The University of Groningen (RUG) is an internationally oriented university with a rich academic tradition. Since the establishment in 1614, the RUG has brought forward striving academics, like the first female student, the first Dutch astronaut and two Nobel prize winners. While rooted in the North of the Netherlands, the UG hosts students and staff from 120 different nationalities, with close to 30% of the total 37,000 students being international.

Within the RUG, the Groningen Cognitive Systems and Materials Center (CogniGron) is a multidisciplinary research center created in 2018 to address the challenge of bringing novel functional materials into the design of the new generation of cognitive computers: computers that have the ability to process information in a super-efficient way, inspired by how the human brain works, with the goal of drastically reducing the energy consumption and carbon footprint of AI. This means rethinking the computer as we know it. CogniGron hosts researchers from materials science, physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science and AI with a common mission: to find a new blueprint for future-proof computing.

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