The Human Brain Project has officially begun

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Henry MarkramToday (Monday, October 7), the Human Brain Project (HBP) has officially begun.  Scientists from 135 institutions met at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland to kick off what is described as “the world’s most ambitious neuroscience project”.

The HBP was selected as one of the EU’s flagship research project a full nine months ago.  I’m guessing that by Brussels standards, this represents quite rapid progress.

The Human Brain Project’s initial mission is to develop six research platforms: neuro-informatics, brain simulation, high-performance computing, medical informatics, neuro-morphic computing and neuro-robotics.

The neuro-informatics platform will build a map of all the brain’s organizational levels, from the individual cell right up to the entire brain.  This will be used to develop the brain simulation platform.  The announcement isn’t explicit on this, but HBP leader Henry Markram has publicly stated that what he is trying to do is to build a working model of…

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