Workshops and Tutorials
Monday 19 September 2022

Wearable Applications and Artificial Intelligence Based on 2D materials

(Room TBA)



Gianluca Fiori (University of Pisa, IT) 

Gianluca Fiori is Professor of Electronics at University of Pisa, where he works on the modelling, the fabrication and electrical characterization of novel devices based on new architectures and new materials. GF’s interest also focuses on printed electronics, aiming at obtaining fully printed integrated circuits on flexible substrates as paper.


Giuseppe Iannaccone (University of Pisa, IT)

Giuseppe Iannaccone is Professor of Electronics at the University of Pisa, Fellow of the IEEE and of the APS. His interests include quantum transport and noise in nanoelectronic and mesoscopic devices, development of device modelling tools, new device concepts and circuits beyond CMOS technology for artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, implantable biomedical sensors, and the internet of things. G. I. has coordinated several European and National Projects involving multiple partners and has acted as principal investigator in several research projects funded by public agencies at the European and National level, and by private organizations.


The development of new processes and materials with extraordinary electronic and mechanical properties has inspired research in new applications in the field of wearable electronics, mobile healthcare, and cognitive functions on Internet of Things (IoT) edge systems. 

Two running h2020 FET projects are dedicated to explore these new applications and demonstrate suitable solutions.

WASP (Wearable Applications on Paper) is leveraging the capability to fabricate complete circuits integrating sensors, energy harvesters and transistors for healthcare and well-being fabricated on flexible and eco-friendly substrates such as paper, by developing a sustainable technology in terms of the energy required in the production chain and storage (embodied energy) and of total product life-cycle.

QUEFORMAL (Quantum Engineering for Machine Learning) exploits materials-to-devices-to-circuit design and fabrication of energy-efficient neuromorphic circuits capable to implement an analog neural network using transistors and non-volatile memories based on 2D Materials. The capability to tailor materials properties using vertical and lateral heterostructures of 2D materials provides a wealth of options to optimized energy efficiency in terms of operations per unit energy.

On the basis of the experience and the results obtained in WASP and QUEFORMAL, scientists from the consortium will contribute to the tutorial addressing the main issues related to both wearable applications and artificial intelligence, while leveraging the new technology based on two-dimensional materials.

08:30 - 08.40

Welcome and introduction

08:40 - 09.20

Reinventing electronics for a sustainable world

Key global challenges we face require innovative approaches that can be deployed ubiquitously. PragmatIC is a world leader in ultra-low-cost Flexible Integrated Circuits (FlexICs), designers can leverage PragmatIC's innovative technology with its novel form-factor, using its FlexIC Foundry(tm) offering, to create ubiquitous low-cost smart systems.


Feras Alkhalil (PragmatIC, GB)

Dr. Feras Alkhalil leads the research and development activities at PragmatIC. He received his MSc and Ph.D. from the University of Southampton in Microelectronics System Design and Solid-State Electronics. Feras is a visiting fellow at Durham University, Department of Physics, he holds 6 patents and has published in over 15 international journals.


09:20 -10:00

Nanobiosensors for point-of-care diagnostics applications: from standalone to wearable platforms

In this talk, we will address how nanomaterials such as nanoparticles and 2D materials (ex. graphene) can be used in cooperation with biological or synthetic receptors in (bio)sensing and how we can integrate these nanomaterials using printing methods (screen/inkjet printing, stamping) into simple sensing platforms ranging from standalone to wearable formats.


Arben Merkoçi  (ICN2, ES)

Arben Merkoçi is ICREA Professor and director of the Nanobioelectronics & Biosensors Group at Institut Català de Nanociencia i Nanotecnologia (ICN2). Prof. Merkoçi research is focused on the design and application of cutting-edge nanotechnology and nanoscience-based cost-efficient biosensors. 

10:00 -10:30



10:30 - 11:00

Two dimensional materials for flexible and wearable applications

In this talk, we will introduce two-dimensional materials while discussing their potential as an enabling technology for wearable, flexible and portable applications. In particular, recent results on this topic will be discussed, while addressing the main issues and potentials this technological option is currently facing. 


Gianluca Fiori (University of Pisa, IT)

11:00 - 11:30

Flexible perovskite solar cells and modules integrated with energy storage systems: challenges and perspectives

The conceptual idea of the integration of energy photovoltaic (PV) generation and storage systems in a single unit is a powerful means to use energy more efficiently, improving the system performance while reducing device size and weight. In this presentation the integration of flexible perovskite solar devices and energy storage systems will be reported evidencing their possibilities and challenges. 



