Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative

ICT 2013

Conference session

Nano-scale: Future Materials and Devices

Theme: H2020: ICT for Excellent science

Hall 1.1, 07/11/2013 (16.00-17.30)

The nano-scale materials and devices are the basis of ICT of tomorrow. Some of them are strongly inspired and associated with biology. Others, like graphene or quantum computers are hot topics in physics research with the Nobel Prize awarded to them in 2010 and 2012 respectively.

Four leading scientists will share their experience on working on the various aspects in nano materials and devices.


Andrea FERRARI (University of Cambridge, Enginering Department, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), GRAPHENE

Graphene is a material, composed of pure carbon, with atoms arranged in a plane in a regular hexagonal pattern. Graphene has mechanical, thermal, electronic, and optical properties, which are quite extraordinary, and thus graphene has the potential to be one of the main building materials in the ICT of the future.

Ross RINALDI (University of Salento - Lecce (ITALY), Dept. Mathematics and Physics "E.De Giorgi", Italy), Bio-inspired computing

Computers can rely on various ideas coming from biological world. On the one hand, natural materials (e.g. specific molecules) can be used for the process of computation. On the other, nature can inspire the development of novel problem-solving techniques.

Artur EKERT (University of Oxford, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), Quantum Computers

Quantum computation uses various quantum properties of matter in order to represent data and perform operations on these data. It is expected that large-scale quantum computers will be able to solve certain problems much faster than any classical compute

Thierry DEBUISSCHERT (Thales Research & Technology, Physics Research Group, France)

Session organiser: Roumen BORISSOV (European Commission, Belgium)


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