“Noisy” Chips: Insights from Brain Research Offer Benefits for Neuromorphic Hardware

Neuromorphic chips modelled on the human brain have enormous potential, offering a promising and efficient alternative for artificial intelligence (AI) tasks in particular. However, a number of questions have yet to be answered, not least because the mechanisms and principles that make the original model – our brain – so efficient remain unclear to this day. Scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich together with their partners from the Human Brain Project have now shed light on an aspect of biological information processing that had previously remained a mystery.

Helmholtz Quantum Center Launched

Quantum computer research will be established at Forschungszentrum Jülich as a national priority. The Helmholtz Quantum Center (HQC) will be a central technology laboratory which will cover the entire range of quantum research – from investigating quantum materials to developing prototypes. The project, which is funded by the Helmholtz Association with almost € 50 million, is launching in January 2020.

The search for hidden time

It starts right with a paradox: the more one deals with this subject, the less clear it becomes. The talk is of time. Such a mysterious phenomenon, of all things, is what a group of scientists coordinated by Forschungszentrum Jülich now wants not only to better understand, but also to actively influence. A look into the time laboratory.

3D Model of the Synapses in the Human Brain

For many years, Professor Joachim Lübke has been pursuing the goal of creating high-resolution 3D models of the synapses in the human brain. For a long time, these tiny contacts between neurons could only be studied using animal models. Now, together with his team, Lübke has published the first quantifiable models of synapses in the human cerebral cortex. Their models showed that although similarities exist, there are considerable differences not only between humans and animals but also between men and women.


Low-Cost Pathways to a Carbon-Neutral Energy System

Germany is aiming to achieve broad greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050. In order to reach this goal, the energy system has to be completely transformed in all areas. A new study by Forschungszentrum Jülich shows how this project of the century can be made to be efficient and economically beneficial.