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The Human Brain Project Reboots: A Search Engine For the Brain Is in Sight


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Credit: IEEE Spectrum

The European Commission-funded Human Brain Project (HBP) is on track to create a searchable model of the brain by building an infrastructure combining high-performance computing, data analytics, and simulation and modeling software. The effort follows a two-year revamp of the project that shifted HBP's focus from simulation to detailed brain-mapping.

Neuroinformatics, high-performance analytics, and computing projects form the project's core, and teams concentrating in these areas plan to deliver software for researchers to access, share, and analyze all types of brain data. A key objective is enabling scientists to integrate datasets to uncover insights about the brain, with one team building a multilevel brain atlas derived from imaging data.

Timo Dickscheid at the Julich Research Center in Germany says curating data to ensure currently incompatible datasets can be collated will be a major challenge. Improving computing by applying insights from the brain is one of HPB's goals, with an example being virtual robot systems controlled by cloud simulation.

From IEEE Spectrum
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