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Neural Engineering Transformative Technologies

Objective

Neural Engineering is an inherently new discipline that coalesces engineering, physics and neuroscience for the design and development of brain–computer interface systems, cognitive computers and neural prosthetics. For the implementation of future transformative technologies a new breed of young researchers must be trained to integrate ideas and skills from a broad range of disciplines.

NETT is composed of seven full network partners and ten associated partners including one international industrial company and eight SMEs. NETT will provide a European focus for the development of those aspects of Complexity Science most relevant to Neural Engineering, and ensure that we do not fall behind research in the US and Japan. We have identified some of the key challenges in this field and designed a set of inter-related multi-disciplinary projects that, by combining the skills of NETT members will generate transformative technologies such as novel speech recognisers, neural- inspired laser networks for information processing and robots with
cognitive skills.

To address key priority areas of FP7 in multi-disciplinary research, NETT will train ESRs and ERs using a structured, industry-focussed selection of training courses, with leading expertise in mathematics, physics, neuroscience and bioengineering from academia and the private sector. Each ESR will benefit from a secondment to another host country and an internship with an associated partner on problems of genuine real-world relevance. In this way ESRs will acquire a unique set of essential multi-disciplinary skills that will enhance research activity in the ERA and improve their career perspectives in both the public and private sectors.

NETT is thus a Marie-Curie ITN whose activities are designed to benefit the development of transformative technologies that could not be developed in isolation, and simultaneously maximise the use of shared resources and facilities for both training and research.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2011-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 038 528,99
Administrative Contact
Paul Cartledge (Mr.)

Participants (6)

BIT & BRAIN TECHNOLOGIES SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 488 358
Address
Paseo Sagasta 19 Entresuelo Derecha
50008 Zaragoza
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maria Lopez (Ms.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 754 967
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alessandro Torcini (Dr.)
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 082 830
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Shaun Power (Mr.)
STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 782 702
Address
Houtlaan 4
6525 XZ Nijmegen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sabine Vernooij
UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 449 168
Address
Largo Do Paco
4704 553 Braga
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vasco Teixeira (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 732 537
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Valenti Guasch (Mr.)