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Postgraduate research project

Fabrication and modelling of artificial synapses for neuromorphic computing

Competition funded
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Type of degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Entry requirements
2:1 honours degree
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Faculty graduate school
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Closing date

About the project

This PhD aims at developing memristor artificial synapses for neuromorphic chips, and building simulation modelling of their synaptic plasticity. Memristor nanodevices are an emerging nanoelectronic technology capable of mimicking the communication of neurons, through a process called synaptic plasticity. 

We will train you how to design a massive array of fully functional memristor prototypes and simulate how diffusion and drift of ions or defects could lead to synaptic plasticity. The final objective of this project is to model the impact of materials and electrical parameters on plasticity behaviour.

The University of Southampton's Sustainable Electronic Technologies group is one of the leading research groups in the UK. It offers unique solutions to real-world problems by delivering efficient electronics while addressing all aspects of sustainability. In line with this vision, we design a unique PhD project to tackle the challenges in neuromorphic computing. This will be done with our research partner A*STAR Institute of High Performance Computing whose research focuses on:

  • computing science and AI
  • computational electronics and photonics
  • materials science and chemistry.

The experimental part of this project will be conducted in the UoS UK during 2 years. The modelling study will be conducted in A*STAR Singapore during 1.5 years.

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