Understanding the human brain is one of the greatest challenges facing 21st century science. If we can rise to the challenge, we can gain profound insights into what makes us human, develop new treatments for brain disease and build revolutionary new computing technologies. Today, for the first time, modern ICT has brought these goals within sight.
Understanding the human brain is one of the greatest challenges facing 21st century science. If we can rise to it, we can gain profound insights into what makes us human, build revolutionary computing technologies and develop new treatments for brain disorders. Today, for the first time, modern ICT has brought these goals within reach.
The HBP will develop six ICT platforms, dedicated respectively to Neuroinformatics, Brain Simulation, High Performance Computing, Medical Informatics, Neuromorphic Computing and Neurorobotics.
The Human Brain Project is accelerating progress toward a multi-level understanding of the human brain, better diagnosis and treatment of brain diseases, and brain-inspired Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). The potential impacts of these advancements on science, medicine, industry and society are profound.
An important goal of the HBP's Ethics and Society Programme will be to promote a constructive dialogue with public and private stakeholders and with the general public, maintaining an intense engagement with points of view external to the HBP, identifying emerging controversies, and formulating recommendations for HBP research and research priorities. This effort will be deliberately independent of the project's dissemination activities.
The HBP will develop six ICT platforms, dedicated respectively to Neuroinformatics, Brain Simulation, High Performance Computing, Medical Informatics, Neuromorphic Computing and Neurorobotics. In all cases, the platforms will build on existing capabilities, some but not all developed by the HBP partners. The HBP platforms will be designed for use by scientists from outside the HBP Consortium who may have limited technological expertise.
The Human Brain Project is always looking for talented scientists and engineers. If you're looking for a chance to contribute to this groundbreaking project and our understanding of what it means to be human, please review our jobs section to see open positions.
The Human Brain Project is an ambitious multidisciplinary project. Each of these disciplines typically comes with a set of frequently asked questions. These questions and their respective answers are grouped into categories in the rightmost menu on this page.
The HBP Pilot Report was published in April 2012. The report summarizes the results of the Human Brain Project Preparatory Study in which nearly three hundred experts in neuroscience, medicine and computing – worked together to develop the HBP vision for brain research and its applications. Download it here!