Nano-electronics and sensors

Research Topics


We are creating innovative realisations of electronic devices which extend the limits of currently available optoelectronic devices and systems and develop new pathways of future integrated circuits at nano and atomic scales

Research leads:

Circuits for Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Today’s machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms are implemented as software running on GPU’s. This is inefficient, costly and power hungry. The human brain can run on the power derived from a sandwich whereas computers consume many hundreds of kilowatts to implement a small percentage of tasks. We are developing next generation neural network chips that perform advance computation and powers less than 1W.

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Electronic and Photonic Sensing Platforms

We integrate photonics and electronics on a single platform to create sensors with features not possible otherwise. The research spans CMOS image sensors, sensors suitable for aerial platforms such as drones, single sensor based multispectral imaging system, on-chip direct RF to optical conversion and miniscope.  The impact is far reaching and applied across many sectors including areas of precision agriculture, security, medical devices, communication and aerospace.

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Security Aware Computing Architectures and Microprocessors

In this project we are investigating new ways to increase the speed and security of computer systems and architectures. We are creating new logic circuits and enhancements that are able to detect anomalous, failures or malicious events at a hardware level and provide improved security. Our microprocessors are implemented and tested on the latest sub-micron CMOS properties

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Printable Electronics – New Frontiers in Electronics

In this project we are transforming the way electronics circuits are created and implemented. We have developed our own advanced printer that is able to print nano scale electronic components, including transistors, antennas and other Radio Frequency components. Our system is able to build functional and high performance electronic systems. This project seeks to enhance the performance of our printable electronics printer and inks to the stage where we can print a high performance microprocessors and communication systems on demand.

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  • Drone-based aerial monitoring systems
  • Localisation using ultra-wideband (Uwb) sensors
  • Intelligent smart sensors for road safety
  • Systems-on-a-chip
  • Far infrared multispectral thermal image sensors
  • Nanophotonic pixels for subwavelength imaging on a chip
  • Graphene and other two-dimensional material based sensors