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Brain Research

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The brain is the most mysterious and advanced machine humans know. The European Commission funds research to better understand and improve our knowledge of the brain; in this page you will find information about these projects.

The brain is much more than an organ. It is a system whose secrets can help us not only cure diseases, but also build better computing systems, able to do things that today we may not even imagine.

The Human Brain Project, a very ambitious 1 Billion EUR project launched by the European Commission in 2013, aims to reconstruct the human brain through supercomputer-based models.

The projects grouped under Future & Emerging Technologies aim to better understand the working process of our brain: for example, HIVE focused on non-invasive brain stimulation technologies and led to the creation of innovative medical tools.

In the field of Robotics, artificial cognitive systems inspired by brain research will enable robots and autonomous systems to perform new types of tasks in the real world.

The projects that deal with Brain-Neural Computer Interaction (BNCI) records brain activity and works to understand the connections between the brain and neural connections. The aim is to develop interactions between the brain and electronic devices to overcome neural damage. The TOBI project is at the forefront in the study of brain-computer interactions that will have a real impact in improving the quality of life of disabled people.

Brain research is key in our ageing society, to better manage senile brain degeneration illnesses. BrainAble aims at improving people's quality of life by providing inner functional independence for daily life activities and autonomy at home with accessible and interoperable smarthome services; and enabling their participation in social activities with adapted social networks services.

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