A new group of projects will soon start on the EBRAINS research infrastructure. Thirteen innovative projects from Europe, the United States, and Canada have successfully applied for a voucher that gives them access to EBRAINS’ extensive implementation support. The vouchers fund the work of dedicated expert Human Brain Project’s teams for the development and implementation of new tailor-made infrastructure features, which will help the winners turn their ideas into reality. The research areas addressed in this action include computational models of brain diseases, learning algorithms for speech recognition, and therapy robots. The overall budget volume is 1 Million Euro.
EBRAINS is a key enabler to advance brain science. The aim of the Voucher Call is to expand EBRAINS to meet the needs of the user community in a new, dynamic way: the vouchers will fund the work of HBP engineers to solve the technical and scientific questions of the winning proposals via the development of new platform tools and advancement of available services.
EBRAINS received proposals from researchers and groups across the world. After a careful and systematic assessment, a team of eight evaluators, who were all external to the HBP consortium, announced the winning proposals.
For each EBRAINS service category, the selected projects are:
Unraveling the architecture of murine perirhinal and visual neural networks underlying perceptual and mnemonic processes using FAIR data (PERIVIS)
Marianne Fyhn, University of Oslo (Department of Biosciences), Norway
Next generation neural mass models: bridging the scales from micro to macroscopic dynamics (NextGen)
Simona Olmi, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi, Italy
Prediction of neurosurgical treatment outcomes in Parkinson’s disease (ParkinsonBrain)
Ausra Saudargiene, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (Neuroscience Institute), Lithuania
Intelligent digital tools for screening of brain connectivity and dementia risk estimation in people affected by mild cognitive impairment (AI-Mind)
Ira Haraldsen, Oslo University Hospital (Neurology), Norway
NEST-demo co-simulation: Towards linking closed-loop motor control models to multi-scale experimental data (NEST-Demoa)
Syn Schmitt, University of Stuttgart (Institute for Modelling and Simulation of Biomechanical Systems), Germany
Efficient support for Sonata in NEST (NESTSONATA)
Anton Arkhipov, Allen Institute, United States of America
Astrocyte-neuron interactions in large-scale networks: Developing new astrocyte modules for NEST simulator (AstroNeuronNets)
Jugoslava Aćimović, Tampere University, Finnland
Startle-network modelling for Schizophrenia research – Insights from subcellular models of neuromodulation (SubSchiz)
Tuomo Mäki-Marttunen, Tampere University, Finnland
Simulating direct calcineurin suppression of protein kinase A in neurons (NeuroSMS)
Matthew Gold, University College London (UCL), United Kingdom
Cognitive architecture for therapy robots and avatars (CATRA)
Julie Robillard, University of British Columbia (Medicine), Canada
Neuromorphic hardware operating at the edge of asynchrony (Async-Neuromorph)
Emili Balaguer-Ballester, Bournemouth University (Computing and Informatics), United Kingdom
Exploiting local learning and criticality for speech recognition (LoL 4 Speech)
Viola Priesemann, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Germany
Surrogate-gradient-based training on BrainScaleS-2 (STROBE)
Friedemann Zenke, Friedrich Miescher Institute of Biomedical Research (Computational Neuroscience), Switzerland
We are excited to see the projects developing new innovative tools and applications for the EBRAINS infrastructure. We thank all who have participated in the call.
EBRAINS is a new digital research infrastructure created by the EU-funded Human Brain Project. The goal of EBRAINS is to foster brain-related research and to help translate the latest scientific discoveries into innovation in medicine and industry for the benefit of patients and society. It draws on cutting-edge neuroscience and offers an extensive range of brain data sets, a multilevel brain atlas, modelling and simulation tools, easy access to high-performance computing resources and robotics and neuromorphic platforms. All academic researchers have open access to EBRAINS’ state-of-the-art services. Industry researchers are also very welcome to use the platform under specific agreements. For more information about EBRAINS, visit www.ebrains.eu.
About the Human Brain Project
The Human Brain Project (HBP) is the largest brain science project in Europe and stands among the biggest research projects ever funded by the European Union. It is one of the three FET Flagship Projects of the EU. At the interface of neuroscience and information technology, the HBP investigates the brain and its diseases with the help of highly advanced methods from computing, neuroinformatics and artificial intelligence and drives innovation in fields like brain-inspired computing and neurorobotics.
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