Platform Release

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, Leader of the Neuromorphic Computing 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: the registration, search, and analysis of neuroscience data.
  • The Brain Simulation Platform: the reconstruction and simulation of the brain.
  • The High Performance Computing Platform: computing and storage facilities to run complex simulations and analyse large datasets.
  • The Medical Informatics Platform: searching 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 virtual models of the brain by connecting them to simulated robot bodies and environments.

All 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 held an online release event on 30 March for the scientific community, as well as a press conference. The recordings of the sessions are available below.

Morning Session - available here via YouTube

Topic: Introduction and Platform demos

Suggested audience: Scientific community

Timestamp (minutes)

Topic

Speaker

00:00

Welcome

Philippe Gillet, EPFL

05:55

Introduction: What is the HBP?

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Alois Knoll, TUM

21:19

 Overview

  • The HBP Platforms
  • The Collaboratory and how to access the Platforms
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Jeff Muller, EPFL

33:51

The High Performance Analytics and Computing Platform (SP7)

Thomas Lippert, JUELICH
Colin McMurtrie, CSCS
Michael Denker, JUELICH
Anna Lührs, JUELICH
Thomas Lippert, JUELICH

51:44

The Neuroinformatics Platform (SP5)

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Sean Hill, EPFL

 

Break

 

01:30:00

The Brain Simulation Platform (SP6)

Felix Schürmann, EPFL
Eilif Muller, EPFL 
Idan Segev, HUJI

01:45:00

The Medical Informatics Platform (SP8)

Ferath Kherif, CHUV

02:00:00

The Neuromorphic Computing Platform (SP9)

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Karlheinz Meier, UHEI
Steve Furber, UMAN

02:22:40

The Neurorobotics Platform (SP10)

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Marc-Oliver Gewaltig, EPFL
Sandro Weber, TUM

02:38:00

Closing remarks and opportunities to join the HBP

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Karlheinz Meier, UHEI

Afternoon Session - available here via YouTube

Topic: The HBP Platforms in brief and press conference
Suggested audience: General public and the Press

Timestamp (minutes)

Topic

Speaker

00:00

Introduction

Sean Hill, EPFL

05:14

The significance of the HBP Platforms for brain research

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Katrin Amunts, JUELICH

12:10

The HBP Collaboratory and how to access to the Platforms

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Jeff Mulller, EPFL

 

Introduction to the six HBP Platforms:

 

15:57

The High Performance Analytics and Computing Platform

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Thomas Lippert, JUELICH

21:00

The Neuroinformatics Platform

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Sean Hill, EPFL

25:40

The Brain Simulation Platform

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Jeanette Hellgren-Kotaleski, KTH

29:00

The Medical Informatics Platform

Richard Frackowiak, CHUV

33:28

The Neuromorphic Computing Platform

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Karlheinz Meier, UHEI

40:21

The Neurorobotics Platform

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Marc-Oliver Gewaltig, EPFL

44:00

Platform use cases and closing remarks

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Francesco Pavone, LENS