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Human Brain Project Platform Release


Human Brain Project's Research Platforms Released on Schedule

Public Release of Platforms Will Help Advance Collaborative Research in Neuroscience, Medicine, and Computing

Geneva, 30 March 2016 — The Human Brain Project (HBP) is pleased to announce the release of initial versions of its six Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Platforms to users outside the Project. These Platforms are designed to help the scientific community to accelerate progress in neuroscience, medicine, and computing.

The Platforms released today consist of prototype hardware, software tools, databases and programming interfaces, which will be refined and expanded in a collaborative approach with users, and integrated within the framework of a European Research Infrastructure. The public release of the Platforms represents the end of the Ramp-Up Phase of the HBP and the beginning of the Operational Phase.

Karlheinz Meier, Co-leader of the Neuromorphic Platform, said, "The HBP invites scientists everywhere to work with our prototype Platforms and give us their feedback. This will help us improve their functionality and ease of use, and hence their value to society".

The HBP Platforms are designed to help researchers to advance faster and more efficiently, by sharing data and results, and exploiting advanced ICT capabilities. The Platforms should, for example, enable closer collaboration between scientists to create more detailed models and simulations of the brain. A first step in opening up the Platforms to the wider scientific community has already been taken, through the funding of the first HBP Partnering Projects via the EU's FLAG-ERA 2015 Joint Transnational Call.

The six HBP Platforms are:

  • The Neuroinformatics Platform: registration, search, analysis of neuroscience data.
  • The Brain Simulation Platform: reconstruction and simulation of the brain.
  • The High Performance Computing Platform: computing and storage facilities to run complex simulations and analyse large data sets.
  • The Medical Informatics Platform: searching of real patient data to understand similarities and differences among brain diseases.
  • The Neuromorphic Computing Platform: access to computer systems that emulate brain microcircuits and apply principles similar to the way the brain learns.
  • The Neurorobotics Platform: testing of virtual models of the brain by connecting them to simulated robot bodies and environments.

All the Platforms can be accessed via the HBP Collaboratory, a web portal where users can also find guidelines, tutorials and information on training seminars. Please note that users will need to register to access the Platforms and that some of the Platform resources have capacity limits.

The HBP will hold an online release event on 30 March starting at 9:30am for the scientific community and a press conference from 14:00 – 15:30. Journalists can register to join the press conference in person in Geneva or via AdobeConnect.  

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The recordings of the presentations are accessible at these links: 

Morning Session:

- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XXz2quUWFQ

Afternoon Session:

- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hb7CcwmRLcs




Time: 9:30 – 12:15
What: Introduction and Platform demos
Who should watch: Scientific community



Spoke Person



Philippe Gillet, EPFL


Introduction: What is HBP?

Alois Knoll, TUM


* The HBP Platforms
* The Collaboratory + how to access the Platforms

Jeff Müller, EPFL


High Performance Analytics and Computing (SP7)

Thomas Lippert, Julich, from Geneva
Colin McMurtrie, CSCS, from Lugano
Michael Denker from Jülich
Anna Lührs from Jülich
Thomas Lippert from Geneva


Neuroinformatics (SP5)

Sean Hill, EPFL, from Geneva





Brain Simulation (SP6)

Felix Schürmann, EPFL, from Geneva
Eilif Müller, EPFL from Geneva
Idan Segev, Hebrew University, from Jerusalem


Medical Informatics (SP8)

Ferath Kherif, CHUV, from Geneva


Neuromorphic Computing (SP9)

Karlheinz Meier, UHEI, from Geneva
Steve Furber, UMAN, from Manchester


Neurorobotics (SP10)

Marc-Oliver Gewaltig, EPFL, from Geneva
Sandro Weber, TUM, from Geneva


Closing remarks and opportunities to join HBP

Karlheinz Meier, UHEI, from Geneva


Time: 14:00 – 15:30
What: The HBP Platforms in brief and press conference
Who should watch: General public and invited press



Spoke Person



Sean Hill, EPFL


Significance of the platforms for brain research

Katrin Amunts, JULICH


Collaboratory and how to obtain access to the Platforms

Jeff Mülller, EPFL


Introduction to the six HBP Platforms:


  High Performance Analytics and Computing Platform Thomas Lippert, JULICH
  Neuroinformatics Platform Sean Hill, EPFL
  Brain Simulation Platform Jeanette Hällgren, KTH
  Medical Informatics Platform Richard Frackowiak, CHUV
  Neuromorphic Computing Platform Karlheinz Meier, UHEI
  Neurorobotics Platform Marc-Oliver Gewaltig, EPFL
  Use case and closing remarks Francesco Pavone, LENS


Q&A with the press



Final Statement

Jean-Pierre Changeux, IP


Press contacts

Contact information


Main Contact



General HBP queries

Lionel Pousaz


+41 21 69 35227


What People are Saying

  • Collaborate, collaborate, collaborate. This is our opportunity.

    Prof. Karlheinz Meier, University of Heidelberg,
    Co-leader of the Neuromorphic Computing Subproject

  • The Human Brain is the most complex system that we know of. We would like to develop some kind of ‘google' brain where we can zoom in and out, see it from different perspectives and understand how brain structure and function is related. The ultimate aim of the Human Brain Project is to understand the human brain. This is only possible when we understand the structural organization of the human brain.

    Prof. Katrin Amunts, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine,
    Forschungszentrum Jülich

  • The Human Brain Project will become a major driver of ICT in Europe.

    Prof. Thomas Lippert, Institute for Advanced Simulation, Jülich Supercomputing Centre,
    leader of the High Peformance Computing subproject