to these challenges. Then, the audiences can ask questions to the panel.

Some of the questions asked will be:

In the device level, what is current research status using the CMOS-related technology (analog or mixed signal) to build neuromorphic systems? What are the main challenges? Can CMOS-nano hybrid approach really be an efficient and feasible approach and show improvement over the CMOS-based neuromorphic systems? Some panelists are using CMOS, some are using nanodevices. They will have different perspectives.
In the circuit level, should we use simplified synapses/neurons (digital multivalue) or complicated analog circuitries? Some panelists are suggesting to use complicated synapses/neurons that really mimick the human system (analog) but are difficult to build. Some panelists are using a binary or mutlivalue digital circuit to build a simplified synapse/neuron.
The panel can discuss these different approaches.
In the system and architecture level, what is the impact of the model, algorithm and architecture of the neuromorphic system impact to the hardware development? Since the real human cortex is a 3D structure, is it necessary to use 3D IC architecture to build such systems?

Paul Bogdan - New TPC Member

We would like to welcome our newest TPC Member, Paul Bogdan from CMU. Paul Bogdan received his BSc in Automatic Control and Computer Science in 2004 from the Politehnica University of Bucharest, where he was involved in research on control theory and dynamical systems. He was accepted in the PhD program on System Level Design at Carnegie Mellon University in 2005. He is currently exploring the problematics of performance analysis and alternative communication paradigm for Network-on-Chip architecture under the guidance of Prof. Radu Marculescu. Other research interests include the interactions between biological systems and complex network theory, as well as the parallelism between packet dissemination and rumor spreading processes.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

ACM SIGARCH & SIGMICRO Technical Sponsors

We are pleased to announce that ACM SIGARCH and ACM SIGMICRO are now technical sponsors for the conference. So officially:

"Nano-Net '08: 3rd International Conference on Nano-Networks” is held in-cooperation with ACM SIGARCH and SIGMICRO!

~Damira (Nano-Net 2008 Webmaster)

Wei Liu - Tutorial

Wei Liu will be holding a tutorial during the Nano-Net conference.

Here is the updated biography for Wei Liu. Apparently, there's another Wei Liu in the same department and this is a common confusion, so here's who you'll meet when you attend the conference!

Wei Lu received the B.S. degree in physics from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1996, and the M.A. and Ph.D. in physics from Rice University, Houston, TX in 1999 and 2003, respectively. From 2003 to 2005, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. In 2005, he joined the faculty of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of Michigan as an assistant professor. His research interests lie in the application and fundamental understanding of nanostructures and nanodevices, including high-density crossbar memory and logic devices, semiconductor nanowire based transistors and sensors, flexible and transparent thin-film electronics, and nano-electromechanical systems. He has over 20 refereed journal publications and 3 patents, served as a reviewer and on the editorial board for 17 journals, and he is an active member in several international committees worldwide. He is a member of the IEEE, APS, MRS, and a board member of the AVS Michigan Chapter. He received the Wilson Award in 2003.

Also, the abstract and outline for the tutorial are now posted on http://www.nanonets.org/tutorial.shtml

One-dimensional nanostructures such as carbon nanotubes and nanowires have attracted considerable interest recently due to their unique electrical and structural properties. In this course, we will discuss some of the most important aspects of CNT based electronics, from the bandstructure to fundamental transport characterizations to high performance transistors. In addition, the one-dimensional systems are attractive to novel architectures such as crossbar memories and logic that offer large connectivity and reconfigurability and are suitable for neuromorphic computing. Several nanotube and nanowire-based crossbar systems will be discussed.
Prerequisites: none

Part I: Carbon nanotubes:

  • Brief history
  • growth techniques
  • band structure and electrical properties
  • ballistic waveguides and cables
  • field-effect transistors
  • noise in CNT devices
  • thin-film devices
Part II: CNT and nanowire-based crossbar networks

  • CNT crossbar memory
  • nanowires – brief introduction
  • nanowire two-terminal resistive switches (memristors)
  • CMOS compatible nano-crossbar systems