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Welcome to the Emerging Circuits and Computation (ECC) Group

Our group, comprised of Mustafa Altun and his scholars & students, is in the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering at Istanbul Technical University. In terms of research, we aim to develop techniques in electronic design automation (EDA) and circuit design for emerging nanotechnologies and new computing paradigms. We also have a special interest in electronics reliability in both circuit and system levels. In terms of teaching, we offer courses on digital/analog circuit design as well as on computational nanoelectronics.


Group news

  • May 2017 We will present our work "A Power Efficient System Design Methodology Employing Approximate Arithmetic Units" in IEEE-ISVLSI 2017.
  • Apr. 2017 We will present our work "Spintronic Memristor based Offset Cancellation Technique for Sense Amplifiers" in SMACD 2017.
  • Dec. 2016 Our project on stochastic computing and applications in large-area electronics received a grant from the TUBITAK Scientific and Technological Research Projects Funding Program (1001).
  • Nov. 2016 We will present our work "Computing with Nano-Crossbar Arrays: Logic Synthesis and Fault Tolerance" in a premier conference on electronic design automation DATE 2017.
  • Aug. 2016 Our three papers are recently accepted in journals TCAD, RESS, and MVLSC. All these papers are solely made in our group from Master's studies. Good job!
  • Apr. 2016 We will present our work "Accurate Synthesis of Arithmetic Operations with Stochastic Logic" in IEEE-ISVLSI 2016.
  • Apr. 2016 We will present our work "Power-Delay-Area Performance Modeling and Analysis for Nano-Crossbar Arrays" in IEEE-ISVLSI 2016.
  • Apr. 2016 We will give an invited talk "Circuit Design and Optimization of Nano-Crossbar Arrays" in NanoTR-12.
  • Feb. 2016 We will give a plenary talk "Implementation of a Switching Nano-Crossbar Computer" in ACS 2016.
  • Jan. 2016 We will present our EU H2020 project NANOxCOMP in a premier conference on electronic design automation DATE 2016.
  • Dec. 2015 Our project on fault-aware reversible microprocessor implementation received a grant from the TUBITAK Short Term R&D Funding Program (1002).
  • Sept. 2015 Our project on nano-crossbar computer implementation received a 724.500EURO grant from the EU H2020-MSCA Research and Innovation Staff Exchange Program (RISE). This project has a consortium of eight international partners and is coordinated by our group; we are one of the few H2020 project coordinators from Turkey.
  • Aug. 2015 Our project on sensor and communication systems for phacoemulsification cataract eye surgery is invited to the final exhibition of the TUBITAK Industry Oriented Senior Project Competition (2241/B) as one of the top 40 out of more than 400 projects. The project is cooperated with Novartis-Alcon.
  • Aug. 2015 We will present two papers on electronics reliability in ESREL 2015.
  • May 2015 We will present our work "Defect Tolerance in Diode, FET, and Four-Terminal Switch Based Nano-Crossbar Arrays" in a globally leading conference on nanocircuits/nanoarchitectures IEEE/ACM-NANOARCH 2015.
  • Feb. 2015 We will present our work "Synthesis and Optimization of Switching Nanoarrays" in IEEE-DDECS 2015.
  • Nov. 2014 We will present three papers on circuit design techniques for emerging technologies in a premier national conference ELECO 2014.
  • Oct. 2014 We will present our work "An Efficient Algorithm to Synthesize Quantum Circuits and Optimization" in IEEE-ICECS 2014.
  • Sept. 2014 We will present our work "Warranty Forecasting of Electronic Boards using Short-term Field Data" in a globally leading reliability conference RAMS 2015.
  • June 2014 We will present our work "Reliability Prediction of Electronic Boards by Analyzing Field Return Data" in ESREL 2014.
  • Feb. 2014 Our project on circuit design and reliability for switching nano arrays received a grant from the TUBITAK Career Program (3501).
  • Feb. 2014 Our project on quantum circuit design is supported by the ITU Research Project Support Program (BAP) and the TUBITAK MSc Scholarship Program in Priority Areas (2210/C).
  • Oct. 2013 Our project on reliability of appliance electronic cards received a grant from the TUBITAK University-Industry Collaboration Grant Program (1505). The project is cooperated with Arçelik A.Ş..

Our progress by the numbers, 2013-2016

Founded in 2013, our group has made many achievements in its first three years including:

  • 1.300.000 TL/$450.000 was received to be spent for our group. $300.000 came from an EU H2020 project and $150.000 came from three different TUBITAK projects. We are the principal investigator (PI) of all these 4 projects.
  • 20 peer-reviewed papers were published/accepted. 13 of them are solely made in ECC -- all authors are from our group. 4 of them are coauthored by our collaborators from industry and 5 of them are coauthored by our collaborators from academia.
  • 5 Master's students graduated from our group and 5 Doctorate's students joined us.

Joining our group

  • For current open positions click here (in Turkish).
  • For current open postdoc positions click here.
  • Visiting professors/researchers and postdoc scholars are very welcome. Postdoc applicants are highly encouraged to apply for the following programs:
    • European Union H2020 Individual Fellowships (MSCA - IF)
    • TUBITAK Research Fellowship Program For Foreign Citizens (2216)
    • TUBITAK National Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program (2218)
    • TUBITAK Postdoctoral Reintegration Fellowship Program (2232)
  • Various funded research projects available for graduate and undergraduate students on the following topics:
    • Circuit design and performance optimization for emerging technologies based on nano-crossbar arrays
    • Reliability of electronic circuits and systems
    • Reversible circuit design
    • Stochastic computing
    • Approximate computing

Collaborating with our group

  • We are wide open to national/international collaborations with academia and industry.
  • We are dedicated to establish new partnerships for European Union H2020 and EUREKA work programmes/projects including:
    • Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)
    • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) including ICT-05 and ICT-31
    • Cluster for Application and Technology Research in Europe on NanoElectronics (CATRENE)
    • The projects needed expertise in reliability, circuit design, and electronic design automation

If interested in our group, please contact Mustafa at or stop by EEF 3005 (coffee guaranteed).

Selected recent publications

  • The paper published in TCAD, 2016
  • The paper published in RESS, 2016
  • The paper presented at IEEE-ISVLSI, 2016
  • The paper published in MVLSC, 2016
  • Group pictures

  • ECC show up, 2017
  • ECC having iftar in Baltalimani, 2016
  • Group dining in Baltalimani, 2015
  • Group meeting with pizza, 2014
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    ECC (In Turkish)