Dept. of Informatics, UiO

The University of Oslo has a range of research groups working on fields such as electronic systems for instrumentation, robotics and nanotechnology. The Nanoelectronics research group (NANO) at the Department of Informatics specializes in micro and nanoelectronics system design.

The main research focus is to develop integrated circuits and systems by using state-of-the-art CMOS technology. This involves computer-aided design processes, the creation of chips using nanometer technology, testing and evaluation. Real application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) are made using analog, digital or mixed-mode technologies. The group is focused on designing power efficient, robust nano circuits (“green electronics”). Typical application areas are biomedical engineering and wireless sensor networks.

The research group has advanced, state-of-the-art design tools and several laboratories for circuit prototyping, measurement and testing, known as the PICOLab in the University´s new Ole-Johan Dahl building. The PICOLab consists of a Faraday chamber for shielding at ultra low current levels (picoamperes), an advanced prototyping lab and an anechoic chamber for millimeter and microwave measurements.

The group is also a partner in the interdisciplinary focus areas (2013-2018) at the faculty of mathematics and natural sciences ‘Center for Integrative Neuroplasticity’ (CINPLA) in collaboration with the biology and physics department, and ‘Space Technology, Experiment, Theory, and Plasma Turbulence’ (4DSPace) in collaboration with the physics and mathematics department, where ultra low power highly integrated systems-on-chip (SoC) will be contributed to portable or implanted neural recording/stimulation devices and micro satellites. Similar requirements for integrated electronics are posed by the inter-group effort at IFI called Smart Environment Technologies, which combines nanoelectronics, digital signal processing, and distributed multimedia systems to create systems of numerous, tiny, self-contained, Internet-based sensors and actuators that interact directly with the environment.

The NANO group currently has three Professors and Associate Professors and four Adjunct Professors that supervise a number of postdocs and PhD students within their specialities: