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 extracurricular 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)

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


Journal Publications

[1] İ. Ercan, Z. D. Sütgöl, and F. O. Özhan, “Physical Limitations on Fundamental Efficiency of SET-Based Brownian Circuits,” Entropy, vol. 23 no 4, 406, 

[2] 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

[3] 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,

[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 2019DOI: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, 2018DOI: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, 2018DOI: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, 2018DOI:10.1140/epjb/e2018-80619-6

[8] İ. Ercan and N. Anderson, “Heat Dissipation in Nanocomputing: Lower Bounds from Physical Information Theory,” IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, vol. 12, no. 6, pp. 1047 - 1060, 2013. DOI:10.1109/TNANO.2013.2276938  

[9] N. Anderson, İ. Ercan and N. Ganesh, “Toward Nanoprocessor Thermodynamics,” IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, vol. 12, no. 6, pp. 902 - 909, 2013. DOI:10.1109/TNANO.2013.2260352 

[10] İ. Ercan and N. Anderson, “Tight-biding Implementation of the Microcanonical Approach to Transport in Nanoscale Conductors: Generalization and Analysis,” Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 107 no. 12, pp. 124318-13, 2010. DOI:10.1063/1.3388055 

[11]  İ. Ercan and N. Anderson, “Current and Information in the Microcanonical Picture of Nanoscale Transport,” Journal of Computational Electronics, vol. 7, no 3., pp. 466 - 470, 2008. DOI:10.1007/s10825-008- 0234-2 

[12]  İ. Ercan and S. Katırcıoğlu, “The Electronic Structure of Capped and Uncapped CdS Nanoparticles,” Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 8, pp. 645 - 649, 2008. DOI: 10.1166/jnn.2008.A219

Book Chapter 

[1] İ. Ercan and N. Anderson, “Modular Dissipation Analysis for QCA,” Field-Coupled Nanocomputing, N.G. Anderson and S. Bhanja. Eds. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 8280, pp. 357-375, Heidelberg, 2014. DOI:10.1007/978-3-662-43722-3_15

Conference Publications

[1] 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

[2] İ. Ercan, O. Susam, M. Altun, and M. H. Cılasun, “Synthesis and Fundamental Energy Analysis of Fault- ¨ Tolerant CMOS Circuits,” IEEExplore Proceedings of SMACD’17: International Conference on Synthesis, Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Methods and Applications to Circuit Design, 12-15 June 2017. DOI:10.1109/SMACD.2017.7981586 

[3] İ. Ercan, “Fundamental Energy Dissipation Limits in Logic Circuits,” ICT Energy Letters, vol. 12, pp. 3-4, August 2016. (Invited Paper

[4]  N. Anderson, İ. Ercan and N. Ganesh, “Toward Nanoprocessor Thermodynamics,” Proceedings of the 12th IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology (IEEE NANO, 2012), 2012. DOI:10.1109/NANO.2012.6322186 (First Place Best Oral Conference Paper) 

[5] İ. Ercan and N. Anderson, “Heat Dissipation in Nanocomputing: Theory and QCA Application,” Proceedings of the 11th IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology (IEEE NANO, 2011), pp.1289-1294, 2011. DOI:10.1109/NANO.2011.6144346 (Best Paper Award) 

[6] İ. Ercan, M. Rahman and N. Anderson, “Determining Fundamental Heat Dissipation Bounds for TransistorBased Nanocomputing Paradigms,” NANOARCH’11: IEEE/ACM Symposium on Nanoscale Architectures, Proceedings of the 2011 IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Nanoscale Architectures, pp. 169 - 174, 2011. DOI:10.1109/NANOARCH.2011.5941500 

[7] İ. Ercan and N. Anderson, “Structure Dependence of Nanoconductor Current in a Tight-Binding Microcanonical Model,” NANO’08: Proc. of the 8 th IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology (IEEE NANO, 2008), pp. 331 - 334. DOI:10.1109/NANO.2008.104 

[8] İ. Ercan and N. Anderson, “Structure Dependence of Nanoconductor Current in a Microcanonical Transport Model,” Proceedings of the 17th Annual Connecticut Symposium on Microelectronics and Optoelectronics, pp. 39 - 40, April, 2008.