Francesca Brunetti (University of Rome Tor Vergata, IT)

Francesca Brunetti is Associated professor at Electronic Engineering Dept. of the University of Rome Tor Vergata. Cofounder CHOSE ( her current research is focused on the analysis, design and manufacture of electronic and optoelectronic devices (mainly solar cells, solar modules and energy storage systems on rigid and flexible substrates), through the use of nanomaterials (carbon nanotubes and graphene), organic semiconductors and perovskites.

11:30 - 12:00

Water-based, defect-free and biocompatible 2D material inks for printed electronics

In this talk, we will focus on highly concentrated, defect-free, printable and water-based 2D crystal formulations, purposely designed at UNIMAN to provide optimal film formation for multi-stack fabrication. Such process is suitable for the realization of a wide range of all-inkjet printed heterostructures, such as large area arrays of photosensors on plastic, programmable logic memory devices, capacitors and transistors on paper, which will be addressed within the talk.



Cinzia Casiraghi (University of Manchester, UK)

Prof. Casiraghi holds a Chair in Nanoscience at the Department of Chemistry, University of Manchester (UK). Her current research work is focused on the development of biocompatible 2D inks and their use in printed electronics and biomedical applications. 
She is leading expert on Raman spectroscopy, used to characterize a wide range of carbon-based nanomaterials.

12:00 -13:30


13:30 - 14:15

2D Materials for Neuromorphic Computing Devices

The talk will mainly discuss the use of 2D materials in the fabrication of large scale integrated circuits for neuromorphic computing exploiting the integration of memristive devices based on new materials into conventional CMOS technology. Examples will be taken considering the approach of the NeuroSys cluster (Neuromorphic Hardware for Autonomous Artificial Intelligence Systems) recently funded with 45 MEUR by the first call of the Cluster4Future initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.



Max Christian Lemme (RWTH Aachen, DE)

Max Christian is Professor of Electronic Devices at RWTH Aachen University and the Director of AMO GmbH, Aachen. He received a NanoFutur award in Germany in 2006, an ERC Starting Grant in 2012 and an ERC proof-of-concept-grant in 2018. He is the scientific director of the NeuroSys Cluster. His current research interests include electronic, optoelectronic and nanoelectromechanical devices and sensors made from novel materials like graphene and related 2-D materials, Perovskites or phase change materials and their integration into the silicon technology platform.

Alwin Daus (RWTH Aachen, DE)

Alwin Daus received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and information technology from ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland, in 2018. He is currently a Senior Research at RWTH Aachen University. Previously he was a Post-Doctoral Scholar with Stanford University, Stanford, USA. His current research interest includes flexible electronics with 2-D materials.

14:15 - 15:00

Logic-in-memory and neural networks based on an atomically thin semiconductor

We report our exploration of large-area MoS2 as an active channel material for developing logic-in-memory devices and circuits based on floating-gate field-effect transistors (FGFETs). The conductance of our FGFETs can be precisely and continuously tuned. We experimentally demonstrate their use in the fabrication and characterization of reconfigurable logic circuits and neural networks.



Andras Kis (EPFL,CH)

Andras Kis is Professor in Electrical Engineering at EPFL, Lausanne. He started research on 2D semiconductors in 2008, after joining EPFL and has made fundamental contributions to the study of the electronic properties of atomically thin TMDCs. His pioneering work on MoS2 transistors was the first demonstration of high-quality device on a 2D semiconductor. His major awards include the Latsis prize in 2004, ERC starting grant in 2009 and ERC consolidator grant in 2015, both awarded for research in the area of electrical properties of 2D transition metal dichalcogenides.


Guilherme Migliato Marega (EPFL,CH)
Guilherme Migliato Marega is a graduate research assistant at EPFL. His main activity is the fabrication of non-volatile memories with 2D materials to demonstrate the fabrication of logic-in-memory circuits and neural networks.

15:00 -15:30


15:30 - 16:15

The case for analog neural networks using 2D materials and CMOS technology

Analog and mixed signal neural networks have a role to play in the rush towards AI integrated circuits for Internet of Things applications, especially if a roadmap is considered where silicon technology progressively integrates 2D and alternative materials. In this talk, we will explore the developments in AI chips, the potential of analog computing for cognitive tasks, and the advantage provided by broadening the materials palette to 2D materials.


Giuseppe Iannaccone  (University of Pisa, IT)

16:15 - 17:00

Discussion and Closure