We participate in interdisciplinary collaboration to decode the complexity of the human brain

Network Partners

Human Brain Project

The Human Brain Project (HBP) is one of the largest research projects in Europe. As a European Future and Emerging Technology (FET) Flagship, the HBP is a long-term and large-scale research initiative that ambitiously pioneers digital brain research. At the interface of neuroscience and information technology, the HBP investigates the brain and its diseases with the help of highly advanced methods from computing, neuroinformatics and artificial intelligence, and drives innovation in fields like brain-inspired computing and neurorobotics. INM-1 is leading subproject 2, Human Brain Organization and Prof. Dr. Katrin Amunts is the scientific research director of the HBP.


EBRAINS is a new digital research infrastructure, built by the EU-funded Human Brain Project, to foster brain-related research and to help translate the latest scientific discoveries into innovation in medicine and industry for the benefit of patients and society. It draws on cutting-edge neuroscience and offers an extensive range of brain data sets, a multilevel brain atlas, modelling and simulation tools, easy access to high-performance computing resources and to robotics and neuromorphic platforms. The Julich Brain Atlas is an important contribution to the EBRAINS National Node Germany.


As part of the Helmholtz International BigBrain Analytics and Learning Laboratory HIBALL, we further advance the BigBrain project with our partners of The Neuro at McGill University and MILA in Montreal.

Helmholtz AI

Together with the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), we form the Helmholtz AI Local Unit for the research field Information. At INM-1, we focus on robust deep-learning methods for microscopic image analysis. Driven by high-throughput data acquisition and the ambition to quickly transfer knowledge across tasks and scientific domains, the implementation of AI methods on HPC systems is a key aspect.

Helmholtz Portfolio Theme - Supercomputing and Modeling for the Human Brain

The SMHB project is aiming for a realistic organ model as a fundamental tool for basic research and (pre-)clinical studies of the brain and large populations of cells. The complexity of the human brain poses great challenges on data management, processing and on-line visualization, thus demanding the integration of neuroscience, cell biology and high-performance computing. The SMHB project with its innovations in multi-scale modeling and simulation will benefit from new developments in exa-scale supercomputing, but will also inspire new hardware and software solutions.


AIDAS - AI, Data Analytics and Scalable Simulation - is a virtual lab between CEA, France and FZJ, Germany. The goal is to build a joint international research institute for simulation, quantum computing, data analytics and AI in the era of Exascale Computing and beyond.

Unité d'Imagerie RMN et de Spectroscopie

We collaborate with Jean-Francois Mangin and Cyril Poupon on combining brain imaging with diffusion MRI and 3D-Polarized Light Imaging & nerve fibre modelling for imaging simulation.

Further Partners

Jülich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA)

Max Planck School of Cognition

Hebrew University, cooperation with Yosef Grodzinsky