On Monday, October 7, 2013, scientists from the 135 partner institutions of the Human Brain Project — “the world’s most ambitious neuroscience project”— met at EPFL (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne), the coordinating institution, in Switzerland.
Over the course of the coming week, neuroscientists, doctors, computer scientists, and roboticists will fine-tune the project’s details.
Six months after its selection by the EU as one of its FET Flagships, this project of unprecedented complexity, co-funded by the EU with an estimated budget of €1.2 billion, has now been set in motion.
With more than 130 research institutions from Europe and around the world on board and hundreds of scientists in a myriad of fields participating, the Human Brain Project is the most ambitious neuroscience project ever launched.
The Human Brain Project’s initial mission is to launch its six research platforms, each composed of technological tools and methods that ensure that the project’s objectives will be met.
These platforms are: neuroinformatics, brain simulation, high-performance computing, medical informatics, neuromorphic computing and neurorobotics.
Over the next 30 months, scientists will set up and test the platforms. Then, starting in 2016, the platforms will be ready to use by Human Brain Project scientists as well as researchers from around the world. These resources — simulations, high-performance computing, neuromorphic hardware, databases — will be available on a competitive basis, in a manner similar to that of other major research infrastructures, such as the large telescopes used in astronomy.
And, so it begins. I look forward to watch for and keep up with its subsequent breakthroughs in the years to come...
And the American version of this project is being left in the dust, thanks to the government shutdown. The conservatives are the bane of progress.
Edited by Raklian, 07 October 2013 - 03:05 PM.