The Virtual Brain

For over 20 years, bright minds and ambitious projects have attempted to emulate the human brain across various scales of organization. Despite impressive efforts to bring in the latest and greatest computing power of massively parallel hardware, success hasn’t yielded practical applications yet.

To get practicality sooner, The Virtual Brain takes a network approach on the largest scale: By manipulating network parameters, in particular the brain’s connectivity, The Virtual Brain simulates its behavior as it is commonly observed in clinical scanners (e.g. EEG, MEG, fMRI).

Though The Virtual Brain incorporates the complex world of neuro-chemistry only to a small degree, it gains a lot by not becoming as complex as the brain itself.

Instead, The Virtual Brain embraces and extends novel concepts from computational, cognitive and clinical neuroscience in order to drastically reduce the model's complexity while still keeping it sufficiently realistic – and delivering the same output as clinical brain-scanners.

Past events

New developments

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    Just Released, TVB 1.54! Available NOW!

    October 16

    This release brings over 50 improvements to our visualizers and bug fixes. It's available for download for all supported platforms!

    Head over to our download page and get your update now!

    Note: This release will be relevant during our exhibitor booth presentations at the [Society for Neuroscience](

  • LNDW

    Where will you be on June 24th?

    June 9

    Long Night of Sciences is taking place in Berlin on June 24th and TVB will be presented by Dr. Petra Ritter and her lab at a couple locations. Check out the <a href="

  • New release: The Virtual Brain version 1.5.3 (incl. latest bugfix releases)

    May 9

    This release brings over 50 improvements and bug fixes and is available for download for all supported platforms!

    The new version includes a modernization of the PSE Viewer (done during the Google Summer of Code 2016 by our student Devin Baily). Also an integral part of the official TVB distribution is the Allen Connectivity Creator. So you can create TVB-compatible connectivities fr

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    TVB @ SingularityU Germany Summit

    May 3

    Dr. Petra Ritter presents TVB at SingularityU Germany Summit 2017 in Berlin, Germany. She is joined by Dr. Graeme Moffat of MUSE , the brain sensing headband, to highlight the collaboration between our groups.