Blue Brain Portal

The Blue Brain Project

The goal of EPFL's Blue Brain Project is to build biologically detailed digital reconstructions and simulations of the rodent, and ultimately the human brain.

The supercomputer-based reconstructions and simulations built by the project offer a radically new approach for understanding the multilevel structure and function of the brain.

The project’s novel research strategy exploits interdependencies in the experimental data to obtain dense maps of the brain, without measuring every detail of its multiple levels of organization (molecules, cells, micro-circuits, brain regions, the whole brain).

This strategy allows the project to build digital reconstructions (computer models) of the brain at an unprecedented level of biological detail.

Supercomputer-based simulation of their behavior turns understanding the brain into a tractable problem, providing a new tool to study the complex interactions within different levels of brain organization and to investigate the cross-level links leading from genes to cognition.

The Blue Brain Portal is a knowledge space for neuroscientists. EPFL’s Blue Brain Project recognizes that knowledge sharing is an important driving force to consolidate and promote simulation neuroscience, which in turn, is fundamental to understanding the brain as a complex multi-scale system. Therefore, the Blue Brain Portal brings together in one place open-sourced software, tools, models and data, both from us and our collaborators. The aim is for this knowledge to be utilized by both the neuroscientific and the wider scientific community to develop the field of simulation neuroscience.

Join Blue Brain’s journey to simulate the brain.


Blue Brain Team

Prof. Henry Markram
Founder and Director
Prof. Felix Schürmann
Computing Director
Adriana Salvatore
Director of Operations
Jean-Denis Courcol
Neuroscientific Software Engineering
Dr. Rajnish Ranjan
Membrane Systems
Samuel Kerrien
Neuroinformatics Software Engineering
Samuel Lapere
Scientific Visualization
Olli Salo
Core Computing Services
James King
High Performance Computing
Daniel Keller
Molecular Systems
Francesco Casalegno
Machine Learning
Mohameth François Sy
Section Manager Data and Knowledge Engineering
Werner Van Geit
Simulation Neuroscience Cells
Michael Reimann
Simulation Neuroscience Connectomics
Srikanth Ramaswamy
Simulation Neuroscience Circuits