EXCEL is organized into a vertically integrated structure of computer scientists, mathematicians, architects, integrated circuit designers, device physicists and material scientists.

13 Principal Investigators, 6 universities:

  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Chicago
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, San Diego

Center Leadership

Suman Datta (Notre Dame) serves as lead PI and director of EXCEL, with responsibilities for the annual reporting of the research and its educational outcomes. He works on coordinating cross-theme activities and allocating resources to meet set milestones. In addition to monthly meetings with individual Theme Leaders to monitor progress, he will form a scientific advisory board with members from government labs and private sector companies to solicit technical and strategic guidance.

Supratik Guha (University of Chicago) is the lead PI for Theme 1 and coordinates the nanodevice research effort.

Arjit Raychowdhury (Georgia Tech) is the lead PI for Theme 2 and tracks the coordination of the dynamical core chip and integrated interface chip design effort between Notre Dame, Georgia Tech and UC San Diego.

Zoltan Toroczkai (Notre Dame) serves as the lead PI for Theme 3 and coordinates the activities on the development of mathematical tools from nonlinear dynamics and chaos theory, and new learning models.

Sharon Hu (Notre Dame), the lead PI for Theme 4, is experienced in emerging device-based Boolean and non-Boolean computing architectures.

As the lead PI for Theme 5, Michael Niemier (Notre Dame) works closely with the PIs to compare non Von Neumann hardware to state-of-the-art von Neumann approaches – e.g., from the SRC/DARPA STARnet initiative.

Wolfgang Porod (Notre Dame) coordinates the Outreach and Education related activities within EXCEL.