Human Brain Project

SP10 – Neurorobotics

Project Description

Understanding the human brain is one of the greatest challenges facing 21st century science. If we can rise to the challenge, we can gain profound insights into what makes us human, develop new treatments for brain disease and build revolutionary new computing technologies. Today, for the first time, modern ICT has brought these goals within sight.

The goal of the Human Brain Project is to encourage visionary, “mission-oriented” research with the potential to deliver breakthroughs in information technology with major benefits for European society and industry. The Commission envisages the Flagship program as a highly ambitious initiative involving close collaboration with National and Regional funding agencies, industry and partners from outside the European Union.

Contributions

The Neurorobotics sub-project will develop the Neurorobotics Platform, one of six ICT platforms within the HBP. The Neurorobotics platform will offer scientists and technology developers a software and hardware infrastructure allowing them to connect pre-validated brain models to detailed simulations of robot bodies and environments and to use the resulting neurorobotic systems in in silico experiments and technology development.

The goal for the ramp-up phase will be to develop the Neurorobotics Platform version 1 which will allow researchers to design and run simple experiments in cognitive neuroscience using simulated robots and simulated environments linked to simplified versions of HBP brain models. The Neurorobotics Platform will include a Robot Designer, an Environment Builder, and a Closed-Loop engine, as well as the Neurorobotics Platform host facility.

Partners

Funding

The Human Brain Project is funded by the European Commission as part of the FET Flagship Programme, which is a new initiative launched by the European Commission as part of its Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) initiative