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MIND Laboratory

Welcome to the MIND Laboratory!

 

The MIND laboratory is a multidisciplinary research laboratory exploring a wide range of research thrusts in the areas of Nanoelectronic devices, hardware security, computing, memory, and Neuromorphic devices. We have access to a wide variety of device testing equipment and simulation tools. Our director Dr. Rashmi Jha is a proven researcher with a number of patents and publictions.

We also have full access to the Ohio Center for Microfluidic Innovation ( OCMI) and ERC Clean Room facility at UC.

Research Areas:

Emerging Logic and Memory Devices beyond CMOS:

Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) devices serve as the backbone of all processors and memory technologies. The continued scaling of CMOS devices, well known as Moore’s Law of Scaling, has instigated all major innovations in the areas of computing and data storage in the last few decades. The versatility of CMOS devices have also served as a launch pad for several new technologies ranging from smartphones, notebooks, tablets, and high performance computing, to MEMs technologies, and point of care devices.

Neuromorphic Devices and Computing:

Albert Einstein famously said, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better”. A biological brain is an excellent computing machine. While today’s digital computers are extremely good at general purpose computing, they fail when it comes to solving a subjective computing problems. For example, a human brain can easily make decisions based on surrounding environmental conditions. A similar decision-making would be a daunting task for digital computers. Additionally, as CMOS devices are approaching their fundamental scaling limits, it becomes important to explore alternative ways of computing that are power efficient and scalable.

Emerging Nanoelectronic Devices Based Hardware Security:

Hardware security is becoming increasingly important with the globalization of chip manufacturing. To address these issues, our research group focuses on understanding the unique properties of emerging nanoelectronic devices and develops security paradigms based on these unique properties. We also investigate the security vulnerabilities in emerging logic and memory devices and routes to mitigate it.

Recent News:

2017:

  • Andrew Rush traveled to Boston, MA to get trained on the research group's new RF sputtering system (8/17).
  • Tom Schultz began research collaboration with the Air Force Research Lab at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH (8/17).
  • Dr. Rashmi Jha received a research grant through NSF for developing access devices for crossbar arrays for high-density data storage.  The grant will fund collaborative research between the MIND research group and Penn State (7/17).
  • Alex Jones attended the Neuromorphic Computing Symposium in Knoxville, TN to present his current progress on hardware simulations of nanoscale Axon-Hillock circuits (7/17).
  • Tom Schultz attended the National Aerospace & Electronics Conference (NAECON) in Dayton, OH to give a talk on hardware security (6/17).
  • Andrew Rush and Tony Bailey attended the Device Research Conference (DRC) at Notre Dame University to present on their findings for oxide-based synaptic devices (6/17).
  • Alex Jones helped with a summer camp at UC for high school students learning how to program with Python (6/17). 
  • Dr. Rashmi Jha presented an invited talk on ReRAM devices: Opportunities and Challenges at Notre Dame University (1/17).
  • Eric Herrmann, ACCEND student in EE , joins our research group (1/17).
  • Abhijeet Barua presented a poster on Neurotransmitter sensor at UC sensor Retreat (1/17).
  • Lakeshore cryogenic probe station is up and running in MIND lab (1/17).

2016:

  • Dr. Rashmi Jha presented as invited talk on ReRAM devices at IEEE/Electron Device Society (EDS) Memory Day Workshop at Micron, Manassas, VA. (12/16). Event Information can found on ieee.org.
  • Tony Bailey visited UK during his Honors study program (12/16).
  • Thomas Schultz successfully defended his M.S. thesis (11/16).
  • Dr. Rashmi Jha presented an invited talk on emerging memory devices at Intel Corporation, Portland, OR.(10/16)
  • Dr. Rashmi Jha presented an invited talk on Neuromorphic Devices and Computing at AFRL, Rome, NY, and at NASA Bio-mimicry Summit. (8/16)
  • Abhijeet Barua, Alex Jones, and Andrew Rush joined our research group (8/16).
  • Thomas Schultz and Tony Bailey presented poster on hardware security at IEEE-NAECON conference at Dayton, Ohio (7/16).
  • Sam presented his paper at a conference in China (7/16).
  • EDACS/MIND lab organized summer internship program for high school girls (6/16).