The Vertical Research Group explores computer architecture, VLSI technology and semiconductor manufacturing processes with a vertically integrated approach. Changing technology constraints are leading to a scenario in which current techniques for building processors simply won't work. Emerging applications provide an opportunity to think in a fundamentally different way about how we build processors. We will explore techniques to build high-performance processors that can operate under future technology constraints of reliability and energy efficiency. We explore how emerging applications can be efficiently mapped to future semiconductor substrates. Our end goal is to build proof-of-concept prototype hardware and software systems. The research group is led by Dr. Karu Sankaralingam.