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Human Brain Project

Objective

The human brain can be seen as an immensely powerful, energy efficient, self-learning, self-repairing computer. If we could understand and mimic the way the brain works, we could revolutionize information technology, medicine and society. But to do so we have to bring together everything we know and everything we can learn about the inner workings of the brain's molecules, cells and circuits. The goal of the Human Brain Project (HBP) is to do this by integrating our knowledge in massive databases and in computer models of the brain. This will require breakthroughs in mathematics and software engineering and an international supercomputing facility more powerful than any before. This is all possible. Experimental and clinical data is accumulating exponentially. Computers powerful enough to meet the project's initial requirements are already here. An international team led by Europe's best neuroscientists, doctors, physicists, mathematicians, computer engineers and ethicists have assembled to begin the mission. As technology progresses and the project discovers new principles of brain design it will build ever more realistic models to probe ever deeper principles. The benefits for society will be huge, even before the HBP achieves its final goals. Models of the brain will revolutionize information technology, allowing us to design computers, robots, sensors, prosthetics and other devices far more powerful, more intelligent and more energy efficient than today. They will help us understand the root causes of brain diseases, and to diagnose them early, when they can still be treated. They will reduce reliance on animal testing and make it easier to develop new cures for brain disease. They will help us understand how the brain ages, and how to slow these changes and nurture a healthy brain for our children. In summary, the HBP is poised to produce dramatic advances in technology, a new understanding of the way the brain works and a new ability to cure its diseases.

Coordinator

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Address

Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne

Switzerland

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 334 330

Administrative Contact

Henry Markram (Prof.)

Participants (12)

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MEDIZINISCHE UNIVERSITAT INNSBRUCK

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 80 892

INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 80 892

CENTRE HOSPITALIER UNIVERSITAIRE VAUDOIS

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 88 168

RUPRECHT-KARLS-UNIVERSITAET HEIDELBERG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 168 418

FORTISS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 80 892

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 88 168

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 80 892

INSTITUT PASTEUR

France

EU Contribution

€ 80 892

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 80 892

THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 80 892

KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 88 168

GENOME RESEARCH LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 80 892

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 284941

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2011

  • End date

    30 April 2012

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 632 174

  • EU contribution

    € 1 414 388

Coordinated by:

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland