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Giannicola Angotzi


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Microtechnology for Neuroelectronics


IIT Central Research Labs Genova


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Gian Nicola Angotzi received the laurea degree in electronic engineering at the University of Cagliari, in 2003 and the Ph.D. degree in electronic and computer science in 2007 from the same University. During his PhD he was mainly interested on vision systems to whom is demanded not only to acquire the scene with a given precision and resolution, but also to be capable of extracting and collecting information from the observed scene. In this contest he studied novel full-custom circuit solutions to meet the required design specifications independently from matching impairments of the devices. A vision chip embedding sensing and processing capabilities was successfully conceived, designed and realized. He was also interested on the design of Analog to Digital Converters, and in particular on the impact of matching impairments of passive components on multistep converters.
He completed 4 years as post-doc researcher and now he is researcher technogist at \"Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia\" (IIT). His research activity is focused on the conception and design of an electronic front-end for a system devoted to neural signal acquisition and stimulation from/to the central nervous system.
Gian Nicola Angotzi has a strong background on the conception, design, realization and validation of Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Circuits.

Selected Publications

  1.      G.N. Angotzi, M. Barbaro and L. Raffo “A reconfigurable CMOS imager for real-time spatio-temporal image processing with on-chip ADC” in Proc. of PRIME 2006, PhD research in Microelectronis and Electronics, Otranto, Italy, June 13-16, 2006.
  2.      M. Barbaro and G.N. Angotzi “Compact, low power, analog building blocks derived from MOS translineat loops”, in Proc. of the IEEE International Conference on Electronics Circuits and Systems, Nice, France, December 2006.
  3.    G.N. Angotzi, M. Barbaro and P.G. Jespers “Comparison of various architectures for algorithmic two-steps A to D converters”, in Proc of the International Conference on Sensors Circuits and Intrumentation Systems, Hammamet, Tunisia, March 2007.
  4.      G.N. Angotzi, M. Barbaro and P.G. Jespers “Modelling, Evaluation and Comparison of different redundant architectures for two-step A/D converters”, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I.
  5.      G.N. Angotzi, G. Busonera and P. Meloni “Conception and Design of a Smart Vision Sensor”, 2nd place at the CDNlive design contest, Munich, Germany, April 28-30, 2008.
  6.      G.N. Angotzi, Massimo Barbaro and Paul G.A. Jespers “Comparison of Redundant Architectures for Two-Step ADCs”, in Proc of GLSVLSI 2008 Conference, Orlando, Florida May 4-6, 2008
  7.     G.N. Angotzi and Massimo Barbaro “A CMOS imager for embedded systems with integrated, real-time, motion-detection capabilities and digital output”, IEEE SENSORS 2008 international conference
  8. C. Carboni, D. Loi, G. Angius, G. Angotzi, M. Barbaro, L. Raffo, “A bidirectional interface for neural signal acquisition and PNS stimulation”, Secondo Congresso Nazionale di Bioingegneria (GNB2010).
  9. A. Bonfanti, M. Ceravolo, G. Zambra, R. Gusmeroli, A. S. Spinelli, A. L. Lacaita, G. N. Angotzi, G. Baranauskas, and L. Fadiga, “A Multi-Channel Low-Power System-on-Chip for Single-Unit Recording and Narrowband Wireless Transmission of Neural Signal”, 32nd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC'10).
  10. A. Bonfanti, G. Zambra, G. Baranauskas, G. N. Angotzi, E. Maggiolini, M. Semprini, A. Vato, A. S. Spinelli, A. L. Lacaita, “A Wireless Microsystem With Digital Data Compression For Neural Signal Recording”, 36th International Conference on Micro and Nano Engineering (MNE2010).
  11. Loi, D., C. Carboni, G. Angius, G. N. Angotzi, M. Barbaro, L. Raffo, S. Raspopovic, and X. Navarro  "Peripheral Neural Activity Recording and Stimulation System",  IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON BIOMEDICAL CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS, vol. 5, issue 4, pp. 368-379, 2011
  12. Angotzi, G.N., Malerba, M., Zucca, S. and Berdondini, L., 2015, August. A 512-channels, whole array readout, CMOS implantable probe for acute recordings from the brain. In Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2015 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE (pp. 877-880). IEEE.
  13. Seu, G.P., Angotzi, G.N., Tuveri, G., Raffo, L., Berdondini, L., Maccione, A. and Meloni, P., 2017, May. On-fpga real-time processing of biological signals from high-density meas: a design space exploration. In Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium Workshops (IPDPSW), 2017 IEEE International (pp. 175-183). IEEE.


