The Virtual Brain

For over 20 years, bright minds and ambitious projects have attempted to emulate the human brain across various scales of organization. Despite impressive efforts to bring in the latest and greatest computing power of massively parallel hardware, success hasn’t yielded practical applications yet.

To get practicality sooner, The Virtual Brain takes a network approach on the largest scale: By manipulating network parameters, in particular the brain’s connectivity, The Virtual Brain simulates its behavior as it is commonly observed in clinical scanners (e.g. EEG, MEG, fMRI).

Though The Virtual Brain incorporates the complex world of neuro-chemistry only to a small degree, it gains a lot by not becoming as complex as the brain itself.

Instead, The Virtual Brain embraces and extends novel concepts from computational, cognitive and clinical neuroscience in order to drastically reduce the model's complexity while still keeping it sufficiently realistic – and delivering the same output as clinical brain-scanners.

Past events

New developments

  • New TVB website offers easier downloads, improves support for scientists

    November 10

    When the first website for The Virtual Brain was built, the software hadn't even reached beta state. That was in 2011.

    In the last 5 years, we've added many new parts to the website and saw the list of newsworthy events, software releases, research papers and contributors grow. The old structure was bursting at its seams. So for [SfN2016](/tvb/zwei/newswire-event-single/120110-see-tvb-live

  • TVB invited to Google Summer of Code 2016 Mentor Summit

    October 28

    TVB Lead Developer Lia Domide was invited to join the Google Summer of Code 2016 Mentor Summit in Sunnyvale, California.

  • Brain simulator Code Jam in Romania

    September 5

    Key software developers from the TVB team meet again for the 2016 Code Jam in Cluj, Romania.

    For several days, the leading software specialists and neuroscientists from the TVB team are discussing architecture, upcoming features and how to integrate the latest findings from active neuroscience research.