Stefan Abel joined the IBM Research - Zurich Lab in 2009, where he is a Research Staff Member in the Neuromorphic Devices & Systems team.
Stefan Abel's research focuses on hardware implementations of brain-inspired computing concepts for efficient learning and problem solving. In particular, he works on new materials, devices, and circuit architectures for optical and electrical cognitive computing, such as networks of memristors and reservoir computing systems. He is involved in the integration of complex oxides onto silicon substrates, including the growth and the characterization of thin oxide films. He is also strongly engaged in the fabrication and characterization of novel devices and circuits that exploit the unique properties of some materials, such as ferroelectricity, piezoelectricity, or optical nonlinearities.
Stefan Abel studied Nanostrukturtechnik (Nanoscale Engineering) at the University of Würzburg (Germany) until 2009. During his studies, he spent a year at the University of California, Berkeley (United States) as a visiting scientist in the group of Ramamoorthy Ramesh, where he pursued research on optical properties of multiferroics.
Later in his studies, he joined Robert Bosch GmbH (Germany) for 12 months as a Master's student. He worked at the Corporate Sector Research investigating the electric and ionic conductivity of nano-crystalline materials.
In 2014, Stefan obtained his Ph.D. for his work on hybrid barium titanate-based silicon photonic structures from the University of Grenoble (France) under the supervision of Alexei Chelnokov, a member of the CEA LETI.