Large Scale Research Projects

We were/are active partners in several large-scale research projects. Here you find a brief summary of selected projects.


"Advanced Computing Architectures (ACA) - towards multi-scale natural-density Neuromorphic Computing” is a pilot project aiming at the specification of a potential future computing architecture for Neuroscience research. The project is funded by the Helmholtz Initiative and Networking Fund for three years and headed by Markus Diesmann. The consortium is composed of five different institutes at the Research Centre Jülich, as well as partner from RWTH Aachen University, the University of Heidelberg, and the University of Manchester.

Human Brain Project

The Human Brain Project is a H2020 FET Flagship Project which strives to accelerate the fields of neuroscience, computing and brain-related medicine.
This acceleration will be achieved by a strategic alignment of scientific research programs in fundamental neuroscience, advanced simulation and multi-scale modelling with the construction of an enabling Research Infrastructure.

SPP 2041 Computational Connectomics

Sacha van Albada, together with Timo Dickscheid (INM-1) and Claus Hilgetag (UMC Hamburg-Eppendorf), received a DFG grant in the priority program "Computational Connectomics" to develop a model of human visual cortex. In the project, layer- and area-specific neuron densities in human cortex will be measured and used to help predict cortical connectivity, and the resulting model will be simulated to investigate relationships between structure and dynamics.

JARA - Jülich-Aachen Research Alliance

In JARA, Forschungszentrum Jülich and RWTH Aachen University pursue excellent basic research in combination with application-oriented research.

RTG MultiSenses - MultiScale

The interdisciplinary Research Training Group ‚MultiSenses – MultiScales: Novel approaches to decipher neural processing in multisensory integration‘ (RTG2416) funded by the DFG aims at gaining a conceptual understanding of the mechanisms that govern crossmodal integration of sensory information at multiple scales.

Previous Collaborative Large Scale Research Activities

SPP1665 - Resolving Resolving and manipulating neuronal networks in the mammalian brain - from correlative to causal analysis

The German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) funds the Priority Program 1665 (Schwerpunktprogramm) “Resolving and manipulating neuronal networks in the mammalian brain – from correlative to causal analysis”. The program runs for an initial period of three years, a second funding period (another three years) started in 2017.

SMHB - Supercomputing and Modeling for the Human Brain
BrainScaleS - Brain-inspired multiscale computation in neuromorphic hybrid systems
German - Japanese Collaborations in Computational Neuroscience
KFO219 - Basal Ganglia - Cortex Loops: Mechanisms of Pathological Interactions and Their Therapeutic Modulation

Last Modified: 16.01.2023