Trento, 4-6 December 2019

Sociology Building (Aula Kessler)
via Verdi 26, Trento (Italy)


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The aim of the workshop is to make the point and individuate future research directions on the topic of photonic implementations of neuromorphic computing. The objective is to form a community of people interested to continue to collaborate to the topic from different point of view.

The possibility to have common future project is also considered.

The workshop is a two day long working workshop. Participation will be limited to 40 participants, mainly by invitation. We will organize key-notes, contribution papers, poster sessions and discussion sessions about significant topics.


  • Lorenzo Pavesi (University of Trento)

  • Manlio De Domenico (FBK - Bruno Kessler Foundation)

  • Claudio Conti (Sapienza University)


Wednesday 4th December

19.00 Social event at MUSE – Science Museum of Trento (

Get together dinner buffet

The idea behind the workshop, L. Pavesi

Prospects for AI Discovery in Physics and Engineering, J. Nathan Kutz

Poster presentations about ERC-AdG BACKUP, ERC-StG VARIAMOLS and PRIN-2017 PELM


Thursday 5th December

8.30 Arrive

8.50 Welcome address, Lorenzo Pavesi

9.00 Photonic Reservoir Computing,Serge Massar

9.30 Optical reservoir computing and Ising machines implemented with delayed feedback systems,Guy Van Der Sande

10.00 Photonic reservoir computing and its application to optical communications, Ingo Fischer

10.30 Optimizing reservoir computing performance of laser networks with delay, Kathy Lüdge


11.30 Deep Reservoir Computing,Claudio Gallicchio

12.00 Photonic Reservoir Computing, Miguel Soriano

12.30 Photonic Reservoir Computing in Silicon Photonics,Peter Bienstman

13.00 LUNCH

14.30 Variable resolution models for multi-scale simulations of complex biomolecules, Raffaello Potestio

15.00 Neurosensory network functionality and computing for data-driven control, Nathan Kutz

15.30 Spatial Ising machines and reservoir computing with biomatter, Claudio Conti

16.00 Method to obtain neuromorphic reservoir networks from images of in vitro cortical networks, Gustavo Moreno e Mello


17.00 Information processing in complex networked systems: an overview, Manlio De Domenico

17.30 Photonics for neural networks and evolutionary boolean learning, Daniel Brunner

18.00 RUMP SESSION: Complex networks meet photonics (Potestio, Massar, Soriano)

20.00 Social Dinner at the “Alla Grotta” Restaurant (Vicolo San Marco 6, Trento)


Friday 6 th December

9.00 The EU NeoTeRIC Project: merging integrated photonics and deep learning, Jose Capmany

9.30 Neuromorphic computing using Photonic Integrated Circuits, Nikos Pleros

10.00 The Impact of Noise on the Performance of Integrated Photonic Reservoir Computing Systems, Pascal Stark

10.30 Neural Networks on Chip through InP Photonic Integrated Cross-Connects, Patty Stabile


11.30 Multiple Light Scattering for Optical Reservoir Computing and chaotic systems prediction, Jonathan Dong

12.00 RUMP SESSION: The killer application for photonic reservoir computing (Bienstman, Brunner, Fischer)

13.00 LUNCH

14.30 Multi-mode lasers as potential machines for reservoir computing of enhanced power, Adonis Bogris

15.00 The use of Side Coupled Resonators in neuromorphic photonics, Mattia Mancinelli

15.30 Machine learning ultra-flat optics with 99% experimental efficiency for vectorial light control, Andrea Fratalocchi

16.00 Passive Photonic Components as Building Blocks for Ultra-Fast Reservoir Computing, Charis Mesaritakis


17.00 Neural Network based Hybrid Optical-Digital Equalization for Short-reach Transmission, Francesco Da Ros

17.30 Reservoir Computing for Structured Domains,Alessio Micheli

18.00 Photonic Neuromorphic Computing: Towards All-Optical Computing, Lorenzo De Marinis


Note 30’ slot per presentation (20’ talk and 10’ discussion)

Program (PDF | 646 KB )


ERC BACK-UP “Unveiling the relationship between brain connectivity and function by integrated photonics”.

