April 5, 2019

Announcing The Winners Of The HBP Infrastructure Voucher Call 2018

Fifteen innovative project proposals have been selected for implementation in the Human Brain Project Joint Platform Infrastructure.




Fifteen innovative project proposals have been selected for implementation in the Human Brain Project Joint Platform Infrastructure.

The aim of the Voucher Call was to open the HBP Joint Platform Infrastructure to meet the needs of the user community in a new dynamic way: The vouchers fund HBP engineers to solve the technical and scientific questions of the winning proposals via the development of new platform tools.

The call received 32 eligible proposals from researchers and groups from all over the world, from companies, medical initiatives and academic and non-academic researchers.

After much thoughtful deliberation of the evaluators, the following winning proposals are announced:


Brain Simulation Platform

Building Alzheimer Disease Neuron Model (ADNeuronModel)

Helene Marie (Lead) and Paula Pousinha, Institut de Pharmacologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire, IPMC- CNRS, France

HBP contact: Michele Migliore, CNR, Italy


Mapping Brain Circuits in Spatial Navigation (MAPS)

Andrea Mele (Lead) and Arianna Rinaldi, University of Rome “Sapienza”, Italy

University of Rome “Sapienza”, Italy

HBP contact: Michele Migliore, CNR, Italy


Neuronal Dynamics Library and its integration with CxSystem (neurodynlib)

Simo Vanni (Lead) and Henri Hokkanen, University of Helsinki, Finland

Vafa Andalibi, Indiana University Bloomington, USA

HBP contact: Michele Migliore, CNR, Italy


Multiscale Hippocampal Models for Neuronal Plasticity: Integration to the Brain Simulation Platform (HippoPlasticity)

Ausra Saudargiene, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Lithuania (Lead)

Bruce Graham and Ashraya Simba Shiva, University of Sterling, UK

Peter Jedlicka, Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

Martin Mittag, Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Germany

Justinas Dainauskas, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania

Justinas Mileris, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

Jaroslav Varchola, Comenius University Bratislava, Slovakia

HBP contacts: Jeanette Hellgren Kotaleski, KTH, Sweden, Andrew Davison, CNRS, France, Michele Migliore, CNR, Italy


Virtual Mouse CerebNEST (VM-CEREBNEST)

Alessandra Pedrocchi, Politecnico (Lead), Alice Geminiani and Alberto Antonietti, Politecnico Milano, Italy

HBP contact: Egidio D´Angelo, UNIPV, Italy


Brain Simulation Platform and Neuromorphic Computing Platform

Neuromorphic hardware simulations of cerebrocortical-cerebellar loop (SpinnCer)

Francesco Leporati (Lead), Emanuele Torti, Giorada Florimbi and Giovanni Danese, UNIPV, Italy

HBP contact: Egidio D´Angelo UNIPV, Italy, Oliver Rhodes, UMAN, UK


Neuromorphic Computing Platform

"SuperSpike"–Deep on-line learning in accelerated neuromorphic hardware systems (SuperSpike)

Friedemann Zenke, University of Oxford, UK

HBP contact: Sebastian Schmitt, Eric Müller, UHEI, Germany


Neuroinformatics Platform

Interaction between Human Atlas Viewer and The Virtual Brain (IHAVTVB)

Michael Breakspear, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Australia

HBP contact: Timo Dickscheid, JUELICH, Germany


Structural organization of memory-related networks in the rat brain: a public repository of microscopic tract tracing data (HIPPOCAMPOME)

Menno Witter, Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU, Norway

HBP contact: Trygve Leergaard, UIO, Norway


Neuroinformatics Platform and Brain Simulation Platform

Enhancing HBP Model Validation using SciUnit (HBP-SciUnit)

Richard Gerkin (Lead) and Sharon Crook, Arizona State University, USA

HBP contact: Andrew Davison, CNRS, France, and Sonja Grün, JUELICH, Germany


Neurorobotics Platform

Integration of Shadow Dexterous Hand with the HBP Neurorobotics Platform (SHADOW-HBP)

Radhika Gudipati (Lead), Toni Oliver and Annagiulia Morachioli, Shadow Robot Company, UK

HBP contact: Alois Knoll, TUM, Germany


High Performance Analytics and Computing Platform

NEST Desktop (NESTDesktop)

Stefan Rotter, University of Freiburg, Germany

HBP contact: Markus Diesmann, JUELICH, Germany


Medical Informatics Platform

CENTER-TBI data integration with MIP (CTBI-MIP)

Linda Lanyon (Lead), Pradeep George and Visakh Muraleedharan, INCF, Sweden

HBP contact: Philippe Ryvlin, CHUV, Switzerland


Collaborative REsearch on ACute Traumatic brain Injury in intensiVE care medicine in Europe (CREACTIVE)

Guido Bertolini, Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research, Italy (Lead)

Akos Csomos, Magyar Honvedseg Egeszsegugyi Kozpont, Hungary

Malgorzata Mikaszewska-Sokolewicz, Medical University Warsaw, Poland

Rafael Kaps, Splosna Bolnisnica Novo Mesto, Slovenia

Primoz Gradisek, University Clinical Center Ljubljana, Slovenia

Theodoros Kyprianou, Nicosia General Hospital, Cyprus

Isaac Lazar, Soroka University Medical Center, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Dimitris Georgopoulos, Panepistimiako Geniko Nosokomeio Irakleiou, Greece

Luca Antiga Orobix Srl (SME), Italy

HBP contact: Philippe Ryvlin, CHUV, Switzerland


European Reference Network for rare and complex epilepsies (EpiCARE)

Helen Cross, University College London, UK (Lead)

Lieven Lagae, University Hospitals KULeuven, Belgium

Petr Marusic, Motol University Hospital, Czech Republic

Milan Brazdil,  Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

Reetta Kalviainen, Kuopio University Hospital, Finland

Kees Braun, University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands

Katarzyna Kotulska-Jozwiak, The Children's Memorial Health Institute Warsaw, Poland

Dana Craiu, Carol Davila University of Medicine Bucharest, Romania

Mar Carreno, Hospital Clinic Barcelona, Spain

Rodrigo Rocamora Zuniga, Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM), Spain

HBP contact: Philippe Ryvlin, CHUV, Switzerland


The winning projects will be implemented by the HBP engineering and developer teams starting as of April 2019 and finishing latest on 31 March 2020 (end of the funding phase). We are already excited to see the projects developing with the new user community.

We thank all who have participated in the call.

We appreciated every proposal and would like to encourage all to explore the HBP Joint Platform; and in case you consider a collaboration to apply as a partnering project (non-funded) https://www.humanbrainproject.eu/en/about/project-structure/partnering-projects/.


A VLSI-Based Neural Network ASIC (Spikey, 384 neurons and about 100000 synapses), Electronic Vision(s) Group, Matthias Hock, University Heidelberg