The University of Edinburgh
The University of Edinburgh is Scotlandʹs leading research university with an international reputation for world‐class research across a wide range of disciplines. In the recent (2008) Research Assessment Exercise, the School of Engineering in Edinburgh was ranked third in the UK behind only those of Oxford and Cambridge. Within the School of Engineering, the Institute for Integrated Micro and Nano Systems (IMNS) brings together researchers from integrated circuit design, system‐on‐chip design, micro‐fabrication, micro‐electro‐mechanical systems (MEMS), micro‐machining and neural computation. The facilities of the Institute include substantial electronic design and test resources. We benefit from the full suite of Cadence Design Systems CAD and Synopsys TCAD tools running on a large computer farm of SUN Ultra24 workstations. The IMNS and its forerunner research groups have a long history of successful commercialization of research, including the formation of a number of world‐renowned companies including VLSI Vision Group (now ST Microelectronics Vision Group), Wolfson Microelectronics and MicroEmissive Displays (MED).