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Using evolutionary computation to design the next generation of nano-CMOS systems

   Department of Electronic Engineering

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  Prof A M Tyrrell  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

It is widely recognised that variability in electronic device characteristics and the need to introduce novel device architectures both represent major challenges to scaling and integration for present and next generation nano-CMOS transistors and circuits. The rapid increase in intrinsic parameter fluctuations, as devices get smaller, stemming from the fundamental discreteness of charge and matter and their statistical impact on device behaviour is a major source of device variability. The intrinsic parameter fluctuations are fundamental, truly stochastic and cannot be eliminated by tighter process control. The work in this research project, will study the impact of next generation technologies, and related parameter fluctuations, on the design of digital circuits using evolutionary computation. In particular we will attempt to determine answers to the following fundamental questions: How can evolutionary techniques be used within device models to alleviate parameter fluctuation problems? How can parameter variation datasets be best used by evolutionary techniques to improve system performance? How can evolutionary techniques be used to limit the effects of parameter variations?

Entry requirements:
Candidates should have (or expect to obtain) a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2.1) or equivalent in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Music Technology or a closely related subject.

How to apply:
Applicants should apply via the University’s online application system at Please read the application guidance first so that you understand the various steps in the application process.

Funding Notes

This is a self-funded project and you will need to have sufficient funds in place (eg from scholarships, personal funds and/or other sources) to cover the tuition fees and living expenses for the duration of the research degree programme. Please check the Electronic Engineering website for details about funding opportunities at York.
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