PRIN PELM “Photonic Extreme Learning Machine: from neuromorphic computing to universal optical interpolant, strain gauge sensor and cancer morphodynamic monitor”


  • Davide Bazzanella – University of Trento
  • Paolo Bettotti – University of Trento
  • Peter Bienstman – Ghent University - imec
  • Adonis Bogris – University of West Attica
  • Daniel Brunner – FEMTO-ST, CNRS-UBFC
  • Marco Canossa – University of Trento
  • Jose Capmany – Universitat Politecnica de Valencia
  • Claudio Conti – Sapienza University of Rome
  • Francesco Da Ros – Technical University of Denmark
  • Manlio De Domenico – FBK
  • Lorenzo De Marinis – Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies
  • Benedetto Di Ruzza – Polytechnic University of Bari
  • Ingo Fischer – IFICS (CSIC-UIB)
  • Andrea Fratalocchi – KAUST University
  • Gianluca Gagliardi – CNR, National Institute of Optics (INO)
  • Claudio Gallicchio – University of Pisa
  • Marco Giulini – University of Trento
  • Albrecht Haase – University of Trento
  • Nathan Kutz – University of Washington
  • Kathy Lüdge – Technische Universität Berlin
  • Mattia Mancinelli – University of Trento
  • Giulia Marcucci – Institute for Complex Systems (ISC-CNR), Sapienza University of Rome
  • Serge Massar – University of Brussells
  • Gustavo Moreno e Mello – Oslo Metropolitan University
  • Alessio Micheli – University of Pisa
  • Roberto Menichetti – University of Trento
  • Charis Mesaritakis – University of the Aegean
  • Lorenzo Pavesi – University of Trento
  • George Mourgias-Alexandris – Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • Lorenzo Pavesi – University of Trento
  • Davide Pierangeli – Institute for Complex Systems (ISC - CNR), Sapienza University of Rome
  • Nikos Pleros – Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • Raffello Potesio – University of Trento
  • Robert Rallo – Universitat Rovira i Virgili of Tarragona
  • Marta Rigoli – University of Trento
  • Enver Sangineto – University of Trento
  • Miguel Cornelles Soriano – IFISC (CSIC-UIB)
  • Patty Stabile – Technical University of Eindhoven
  • Pascal Stark – IBM Research
  • Thomas Tarenzi – University of Trento
  • Juan Sebastian Totero Gongora – University of Sussex
  • Guy Van Der Sande – Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Beatrice Vignoli – University of Trento
  • Clara Zaccaria – University of Trento



Registration deadline is postponed to 13 September, at  12.00 local time.

No registration fee.

We inform that we are looking for funds to cover board and lodging expenses for all the participants. Notice on this will be published on the workshop web site soon.

Citizen having passports from certain countries need a visa to Italy. If you need any assistance to obtain your visa, please contact us as soon as possible (indicate your address, date and place of birth, your passport number and date of expiration).
For this please write an email to: with the subject: VISA ASSISTANCE.


The workshop will take place at the Sociology Building (Aula Kessler) - University of Trento
Via Verdi 26 - Trento, Italy

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Getting In

By Plane

The nearest airports to Trento are:
1. Verona Valerio Catullo, Italy (90 km);
2. Treviso A. Canova (135 km)
3. Venice Marco Polo, Italy (163 km);
4. Innsbruck, Austria (172 km)
5. Bergamo Orio al Serio, Italy (180 km)
6. Milano Linate and Malpensa, Italy (250 km)
7. Munich, Germany (312 km)

