Communication and Disclosure

"Buongiorno Regione", RAI TV troupe at NiPS Laboratory


Perugia, 22 Sept 2017


Valeria Radiconcini, RAI TV journalist has led a troupe for a news service at NiPS Laboratory.

During the visit they interviewed Prof. L. Gammaitoni and Dr. H. Vocca.

The news service will appear soon in the morning program "Buongiorno Regione".

L. Gammaitoni at the Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics of Small Systems workshop



Rome, September 19th 2017

Luca Gammaitoni, NiPS Lab director, is presenting a talk at the international workshop "Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics of Small Systems" Roma, September 18-20, 2017.

The talk will be given at 12:15 at the AULA CONVERSI at the Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita' Sapienza in Rome.

Title of the talk: Fundamental thermodynamic limits in memory preservation 

Once written, any memory is doomed to loose its content after some time, if no action is taken. In modern computers, to avoid memory losses, a refresh procedure is periodically performed. In this paper we present theoretical and experimental study of sub-k_BT system to evaluate the minimum energy required to preserve one bit of information over time. Two main conclusions are drawn: i) You can keep your memory for free: the energetic cost to preserve information for a fixed time duration with a given error probability can be arbitrarily reduced if the refresh procedure is performed often enough. ii) You cannot keep it forever: the Heisenberg uncertainty principle sets an upper bound on the memory lifetime. 

Micro energy 2017 international Conference: available the talk slides



Perugia Aug. 1st 2017


Available on the conference web site the slides of the talks presented at the conference.

You can find them here: program slides

Gubbio Scienza: Micro Energy 2017, NiPS Summer School 2017 & much more

During the last ten days, the town of Gubbio (Italy) has held a lot of activities on micro energies. For scientists from all over the world, but even for families and kids.  
The two main events were:   

  • NiPS Summer School 2017 - Energy Harvesting: models and applications, June 30 - July 3, 2017
  • Micro Energy 2017 Conference: 3 - 7 July, 2017

But Gubbio Scienza has been much more!
Please, visit the Gubbio Scienza Facebook page and the Gubbio Scienza website and discover all the activities of the last 10 days.

New video on NiPS Lab activities - Rai Scuola (in italian)

Rai Scuola Memex - I luoghi della Scienza (pt.10): Umbria



Rai scuola in visita al laboratorio NiPS del Dipartimento di Fisica e Geologia dell'Università di Perugia

Link al video: luoghidellascienza_06.06_nips.mp4

Adi Bulsara form SPAWAR System Center meets L. Gammaitoni to discuss future collaboration



April 22, 2017 - Tempe (AZ) USA

Dr. Adi Bulsara from SPAWAR System Center, San Diego, meets L. Gammaitoni from NiPS to discuss future collaboration.

NiPS Laboratory has a long collaboration record with SPAWAR on sensor devices and nonlinear stochastic dynamics. During the meeting were presented recent development on nonlinear energy harvesting for sensing applications at micro and nano scales. These results will be most probably presented at the next international conference to be held in Gubbio, Italy, on July 3-7 2017.

For more information please visit:

The Power of information. L. Gammaitoni speaks at the BEYOND CENTER of the University of Arizona


Phoenix, AZ - April 19, 2017

Luca Gammaitoni presented at talk at the BEYOND CENTER FOR FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS IN SCIENCE Power of Information Workshops devoted to Information and non-equilibrium thermodynamics

April 18 – 20, 2017
Arizona State University

OPRECOMP Kick-off meeting in Zurich


Zurich Jan, 10 2017
Igor Neri (right in the picture) and Luca Gammaitoni (left in the picture) represented NiPS at the kick off meeting of the new European project OPRECOMP.
OPRECOM is is a 4-year research project co-funded under the EU 7th Framework Horizon 2020 – Re Program Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Proactive Initiative: emerging themes and communities. FET aims to go beyond the conventional boundaries of ICT and ventures into uncharted areas, often inspired by and in close collaboration with other scientific disciplines.
OPRECOMP aims to build an innovative, reliable foundation for computing based on transprecision analytics.
For more info please visit the OPRECOMP web site:

Igor Neri at HiPEAC 2017



Igor Neri from NiPS presented a talk at the  "WAPCO: 3rd Workshop on Approximate Computing"

HiPEAC conference - 23-25 Jan 2017 -  Stocholm.

Micro Energy 2017 international Conference



The Micro Energy 2017 conference will be held in Gubbio (IT), July 3rd to July 7th, organized by the Noise in Physical Systems (NiPS) Laboratory of the University of Perugia, with the technical sponsorship of the EEE IMS Italy Chapter.

The conference is aimed at bringing together international scientists from academia, research centres and industry to discuss recent development in the topic of micro energy and its use for powering sensing and communicating devices. 

The conference topics include (but are not limited to) the following: 
Session I - Micro energy harvesting
Energy transformation processes at micro and nano scales, mathematical models, harvesting efficiency, thermoelectric, photovoltaic, electrostatic, electrodynamic, piezoelectric, harvesting in biological systems, novel concepts in energy harvesting. 
Session II - Micro energy dissipation
Noise and friction phenomena, fundamental limits in energy dissipation, Landauer bound, heat dissipation, thermodynamics of non-equilibrium systems, stochastic resonance and noise induced phenomena. 
Session III - Micro energy storage
High performance batteries, super capacitors, micro-fuel cells, non-conventional storage systems 
Session IV - Micro energy use
Autonomous wireless sensors, zero-power computing, zero-power sensing, IoT, approximate computing, energy aware software, transient computing. 
Relevant dates:

Mar. 1 2017, deadline for contributed oral/posters

Mar. 15 2017, notification of acceptance oral/posters

Apr. 15 2017, end early registration

May. 15 2017, end late registration


For more information please visit:

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