NiPS Summer School 2018

Perugia (Italy) - July 17 - 20, 2018



The Noise in Physical System Laboratory is glad to announce the ninth edition of NiPS Summer School devoted to the topics of Energy harvesting, micro energy, non-equilibrium thermodynamics, low power ICT, autonomouse devices, IoT. 

The school is open to graduate students, post-docs, young researchers, and in general to all scientists interested in the physical foundations and practical applications of energy transformations at micro and nanoscales.


This year the school will be organized in two parallel tracks:

Powering the Internet of Things

in collaboration with the E.C. funded project EnaBLES - Lectures program

Scientific program:


Fundamentals on energy:

- Fundamentals on energy  (Luca Gammaitoni - University of Perugia, Italy). Slides


Energy harvesting:

- Linear vibration energy harvesting (Bahareh Zaghari - University of Southampton, United Kingdom). Slides

- Nonlinear miniature systems for vibration energy harvesting (Francesco Cottone - University of Perugia, Italy)

- Thermoelectrics: from materials to applications (Guillaume Savelli - CEA-Liten, France)

- Radio Frequency EH and wireless power transfer (Luca Roselli, University of Perugia, Italy)


Energy Storage:

- Development of cross-linked polymer electrolytes for lithium batteries: an overview (Jijeesh R. Naird - Helmholtz Institute Münster (HI MS) Ionics in Energy Storage,  Germany). Slides

- Energy Storage 2 (Qingsong Wang - Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Germany) slides

- Solid state microbatteries and flexible batteries (Frédéric Le Cras - CEA-LETI, France)


Micro Power Management:

- An introduction to micro-power management for energy harvesting applications (Aldo Romani - University of Bologna, Italy)

- Micro-Power Management for energy harvesting power sources and storage devices (Peter Spies - Fraunhofer, Germany) slides


System Integration

- Design flow for energy harvesting enabled devices (Francesco Orfei - University of Perugia, Italy) slides

- Considerations for energy harvesting powered WSN real life system integration and target applications (Filippo Ambroglini - Wisepower srl, Italy)



- From the energy harvester to the application (Elisabetta Boco - Wisepower s.r.l, Italy)

- From the energy harvester to the application (Elisabetta Boco - Wisepower s.r.l, Italy)


Enables presentation (L. Gammaitoni) slides


Energy aware transprecision computing

in collaboration with the E.C. funded project OPRECOMP - Lectures program

Scientific program:
Fundamentals on energy: 
- Fundamentals on energy (Luca Gammaitoni - University of Perugia, Italy). Slides
- Physics of Information (Igor Neri  - University of Perugia, Italy). Slides
- Transprecision algorithms as a disruptive technology for challenging the Exascale energy barrier (Andrew Emerson - CINECA, Italy). Slides
- Adaptive-precision algorithms for sparse linear systems (Enrique Quintana - Universitat Jaume I De Castellon, Spain). Slides
SW and TOOLS:  
- Advanced compilation techniques (Andrea Marongiu - University of Bologna, Italy). Slides
- Transprecision Floating-Point Library (Giuseppe Tagliavini - University of Bologna, Italy). Slides|Code
- Integrating reduced precision concepts into applications and real code (Florian Scheidegger - IBM Research GmbH, Zurich, Switzerland). Slides
- Transprecision techniques for linear solvers and non-linear regressions (JunKyu Lee - The Queen’s University of Belfast, UK). Slides
Architecture and Circuits: 
- RISC-V ISA/ Microarchitecture (Frank K. Gürkaynak - ETHZ, Zurich, Switzerland). Slides
- Parallel Ultra Low-Power Processing ,PULP, systems (Davide Rossi - University of Bologna, Italy). Slides
- FPGA programming using arbitrary precision data-types (Dionysios Diamantopoulos - IBM Research GmbH, Zurich, Switzerland). Slides
- Approximate DRAM and memory controllers (Norbert Wehn - University of Kaiserslautern, Germany
Hands on session:
- GAPUINO board/Mr. Wolf based board (Francesco Paci - GreenWaves Technologies, Grenoble, France)
- PULP (Fabian Schuiki - ETHZ, Zurich, Switzerland). Slides


Scientific Director: Luca Gammaitoni, NiPS Laboratory, Dipartimento di Fisica e Geologia, Università di Perugia

Poster session

We expect all participants to present your work or research plans during a poster session. Participants will have the oportunity to present their work with a "1 Minute Pitch" on Wednesday, from 14:00 to 15:30, before the planned excurion. Posters will be displayed during all days of the school.
Posters should be A0 in size and preferably of portrait orientation.


NiPS Summer School 2018 is held at the Hotel Giò in Perugia, in central Italy.

The Summer school is scheduled to start on July 16th with a welcome cocktail at 18:00. Lectures will start on July 17th at 9:00 and end on July 20th at 18:00. 
Lectures will run on mornings and afternoons from 9:00 to 18:00. On July 18th at 14:30 it is foreseen a touristic guided excursion through the Trasimeno lake and, following, the social dinner in a special location.
Accompanying persons are welcome to the summer school. Touristic attractions and cultural events, including the world reknown Jazz festival "Umbria Jazz" will be running in Perugia during the summer school days.


Please dowload the Booking Form for discounted hotel rates.
All hotels are within an easy walk from the Summer School venue.
All reservations must be booked through the Booking Form in order to receive these discounted rates.


How to reach Perugia

By Air
The closest airport to Perugia is the San Francesco airport located at 15 min drive. 
Central Italy's closest major airports are in Rome, Pisa, and Florence. These can be easily reached by train, bus or car.
The major international gateway is Rome's Aeroporto Leonardo da Vinci, known as Fiumicino (FCO) (30 km/19 mi southwest of Rome).
Pisa's Aeroporto Galileo Galilei (PSA) (12 km/7 mi south of Pisa and 80 km (50 mi) west of Florence) has flights from London, Amsterdam, Brussels, and Paris)
Florence's Aeroporto A. Vespucci, known as Peretola (FLR) (10 km/6 mi northwest of Florence), has connections to Brussels, Paris, London, Rome, and Milan.

By train
Arrival at Perugia Fontivegge Railways Station.Information on train schedule are available here: Trenitalia.



The registration fee includes: a welcome cocktail, 7 coffee breaks, 4 lunches and  the social dinner. Moreover, a programmed excursion is included.
Early registration (until 1 June 2018): 450 €
Late registration (from 2 June 2018):  600 €
Accompanying persons are welcome, and can choose between the following options:
Option 1: 80 € - it covers the cost of a welcome cocktail, the social dinner and the excursion
Option 2: 160 € - it covers the costs of a welcome cocktail, 4 lunches, the social dinner and the excursion
Registration Step by Step:
1) Please compile the Registration form
2) You will receive by email a confirmation of admission with instructions for the payment of the registration fee.
3) After the payment your registration is completed and you will receive an invoice.
Please notice that school attendance is limited to 70 students and the participation will be assessed on a first-come/first-serve basis, subjected to acceptance from the Organizing Commettee.
Deadline for registration: 5 July 2018



NiPS Laboratory, Dipartimento di Fisica e Geologia, Università di Perugia

via Pascoli 1 - I-06123 - Perugia (Italy)



Supported by E.C. funded project EnaBLES; E.C. funded project OPRECOMP; Wisepower srl



Previous editions of NiPS Summer School have seen in seven years the participation of around 300 students and young researchers from all over the world.


Click here for some pictures of NiPS Summer School 2016!


Please visit the following links for information on previous editions, together with the slides of the lectures and photos of the events: