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Giannicola Angotzi


Research Line

Microtechnology for Neuroelectronics


IIT Central Research Labs Genova


via Morego 30
+39 010 2896 749
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I received the laurea degree in electronic engineering at the University of Cagliari, in 2003 and the Ph.D. degree in electronic and computer science in 2007 from the same University. During my PhD I was mainly interested on vision systems to whom is demanded not only to acquire the scene with a given precision and resolution, but also to be capable of extracting and collecting information from the observed scene. In this contest I studied novel full-custom circuit solutions to meet the required design specifications independently from matching impairments of the devices. A vision chip embedding sensing and processing capabilities was successfully conceived, designed and realized. I was also interested on the design of Analog to Digital Converters, and in particular on the impact of matching impairments of passive components on multistep converters.\\
In 2008 I joined as postdoctoral researcher the Robotics Brain and Cognitive Sciences department at the "Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia" and since 2014 I was first researcher-technologist then researcher in the Neuroscience and Brain Technologies department with the group of L. Berdondini. My recent research activity is currently focused on the conception and design of high-density, low-power implantable CMOS neural probes for massively parallel \textit{in vivo} recordings from the central nervous system. Also, I am interested in micro-scale devices that can be embedded into living 3D cell assemblies to provide in-tissue wireless sensing and monitoring of biosignals.\\
I have a strong background on the conception, design, realization and validation of Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Circuits.

Selected Publications

  1.      G.N. Angotzi, M. Barbaro and L. Raffo “A reconfigurable CMOS imager for real-time spatio-temporal image processing with on-chip ADC” in Proc. of PRIME 2006, PhD research in Microelectronis and Electronics, Otranto, Italy, June 13-16, 2006.
  2.      M. Barbaro and G.N. Angotzi “Compact, low power, analog building blocks derived from MOS translineat loops”, in Proc. of the IEEE International Conference on Electronics Circuits and Systems, Nice, France, December 2006.
  3.    G.N. Angotzi, M. Barbaro and P.G. Jespers “Comparison of various architectures for algorithmic two-steps A to D converters”, in Proc of the International Conference on Sensors Circuits and Intrumentation Systems, Hammamet, Tunisia, March 2007.
  4.      G.N. Angotzi, M. Barbaro and P.G. Jespers “Modelling, Evaluation and Comparison of different redundant architectures for two-step A/D converters”, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I.
  5.      G.N. Angotzi, G. Busonera and P. Meloni “Conception and Design of a Smart Vision Sensor”, 2nd place at the CDNlive design contest, Munich, Germany, April 28-30, 2008.
  6.      G.N. Angotzi, Massimo Barbaro and Paul G.A. Jespers “Comparison of Redundant Architectures for Two-Step ADCs”, in Proc of GLSVLSI 2008 Conference, Orlando, Florida May 4-6, 2008
  7.     G.N. Angotzi and Massimo Barbaro “A CMOS imager for embedded systems with integrated, real-time, motion-detection capabilities and digital output”, IEEE SENSORS 2008 international conference
  8. C. Carboni, D. Loi, G. Angius, G. Angotzi, M. Barbaro, L. Raffo, “A bidirectional interface for neural signal acquisition and PNS stimulation”, Secondo Congresso Nazionale di Bioingegneria (GNB2010).
  9. A. Bonfanti, M. Ceravolo, G. Zambra, R. Gusmeroli, A. S. Spinelli, A. L. Lacaita, G. N. Angotzi, G. Baranauskas, and L. Fadiga, “A Multi-Channel Low-Power System-on-Chip for Single-Unit Recording and Narrowband Wireless Transmission of Neural Signal”, 32nd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC'10).
  10. A. Bonfanti, G. Zambra, G. Baranauskas, G. N. Angotzi, E. Maggiolini, M. Semprini, A. Vato, A. S. Spinelli, A. L. Lacaita, “A Wireless Microsystem With Digital Data Compression For Neural Signal Recording”, 36th International Conference on Micro and Nano Engineering (MNE2010).
  11. Loi, D., C. Carboni, G. Angius, G. N. Angotzi, M. Barbaro, L. Raffo, S. Raspopovic, and X. Navarro  "Peripheral Neural Activity Recording and Stimulation System",  IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON BIOMEDICAL CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS, vol. 5, issue 4, pp. 368-379, 2011
  12. Angotzi, G.N., Malerba, M., Zucca, S. and Berdondini, L., 2015, August. A 512-channels, whole array readout, CMOS implantable probe for acute recordings from the brain. In Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2015 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE (pp. 877-880). IEEE.
  13. Seu, G.P., Angotzi, G.N., Tuveri, G., Raffo, L., Berdondini, L., Maccione, A. and Meloni, P., 2017, May. On-fpga real-time processing of biological signals from high-density meas: a design space exploration. In Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium Workshops (IPDPSW), 2017 IEEE International (pp. 175-183). IEEE.


G.N. Angotzi, G. Busonera and P. Meloni “Conception and Design of a Smart Vision Sensor”, 2nd place at the CDNlive design contest, Munich, Germany, April 28-30, 2008.


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