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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    TVB at Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2020

    December 2

    We are excited to announce that the The Virtual Brain and Virtual Brain Cloud will have a booth at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February 2020. We will be showing our work alongside the Human Brain Project and industry partners Eodyne and Indoc.

    Further details will be announced here, so watch this space!

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    The Virtual Brain training course, Bernstein Center Berlin

    November 22

    Hands-on TVB training course for those of you in Berlin

    We are pleased to announce that we will be holding a training course for The Virtual Brain at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin on December 3rd, 2019. The course is intended for students of the Bernstein Center, however if you are not a student there but are interested in joining please contact <a href="mailto:pet

  • TVB Dataset published on Zenodo

    October 6

    Zenodo has gained credibility in the science world, by providing reliability, a good indexing and flexibility for the published content. Thus, we decided to use it for our tvb-data.

    This is now the recommended place, from where you can download TVB compatible datasets.

    Our [Github Repo for tvb-data] (

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    The Virtual Brain Booth and Dedicated Poster Session at SFN 2019

    September 25

    We will be exhibiting TVB at SFN this year, along side our collaborators The Human Brain Project (HBP) and International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility <a href="" target="_blank" "Visit we