Verona Valerio Catullo Airport Verona-Trento by train takes about 1 hour. The closest airport to Trento is the International Airport of Verona Valerio Catullo.
The airport offers connections to the major European destinations, including the international hubs of Frankfurt, Paris, London Gatwick, and Rome, and some low-cost flights (RyanAir from Frankfurt and Bremen; Transavia from Amsterdam; Germanwings from Berlin, Bonn and London Stansted). For more information visit the airport website. From the Verona Catullo airport to Verona Porta Nuova Railway Station, an Aerobus service is available every day, every 20 minutes.
You can find the shuttle to the railway station just outside the arrivals terminal of the Verona airport. You can buy the ticket online, directly on the bus or inside the airport in a ticket booth. The cost of a one-way ticket is 6 EUR.
The bus is available from 6:35 AM to 9:10 PM, every 20 minutes; from 20:10 to 11:30 every 40 minutes. The trip from the airport to the train station is around 15 minutes. For prices and timetables for the Verona-Trento train, please visit the site Trenitalia.

Treviso A. Canova The international airport A. Canova can be considered to reach Trento. Treviso-Trento by train takes about 3 hours. Treviso international A. Canova Airport is connected by a bus and taxi service to the nearby Treviso and Venezia Mestre railway stations: Locations served by bus from Treviso Antonio Canova Airport • Treviso: ACTT Line 6 • Venice railway station and Piazzale Roma: ATVO line.
The bus can be caught from the airport: in Via Noalese, to the right of the airport exit. Tickets can be bought at the ticket office in the Arrivals hall on the ground floor of Treviso Airport terminal building or on the bus. Connections between Treviso Canova international Airport and the Treviso and Venezia Mestre railway stations • Treviso station • ACTT Line 6 Journey time: 15-20 minutes
A bus can be caught from the airport: in Via Noalese, to the right of the airport exit. For more info please visit.

Venice Marco Polo Airport. Venice-Trento by train takes about 2.5 hours
The International Airport of Venice Marco Polo can be considered to reach Trento. The Venice airport is well connected to the railway station of Venice-Mestre and Venice-Santa Lucia by ATVO and ATCV buses. Venice-Mestre railway station is reachable by bus no 15, Venice-Santa Lucia railway station is reachable by bus no 5.
Please, note that if you consider Venice-Santa Lucia railway station you have to get off the bus in Piazzale Roma and from there walk 10 minutes over the bridge Ponte della Costituzione. You can buy the ticket from a ticket booth or online before your arrival. The cost of a one-way ticket is 8 EUR.
The bus line is available from 6 AM to 12:00 PM. The trip from the airport to the train stations is around 35 minutes. For prices and timetables for the Venice-Trento train, please visit the site of Trenitalia.

Innsbruck Airport. Innsbruck-Trento by train takes about 2.5 hours The International Airport of Innsbruck (Austria) can be considered to reach Trento. The Innsbruck main train station is easily accessed by train or bus from the Innsbruck Airport. Bus route F connects the Innsbruck main station with the airport main building. The journey takes about 20 minutes.
For prices and timetables for the Innsbruck-Trento train, please visit the site of Austrian railways.

Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport. Bergamo-Trento by train takes about 3.5 hours.
The International Airport of Bergamo Orio al Serio is a basis for many low-cost flights (e.g., RyanAir from London Stansted, Paris Beauvais, Barcelona Girona, Valencia). The Bergamo railway station is easily reachable by ATB shuttle bus from the airport in only 15 minutes You can buy the ticket either from a newspaper kiosk or from a ticket booth. The cost of a one-way ticket is 2 EUR.
The bus line is available from 6:15 AM to 12:00 PM, every 20 minutes. The trip from the airport to the train station is around 15 minutes. For prices and timetables for the Bergamo-Trento train, please visit the site of Trenitalia.

Milano Linate Airport. Milano-Trento by train takes about 3 hours.
The airport of Milano Linate can be considered to reach Trento. Milano Linate is just 7 km from the Milano city centre and can be easily reached with various airport shuttles and with ATM lines 73 Urban line 73 Milan Piazza San Babila M1 - Linate First departure: 5:35 a.m. Last departure: 12:35 a.m. Departures every 10 minutes, every day Fare: 1,5 euro Company: ATM
Further info on:
Also, a taxi can be considered.
For prices and timetables for the Milano-Trento train please, visit the site of Trenitalia.

