NewTech. Human Brain Project’s Research Platforms Released

HBR. Public Release of Platforms Will Help Advance Collaborative Research in Neuroscience, Medicine, and Computing

The Human Brain Project (HBP) is pleased to announce the release of initial versions of its six Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Platforms to users outside the Project. These Platforms are designed to help the scientific community to accelerate progress in neuroscience, medicine, and computing.

The Platforms released today consist of prototype hardware, software tools, databases and programming interfaces, which will be refined and expanded in a collaborative approach with users, and integrated within the framework of a European Research Infrastructure. The public release of the Platforms represents the end of the Ramp-Up Phase of the HBP and the beginning of the Operational Phase.

Karlheinz Meier, Co-leader of the Neuromorphic Platform, said, “The HBP invites scientists everywhere to work with our prototype Platforms and give us their feedback. This will help us improve their functionality and ease of use, and hence their value to society”.

The HBP Platforms are designed to help researchers to advance faster and more efficiently, by sharing data and results, and exploiting advanced ICT capabilities. The Platforms should, for example, enable closer collaboration between scientists to create more detailed models and simulations of the brain. A first step in opening up the Platforms to the wider scientific community has already been taken, through the funding of the first HBP Partnering Projects via the EU’s FLAG-ERA 2015 Joint Transnational Call.

The six HBP Platforms are:

• The Neuroinformatics Platform: registration, search, analysis of neuroscience data.
• The Brain Simulation Platform: reconstruction and simulation of the brain.
• The High Performance Computing Platform: computing and storage facilities to run complex simulations and analyse large data sets.
• The Medical Informatics Platform: searching of real patient data to understand similarities and differences among brain diseases.
• The Neuromorphic Computing Platform: access to computer systems that emulate brain microcircuits and apply principles similar to the way the brain learns.
• The Neurorobotics Platform: testing of virtual models of the brain by connecting them to simulated robot bodies and environments.

All the Platforms can be accessed via the HBP Collaboratory, a web portal where users can also find guidelines, tutorials and information on training seminars. Please note that users will need to register to access the Platforms and that some of the Platform resources have capacity limits.


– General HBP queries
Lionel Pousaz,, +41 21 69 35227+41 21 69 35227

– Neuroinformatics Platform 
Karolinska Institutet:
Christina Bostedt,, +46 (0) 8-524 865 68 +46 (0) 8-524 865 68, +46 (0) 70-303 56 11 +46 (0) 70-303 56 11 (Mobile)

– Brain Simulation Platform 
Peter Larsson,, +46 76 050 69 60
Lionel Pousaz,, +41 21 69 35227

– High Performance Computing Platform
Forschungszentrum Jülich:
Annette Stettien,, +49 2461 61-2388 or 8031
Erhard Zeiss,, +49 2461 61-1841 +49 2461 61-1841

ETH Zürich (CSCS):
Michele di Lorenzo,, +41 91 610 8208
Colin McMurtie,

– Medical Informatics Platform 
Nicolas Liechti,, +41 21 314 14 06

– Neuromorphic Computing Platform 
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg:
Ute Müller-Detert,, +49 6221 54-19017

University of Manchester:
Joe Paxton,, +44 (0) 161 275 8155, +44 (0) 7823537670
James Tallentire,, +44 (0) 161 306 5903

+41 91 610 8208

– Neurorobotics Platform
Technische Universität München:
Ulrich Marsch,, +49 89 289 22779
Lionel Pousaz,, +41 21 69 35227


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