ETU "LETI" Researchers Won Support of the Russian Government for the Research of Reservoir Computing


The project of Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University "LETI" to create a reservoir computer on magnonics principles won the competition for megagrants of the Government of the Russian Federation.

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The Grants Board of the Government of the Russian Federation announced the results of the eighth competition for grants for research of leading scientists in Russian universities and research institutes. The project of ETU "LETI" researchers called "Reservoir Computers Based on Magnonics Principles as a New Direction of Artificial Neural Networks" is among the winners of the contest in physics.

The leading foreign scientist in the field of magnonics and spintronics Mikhail Kostylev, Professor of the Department of Physics and Astrophysics at the University of Western Australia, heads the project. Under his leadership, researchers of the Department of Physical Electronics and Technology of ETU "LETI" will develop new hardware for computing platforms using spin waves in ferromagnetic films. It will be applied to create reservoir computers capable of big data processing.

"The purpose of the research is to obtain new knowledge that will show the advanced level of Russian and world research in the field of artificial intelligence and neural networks development. Governments of all technically developed countries fully support this field, as it can lead to significant progress in many areas of science and technology and contribute to the development of industry," Alexei Ustinov, Professor of the Department of Physical Electronics and Technology, says.

In addition to research, the project is to train postgraduate students and create a modern university laboratory equipped with measurement equipment, signal generators, film deposition units, a complex of photolithographic equipment, and units for forming the topology of structures.

The project is in line with the many years of research carried out at the department. The physical foundations of spin-wave electronics were laid by Boris Kalinikos, laureate of the USSR State Prize, Honored Scientist of the Russian Federation, Honored Professor of ETU "LETI." At present, his students successfully continue the development of this area.

"Receiving a megagrant of the Russian Government is a great victory for ETU "LETI" and recognition of the high status of the university's research. The foundations of success were a rich scientific background, good laboratory equipment of the department, and many years of scientific cooperation in the field of nonlinear spin waves with Mikhail Kostylev, who was a postgraduate student of Boris Kalinikos in the 1990s."

Alexander Semyonov, Head of the Department of Physical Electronics and Technology of ETU "LETI"