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Sunday, July 19 • 8:00pm - 9:00pm
P9: Introducing EBRAINS: European infrastructure for brain research

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Wouter Klijn, Sandra Diaz, Sebastian Spreizer, Thomas Lippert, Spiros Athanasiou, Yannis Ioannidis, Abigail Morrison, Evdokia Mailli, Katrin Amunts, Jan Bjaalie
The Human Brain Project (HBP), the ICT-based Flagship project of the EU, is developing EBRAINS - a research infrastructure providing tools and services which can be used to address challenges in brain research and brain-inspired technology development. EBRAINS will allow the creation of the necessary synergy between different national efforts to address one of the most challenging targets of research. The diverse services of the EBRAINS infrastructure will be illustrated with three use cases spanning the immensely diverse neuroscience field: The first case is about Viktoria, a researcher who received a grant to investigate the distribution of interneuron types in the cortex and their activity under specific conditions. She needs a place to store, publish and share the data collected to add to the body of knowledge on the human brain. She contacts the HBP service desk and her case is forwarded to the data curation team, a part of the EBRAINS High Level Support Team. The data curators provide data management support and help make her data FAIR by registering it in the Knowledge Graph [1] and the Brain Atlas [2]. Her data is stored for 10 years, given a DOI to allow citations, and can be used by tools integrated in EBRAINS. The second case is about Johanna, who has developed a software package for the analysis of iEEG data and now wants this tool to be used by as many researchers as possible. She contacts the HBP service desk and is put in contact with the EBRAINS technical coordination team. A co-design process is started together with the co-simulation framework developers, and her software is integrated into the simulation and analysis framework. After integration, Johanna's tool can now be used with experimental data as well as to simulated iEEG data. Her tool is integrated into the operations framework of EBRAINS and is easily deployed on the HPC resources available through EBRAINS. The third use case is about Jim, a neuroscience professor with a strong focus on teaching. After learning about the HBP he explores the EBRAINS website and discovers the wide range of educational tools available. NEST Desktop [3], for instance, is a web accessible interface for spiking neuron networks. It allows the creation of a complete simulation with less than 10 mouse clicks, without the need to install any software. The output of the simulation can be then ported to Jupyter notebooks hosted on the EBRAINS' systems to perform additional analysis. The functionality is accompanied with online MOOCs and detailed documentation to provide him with enough material to fill multiple courses on neuroscience. With the EBRAINS infrastructure the HBP is delivering a set of tools and services in support of all aspects of neuroscience research. Get more information at: www.ebrains.eu or email the service desk at: support@ebrains.eu Acknowledgments This research has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation under the Specific Grant Agreement No. 785907 (Human Brain Project SGA2). References 1\. Amunts, K., et. al. (2019) The Human Brain Project—Synergy between neuroscience, computing, informatics, and brain-inspired technologies. PLoS biology, 17(7) 2\. Bjerke IE, et al. (2018) Data integration through brain atlasing: Human Brain Project tools and strategies. Eur Psychiatry. 50:70–6 3\. https://github.com/babsey/nest-desktop

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Wouter Klijn

Team leader, Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Simulation Lab Neuroscience,, Forschungszentrum Jülich
Wouter Klijn completed a MSc in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. His Master thesis was on the information content of cell species in a 3 layer model of a cortical micro-column. He currently is a teamleader in the Simlab Neuroscience at the... Read More →

Sunday July 19, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm CEST
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