FOR 2093


September 2019

E-MRS Warsaw 16. September to 19.September 2019

Founded in 1983, the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) now has more than 4,000 members from industry, government, academia and research laboratories, who meet regularly to debate recent technological developments of functional materials.
The E-MRS differs from many single-discipline professional societies by encouraging scientists, engineers and research managers to exchange information on an interdisciplinary platform, and by recognizing professional and technical excellence by promoting awards for achievement from student to senior scientist level. Each year, E-MRS organizes, co-organizes, sponsors or co-sponsors numerous scientific events and meetings. The major society conference, the E-MRS Spring Meeting, is organized every year in May or June and offers on average 25 topical symposia. It is widely recognized as being of the highest international significance and is the greatest of its kind in Europe with about 2,500 attendees every year. Each symposium publishes its own proceedings that document the latest experimental and theoretical understanding of material growth and properties, the exploitation of new advanced processes, and the development of electronic devices that can benefit best from the outstanding physical properties of functional materials.

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September 2019

Color Line Workshop II:Neurotronics, 2nd September to 5th September, 2019, Kiel University and Ferry Kiel-Oslo-Kiel

In the beginning of September 2019, the research unit 2093 organized the Color Line Workshop in Kiel for the second time. On the first day, the workshop took place at the faculty of engineering, Kiel University. On the following days the workshop was hold on the Color Line ferry, which shuttles between Kiel and Oslo (Norway) daily. Numerous talks and discussions took place in conference rooms with view of the Baltic Sea. Here, the impression could have been received that the gaze into the distance was transferred into many a research perspective.

Like at the first Color Line workshop, around 40 researchers participated again. The workshop is part of the international activities in the framework of the research Unit 2093 and reflects the international character of the RU. Again, eleven international reputable speakers from fields such as memristives devices, advanced synchrotron analytics, neuro-biology and graph theory could have been allured.


Invited speakers:

  • André Fiala (Department of Molecular Neurobiology of Behavior, Georg-August-University of Göttingen)
  • Mark Shein-Idelson (Department of neurobiology and the Sagol School for Neuroscience, Tel-Aviv University, Israel)
  • Simon Rumpel (Institute of Physiology, Focus Program Translational Neurosciences, University Medical Center, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz)
  • Philipp Hoevel (School of Mathematical Sciences, University College Cork, Ireland)
  • Claus C. Hilgetag (Institute of Computational Neuroscience, University Medical Ctr Eppendorf, Hamburg University)
  • Bernabé Linares-Barranco (Instituto de Microelectrónica de Sevilla (IMSE-CNM), CSIC and Universidad de Sevilla)
  • Paolo Milani (CIMAINA and Department of Physics, University of Milano, Italy)
  • Beatriz Noheda (Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials & Groningen Cognitive Systems and Materials center (CogniGron) University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
  • Christoph Schlueter (Photon Science, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY, Hamburg)
  • Yury Matveyev (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY, Hamburg)
  • Bruno Barazani (Interdisciplinary Institute for Technological Innovation - 3IT, University of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada)


August 2019

7th International Symposium on Integrated Functionalities (ISIF)

to be held in University College Dublin, Ireland from August 11th-14th 2019.
This meeting has a rich history, evolving from the first International Symposium on Integrated Ferroelectrics (held in 1987). Its scope has broadened over time (and the name has been changed as a result), so that now ISIF seeks to offer a vibrant forum for researchers and engineers involved in all kinds of functional materials to discuss their latest results and ideas. Both fundamental science and applications of functional materials are explored in the symposium
ISIF is one of the most important functional materials conferences on the global circuit. Its size and scope are sufficiently large that delegates are guaranteed to be exposed to new ideas in materials research, development and integration; equally, it is sufficiently focused that the techniques, language and the overall sense of purpose across different themes will be familiar, so that meaningful exchanges of ideas and insights can readily occur. Its location in 2019 in Ireland should help create an atmosphere for relaxed communication in both the formal and informal parts of the meeting. Martin Ziegler from the TU Ilmenau and Hermann Kohlstedt will present recent results in invited talk. In addition Hermann Kohlstedt will present an one hour tutorial on memristive devices and applications during the first day of the conference.  Henning-Ulrich Winterfeld will give an contributed talk on AlN based MISFETs for tactile sensing.

