Abu Sebastian was born in Kerala, India. He received a B. E. (Hons.) degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from BITS Pilani, India, in 1998 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering (minor in Mathematics) from Iowa State University in 1999 and 2004, respectively. Since 2006, he is a Research Staff Member at IBM Research - Zurich in Rüschlikon, Switzerland.

His research has spanned several topics broadly related to dynamics and control at the nanometer scale. He was a contributor to several key projects in the space of storage and memory technologies. Most recently, he is actively researching the area of non-von Neumann computing with the intent of connecting the technological elements with applications such as cognitive computing. He has published over 140 articles in journals and conference proceedings. He also holds over 30 granted patents.

Dr. Sebastian is a co-recipient of the 2009 IEEE Control Systems Technology Award and the 2009 IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology Outstanding Paper Award. In 2013 he received the IFAC Mechatronic Systems Young Researcher Award for his contributions to the field of mico-/nanoscale mechatronic systems. In 2015 he was awarded the European Research Council (ERC) consolidator grant. In 2016 he was named an IBM Master Inventor. Dr. Sebastian served on the editorial board of the journal, Mechatronics from 2008 till 2015. He also served on the memory technologies committee of the IEDM from 2015-2016.


Keynote Lecture, 17th Non-volatile Memory Technology Symposium, Aachen, Germany, 2017

Keynote Lecture, International Conference on Memristive Materials, Devices and Systems, Athens, Greece, 2017

Invited Talk, Beyond CMOS: From Devices to Systems, Haifa, Israel, 2017

Invited Talk, MINDMEM Workshop, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2017

Invited Tutorial, MRS Spring Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, 2017

Invited Lecture, CDT Advanced Technology Lectures, Univ. of Cambridge, UK, 2016

Invited Talk, CIMTEC, Perugia, Italy, 2016

Invited Talk, E/PCOS, Cambridge, UK, 2016

Invited Talk, Memristive Symposium, Dresden, Germany, 2016

Invited Talk, Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, 2016

Invited Talk, MRS Spring Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, 2016

Keynote Talk, Memrisys, Cyprus, 2015

Invited Lecture, Univ. of Oxford, UK, 2015

Invited Talk, Swiss Nano Convention, Neuchatel, Switzerland, 2015


Newsweek article on phase-change neuron

Kuenstliche Neuronen aus Rueschlikon

ERC Consolidator Grant (IBM Blog)

Projected memory (EE Times)

Projected Memory (Le Monde)

Carbon memory (EE Times)

Sub-threshold transport in PCM (EE Times)

Threshold switching in PCM (EE Times)

Crystal growth in PCM (EE Times)

Crystal growth in PCM (IBM Blog)

Profile of a scientist (IBM Blog)