10 August 2010

John Porrill & Paul Dean win EU FP7 grant

John Porrill and Paul Dean have been awarded a grant of ~350,000 Euros as part of the the European FP7 Bio-ICT programme RealNet: 'Realistic
Real-time network: computation dynamics in the cerebellum' (total value ~3.3M Euros). The project has partner sites in Milan, Padova, Granada, Jerusalem, Berlin and at Bar-Ilan university.

The project aims to develop the first realistic real-time model of the cerebellum and connect it to robotic systems to evaluate circuit functioning under closed-loop conditions. Its network architecture, based on realistic neurons, will provide a radically new view of the dynamic computations in central brain circuits, laying the basis for new technological applications in sensori-motor control and cognitive systems.