July 2019

FOR 2093 meeting at the TU Ilmenau.

Between 08 July 2019 and 11 July 2019, the internal meeting of the Research Group 2093 took place at the TU Ilmenau. The meeting was organized by Prof. Martin Ziegler, who made his Habilitation as part of the research group in Kiel and had accepted a call to TU Ilmenau in 2018. In the subprojects of the research group, great progress was made, which was presented by PhD students and subproject leaders in in a number of lectures. The discussions clearly showed that the research group has gained substantial coherence since its approval in 2014 and is able to argue across disciplines. Through interesting lectures by Prof. Schwierz on 2D materials and Dr. Claudia Lenk on the electronic cochlea, the meeting was professionally enriched. The physical fitness of the conference participants was approved on July 11, 2019 by a hike to the Kickelhahn. The spokesman of the research group was pleased to note that there were no major breakdowns.

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June 2019

International Conference on Solid State Ionics (SSI-22), 16. June bis 21. June 2019, Pyeong Chang, South Korea

The conference was held in Pyeong Chang, Korea from June 16 to 21, 2019. SSI-22 is hosted by The International Society for Solid State Ionics (ISSI) and organized by The Korean Ceramic Society.

The International Conference on Solid State Ionics is a biennial global event lasting more than 40 years, in which scientists and engineers all over the world come together to discuss the fundamentals, innovations and applications of ion transport in solids and relevant phenomena. SSI-22 composed of experts in a wide range of research fields will offer a meaningful opportunity to identify and exchange up-to-date achievements among participants and to foster young researchers.

The conference will covered all classic and emerging topics related to Solid State Ionics such as fuel cells, batteries, sensors, electronics and biological systems. Tom Birkoben and Martin Ziegler, members of the RU 2093, gave respectively, two invited talks about Chaos in a memristive Chua circuit and a tutorial on neuromorphic application of memristive devices.

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Workshop "Materials for non-volatile memories", 04. June 2019, Darmstadt, Germany

The annular meeting on non-volatile memories is organized by Thomas Mikolajick from the NamLab in Dresden. The meeting in 2019 was held from in Darmstadt on June, 4th, 2019. Christian Wenger (ihp Frankfurt/Oder), Finn Zahahri  and Richard Marquardt (both doctoral students at Kiel University) participate and presented the topics, stochastic switching (including learning mechanism) , fabrication of double barrier memristive junction and impedance spectroscopy on memristive devices. The workshop has in average 40 participants and allows in depth discussion of the latest findings on non-volatile memory devices and their applications random access memories or neuromorphic circuits.

March / April 2019

DPG Spring Meeting, 31. March to 05. April 2019, Regensburg, Germany

The annular conference of the DPG (German Physical Society) spring meeting on condensate matter physics was held in Regensburg, Germany. The Research Unit 2093 was represented by the doctoral students, Richard Marquardt, Finn Zahari and Tom Birkoben. The three presented their findings on memristive devices studied by impedance spectroscopy, plasma diagnostic and nonlinear mechanisms observed in a Chua oscillator comprizing a memristive element. In the Sunday tutorial Thomas Mussenbrock (vice spokesman of the Research Unit 2093) gave an introduction on the theoretical concept behind memristors.

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December 2018

Volkswagen Foundation, Herrenhäuser Conference, 18. December to 20. December 2018, Hannover, Germany

Between December 18-20, 2018 the Volkswagen Foundation addressed the interdisciplinary and emerging research area on Cognitive Computing within the framework of the Herrenhäuser Conference  series*.  Renowned invited speakers gave comprehensive overviews about current developments including subjects, such as novel hardware concepts, reservoir computing and thermodynamic limits of circuits. Martin Ziegler (TU Ilmenau), as member of the Research Unit 2093, was the panel chair for the topic “novel substrates” which focused on novel concepts related to devices and architectures including signal processing.  The Research Unit presented two posters on chaos in memristive systems and stochasticity as two fundamental processes in the dynamics of neuronal mechanisms in nervous systems..  (Video: Symposia and Conferences at Herrenhausen Palace.)

