||The search paradigm shifting information processing technologies has been ever so important in the age of Internet and where massive amount of information is generated and transmitted every second. Concurrent with generation come a need for vast computational power to process this information. This need has brought together physical scientists, information scientists and engineers to discover fundamentally novel ways of computing. Among them neuromorphic (brain-like) computing and quantum computing are two very different yet frontier approaches being considered and heavily researched upon. Unlike the incumbent computing hardware which hinges on engineering of Silicon, germanium and other traditional semiconductors and metals, neuromorphic and quantum computing are still in nascent phases in search for the right materials with desirable properties. The emergence of synthetic techniques to produce materials with reduced dimensionality in one, two or three dimensions and even molecular scale materials has resulted in an explosion of research activity for quantum and neuromorphic device applications. Materials that allow confinement and preservation of quantized and coherent electronic states are desired for quantum applications while materials that exhibit bi-stable atomic structure or electronic behavior are desired for neuromorphic applications; significantly different as compared to traditional silicon based computing. Given the recent scale of developments and activity in this field, this symposium is dedicated to promoting communication among researchers working on the above materials from a variety of disciplines including materials science, surface science, inorganic chemistry, condensed matter physics and electrical engineering and will thus have a broad impact in terms of generating new ideas and advancing the field.
This event will focus on structure, properties, synthesis and interface engineering of materials that are strong candidates for quantum computing, quantum communication, probabilistic and neuromorphic processing devices. Emphasis will be on two-dimensional atomic sheet materials, topological materials, strongly-correlated oxides and superlattices, low-dimensional magnets, quantum emitting defects in materials, epitaxial quantum dots as well van der Waals heterostructures. The issues to be addressed in this symposium will be focused around the current state of art in synthesis, structure and property characterization, measurement techniques and progress towards practical device applications and system level demonstrations.