Research activities

Dependable and Secure Systems

Study of the sources of error that can cause a system to behave not according to the expected functionality. Focus on both non-malicious (fault tolerance) and malicious causes (hardware security).

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Novel Computational Paradigms at Nanoscale

Study of the novel nanoscale technologies for the development of gigascale systems. Particular expertise on resistive devices such as RRAM and memristors and Field Coupled Nanocomputing such as NML and QCA . Ongoing research collaborations cooperation with:

  • Northeastern University (Prof. Fabrizio Lombardi)
  • Sandia National Labs (Dr. Erik DeBenedictis)
  • University of South Florida (Prof. Sanjukta Bhanja)
  • Oxford Brookes University (Prof Abusaleh Jabir)

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Novel Computing Architectures for Space Applications

Upcoming space missions will require a higher degree of onboard autonomy operations to decrease operation costs, to increase quality science return, to minimize close-loop spaceground decision making, and to enable new operational scenarios. Artificial Intelligence (AI) methods and technologies like Deep Neural Networks (DNNs), may prove to be the turning point in this context as they can support data analytics conducted directly on-board as input for the on-board decision making system that generates plans or updates them while being executed while requiring considerably lower processing power and development effort. The objective of this activity is to propose novel AI based approaches for on board data computing leveraging the RISC-V ISA representative of next-generation space-grade processors.

Ongoing research collaborations cooperation with:

  • European Space Agency (Dr. Gianluca Furano, Dr. Marco Rovatti)
  • TU Delft Department of Space Systems Engineering (Prof. A. Menicucci)

Design of complex Digital Systems on FPGA

Established skills and experience in the design of complex digital systems based on FPGA such as a prototype of a Solid State Mass Memory for Space Applications. The detailed description of the design can be found here

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Funded research grants

  • Primary Investigator “HIREMPRO - Processore ridondante ad alta affidabilità per applicazioni spaziali (Highly Reliable Expandable Multi-Processor)” POR FESR LAZIO 2014-2020 – Progetti Integrati ‘Aerospazio e Sicurezza’
  • Leverhulme Project Grant: Our group has been awarded by the Leverhulme Trust for the project “Monitor: a self-reparable memristive gas sensor array” (here)
  • CISCO Research Award: Our group has been awarded by CISCO for a project on the use of Bloom filters for error detection in Content Addressable Memories (here)
  • COST Action IC1103: MEDIAN - ManufacturablE and Dependable MultIcore Architectures at Nanoscale (MEDIAN)
  • PRIN-2008: High-reliability Fault Tolerant Digital Systems in Nanometric Technologies: Characterization and Design Methodologies (PRIN2008)
  • OpenSparc Xilinx FPGA Sponsorship Program: awarded two Xilinx Development Boards for implementation of FPGA version of OpenSPARC T1 and T2 (here)

Available theses

Theses on topics related to our research activities are available here (page in Italian).

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