Severo Ochoa Programme 2018-2022 Pillar 1: APPLICATION DOMAINS - Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

ICT research at the ICN2 pushes at the boundaries of understanding of single state variables and hybrid states with the aim of taking information processing beyond the use of the electron charge alone. The diversity and complementarity of the ICN2 groups allow them to tackle almost any basic research challenge in this field.

Most activities in this area are currently carried out at the level of basic technology research. While these studies will continue due to their scientific relevance, some effort will also be devoted to supporting the progression of these technologies from concept to prototyping.

The key research priorities established for the 2018-2022 period are the development of new science based on novel nanomaterials and the elaboration of innovative device concepts with applications in: phononics, spintronics, nanomechanics, flexoelectricity, quantum technologies –including for new types of computer memory and switches– and wearable or implantable devices.

Specific actions will be taken to meet these objectives, such as: establishing a new research group on ultrafast dynamics; stimulating collaboration between device- and material-oriented groups; forging strategic alliances with national and international companies and technology centres; and organising two international workshops.