Human Brain Project phase I feasibility studies

Will the HBP compete with on-going neuroscience research?

Not at all. What the project will do is add a complementary new approach to the strategies neuroscientists already use in their work. We're not talking about a zero sum game: the work we're doing will benefit everyone, accelerating the pace of research throughout the neuroscience community. The HBP's ICT platforms will make neuroscience data and knowledge easier to access; new informatics tools, provided through the platforms, will help researchers to find general organising principles hidden in the data; modelling and simulation tools will allow them to situate their data and discoveries in the context of a single integrated system of data and knowledge. Understanding the human brain is one of science's and society's greatest challenges. With its platforms, the HBP aims to spark a global collaboration to address the challenge.

The HBP aims to integrate huge volumes of neuroscience data into unifying models. Can you succeed where decades of effort have failed?

It's incorrect to say that previous efforts failed, but it is fair to say that progress to date has been slow, due in no small part to the difficulty and expense of conducting laborious biological experiments to generate data to help us understand the structure and functioning of the brain. The HBP seeks to avoid the time and expense of having to measure everything experimentally, by using what we know to figure out what we don't know; in other words, what we do is predictive reconstruction of the brain.

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