Artificial Intelligence - The Human Brain Project


The European Union's major brain research endeavor is the Human Brain Project.

The project, which encompasses Big Science in terms of the number of participants and its lofty ambitions, is a multidisciplinary coalition of over one hundred partner institutions and includes professionals from the disciplines of computer science, neurology, and robotics.

The Human Brain Project was launched in 2013 as an EU Future and Emerging Technologies initiative with a budget of over one billion euros.

The ten-year project aims to make fundamental advancements in neuroscience, medicine, and computer technology.

Researchers working on the Human Brain Project hope to learn more about how the brain functions and how to imitate its computing skills.

Human Brain Organization, Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience, Theoretical Neuroscience, and implementations such as the Neuroinformatics Platform, Brain Simulation Platform, Medical Informatics Platform, and Neuromorphic Computing Platform are among the twelve subprojects of the Human Brain Project.

Six information and communication technology platforms were released by the Human Brain Project in 2016 as the main research infrastructure for ongoing brain research.

The project's research is focused on the creation of neuromorphic (brain-inspired) computer chips, in addition to infrastructure established for gathering and distributing data from the scientific community.

BrainScaleS is a subproject that uses analog signals to simulate the neuron and its synapses.

SpiNNaker (Spiking Neural Network Design) is a supercomputer architecture based on numerical models operating on special multicore digital devices.

The Neurorobotic Platform is another ambitious subprogram, where "virtual brain models meet actual or simulated robot bodies" (Fauteux 2019).

The project's modeling of the human brain, which includes 100 billion neurons with 7,000 synaptic connections to other neurons, necessitates massive computational resources.

Computer models of the brain are created on six supercomputers at research sites around Europe.

These models are currently being used by project researchers to examine illnesses.

The show has been panned.

Scientists protested in a 2014 open letter to the European Commission about the program's lack of openness and governance, as well as the program's small breadth of study in comparison to its initial goal and objectives.

The Human Brain Project has a new governance structure as a result of an examination and review of its financing procedures, needs, and stated aims.


Jai Krishna Ponnappan

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See also: 

Blue Brain Project; Cognitive Computing; SyNAPSE.

Further Reading:

Amunts, Katrin, Christoph Ebell, Jeff Muller, Martin Telefont, Alois Knoll, and Thomas Lippert. 2016. “The Human Brain Project: Creating a European Research Infrastructure to Decode the Human Brain.” Neuron 92, no. 3 (November): 574–81.

Fauteux, Christian. 2019. “The Progress and Future of the Human Brain Project.” Scitech Europa, February 15, 2019.

Markram, Henry. 2012. “The Human Brain Project.” Scientific American 306, no. 6 

(June): 50–55.

Markram, Henry, Karlheinz Meier, Thomas Lippert, Sten Grillner, Richard Frackowiak, 

Stanislas Dehaene, Alois Knoll, Haim Sompolinsky, Kris Verstreken, Javier 

DeFelipe, Seth Grant, Jean-Pierre Changeux, and Alois Sariam. 2011. “Introduc￾ing the Human Brain Project.” Procedia Computer Science 7: 39–42.

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