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June 2018

FOR 2093 meeting at the btu Cottbus-Senftenberg.


September 2017

Bernstein Conference 2017, Göttingen 13th – 15th 2017

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Between September 13th to 15th, 2017, the Bernstein Conference was held at the Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany. The Bernstein Conference is the biggest European Computational Neuroscience conference and under the patronage of the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN). Within the framework of the conference, the Research Unit 2093 organized a one day satellite workshop entitled: “Topology and dynamic of neuronal networks as guidelines for memristive computing systems”. The workshop aimed to explore the relevance of neuronal inspired network topologies and their dynamics for future memristive based neuromorphic circuits. Eight invited speakers from theoretical neuroscience, non-linear dynamics, and memristively based neuromorphic circuit’s explored overlapping interest. The workshop was a platform to spark discussion towards promising and exciting future directions, such as cognitive computing and memristive brain chips. Renowned invited speakers from Europe and the US gave introductions to their own research and current development in the particular research fields. After a short introduction to the topic Marcus Kaiser (University of Newcastle, UK), reported about connectome-based computer simulations, followed by Daniel Brunner (CNRS Besancon, F) who focused on neuromorphic computing with random photonic networks. Christian Wenger Christian Wenger (ihp Frankfurt a.d. Oder, G) and Garret S. Rose (University of Tennessee, USA) presented their results on important technological hardware topics on-line learning using memristive synapses and the resistive switching performance of Hafnium-oxie devices. Theoretical physics aspects of neural computing were represented by were Marc Timme (TU Dresden, G) and Philipp Hövel (TU Berlin), respectively they talked about heteroclinic computing and the connectivity on empirical and randomized brain networks.

March 2017

Focus Session on memristive Devices at the German Physical Society (DPG) 2017 spring meeting in Dresden

In a joint effort of Prof. Ronald Tetzlaff (TU Dresden) and Prof. Thomas Mikolajick (TU Dresden and NamLab) the Research 2093 organized a Focus Session entitled: “Memristive Devices for neuronal Systems” on March 23 this year within the spring meeting of the German Physical Society (DFG). The Session was under the umbrella of the section Thin Films. Three invited speakers presented their research in part I of the session. The topical overview was presented by Martin Ziegler (U Kiel), hereafter Elisabetta Chicca (U Bielefeld and CITEC, Germany) reported about her research on learning in Silicon technology with a focus on long term plasticity and neuromorphic systems comprizing memristors. Finally Yusuf Leblici from the EPFL, Lausanne, CH, focused on RRAM crossbar structures in combination with Silicon technology.  
In part II Daniele Ielmini  from the Politecnico di Milano, Italy  presented a talk on brain-inspired neurocomputing with devices followed by a speech from Shriram Ramanathan (Perdue University, USA) on the relation between quantum materials, evolutionary biology and neurocomputing. Together with nine contributed talks, the Focus Session became a great success and lead to vital discussion during the session and afterwards.

In the name of the RU2093, we thank all invited and contributed speakers for their excellent contributions.

The organizers grateful acknowledge the support of the DPG Thin Film division in particular the section spokespersons Prof. Esser and Prof. Kassbender.

September 2016

Bernstein Conference 2016

The Bernstein Conference is the Bernstein Network's central forum that has developed over time into the largest annual Computational Neuroscience and Neurotechnology conference in Europe, attracting an international audience from across the world. This year the conference was held form September 21-23 (2016), at the Bernstein center in Berlin. Tom Birkoben and Nick Diederich both PhD students of the Research group 2093 presented their results on bio-inspired decision making and pattern separation and pattern completion in the hippocampal loop, respectively.

