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Welcome to the Cantley Research Group

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The primary aim of our group is to combine the unique properties and capabilities of neuromorphic architectures with nano-systems that interface directly with the environment. Creating mechanically flexible circuits that can conform to many different surface topologies including that of biological tissue is a particular focus. Examples include arrays of pressure and thermally sensitive devices for an artificial robotic skin, chemical and biological sensor arrays (artificial olfaction/gustation), and electrode arrays for neural interfaces. We are also involved in using novel nanoscale electronic devices to demonstrate fundamental learning behaviors in these circuits that are analogous to those observed in biology (biomimetic). A combination of modeling and simulation, fabrication, and advanced electrical characterization techniques are paramount to successfully achieving outcomes in this field. Members of the group are encouraged to develop a broad set of abilities in conjunction with strong leadership, communication, and creative and critical thinking skills.


  • August 9, 2017: Sepideh and Robert both did an outstanding job on their presentations at the MWSCAS conference in Boston! Great work!
  • May 5, 2017: Dr. Cantley has received a Young Investigator Award from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) for investigating the impact of radiation on neuromorphic systems!
  • March 31, 2017: Sepideh’s Electronic Materials Conference abstract on enhancing the SNR in neural electrodes using nanomaterials was accepted!
  • February 20, 2017: Our IJCNN paper about spatio-temporal pattern recognition has been accepted for presentation in Anchorage!
  • August 12, 2016: Susy gave an excellent final presentation at the Summer Research Symposium for LSAMP students. Very proud of her accomplishments!
  • July 30, 2016: Justin, Susy, and Conor presented their summer research at the Idaho Undergraduate Research Conference. They all did a fantastic job!
  • March 29, 2016: Lots of great news this week! Justin Stadlbauer has received an INBRE Fellowship for Summer 2016, Catherine Walker’s poster was accepted to the Undergraduate Research Conference at Boise State, and Robert Ivans was featured with the ECE Department’s TurtleBot hunting Easter Eggs on The Blue by ABC News! (View the “Kids Celebrate Easter at Epic Easter Egg Hunts Around the U.S.” article)
  • December 7, 2015: While away attending IEDM in Washington, DC, Dr. Cantley was interviewed for an article in The Arbiter about neuromorphic engineering!
  • September 9, 2015: The Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) proposal to enhance capabilities of the Idaho Microfabrication Laboratory (IML) at Boise State has been funded! $1.5 million will be allocated over the next three years to obtain new equipment, upgrade facilities, and strengthen staff and user support!
  • Graduate research positions are currently available! Please see the Cantley Research page for a description of what we do in the group, and the People page for job descriptions and expectations.
  • May 18, 2015: Robert Ivans’ internship at the Army Research Laboratory (Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland) is officially underway. Congratulations and best of luck to Robert!
  • April 20, 2015: Vlad Calugaru has accepted a summer internship at Aerojet Rocketdyne in Redmond, WA. Congrats!
  • February 22, 2015: Congratulations to Samantha D’az (Boise State ECE) for receiving and Idaho INBRE fellowship for the summer of 2015! She will be working on the neural interfaces project, investigating the effect of chemical modification on the interface properties.
  • October 27, 2014: Dr. Cantley and Dr. David Estrada (Boise State MSE) have received a pilot grant through the Boise State Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE). Our team will be researching novel materials and methods for guided growth and differentiation of stem cells!
  • May 22, 2014: Catherine Walker was awarded a Boise State Student Research Initiative (SRI) Fellowship for the summer. She will be working on piezoelectric polymers for sensors and actuators. Congratulations, Catherine!
  • February 27, 2014: Along with three other BSU faculty, Dr. Cantley attended the 2014 Neuro-Inspired Computer Engineering (NICE) Workshop in Albuquerque to discuss research and work toward fostering new national and international collaborations.
  • January 24, 2014: Dr. Cantley has received a 3-year, ~$360,000 Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) for his proposal entitled “Spike Timing-Dependent Learning Circuits for Temporal Pattern Recognition and Classification.”