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The platform

The Neurorobotics Platform (NRP) developed in the Human Brain Project (HBP) is an Internet-accessible simulation system that allows the simulation of robots controlled by spiking neural networks. It targets researchers of multiple fields. Prospected users include but are not limited to neuroscientists wanting to validate brain models in the context of closed action-perception loops as well as robotics researchers wanting to develop new neuro-inspired controllers.


Globally accessible

Run simulations from anywhere without any installation. Launch a simulation, edit the parameters and gain fascinating insights into the world of neurorobotics.

Fully custom­iz­able

Choose from the predefined robot models and environments and edit them and the brain models used as controllers.

High per­form­ance

Use our high performance computing to your full advantage. Our clusters provide top of the line power through our web interface.

From any device

Since the platform runs in a browser, it is easily accessible from any device - be it a high-powered PC or a smartphone.

For Roboti­cists

Use neural controllers to breathe life into one of our detailed 3D robot models.

For Neuro­scientists

Connect your brain models to 3D bodies in one of our many simulation environments.

Cloud Comput­ing

Upload and share your experiments in our cloud. Everything is available on our website and right at your fingertips - from anywhere.

Moving forward

With a team of skilled researchers working relentlessly on driving the development, improvements and additional features will keep on coming.

Open Source

Since one of the central pillars of the HBP is collaboration, it only makes sense that the source code of the contributing platforms is open source. This then really incorporates the spirit of collaboration without boundaries. Our qualified developer and support team can be contacted using the above contact form to answer any open questions.

The source code to the platform can be found on Bitbucket by clicking the button below:

Source Code on Bitbucket


The main focus of NRP's ongoing and future development is the implementation of user tools for designing custom experiments. This will enable experimenters to comfortably specify more sophisticated experiments with well-defined control flows, to select (and, to a certain extent, to create) virtual robots and environments, and to configure the connections between brain models and the embodiments.

  • Experiment Simulation Viewer Web based.
  • Braitenberg Experiment with Lauron robot.
  • Braitenberg Experiment with Husky robot.
  • Spike train live view.
  • First integration into the collaboratory portal
  • New environment (rough land field)
  • Edition of experiments
  • New robots (including iCub humanoid)
  • New experiment: eye tracking on iCub humanoid
  • Robot metrics (dynamic state) monitoring
  • Environment designer
  • New experiment: virtual mouse with soft skin animation
  • New experiments: empty templates with predefined robots
  • Saving, loading and sharing of edited experiments
  • Integration into HBP collaboratory portal
  • First version of experiment designer: state machine editor
  • First Public Release!
  • Improved resource management and user support
  • Tutorial videos
  • Better server discovery
  • Rendering improvements
  • User definable graphical settings
  • UI improvements
  • User debugging tools
  • New template experiments
  • Support for bigger brain models
  • Graphical transfer functions editor
  • Basic brain visualization
  • Python API for batch simulations (Virtual Coach)
  • Object scaling
  • New template experiments
  • Camera Streaming
  • Environment Enhancements
  • Collab features on locally installed Platform
  • Bigger resources for more users
  • Replay experiments
  • Create experiments from scratch
  • Better support of SpiNNaker
  • User installable Platform
  • New template experiments
  • More user debugging tools
  • Support Nengo neural network simulator
"This vision is for a seven-year time horizon: it is to be achieved by the end of the regular funding period of the HBP, i.e., by the time the HBP enters the status of a European Research Infra-structure. So, by 2023, we expect our current research in “Future Computing and Robotics” to have produced a number of unique, tangible results in the form of “products” and a number of ground breaking “base technologies and methods” that will significantly facilitate and accelerate future research in the European Infrastructure in a diverse range of fields."
You can find the full text to this vision here.

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