Zwei Studenten und eine Tasse Kaffee


European Researchers‘ Night

On September 30th, 2016 the European Researchers' Nights (ENR) was held at the Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel. The ENR takes place every year all over Europe and neighboring countries. The event was dedicated to popular science and fun learning.  The event appeals to people of all ages – whether with their family, their school, and friends or on their own –intrigued by how things work and by what science means for their lives and motivate may be young people to study science or engineering. With a talk and hands-on experiments related to the research activities of our Research Group 2093, visitors got an impression what´s behind biologically inspired electronics.  More then 100 visitors listen to the research talk and were involved in experiments, such as the rubber hand illusion, binocular rivalry, decision making and sound location.

Zwei Studenten und eine Tasse Kaffee


1st International Workshop on “Memristive Devices for neuronal Systems”

Zwei Studenten und eine Tasse Kaffee

April 2016

5.  FOR 2093 meeting at the Ruhr University  in Bochum.

As invited speaker

 Denise Manahan-Vaughan (Neurophysiology RUB )

talks about the Hippocampus. 



Februar 2016

FOR2093 members at the 47 IFF Spring School in Jülich, where Martin Ziegler gives a talk about memristive tunneling devices and their application in neuromorphic circuits.



November 2015

4. Treffen der FOR 2093 am UKSH in Kiel

als Gast hielt

  P. Wulff  von der Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel

einen Vortrag über den Hippocampus


August 2015


 Das 1. Treffen der Doktoranden/innen der FOR 2093 fand in Lübeck statt. Als Gastrednerin war U. M. Krämer (Vertreten von M. Rotger) von der Universität zu Lübeck eingeladen, die über das Thema „Ärger und Aggression“ referierte. Der Gastredner R. Verleger, ebenso von der Universität zu Lübeck, hielt einen Vortrag über sein Forschungsschwerpunkt „EEG am Menschen“.


Juli 2015

3. Treffen der FOR 2093 in Hamburg

als Gast hielt

  M. Hübner  von der Ruhr‐Universität in Bochum

einen Vortrag über "Laufzeitadaptive eingebettete Systeme"



Juni 2015

Euro Intelligent Materials 2015

FOR 2093 organisiert Session über memristive Bauelemente und deren Einsatz in neuromorphen Schaltungen auf der Euro Intelligent Materials 2015 mit den folgenden Vorträgen:

  • Nonlinear Kinetics of the Redox-based Memristive Switching
    R. Waser (Sp), S. Menzel, R. Dittmann, Research Centre Juelich (DE). 
  • Recent Results in the Theory of Memristive Nanodevices
    R. Tetzlaff (Sp), Dresden University of Technology - The Synergetic University (DE)
  • Ferroelectric Memristors for Neuromorphic Computing
    S. Boyn (Sp), V. Garcia, A. Chanthbouala, S. Girod, K. Garcia, S. Fusil,
    F. Bruno, C. Deranlot, C. Carrétéro, E. Jacquet, M. Bibes, J. Grollier,
    A. Barthélémy, Unité Mixte de Physique CNRS/Thales, Palaiseau (FR)
  • Leaky Integrate-and-fire Neuron Circuit realized by Pearson- Anson Oscillation and its Noise
    D.S. Jeong (Sp), H. Kim, V. Kornijcuk, J.Y. Seok, Korea Institute of
    Science and Technology, Seoul (KR)
  • Memristive Devices for Neuromorphic Circuits
    M. Ziegler (Sp), M. Hansen, M.Ignatov, H. Kohlstedt, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel (DE);
    S. Dirkmann, T. Mussenbrock,Ruhr University of Bochum (DE);
    T. Bartsch, Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH) Kiel(DE); D. Schroeder, W. Krautschnei-
    der, Hamburg University of Technology (DE)


März 2015

2. FOR Treffen an der Ruhr-Universität in Bochum


Dezember 2014

15. 12. 2014 Kick-off meeting in Kiel