Dr. Henry Markram, of Blue Brain Project enthrals techies

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Tvm: Dr. Henry Markram, Project Director of the revolutionary Blue Brain Project was in Technopark today on the invitation of a Technopark based company, PIT Solutions.

Dr. Henry Markram made a presentation on the Blue Brain project to a select audience at a fully packed Travancore Hall at the Park Centre in Technopark. Mervin Alexander, CEO Technopark said it’s a very significant day in the history of Technopark .

The Blue Brain Project is the first comprehensive attempt to reverse-engineer human brain in order to understand brain function and dysfunction through detailed simulations. The Blue Brain Project is basically an attempt to build a computerized copy of a brain – starting with a rat’s brain, and then progressing to a human brain – inside one of the world’s most powerful computers. It aims to bring scientists closer to a better understanding of the brain’s architectural and functional principles, which would eventually lead to cures for many brain-related diseases. In due course of time, the ‘Blue Brain’ project is considered to rank as one of the most extraordinary endeavors in scientific history.

Dr. Henry Markram, the Director of the Swiss Federal Institute’s (EPFL) Brain Mind Institute heads the Blue Brain project. He says the mysteries of the mind can be solved – soon. Mental illness, memory, perception: they’re made of neurons and electric signals, and he plans to find them with a supercomputer that models all the brain’s 100,000,000,000,000 synapses. Situated in the heart of Europe, the Swiss Federal Institute (EPFL) is, with its sister school in Zurich, one of Europe’s leading institutions of science and technology. It has long lasting relation with world’s leading institutes including India’s IIT’s.

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