Milano Malpensa Airport Milano-Trento by train takes about 3 hours.
The International Airport of Milano Malpensa can be considered to reach Trento. From Malpensa airport take the Malpensa Express train to Milano, Stazione Nord. Once there, take subway line 2 (green line) to reach the Central Train Station. For prices and timetables for the Milano-Trento train, please visit the site of Trenitalia.

Munich Airport. Munich-Trento by train takes about 4.5 hours.
The International Airport of Munich (Germany) can be considered to reach Trento. Trento can be directly reached by train from Munich: for the train schedule, please visit the site of the German State railways. By train Train tickets can be purchased at the railway station. Italian train tickets must be stamped with the yellow machines available at the platform (binario) entrance before getting on the train. In buying your ticket you should specify the arrival station (Trento), the train you are planning to take (some InterCity trains require a supplement that is more expensive if purchased on the train) and the class: 1st (prima) or 2nd (seconda). First class is more comfortable and about 60% more expensive.
Find trains and purchase tickets online • Trenitalia (Italian State Railways) • Deutsche Bahn (German State Railways) • Obb (Austrian State Railways) • Sbb (Swiss State Railways)

By Car

North and South: A22 motorway exit "Trento sud" or “Trento nord”, national way Abetone or Brennero
Venice: Valsugana national way
Brescia: 45/bis national way, Gardesana Occidentale
You should always follow signs to “Trento centro”.

By Train

You can reach Trento by train from almost everywhere in Europe. The main companies which travel to Trento are:




The train station is about 15 minutes away from the Department, by foot.
From the station you walk along via Pozzo, via Cavour, through the Duomo Square and then turn right into via Verdi.

About the city

The city of Trento: the unique charm of a renaissance alpine city, where history is art.

Trento is a city rooted in art and history, where the Italian and Mitteleuropean cultures meet. Unique amongst the alpine cities, the City of the Council (1545 - 1563) still keeps its precious monuments as tokens of its rich artistic and historic heritage. Built in the elegant renaissance style, they have been enhanced by recent refurbishing works.

Special mention goes to the Castello del Buonconsiglio, the Castle for several centuries residence of the Prince-Bishops of Trento; the Duomo, the Cathedral of Trento dedicated to San Vigilio, its gorgeous piazza and fountain dedicated to Neptune, the frescoed houses and Council churches as well as the museums and exhibitions which make the city of Trento a true landmark of alpine arts, culture and traditions.

Concilio di Trento (Concilium Tridentinum)

The Council of Trento, held between 1545 and 1563 in Trento and Bologna, was one of the Roman Catholic Church’s most important ecumenical councils. Prompted by the Protestant Reformation, it has been described as the embodiment of the Counter-Reformation.

Castello del Buonconsiglio (Buonconsiglio Castle)

The Castello del Buonconsiglio is the largest and most important monumental complex of the Trentino Alto Adige region.

It was the residence of the Principi Vescovi (Prince-Bishops) of Trentofrom the 13th century to the end of the 18th century, and is composed of a series of buildings of different eras, enclosed by walls and positioned slightly higher than the city:

  • the Castelvecchio is the oldest part, dominated by an imposing cylindrical tower
  • the Magno Palazzo is the 16th century expansion in the Italian Renaissance-style as commissioned by the Prince-Bishop and Cardinal Bernardo Clesio (1485-1539)
  • the Baroque-style Giunta Albertiana dates from the end of the 17thcentury
  • at the extreme south of the complex is the Torre Aquila, within which is conserved the famous Cycle of the Months, one of the most fascinating secular pictorial cycles of the late Middle Ages.

Also of exceptional interest are the extensive cycle of frescoes commissioned by the bishops to decorate the interior walls of the Castle, mainly in the late Middle Ages to the Renaissance period. After the end of the Episcopal principality (1803) the castle was used as a barracks; following its restoration in 1924, it became the National Museum, and since 1973 it belongs to the Autonomous Province of Trento.

