Large Scale Research Projects

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


The newly established research network "iBehave" is funded by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia for a period of 4 years with project funds amounting to 19.6 million €. The network includes several groups at Jülich Research Centre (INM-6, INM-3, IBI-3, ....) and focuses on investigating survival-related behaviors and their underlying neuronal mechanisms. A special feature of the network is the close networking of experimental, theoretical, and clinical work at several locations in NRW. In addition to Jülich Research Centre, the University of Bonn, RWTH Aachen, the University of Cologne, and the DZNE and Caesar Institute in Bonn are involved in iBehave. At INM-6 the main contributors to the network are Sonja Grün, Michael Denker and Alexander Kleinjohann.

NeuroSys – Neuromorphic hardware for autonomous artificial intelligence systems

NeuroSys is part of the future cluster initiative “Clusters4Future” of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The initiative is composed of three three-year implementation phases, with the first implementation phase started on 01.01.2022. NeuroSys has the vision to establish the Aachen region as a world’s leading location for research, development, and innovation in neuromorphic hardware for artificial intelligence (AI). RWTH Aachen University, as the nucleus, works closely with the Jülich Research Centre and the NRW Landesinstitut AMO GmbH and seveal start-ups and regional companies are an integral part of the cluster. INM-6 is part of Project C (Algorithm-Hardware Co-Design) which brings together expertise from neuroscience, automated system design, and hardware-related circuit design to apply neuromorphic principles to the development of novel algorithms and novel device characteristics. Markus Diesmann, Johanna Senk, Melissa Lober and Agnes Korcsak-Gorzo are mainly involved in the project.

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
Advanced Computing Architectures (ACA) - towards multi-scale natural-density Neuromorphic Computing

Last Modified: 20.03.2023