NASCENCE is a collaborative project in Unconventional Computing (UComp) funded by Future Emerging Technologies in the EU FP7 program (started 1/11/2012 for a duration of 3 years). 

The aim of this project is to model, understand and exploit the behaviour of evolving nanosystems (e.g. networks of nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes or films of graphene) with the long term goal to build information processing devices exploiting these architectures without reproducing individual components.

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The experimental work of NASCENCE will demonstrate that one can perform computation using a variety of nanoscale materials. Computational tasks feasible for the evolvable device are first to be identified.

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Nanotubes on microelectrode array

The NASCENCE project aims to model, understand and exploit the behaviour of evolving nanosystems. The materials chosen to create these evolvable nanosystems are crucial to the success of the project.

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Experimental Systems illustration

Unconventional computation benefits from unconventional machines. The nanosystems of NASCENCE is interfaced by a special hardware/software interface designed to unveil possibilities and constraints of physical systems

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Simulated NAND-gate

NASCENCE aims to be able to predict and simulate the computational properties of a given material. For this we need to model the process governing the physics of the system on a computer.

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