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[24.04.2020] New release: NRP 3.0 is out now!

We are happy to announce that NRP 3.0 has been released and the following new features are now available:

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  • Fluid simulation
  • Plotting tools in the frontend
  • Human-in-the-loop improvement in the Unity client
  • Graphical experiment designer
  • Web robot designer
  • Improved SpiNNaker integration
  • Support of HBP EBRAINS Sonata brain file format and SP6 Cerebellum model
  • New models and experiment templates
  • Python 3 ready

Plotting simulation data is now also possible from the web interface. Click on the Plotting Tool button in the toolbar and try it out. SpiNNaker integration has been made as easy as possible on local installations. Check the install documentation (step 10) and start over with the templace SpiNNaker experiment. This version also proposes new beta features like a web robot designer, a graphical state machine editor, fluid (particles) simulation and is now Python 3-ready for developers. Available as usual as source or docker local installation, and online. We hope you enjoy our new release and as always if you need support, please visit our forum.

[18.04.2020] Prof. Knoll gives video presentation for Chinese Scientific American

On 18 April, Prof. Knoll gave a virtual talk for the Chinese Scientific American that was broadcasted live on 10 websites, and more than 421,000 people watched the video!

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A screenshot of the video presentation.


Prof. Knoll introduced the Human Brain Project and the role that the project has in the European brain research. He then hihglighted the scientific goals that Neurorobotics is helping pursue within the project, especially thanks to the Neurorobotics Platform, which he defined as a new tool driving the virtualization of robotics and neuroscience. The video can be accessed through this link and it will be uploaded to the website of China Science and Tecnology Musem. Scientific American is a popular science American magazine and it is the oldest continuously published monthly magazine in the United States. The Chinese Scientific American was established in 1979.

[01.04.2020] RoBoBrain wins HBP Research Infrastructure Voucher Programme Call

Thanks to the HBP Research Infrastructure Voucher Programme Call, the scope of the NRP research activity increases. Scientists from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, OIST, and the RIKEN institute, in Japan, will be collaborating with the NRP team in the new project RoBoBrain.

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One of RoBoBrain experimental setups in the NRP.


The title of the project is Whole-brain spiking neural network and rodent musculo- skeletal models integration for behavioral experimentation in the neurorobotics platform and it represents the very ambitious attempt to virtually embody a brain model of point neurons with realistic topographic connectivity, implementing closed loops and multiple regions interactions, to be then simulated at different scales. The proposed work builds upon current efforts that aim at providing the NRP with the ability to run large-scale NEST neural networks by distributing NEST simulations over multiple nodes of the Piz Daint cluster in EBRAINS.

[30.03.2020] Compliant Neurorobotics: Neurorobotic Mouse (NeRmo) V4.1

A report on TUM Neurorobotic Mouse has been just published and you can access it here.

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Built around the concept of tendon-driven actuation and embedding multiple sensors, this robot is a universal research platform for testing of new robotic features and functions inspired by neuroscience. With its virtual twin available in the HBP Neurorobotics Platform (the software toolset developed by HBP for embodied simulation) the robot mouse is ideal for studying how controllers developed in simulation perform in the real world.
Safety is a main feature of compliant robots, but designing controllers that work well for them is still an open question. Leveraging advances in neuroscience, HBP researchers are employing neural networks to create biologically-inspired controllers that will allow compliant robots to achieve the adaptivity and versatility required for the next generation of robotic devices.



TUM PhD candidate Peer Lucas, the report first author.

[04-06.02.2020] NRP presented at the 7th HBP Summit in Athens

The HBP 7th Summit has taken place in Athens, Greece and its special focus was on the key steps taken to establish EBRAINS, the European Research Infrastructure for neuroscience. The NRP team was there to present our research activity and latest updates.

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Dr. Fabrice Morin presenting at the HBP Summit.

TUM senior researchers Dr. Morel and Dr. Morin introduced the NRP to the Summit audience with a presentation titled The Neurorobotics Platform: Embodiment as a bridge between model and function. After a brief introduction on the main concepts of embodiment, closed-lopp neuroscience and its connection to physical robotics, the presenters introduced the challenge of simulation and in silico experimentation, concluding with a list of the many and promising applications the NRP can lead to.

[23-24.01.2020] NRP multi-stakeholder workshop in Munich

On 23-24 January, neuroscientists, computer scientists, roboticists and developers met for a two-day workshop in the beautiful city of Munich for a multi-stakeholder workshop hosted by HBP partner TUM.

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Dr. Porr discussing his feedback with the workshop participants.

The aim of this workshop was to strengthen and extend our understanding of the needs of current and prospective users of the NRP, so that the software development process of the NRP could be better aligned with those needs. The workshop was organised and coordinated by Dr. Yannick Morel and Victoria Neumann, and gathered 15 participants, both HBP members and external users. They exposed their expectations (and sometimes frustrations) in lively discussions over the two days of the meeting, providing invaluable insight into the value proposition of the NRP. In particular, we would like to thank Dr. Bernd Porr, from the University of Glasgow, for joining us and contributing with both feedback and ideas. A big thanks also to our dev team who actively contributed to an engaging and productive conversation throughout the workshop!