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CSIC was founded in the 30s of the twentieth century as Junta de Estudios Avanzados. Its mission is to promote and conduct research and train scientists, and its nature and legal regime. Today, the CSIC includes more than 11,000 scientists (3000 of whom are staff researchers). It includes 121 research institutes (51 of which are joint centers). The CSIC has more than 1500 groups divided into 3 primary areas: Society, Life and Matter. ICMM is one of the centers that comprise the CSIC, and it focuses on 3 primary research lines: materials for a sustainable world, materials for health and materials for digital information (this last one being the line of focus). ICMM has about 500 staff. Transversal lines (under development) include advanced nanomaterials synthesis, nanolithography and nanofabrication, prototyping laboratory and artificial intelligence for materials. The group is currently focused on different material-science approaches to neural networks as hardware for artificial intelligence. The group includes P.D. García (Photonics, Quantum, Optomechanics), Cefe López (Materials, Photonics, AI) and Alvaro Blanco (Materials, Photonics). Expertise of the group includes Materials (self-assembly, disorder, lasing), Photonics (characterization and functionality – active and passive) and AI (photonic reservoir computing). Cefe highlights several recent publications, such as Nature Photonics’ Electrically driven random lasing. Within Neuropic, the ICMM participation is aimed to coordinate the project (WP6) and to lead WP4.

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