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Carnot Chair of Excellence

Carnot Chair of Excellence

​Carnot Chair of Excellence

Published on 20 September 2018

Professor Jérôme CASAS -  University of Tours (France)

Leti Chair of Excellence on Bio-Inspired Technologies 

  Web page profile:
Jérôme Casas, Professor at the University of Tours, Insect Biology Research Institute (IRIB), senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France, and specialist in bioinspired technology, was invited by Leti to serve as Chair of Excellence on bio-inspired technologies, funded by Leti’s Carnot Program. Faced with the challenges of energy efficiency and resources, biomimicry offers new insights into innovation by emulating nature.
According to Dr. Casas, “Living organisms present a level of operational efficiency shaped by the instinct to survive and enhanced by thousands of years of natural selection. They are sophisticated and unusual enough to drive breakthrough advances in technology.”
Leti integrates biologically inspired engineering with a Casas-led team in which biologists, mathematicians, physicists, and engineers interact. With the collaboration of Dr. Casas, Leti is one of the first research institutes to go beyond traditional research on neuromorphic engineering, which mimics the brain, by taking a full systems approach: understanding the intelligence system of insects capable of synthesizing sensory information very quickly and efficiently to generate lifesaving action. One of such projects, Insect-inspired CMOS-RRAM based escape system to looming dangerous stimuli, uses RRAM technology in components that emulate the escape system of insects.

Dr. Casas collaborates with Leti researchers on another project, Biomimetic capture of odor molecules in a microfluidic system, which explores emulating the olfactory system of vertebrates and its odorscapturing mucus for the development of future innovative sensors.

Born in the foothills of the Swiss Jura Mountains, Jérôme Casas obtained his Ph.D. from the ETH Zurich in 1989. He became a full professor at the University of Tours in 1995. His research interests include the sensory ecology of mimetics and biologically-inspired technology, particularly biomimetic flow sensing. One notable feature of his approach is the blending of natural history with both state-ofthe-art technology and modeling. More information about Dr. Casas and his work can be found at

Professor Subhasish MITRA - Standford University (USA)

Leti Chair of Excellence on Novel Technologies and Architectures for Abundant-Data Applications

CEA-Leti is pleased to host Subhasish Mitra, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University, as Chair of Excellence on Novel Technologies and Architectures for Big Data, funded by Leti’s Carnot Program. According to Prof. Mitra, the future demands of data-intensive applications cannot be met by simple improvement of the capabilities of current electronics. Isolated refinements of transistors, data storage technologies or integrated circuit architectures alone will not be sufficient. Transformative nanosystems, holistically implementing new computing paradigms will be essential for future high-performance and highly energy-efficient electronic systems.

Prof. Mitra’s research interests include robust computing, VLSI design, electronic design automation, disruptive 3D integrated circuits and their application in fields going from high performance computing to neuroscience. Leti collaborates with Prof. Mitra to identify the best suited novel architecture and emerging nanotechnologies that will allow the future disruptive applications of the day-aftertomorrow. The on-going work involves exploring and designing a Processing-in-Memory architecture, targeting Abundant-Data and dense interconnections applications. For data intensive tasks, Leti envisions a new architecture paradigm that will bring computation close to the data using advanced 3D integration. The concept will be designed and validated on silicon. In this partnership, Leti also expects to demonstrate the efficacy of Resistive Memories as basic building blocks for emerging computing paradigms as brain-inspired hyper dimensional computing. Subhasish Mitra directs the Stanford Robust Systems Group at Stanford University and co-leads the Computation focus area of the Stanford SystemX Alliance. He is also a faculty member of the Stanford Neurosciences Institute. More information about Prof. Mitra can be found at

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