Duomo di Trento (Cathedral of Trento)

Trento’s Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Vigil and has ancient origins.

There are in fact records that indicate the first church was built on the burial ground of this saint, martyred in the fifth century. It was then enlarged, whilst its present appearance is owed to Bishop Federico Vanga, who entrusted the redesigning of the cathedral to Adam d’Argogno in 1212. The position of the church is the result of his plan.

The construction, continued over the centuries by d’Arogno’s descendants, underwent various changes with respect to the original project due both to the churches needs and the changes in construction techniques. The contrast between the Romanesque style and the height of the vaults recalling gothic cathedrals is extraordinary. Two climbing staircases built into the lateral walls lead up to the two bell towers, in the opposite direction to the altar. Amongst the numerous works of art it is worth noting the worshipped wooden statue of Our Lady of Sorrow, some of the altars, a series of canvasses, the Romanesque sculpture (credited to Adam d’Arogno) called the Madonna of the Drowned, at whose feet the bodies of people who drowned in the Adige or the irrigation channels that flowed through the city and funeral monuments of numerous famous political and religious characters were placed.

In the southern aisle the Alberti Chapel can be found. This contains a large crucifix, in front of which, on 4 December 1563 at the end of the Council, the decrees of the counterreformation were promulgated.

The high Altar with a baroque canopy above, erected in the middle of the eighteenth century with the annulment of the citizens vote during the French siege of 1703, holds the urn with the relics of Saint Vigil.

The frescoes, created between the 13th and 15th century, can be attributed to painters from Venetian, Lombardian and late gothic schools and depict classic Christian themes.

The palaeochristian basilica can be entered from the northern transept, which an excavation campaign lasted several years made accessible.

Trento offers visitors its richly historical and artistic heritage all year around. Visitors can admire its beauties while strolling around the city centre’s alleys, enjoying shopping or visiting the city’s museums.

Museo del Castello del Buonconsiglio

The castle has numerous art and archaeological collections that were first assembled in the mid-19th century within the Civic Museum of Trento and include objects that date from prehistory up to the first half of the 19thcentury documenting the historical and artistic events of Trento and its surrounding territory.

For more information, please see the dedicated website.

MUSE, Museo delle Scienze (MUSE, Science Museum)

MUSE is a place of constant change, from the main exhibitions, up to date with the latest developments, to special projects, with prestigious national and international collaborations, and finally to MUSE Lab, where the most advanced experiments in the field of new technologies take place.

The exhibition of Muse uses the metaphor of the mountain to describe life on Earth.

You start from the top: the terrace and the 4th floor allow us to encounter the sun and ice, and from there you descend to investigate the issues of biodiversity, sustainability, and evolution, until you reach the basement and the wonder of the tropical greenhouse.

Museo dell’Aeronautica "Gianni Caproni" (Aeronautical Museum "Gianni Caproni")

The Aeronautical Museum "Gianni Caproni", founded by aviation pioneer from Trento Gianni Caproni, boasts the first aeronautical collection existing in the world, dating back to the 1920s.

Since the beginning of his career, Gianni Caproni decided to keep some of his main aircrafts in his garages rather than dismantling them to use them as spare parts for new projects. This choice led, in 1927, to the creation of the Museum. The Aeronautical Museum "Gianni Caproni" was reopened in Trento in 1992, and was later integrated into the network of science museums headed by MUSE, Science Museum.

At present, the Museum aims at the diffusion of the history and culture of aeronautics to the general public by organizing permanent and temporary exhibitions, specific activities for schools, cultural events and scientific publications.


Trento has special agreements with local Hotels and B&B to grant keen rates to the Congress' participants. Please find in the enclosed lists 2018 fees. Please notice that the mentioned rates can be granted according to the availability and only with personally contacting the hotel for booking.

Hotel rates offered to the University of Trento


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