EBRAINS is a new digital research infrastructure created as part of the EU-funded Human Brain Project (HBP). The aim is to promote brain research and the translation of scientific findings in this field into brain-inspired innovations in computing, medicine and industry. To this end, multidisciplinary neuroscience works closely with the developers of state-of-the-art information technologies and uses powerful computers to assemble the ever-growing knowledge about the brain from different research fields. With EBRAINS, the HBP is establishing the hub for this cooperation in Europe.
Being the first research infrastructure of its kind in the world, EBRAINS provides a web portal that offers access to the most comprehensive database on the human brain to date as well as to powerful digital tools, for example for simulation or AI-based analytical methods. The “EBRAINS Computing Services” coordinated by the Jülich Supercomputing Centre form the computationally powerful basis of EBRAINS and make it possible to integrate platforms and solutions from the various EBRAINS services into complex workflows. The offer also includes the extremely high-resolution 3D atlas of the human brain created by the Jülich Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, supercomputing methods specially developed for neuroscientists and “neuromorphic” computers inspired by the brain.
EBRAINS in numbers
- More than 500 scientists at over 130 European partner institutions from 19 countries are involved in the development of EBRAINS.
- EBRAINS contains more than 1,000 data sets, 90 models and 150 analysis programmes from 1,110 scientists.
- EBRAINS “Medical Informatics Platform” is installed in 30 European hospitals. It offers data protection compliant access to 20,000 data sets of patients with e. g. dementia, epilepsy or traumatic injuries.
- 412 institutions in Europe and around the world use EBRAINS.
as of February 2021