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Royal Academy of Engineering promote CEF’s Home Learning

The Centre for Electronics Frontiers are very proud to have the ‘Science with CEF’ outreach program redesigned and promoted by the Royal Academcy of Engineering.

The work promoted by the Rpoyal Academy of Engineering’s twitter feed gives daliy fun STEM activities for children aged between 8 and 11. There are videos to watch and experiments such as making sensors out of everyday household items or even making your opwn batteries. There are additional links to facilitiate the learning and infomation for parents and carers.

The timetable with links to the vidoes can be found below or you can find them on our YouTube channel.

STEM at Home

Nicholas Dirks, president and CEO of The New York Academy of Sciences highlights the work of CEF Director Themis Prodromakis

Writting for the Times Higher Education Professor Nicholas Dirks, president and CEO of The New York Academy of Sciences, highlights the work of the Centre for Electronics Frontiers Director Professor Themis Prodromakis.

In the article “In the midst of a pandemic, let’s not ignore the rest of science” Prof Dirks highlights the fact that incrediable science has continued despite the challegneing circumstances.

Professor Dirks highlights Professor Prodromakis’ woork in devising new nanoscale computer hardware and that he has been honored by the Blavatnik Awards.

The Full article is availble to view here

CEF PhD Students share lastest research on AI Hardware at 3-Minute PhD Pitch Competition at UKCAS2020

On the 11th of December, three PhD Students from the Centre for Electronics Frontiers (CEF) took part in the National UKCAS2020 3-Minute PhD Pitch Competition.

The highly competitive contest was part of the UK Circuits and Systems Workshop and was sponsored by eFurtures and IEEE CASS. The competition pitted PhD Students against each other to pitch their PhD idea, discussing the motivation, scientific challenges and their own research, all in under three minutes. Jiaqi Wang, Yihan Pan and Christos Giotis took on the challenge from CEF.

It has been really a great experience to participate in the 3-minite PhD competition. It provides me the opportunity to express my work to people from both industry and academia and also to hear from others’ exciting talks. By attending the workshop, my communication skills get trained and I enjoyed the discussions on AI at edge. Many thanks to UKCAS2020 for holding this amazing event and I am looking forward to join the exciting workshop again for the next year!

Yihan Pan

Christos Giotis scoped a runner up prize of £100 cash at the UKCAS2020 3-Minute PhD Pitch Competition.

The theme of the competition was AI at the Edge, perfect for Christos’ work on the physical properties of memristive devices and developing novel applications for emulating synaptic memory consolidation.

I’m extremely happy to have participated in the UKCAS2020 3-Minute PhD Pitch competition! The process of sharing your research is tricky but very rewarding and getting recognised for it is truly gratifying. Thanks to everyone involved. Spread out science it’s fun

Christos Giotis

Well done to everyone who took part.

CEF Director honoured in young scientist awards

Themis Prodromakis, Professor of Nanotechnology at the University of Southampton, has received prestigious recognition from the 2021 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the UK.

Professor Prodromakis, Director of the Centre for Electronics Frontiers in the University’s Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics has been selected as a Finalist in the category of ‘Physical Sciences and Engineering’ and will receive £23,000.

This award recognises his contributions in devising new computer hardware to support the rapidly increasing computational demands of AI applications. His transformative technology is built upon an electronic component known as a Memristor, which simultaneously stores multiple datasets in a single component.

Professor Prodromakis, who holds a Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies, said: “The invention of the transistor and integrated circuits have over the past seven decades transformed our world. Sustaining modern societal needs requires a fundamental re-think of electronics and Memristors promise to bring this change about. I am truly honoured that the contributions of my team and collaborators are recognised with this prestigious award.”

The Awards, announced by the Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences, provide the largest cash prize available to scientists aged 42 or younger. They comprise of three Laureates, who this year each receive £76,000 and two Finalists in each of the three categories of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering, and Chemistry – each receiving £23,000.

Professor Themis Prodromakis

“The UK has always been recognised and admired for its scientific excellence,” commented Sir Leonard Blavatnik, Founder and Chairman of Access Industries, head of the Blavatnik Family Foundation, and member of the President’s Council of the New York Academy of Sciences. “Each of this year’s Blavatnik Award honourees is a rising star in their respective fields and it is a great pleasure to give them the global recognition they so richly deserve.

The 2021 Blavatnik Awards in the UK Laureates and Finalists will be honoured (pandemic restrictions allowing) at a ceremony in London, tentatively scheduled for 8th June 2021. The following day, the honourees will present their research with a series of short, interactive lectures at a free public symposium, “Innovating for a Better Future: 9 Young Scientists Transforming our World.”

CEF Internships

When it comes to securing that all-important graduate job or PhD offer, it’s no longer enough just to have a good degree. Relevant work experience via an internship is now just as important as exam results to your future career and is one of the key attributes sought by graduate employers. Our Internship programme offers you a great opportunity to gain real life research experience in our research centre with state of the art equipment. You’ll receive a comprehensive learning experience to apply knowledge acquired in the classroom to real-world situations, as well as gain the skills and experience that is necessary to prepare for a successful career in research. Don’t just take our word for it below are two cases studies from this year’s interns.

Case study 1

I had not had any remote jobs before, so I did not really know what to expect. The application process was quite straightforward, and the interview was pleasant. The job proved to be well organized and my relationship with my supervisor and the team was great. I had to often ask questions, but my supervisor and the rest of the team were patient, very responsive and supportive all the time. This opportunity was very rewarding, I was part of a very knowledgeable team and got professional feedback and advice that will be useful in my future career. I’ve learned new technical skills complementary to my degree about state-of-the-art technologies in device characterization and new types of memory chips. Also, this internship was a chance to get a good taste of what research means, and to realize how rewarding it is in long term.

Case study 2

I learned a great deal about machine learning during this internship. I had never worked with it in the past so I had to start from the beginning, but with the support from my supervisors and being able to afford the time to learn about it, it was an excellent way to learn a bit about it and then use this newly acquired knowledge within the project. I also learned about ReRAM which is a technology I had not come across before this internship. Having an interest in the field in general, it was great fun to learn about a new technology. I got to gain an insight into how an academic research group operates. As I am interested in going into postgraduate research, I valued this experience highly as a way to see what work in academia is like outside of undergraduate work. Everyone was very friendly and accommodating and the work was very interesting. If anyone is interested in the work of the CEF and is considering research after graduating, I would recommend anyone to have an internship with CEF. Overall, this was a very enriching experience for my personal and professional development. I learned many new technical details with ReRAM and machine learning and had a valuable insight into academic research.