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HIBALL

Incentivising long[er]-term collaboration

Welcome to the Helmholtz International BigBrain Analytics Learning Laboratory (HIBALL). Our aim is to transform the successful collaboration between McGill University (Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, MacConnell Brain Imaging Centre) and Forschungszentrum Jülich (Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine-1, Jülich Supercomputing Centre) to the next level by reinforcing utilization and co-development of the latest AI and high-performance computing (HPC) technologies for building highly detailed 3D brain models, in close collaboration with the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), the Mila - Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute (MILA) in Canada, and the Helmholtz AI Cooperation Unit (HAICU).

Atlas Gallery

Palomero-Gallagher and Funck, 2020
Wang et al., 2020
Bernhardt et al., 2020
Zeighami et al., 2020

HIBALL teams

the labs involved in HIBALL

Forschungszentrum Jülich
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Forschungszentrum Jülich
McGill Centre for Integrative Neuroscience
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McGill Centre for Integrative Neuroscience
Prof. Dr. med. Katrin Amunts
Project: Cellular BigBrain
Forschungszentrum Jülich INM-1
Dr. rer. nat. Markus Axer
Project: Multimodal data integration
Forschungszentrum Jülich Jülich Supercomputing Centre
Dr. Boris Bernhardt
Project: Multimodal data integration
Multimodal & Multiscale Neuroscience
Dr. Timo Dickscheid
Project: AI-based segmentation
Project: Cellular BigBrain
Forschungszentrum Jülich INM-?
Prof. Dr. Alan C Evans
Project: AI-based segmentation
Project: Virtual BigBrain model
McGill Centre for Integrative Neuroscience
Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Lippert
Project: Computing architecture
Forschungszentrum Jülich Jülich Supercomputing Centre
Prof. Dr. Randy McIntosh
Project: AI-based segmentation
McIntosh Lab
Dr. Doina Precup
Project: Brain-inspired AI
Reason and Learning Lab
Dr. Blake Richards
Project: Brain-inspired AI
Linc Lab
Prof. Dr. Norbert Eicker
Forschungszentrum Jülich JSC
Prof. Dr. med. Simon Eickhoff
Forschungszentrum Jülich INM-7
Dr. Yasser Iturria-Medina
McGill University NeuroPM Lab
Dr. rer. nat. Nicola Palomero-Gallagher
Forschungszentrum Jülich INM-1
Prof. Dr. Dirk Pleiter
Forschungszentrum Jülich JSC
Dr. Hartmut Mohlberg
Forschungszentrum Jülich INM-1
Prof. Dr. Morris Riedel
Forschungszentrum Jülich JSC
Dr. Susanne Wenzel
Forschungszentrum Jülich INM-1

Partners and Sponsors

those that contributed to the HIBALL project

Why create the BigBrain

a message from Dr. Zilles and Dr. Palomero-Gallagher

the major advantage of the BigBrain for our work is that the image data of the human brain are registered as a 3D volume at very high spatial resolution. Since the human brain is folded, any part of the cortical ribbon may be subjected to the geometrical effects of this folding, i.e. the cortex is obliquely or even tangentially sectioned at various sites in a 2D representation, e.g. in images of single microtome sections. This effect hampers the measurement of any cortical structure which is bound to the 3D columnar architecture of the cortex. In contrast, the BigBrain allows analyses in 3D, and thus has opened the door to many studies which would not be possible in 2D representations.

Martha Crago

Vice-Principal (Research + Innovation) McGill University

With HIBALL the partnership between two world-leading research institutions in computational neuroscience will provide an important platform for the scientists to conduct innovative, interdisciplinary, and complementary research in a rich and collaborative setting.

Yoshua Bengio

Mila Scientific Director, Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute

HIBALL assembles a team with world-leading expertise in neuroimaging, artificial intelligence, neuroscience and neuroinformatics, which complements well the team at Mila. The active participation of several PIs with ties to Mila is very exciting, and we anticipate this lab will further expand the collaboration between neuroscience and AI experts in the Montreal ecosystem, leading to cutting-edge discoveries in both fields.

Viktor Jirsa

Directeur de Recherche, CNRS

HIBALL can build on a remarkable expertise and international reputation and will lead to high impact contributions in Human Brain Atlasing, Neuroinformatics, and Machine Learning.