HBP at Shaping Europe’s Digital Future

    26 March 2018

    At the Bulgarian Presidency event on High Performance Computing in Sofia, 19 April, the European Human Brain Project will host a session on the growing role of Supercomputing in Neuroscience. On 18 April the HBP organizes the Young Researchers Event 2018: Brain models and computation for brain medicine. <

    Registration for the events is free and open until 9 April. (Update: The registration has been extended until 12 April.)

    Press release, 26 March 2018

    EARLY REGISTRATION is encouraged. A list with hotels providing special prices will be send by the organisers following the registration.

    "Shaping Europe’s Digital Future - High Performance Computing for Extreme Scale Scientific and Industrial Applications" is an event on High Performance Computing co-organised by the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission. It will take place on 19 April 2018 at the National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria.

    Gathering more than 250 scientists and industrialists as well as representatives of EU institutions and ministries from South and Eastern Europe, the event aims to raise awareness on the role of High Performance Computing (HPC) to transform Europe's digital future. Panelists will discuss the role of HPC in personalised medicine and in understanding the human brain as well as the link of HPC with other emerging computing paradigms, such as quantum computing.

    The event will also address how the proposal of the European Commission on the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking will impact the European scientific, economic and societal developments – including digital skills, focusing on the wider area of South and Eastern Europe.

    As a European FET Flagship, the Human Brain Project will host the session: The growing role of HPC in Neuroscience – the Human Brain Project FET Flagship 

    This session will show the coupling of scientific progress in brain research with advances in extreme-scale computing. Simulation and data analytics in neuroscience, but also brain medicine illustrate the successful application of HPC in this field. Moderator Prof. Katrin Amunts, Scientific Director HBP. Programme:

    13:40 to 13:55 Understanding the brain through modelling and simulations

    Prof. Jeannette Hellgren Kotaleski, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

    13:55 to 14:10 From HPC Brain Models to Clinical Applications (provisional title)

    Prof. Viktor Jirsa, Marseille University, France

    14:10 to 14:25 Neural Networks - main pillars of machine learning.
    Dr. Kristina Kapanova, NSCA, Bulgaria

    14:25 to 14:45 The Big Data Challenge of Multilevel Brain Organisation
    Prof. Katrin Amunts, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-1) Jülich Research Centre, Germany

    HBP-affiliated scientists also take part in the Panel discussion on The Future of Personalised Health and Medicine (see full Programm attached.)

    The registrations for Shaping Europe’s Digital Future - HPC for Extreme Scale Scientific and Industrial Applications HPC event in Sofia are now open. The registrations are open, free of charge and mandatory. On the dedicated page you can find the agenda and practical information. This space will be continuously updated, so please check it regularly. The event will also be streamed.

    Young Researchers Event 2018: Brain models and computation for brain medicine
    Sofia, Bulgaria
    18 April 2018

    The Human Brain Project (HBP) is a major driving force in the field of neuroscience research in Europe, aiming to model the brain and reproduce its complexity on computing platforms. At this event young researchers will have the chance to exchange information and knowledge with peers and HBP experts on tools for brain modelling, especially within the HBP research infrastructure supported by High Performance Computing (HPC) facilities. The event takes place at the Big Auditorium of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Find the programme and registration info here.


    Peter Zekert

    Human Brain Project

    Public Relations Officer

    Tel.: +49 (0) 2461 61-85175/-9486

    Email: p.zekert@fz-juelich.de


    Further Information on Neuroscience and HPC:

    The HBP’s Atlas Project and Neuroinformatics Platform

    The HBPs Brain Simulation Platform


    Computing for Brain Research – The High Performance Computing & Analytics Platform


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    The National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria.