Dr. Eilif Muller, the Section Manager of Cells and Circuits in the Simulation Neuroscience Division of the Blue Brain Project, a research initiative pursued at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), visited the IT'IS Foundation on Thursday, February 8 as a guest speaker in the Brown Bag Lunch Seminar series. The title of his talk was "The HBP Brain Simulation Platform - Motivation, Architecture, Applications."
The Blue Brain Project (BBP) is 10-year multi-million Swiss initiative supporting research to construct digital models of the rodent brain with sufficient biological detail for realistic simulations. The EPFL and the BBP segue with the Human Brain Project (HBP) funded by the European Union, and the rodent brain models will ultimately be used to inform similar work to build digital reconstructions of the human brain. The BBP's and HBP's supercomputer-based reconstructions and simulations represent a radically new approach to the understanding of brain structure and function and a multidiscipline-bridging cultural revolution in neuroscience. Dr. Muller's extremely interesting presentation was well attended and stimulated many questions and much discussion.
Many thanks to Dr. Muller for a riveting presentation!
Dr. Muller describing aspects of the HBP organization.