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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    Digital Health Forum in Potsdam

    November 26

    Hasso Plattner Institut and Digital Engineering @ University Potsdam host the Digital Health Forum from December 6-7, 2018 in Potsdam.

    The forum focuses on connected health models, machine learning/artificial intelligence, and personalized health/healthcare solutions.

    The Virtual Brain will be

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    ICT 2018: Imagine Digital-Connect Europe

    November 26

    Interested in the latest ICT developments and EU digital single market? Don't miss ICT 2018 Dec 4-6 in Vienna, Austria.

    This research and innovation event will focus on the European Union’s priorities in the digital transformation of society and industry. It will present an opportunity for the p

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    Human Brain Project CodeJam Workshop

    November 23

    Palermo, Italy
    November 26-28, 2018

    The goal of the CodeJam workshops is to catalyze open-source, collaborative software development in computational and systems neuroscience and neuroinformatics, by bringing together researchers, students and engineers to share ideas, present their w

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    BRAINMODES: Computational Modelling Of Neurodegeneration And The Aging Brain

    November 23

    Co-organized by Cuban Neuroscience Center CNEURO Havana and Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin

    December 2-4, 2018 in Havana, Cuba

    The BrainModes is an annual meeting which seeks to explore innovative means of understanding complex brain activity and multimodal neuroscience data sets. The objective is to foster informal discussion of brain modeling and