Dr. Ercan’s research focuses on design and performance analyses of emerging computing paradigms. She studies physical-information-theoretic aspects of optical and electronic logic circuits with a particular emphasis on fundamental performance efficiency evaluation. The methodology developed by Dr. Ercan enables calculation of lower limits on energy dissipation for digital nanocomputing paradigms with illustrated applications to Nano-Application Specific Integrated Circuits (NASICs), Quantum-dot Cellular Automata (QCA), Brownian circuits, optical microring resonator-based logic circuits, solid-state based quantum logic circuits, as well as non-Von Neumann architecture-based processors (such as Artificial Neural Networks). In addition to the theoretical and computer simulation-based research, Dr. Ercan also collaborates with experimental researchers to test the proposed fundamental bounds against practical sources of inefficiency. This research provides solid foundations to assess and compare efficiency limitations of non-conventional post-CMOS technology proposals.

As a part of her volunteer activities, Dr. Ercan leads the “Physics of QCircuits” project under QResearch division of QWorld initiative where she develops undergraduate educational tools that can contribute to research on fundamental properties of solid state electronic and nanophotonic quantum circuits. The output of this project is accessible on GitLab.

Dr. Ercan’s publications can be reached via:

 Thomson Reuters ResearcherID: M-7061-2014.
 Dr. Ercan’s citations on Google Scholar.  

 [News article in Turkish] Dr. Ercan is awarded Boğaziçi University-MIT MISTI Seed Fund (2018)


[1] S. Barışık and İ. Ercan, Thermodynamic Cost of Edge Detection in Artificial Neural Network (ANN)- Based Processors,” International Journal of Parallel, Emergent and Distributed Systems, Published online 29 October 2020.

[2] F. Dinç, İ. Ercan, and A. M. Brańczyk “Exact Markovian and non-Markovian time dynamics in waveguide QED: collective interactions, bound states in continuum, superradiance and subradiance,” Quantum, vol. 3, p. 213, 9 December, 2019.

[3] O. Yakar, Y. Nie, K Wada, A. Agarwal and İ. Ercan, “Energy Efficiency Analyses of Microring-Resonator-Based BDD Logic Circuits,” Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Rebooting Computing, 28 November, 2019doi:10.1109/ICRC.2019.8914708

[4] O. Yakar, and  İ. Ercan, “Logic Threshold for Microring Resonator-based BDD Circuits: Physical and Operational Analyses,” Turkish Journal of Engineering, Vol. 3, issue 4, p.189, October 2019. DOI:10.31127/tuje.537871

[5] F. Dinç and İ. Ercan “Single Photon Two-Level Atom Interactions in 1-D Dielectric Waveguide: Quantum Mechanical Formalism and Applications” Optical and Quantum Electronics (OQEL), 50: 390, 15 October, 2018. DOI:10.1007/s11082-018-1658-y

[6] F. Dinç and İ. Ercan, “Quantum Mechanical Treatment of Two-Level Atoms Coupled to Continuum with an Ultraviolet Cutoff,” Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical, vol. 51, no 35, p. 355, 2018. DOI:10.1088/1751-8121/aad165

[7] İ. Ercan and E. Suyabatmaz “Fundamental Energy Limits of SET-Based Brownian NAND and Half-Adder Circuits,” European Physical Journal B, vol. 91 p. 113, 2018. DOI:10.1140/epjb/e2018-80619-6

For further information please refer to Dr. Ercan's Curriculum Vitae HERE

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