Short Course: Simulating the brain with the Brain Simulation Platform (BSP)

This full-day short course will introduce participants to the Brain Simulation Platform (BSP) of the Human Brain Project (HBP). After the course, participants will be able to use the BSP to access HPC systems to configure and run simulations, visualize and analyze simulation results, and to form collaborative groups interested in exploring scientific issues of common interest. The course will consist of a ½ day of lectures and ½ day of hands-on tutorials. Requirements for attending this workshop include: basic knowledge of neuronal electrophysiology, neural modeling, and a user account of the HBP Collaboratory Platform ( It is recommended that participants have experience with Python programming and the NEURON simulator.


Neuroscience data integration through use of digital brain atlases

This full-day course will introduce participants to currently available reference atlases. It will demonstrate how the 3D brain templates for the reference atlases are acquired, how they are used as a basis for delineating the structures of the brain, how they can be enriched by other data modalities, and how they can be used as a basis for assigning location (coordinate based or semantic) to a wide range of structural and functional data collected from the brain. The course will also outline examples of data system employed to organize neuroscience data collections in the context of reference atlases as well as analytical workflows applied to the data. This course will consist of a combination of lectures and hands-on training sessions.


The Virtual Brain (TVB) Workshop

This full-day workshop will introduce participants to The Virtual Brain (TVB) neuroinformatics platform. After the course, participants will be able to have a basic understanding of how models are built using TVB, how they work, and what biological properties of a neural system they represent, as well as an understanding of several research topics that can be explored using TVB. This workshop is composed of lectures and hands-on sessions that will allow participants to immediately apply the concepts from the lectures on your simulations in TVB. Requirements for the course include the latest versions of the TVB package and Git.