The Virtual Brain

Date: 31 August 2019
Venue: Department of Physics, University of Warsaw
            Ludwika Pasteura 5, 02-093 Warsaw, Poland  View map

Simulated brains. Real memories.
This workshop will explain the fundamental principles of full brain network modeling using the open source neuroinformatics platform The Virtual Brain (TVB). This simulation environment enables the biologically realistic modeling of network dynamics using connectome-based approaches across different brain scales. Configurable brain network models generate macroscopic neuroimaging signals including functional MRI, intracranial and stereotactic EEG, surface EEG and MEG for single subjects. Researchers from different backgrounds can benefit from an integrative software platform including a supporting framework for data management (generation, organization, storage, integration and sharing) and a simulation core written in Python.

Workshop Format
Lectures and hands-on tutorials.
Attendees are required to BYOL – bring your own laptop.

Workshop Program Overview
Theoretical background of large scale brain network modeling Architecture of TVB
Interacting with TVB using GUI and CLI
Preprocessing neuroimaging data – how to obtain a TVB dataset
Fitting the model parameters to the functional data
Modeling brain stimulation, both human & mouse brain
Investigating clinical indications with TVB (epilepsy, stroke & neurodegenerative disease)
Modifying TVB code and implementing new features

Prepare for the workshop.
To get the most out of this workshop as an attendee, you might want to get a head-start by preparing your gear before you arrive:
1. Download and install the latest stable TVB package.
2. Test it in its current form to make sure it’s compatible with your computing environment.
3. Familiarize yourself with the basics by browsing through the included manual. (once downloaded TVB, located at /TVB-Distribution/docs/UserManual.pdf)
4. If you are interested in modifying the code and contributing to TVB, also install the version control system Git.

A user account on the HBP Collaboration platform is required ( If you do not have an account, please send an email to; stating your interest in participating in the TVB Node#9, and you will receive an invitation to join the platform.

In case of any technical problems with TVB installation, head over to the TVB mailing list

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