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Human Brain Project releases tools for future brain research

The EU FET Human Brain Project is an EU-funded EUR 1 billion initiative. The project is now releasing Platforms for future brain research.
The Computational Neuroscience Research Group from TUT, led by Dr. Linne, is part of Human Brain Project.
The Computational Neuroscience Research Group from TUT, led by Dr. Linne, is part of Human Brain Project.

The Human Brain Project (HBP) is a wide-ranging and science-intensive research project that examines the structure and functions of the human brain and the mechanisms causing brain diseases. The project also involves the development of novel IT systems and software for data collection and analysis, a theoretical framework for computer modelling and energy-efficient, optimized computational platforms for high-speed computer model calculation.

The development of the components, services and tools related to the Platforms to be released on 30 March has been the result of extensive multidisciplinary and international scientific efforts. The outcome will benefit brain research, neuroscience and the development of brain-inspired technologies.

“This is something science has never seen before. The Platforms are an utter novelty in neuroscience and biology-based natural science in general. Genetic mapping is the only area that utilizes systems bearing somewhat of a resemblance. HBP covers everything from the brain genes to tissue and the brain as a system, along with brain-mimicking neuromorphic technologies and robotics,” says head of the research group, Adjunct Professor Marja-Leena Linne from TUT’s Department of Signal Processing.

The Computational Neuroscience Research Group from TUT, led by Dr. Linne, focuses its research on the interaction between neurons and other cells in brain networks, and algorithms developed based on them and utilized in neuromorphic technologies. In particular, the group wishes to find out how the different types of cells in the brain cell networks steer and adjust each other’s operation and also effectively repair problems in signal transmission.

“Our group has contributed to the development of the Platforms together with over a hundred research groups from all over Europe,” Linne comments.

The Human Brain Project is a part of the EU’s Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Flagship Programme that encourages visionary research with the potential to deliver breakthroughs and major benefits for science, society and industry. The Human Brain Project is scheduled to last for ten years, laying a solid foundation for achieving a deeper understanding of the mechanisms underlying brain functions. The results from the project are aspired to promote the diagnosis and treatment of brain diseases and also to help produce novel robotics and IT solutions that function similarly to a human brain. At best, the results have the potential to dramatically improve the quality of life for millions of Europeans and to boost Europe's role in this key scientific field.

The Platforms to be released include Neuroinformatics, Brain Simulation, High Performance Analytics and Computing, Medical Informatics, Neuromorphic Computing, and Neurorobotics.

Watch the Platform release event online via AdobeConnect Webcast . The stream will start at 10.30 on 30 March 2016.


News submitted by: Sanna Kähkönen
Keywords: science and research