Neurorobotics in the HBP

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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 Neuro-scientists

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.


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
  • Support for bigger brains
  • Brain visualization
  • Rendering improvements
  • UI improvements
  • Python API for batch simulations
  • User debugging tools
  • New experiments (manipulation and retina)

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