A 'brain' is born of novel nanomaterials with emergent neuronal properties
The most simplistic computational model of a neuron is an 'on-off' switch, with a '0' representing a resting state and a '1' representing an axon firing an action potential. While this lends itself well to conventional digital electronics and silicon-based transistors, it does not represent the incredible natural 'state' space of a real neuron. When it comes to realising the potential of a brain-like processing system, novel materials are needed. The EU-funded MELON project has created an expert consortium of academic institutions and an SME to explore novel materials with history-dependent conductivity to emulate neuronal connectivity. Together with materials capable of multivalued logic and interconnects, the team plans to deliver the building blocks of tomorrow's emergent computing circuits.
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- /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
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Funding SchemeMSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)