G.N. Angotzi, G. Busonera and P. Meloni “Conception and Design of a Smart Vision Sensor”, 2nd place at the CDNlive design contest, Munich, Germany, April 28-30, 2008.


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L’Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) è una fondazione di diritto privato - cfr. determinazione Corte dei Conti 23/2015 “IIT è una fondazione da inquadrare fra gli organismi di diritto pubblico con la scelta di un modello di organizzazione di diritto privato per rispondere all’esigenza di assicurare procedure più snelle nella selezione non solo nell’ambito nazionale dei collaboratori, scienziati e ricercatori ”.

IIT è sotto la vigilanza del Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca e del Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze ed è stato istituito con la Legge 326/2003. La Fondazione ha l'obiettivo di promuovere l'eccellenza nella ricerca di base e in quella applicata e di favorire lo sviluppo del sistema economico nazionale. La costruzione dei laboratori iniziata nel 2006 si è conclusa nel 2009.

Lo staff complessivo di IIT conta circa 1440 persone. L’area scientifica è rappresentata da circa l’85% del personale. Il 45% dei ricercatori proviene dall’estero: di questi, il 29% è costituito da stranieri provenienti da oltre 50 Paesi e il 16% da italiani rientrati. Oggi il personale scientifico è composto da circa 60 principal investigators, circa 110 ricercatori e tecnologi di staff, circa 350 post doc, circa 500 studenti di dottorato e borsisti, circa 130 tecnici. Oltre 330 posti su 1400 creati su fondi esterni. Età media 34 anni. 41% donne / 59 % uomini.

Nel 2015 IIT ha ricevuto finanziamenti pubblici per circa 96 milioni di euro (80% del budget), conseguendo fondi esterni per 22 milioni di euro (20% budget) provenienti da 18 progetti europei17 finanziamenti da istituzioni nazionali e internazionali, circa 60 progetti industriali

La produzione di IIT ad oggi vanta circa 6990 pubblicazioni, oltre 130 finanziamenti Europei e 11 ERC, più di 350 domande di brevetto attive, oltre 12 start up costituite e altrettante in fase di lancio. Dal 2009 l’attività scientifica è stata ulteriormente rafforzata con la creazione di dieci centri di ricerca nel territorio nazionale (a Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) e internazionale (MIT ed Harvard negli USA) che, unitamente al Laboratorio Centrale di Genova, sviluppano i programmi di ricerca del piano scientifico 2015-2017.

IIT: the numbers

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is a public research institute that adopts the organizational model of a private law foundation. IIT is overseen by Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca and Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze (the Italian Ministries of Education, Economy and Finance).  The Institute was set up according to Italian law 326/2003 with the objective of promoting excellence in basic and applied research andfostering Italy’s economic development. Construction of the Laboratories started in 2006 and finished in 2009.

IIT has an overall staff of about 1,440 people. The scientific staff covers about 85% of the total. Out of 45% of researchers coming from abroad 29% are foreigners coming from more than 50 countries and 16% are returned Italians. The scientific staff currently consists of approximately 60 Principal Investigators110 researchers and technologists350 post-docs and 500 PhD students and grant holders and 130 technicians. External funding has allowed the creation of more than 330 positions . The average age is 34 and the gender balance proportion  is 41% female against 59% male.

In 2015 IIT received 96 million euros in public funding (accounting for 80% of its budget) and obtained 22 million euros in external funding (accounting for 20% of its budget). External funding comes from 18 European Projects, other 17 national and international competitive projects and approximately 60 industrial projects.

So far IIT accounts for: about 6990 publications, more than 130 European grants and 11 ERC grants, more than 350 patents or patent applications12 up start-ups and as many  which are about to be launched. The Institute’s scientific activity has been further strengthened since 2009 with the establishment of 11 research nodes throughout Italy (Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) and abroad (MIT and Harvard University, USA), which, along with the Genoa-based Central Lab, implement the research programs included in the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan.