Alain Cappy joined the Semiconductor and Microwave Center, University of Lille, France, in 1977 and he received the ‘Docteur des Sciences’ degree in 1986 for his work on the modeling and the characterization of Field Effect Transistors (FET). He is now Professor of Electronics an Electrical Engineering at the University of Lille, France. His main research interests are concerned with the modeling, fabrication and characterization of nanometer size devices for future applications in communication and information technologies. He is the author or co-author of about 200 scientific papers and communications and he gave 25 invited papers in international conferences and workshops. From 2002 to 2010, he was director of the Institute of Electronics, Microelectronics and Nanotechnology (IEMN, www.iemn.fr ) a research institute that gathers more than 250 scientists and 160 PhD students.
Alain Cappy is now leading the ‘ Bioinspired Technologies for Information Processing’ project devoted to the design and fabrication of artificial neurons and neural networks.