To Build a Human Brain: Progress of Human Brain Projects in Switzerland and China

How much do you know about your brain?

Event Details


swissnex China office
22F, Building A, Far East International Plaza, 319 XianXia Road, Shanghai, China


March 24, 2015 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Asia/Shanghai (UTC+08:00)


Free but with limited space

The Human Brain Project (HBP) is a new initiative launched by the European Commission as part of its Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) initiative. The goal of the HBP is to pull together all our existing knowledge about the human brain and to reconstruct the brain, piece by piece, in supercomputer-based models and simulations. Understanding the human brain is one of the greatest scientific challenges of our time. Such an understanding will lead to fundamentally new computing technologies, transform the diagnosis and treatment of brain diseases, and provide profound insights into our humanity.

As part of the HBP project, the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) launched its Blue Brain project in 2005. This month, swissnex China is happy to invite Dr. Sean Hill, co-Director of the Blue Brain Project and co-Director of Neuroinformatics in the European Union funded Human Brain Project (HBP) at EPFL, and Prof. FENG Jianfeng from Fudan University to share with us their knowledge about the human brain, and the progress of human brain projects in Switzerland and China.

Program Rundown

  • Speech by Dr. Sean Hill: The Development of Human Brain Project in Switzerland and EU
  • Speech by Prof. FENG Jianfeng: The Development of Human Brain Project in China
  • Q&A

Sandwiches and drinks will be provided.




Ms. Linda Lou
Director Academic Relations, swissnex China


Sean Hill

Dr. Sean Hill

Sean Hill is co-Director of the Blue Brain Project and co-Director of Neuroinformatics in the European Union funded Human Brain Project (HBP) at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Dr. Hill also serves as the Scientific Director of the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF) at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. Dr. Hill has extensive experience in building and simulating large-scale models of brain circuitry and has also supervised and led research efforts exploring the principles underlying the structure and dynamics of neocortical and thalamocortical microcircuitry.


Feng jianfengProf. FENG Jianfeng

Jianfeng Feng is a Distinguished Professor in the Thousand Talents Program of China, Chair Professor in Applied Mathematics at Shanghai Center for Mathematical Sciences, Professor of Biology, Mathematics, and Brain Science in Fudan University, China, and Professor of Computer Science in University of Warwick, UK.
He has been developing new mathematical, statistical and computational theories and methods to meet the challenges raised in neuroscience and mental health researches. Recently, his research interests are mainly in big data analysis and mining for neuroscience and brain diseases.