Human Brain Project
About the Human Brain Project
The project was launched by the EU in 2013 and aims at getting a better understanding of the functioning of the human brain with the help of computer-based simulations. The project currently consists of six platforms.
The Heidelberg working group led by Prof. Dr Karlheinz Meier is also part of the Human Brain Project. Karlheinz Meier is Head of the platform “Neuromorphic Computing”. The main task of this platform is to set up two globally unique computer systems which simulate the human brain with the help of electronic systems. The Manchester working group led by Steve Furber uses 500,000 ARM processors (SpiNNaker) to do so, the Heidelberg working group led by Karlheinz Meier 20 sicilium wafer systems incorporating 4 million neurons and 1 billion synapses. They can be considered as an analog physical modelling which takes inspiration from biology (BrainScaleS). As neuromorphic systems are working up to 10,000 times faster than the human brain, they are perfectly suited for studying learning and development processes as well as for the use in the field of artificial intelligence.
Opportunities arising from the construction of the EINC building for the project
The groundbreaking for the building housing the European Institute for Neuromorphic Computing (EINC) took place on May 5, 2017. The building is supposed to be completed within the next two years and will become a new research centre for the Heidelberg working group taking part in the Human Brain Project.
The new European Institute for Neuromorphic Computing (EINC) offers a unique integration of all activities under a single umbrella. The supply chain starts at the development of theoretical principles through the modelling schemes, circuit designs, chip designs, systems structures and tests to putting the systems into service as well as to conducting experiments. The building not only provides traditional offices but also offers enough space for assembly and testing, system design as well as the possibility to store conventional computers in immediate proximity. Special attention has been paid to the public perception of the project. A transparent machine hall as well as facilities that can be used for the demonstration of systems, workshops, seminars and training measures were built. This will help the EINC building to become a centre of attraction for visitors from all over the world.