International Workshop on Ising Machines  – 2024

The International Workshop on Ising Machines (IISM) will be held in Messina, Italy from April 16 to 18, 2024. This workshop is “Technically Co-Sponsored (TCS) by IEEE Nanotechnology Council (IEEE NTC)” and co-organized by TC-16 Quantum, Neuromorphic, and Unconventional Computing Technical Committee of NTC and Petaspin Association. Born out of the growing interest in the application of Ising machines for combinatorial optimization, the IISM aims to provide a dedicated platform for discussion and collaboration in this burgeoning field.

Ising machines have attracted considerable interest in a wide range of scientific fields, including fundamental physics, quantum physics, magnetism, computer science, electrical engineering, and mathematics. They hold the potential for significant impact on a range of industrial and societal challenges, including logistics, breakthrough drug discovery, cryptography, traffic control, and many others. The conference aims to serve as a fertile ground where researchers from diverse fields can come together to exchange ideas, spark inspiration, deepen their collective knowledge, and harness the power of interdisciplinary collaboration.

The conference will be co-chaired by renowned experts in the field, Giovanni Finocchio of the University of Messina and Johan Åkerman of the University of Gothenburg. IISM is planned to become a major event in the dissemination activities related to Ising machine.

IISM 2024 will cover a wide range of topics, including theoretical perspectives on Ising machines, digital applications, simulations of innovative computing paradigms, and hardware advances related to analog and hybrid Ising machines. The program of the IISM 2024 will feature an impressive line-up of invited speakers.


The International Workshop on Ising Machines is conceived as the ideal place to share new ideas and perspectives on both theoretical and experimental applications of Ising machines.

The main topics covered by the conference will include:

  • Ising encoding techniques and algorithms.
  • Combinatorial optimization with Ising machines.
  • Advanced energy minimizations strategies.
  • Theory of Ising machines.
  • Probabilistic computing.
  • Coherent Ising machine.
  • Oscillatory Ising machines.
  • High-order Ising machines.
  • Simulated bifurcation.
  • Other promising unconventional computing paradigms.
  • Quantum annealers.
  • Spintronic Ising machines.