The University of Massachusetts Amherst

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J. Joshua Yang


Nanoelectronics and Nanoionics, especially for energy and computing applications. Interface between nanodevices and biosystems.

Current Research
Currently three major research thrusts towards unconventional computing technologies:

  1. High performance Non-volatile memories;
  2. Analog computing using Resistance analog switches;
  3. Neuromorphic / Synaptic computing using memristive devices.

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Academic Background

  • BS Mechanical Engineering, Southeast University 1997
  • MS Materials Science Program, University of Wisconsin at Madison 2003
  • PhD Materials Science Program, University of Wisconsin at Madison 2006
C. Li, D. Belkin, Y. Li, P. Yan, M. Hu, N. Ge, H. Jiang, E. Montgomery, P. Lin, Z. Wang, J. P. Strachan, M. Barnell, Q. Wu, R. S. Williams, ,J. Joshua Yang*, Q. Xia*,"Efficient and self-adaptive in-situ learning in multilayer memristive neural networks" , Nature Communications 9, 2385 (2018).
Z. Wang, S. Joshi, S. Savel’ev, W. Song, R. Midya, Y. Li, M. Rao, P. Yan, S. Asapu, Y. Zhuo, H. Jiang, P. Lin, C. Li, J. H.. Yoon, N. K. Upadhyay, J. Zhang, M. Hu, J. P. Strachan, M. Barnell, Q. Wu, H. Wu, R. Stanley Williams*, Q. Xia*, and J. Joshua Yang*, "Fully memristive neural networks for pattern classification with unsupervised learning" , Nature Electronics 1, 137–145 (2018).
Z. Wang, S. Joshi, S. E. Savel’ev, H. Jiang, R. Midya, P. Lin, M. Hu, N. Ge, J. P. Strachan,Z. Li, Q. Wu, M. Barnell, G-L Li, H. L. Xin, R. S. Williams, Q. Xia, and J. Joshua Yang*, "Memristors with diffusive dynamics as synaptic emulators for neuromorphic computing" , Nature materials 16, 101-108 (2017).
C. Li, M. Hu, Y. Li, H. Jiang, N. Ge, E. Montgomery, J. Zhang, W. Song, N. Davila, C. E. Graves, Z. Li, J. P. Strachan*, P. Lin, Z. Wang, M. Barnell, Q. Wu, R. S. Williams, J. Joshua Yang*, Q. Xia*, "Analogue signal and image processing with large memristor crossbars" , Nature Electronics 1, 52–59 (2018).
M. Wang, S. Cai, C. Pan, C. Wang, X. Lian, K. Xu, Y. Zhuo, J. Joshua Yang*, P. Wang*, F. Miao*, "Robust memristors based on fully layered two-dimensional materials" , Nature Electronics 1, 130–136 (2018).
J. H. Yoon, Z. Wang, K. M. Kim, H. Wu, V. Ravichandran, Q. Xia*, C. S. Hwang and J. Joshua Yang*, "An Artificial Nociceptor Based on a Diffusive Memristor" , Nature Communications 9, 417 (2018).
R. Midya, Z. Wang, J. Zhang, C. Li, S. Joshi, H. Jiang, P. Lin, K. Norris, N. Ge, Q. Wu, M. Barnell, Z. Li, R. S. Williams, Q. Xia*, and J. Joshua Yang*, "Anatomy of Ag/Hafnia-Based Selectors with 1E10 Nonlinearity" , Advanced Materials 29, 1604457(2017).
J. H. Yoon, J. Zhang, X. Ren, Z. Wang, H. Wu, Z. Li, M. Barnell, Q. Wu, L. J. Lauhon, Q. Xia and J. Joshua Yang*, "Truly Electroforming‐Free and Low‐Energy Memristors with Preconditioned Conductive Tunneling Paths" , Advanced Functional Materials 27, 1702010 (2017).
H. Jiang, D. Belkin, S. Savel'ev, S. Lin, Z. Wang, Y. Li, S. Joshi, R. Midya, C. Li, M. Rao, M. Barnell, Q. Wu, J. Joshua Yang*, Q. Xia*, "A novel true random number generator based on a stochastic diffusive memristor" , Nature CommunicationsIn Press 8, 882 (2017).
J. Joshua Yang*, Dmitri B. Strukov and Duncan R. Stewart, "Memristive devices for computing" , Nature Nanotechnology 8, 13-24 (2013).
Contact Info

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
201G Marcus Hall
100 Natural Resources Road
Amherst, MA 01003-9292

(413) 545-4514