Speaker's Biography:

Henry Markram
Director, The Blue Brain Project, and Coordinator, The Human Brain Project, Swiss Federal Institute for Technology in Lausanne

Henry Markram is the director of the Blue Brain Project and coordinator of the Human Brain Project at the Swiss Federal Institute for Technology in Lausanne, where he is a professor of neuroscience. He is a founder of the Brain Mind Institute. The Human Brain Project aims to construct a computerized simulation of the brain. The HBP was selected in January 2013 as one of the European Commission's Future Emerging Technologies Flagship projects, with a grant of more than 1 billion euros over the next 10 years. The initiative involves researchers in 80 institutions across Europe - from biologists, neurobiologists and biochemists to computer scientists and engineers. Markram believes the HBP may lead not only to a paradigm shift in our understanding of the brain and its illnesses but also to innovative concepts for designing computers and robots. Markram also aims for the Human Brain Project to spur a new approach to mental health globally.