The Virtual Brain

CNS*2019 Workshop in Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain







We introduce here VirtualBrainCloud – a EU project – that integrates existing software tools and platforms to provide access to high quality clinical multi-disciplinary data to integrate them via computational brain models and to make them useful in clinical practice.

Central to this project is The Virtual Brain (TVB) simulation platform. It allows connectome-based modeling of human and mouse whole-brain dynamics, and enables the “integration” of brain dynamics at different levels: from cellular to whole-brain. This computational modeling system is tailored to the individual, and bridges multiple scales to identify key mechanisms that predict disease progression and serves as Precision Decision Support System.

The workshop will provide insight in the interdisciplinary work and related challenges that range from computational and clinical neuroscience to infrastructure and legal and ethical matters.


  • Hannelore Aerts, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Anastasia Brovkin, University Medical Center Hamburg Eppendorf, Germany
  • Julie Courtiol, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany
  • Nikolaus Forgo, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Sumit Madan, Fraunhofer SCAI, Germany
  • Randy McIntosh, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Alexander Peyser, Simulation Lab Neuroscience & Multiscale Simulation and Architectures at Supercomputing Center Jülich, Germany
  • Oleksandr Popovyh, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
  • Petra Ritter, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany
  • Gianluca Susi, UPM-UCM Center for Biomedical Technology, Technical University of Madrid, Spain & University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
  • Bertrand Thirion, Inria, Paris, France
  • Riccardo Zucca, SPEC, Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain


The workshop consists of two half-day sessions:

Morning session, July 16

  • 08:50 - 09:00

    Welcoming words

    Petra Ritter & Julie Courtiol

  • 09:00 - 09:35

    The Virtual Brain Simulation Platform and Virtual Brain Cloud

    Petra Ritter

  • 09:35 - 10:10

    Modeling brain dynamics in brain tumor patients

    Hannelore Aerts

  • 10:10 - 10:45

    Ethical and legal aspects of personalized brain simulation and data sharing

    Nikolaus Forgo

  • 10:45 - 11:00


  • 11:00 - 11:35

    Terminologies, ontologies and data curation

    Sumit Madan

  • 11:35 - 12:10

    Cloud and HPC solutions

    Alexander Peyser

  • 12.10 - 12.45

    Enriching big data analytics by computational modeling

    Oleksandr Popovyh

Afternoon session, July 17

  • 14:00 - 14:35

    BrainX3: a tool for Multi-Modal Data Integration, Analysis, Visualization and Interaction

    Riccardo Zucca

  • 14:35 - 15:10

    Machine learning tools for large-scale data

    Bertrand Thirion

  • 15:10 - 15:45

    Linking spiking neural networks to TVB

    Gianluca Susi

  • 15:45 - 16:00


  • 16.00 - 16.35

Interfacing the virtual brain with a digital atlas

Anastasia Brovkin

  • 16:35 - 17:10

    The Virtual Epileptic Patient

    Julie Courtiol

  • 17:10 - 17:45

    The Neurodegenerative Virtual Brain

    Randy McIntosh

  • 17:45 - 18:00

    Final discussion & closing remarks


The workshop will be held as a part of the wider CNS*2019 meeting in Barcelona, Spain. The meeting takes place at the Historical Building of the Universitat de Barcelona (UB), which is located downtown Barcelona.


Registration to the Workshops is required for attending the 2 days. Please see the CNS*2019 website for registration to the Virtual Brain Cloud workshop.

Note that attendees registered for the main meeting only can attend the workshop sessions being held on July 16th.


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University of Barcelona - Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585, 08007 Barcelona, Spain