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Robots Robots

Developing robots can help us to understand neural controllers on the way to unraveling the mysteries of the mouse and ultimately the human brain.
Artificial intelligence based on brain inspired control architectures can only come to fruition with the right platform to interact with the environment. For this reason, the HBP also encompasses neurorobotics to merge these two crucial fields of research.
Physical robots like Roboy will then be available as virtual robots in the neurorobotics platform (NRP), where researchers can easily run neurorobotics experiments through a web interface on our high performance computing clusters.


The Human Brain Project is also building a robotics simulation platform called the Neurorobotics platform.

The Neurorobotics Platform (NRP) developed in the Human Brain Project (HBP) is an Internet-accessible simulation system that allows the simulation of robots controlled by spiking neural networks. It targets researchers of multiple fields. Prospected users include but are not limited to neuroscientists wanting to validate brain models in the context of closed action-perception loops as well as robotics researchers wanting to develop new neuro-inspired controllers.

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The main focus of NRP's ongoing and future development is the implementation of user tools for designing custom experiments. This will enable experimenters to comfortably specify more sophisticated experiments with well-defined control flows, to select (and, to a certain extent, to create) virtual robots and environments, and to configure the connections between brain models and the embodiments.

  • Experiment Simulation Viewer Web based.
  • Braitenberg Experiment with Lauron robot.
  • Braitenberg Experiment with Husky robot.
  • Spike train live view.
  • First integration into the collaboratory portal
  • New environment (rough land field)
  • Edition of experiments
  • New robots (including iCub humanoid)
  • New experiment: eye tracking on iCub humanoid
  • Robot metrics (dynamic state) monitoring
  • Environment designer
  • New experiment: virtual mouse with soft skin animation
  • New experiments: empty templates with predefined robots
  • Saving, loading and sharing of edited experiments
  • Integration into HBP collaboratory portal
  • First version of experiment designer: state machine editor
  • First Public Release!
  • Improved resource management and user support
  • Tutorial videos
  • Better server discovery
  • Rendering improvements
  • User definable graphical settings
  • UI improvements
  • User debugging tools
  • New template experiments
  • Support for bigger brain models
  • Basic brain visualization
  • Python API for batch simulations
  • User experiments definable from scratch
  • New template experiments