New NRP release 2.2

The Neurorobotics Platform is proud to annouce its new 2.2 release, featuring:

  • Record and replay simulations
  • New experiment creation work flow with robots and brain drag and drop
  • New models libraries
  • Support multiple robots (full)
  • Plotting and visualization tools support for Nengo
  • Join simulation shared by others
  • Custom workspace management
Creating a new experiment is now as simple as selecting an environment, dragging robot(s) inside and dragging a brain.
Try the amazing recording and replay feature too!
Available as usual as source or docker local installation, and online from
We hope you enjoy our new release and as always if you need support, please visit our forum.



Research Assistant in Biorobotics @DTU

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NRP 2.1.1 supports Nengo

Though it has been possible in earlier versions to embed Nengo code in transfer functions, Nengo is now officially supported as a brain simulator, alternatively to PyNN/Nest. You can write your brain model fully in Nengo and connect your Ensembles to your robot using our transfer function mechanism. We provide a template experiment featuring Nengo. Just find it filtering by “Nengo” key word, clone it and launch it.

The NRP is available as usual as source or docker installation, and online from
We hope you enjoy our new release and as always if you need support, please visit our forum.

New NRP release 2.1

The Neurorobotics Platform is proud to annouce its new 2.1 release, featuring:

  • Improved easy install of the NRP using docker
    • Now supporting Windows, Linux and Mac
  • Changelog informs user of new features and compatibility breaks
  • New frontend design with layouts and new toolbars
  • Code editors auto-persistence (no save button anymore)
And coming very soon:
  • Support for Nengo brains (coming in 2.1.1)
  • Multiple robot support (coming in 2.1.2)
Available as usual as source or docker installation, and online from
We hope you enjoy our new release and as always if you need support, please visit our forum.

Booth CeBit 2018

Date: 12.06.2018
Venue: Hannover
Duration: 4 Days

TUM presented the Neurorobotics Platform and our Robot Mice at the CeBIT.
For one week you could see our robots live and learn how they and the NRP are used within the HBP research.
Thanks to the many people showing interest in the NRP and our Robots.


Workshop at the ERF!

Come join us during our workshop on 15.03. at ERF2018!

We will give an overview of neurorobotics and demonstrate our platform. You can learn how you can use it for your own projects/research and participate in an interactive session to discuss the platform’s strengths and opportunities so it can become even better in the future.

Our workshop is titled “Beyond conventional AI – the Neurorobotics Platform” and will take place in room Maestro at 2PM.



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24. Handelsblatt Jahrestagung Strategisches IT-Management 2018

Date: 16.01.2018
Venue: Sofitel Munich Bayerpost

Alois Knoll gave a keynote talk on neurorobotics and the Human Brain Project at the conference Handelsblatt Jahrestagung Strategisches IT-Management 2018. IT managers learned how HBP technology such as the Neurorobotics Platform can be used as tools for creating innovative brain-derived products and solutions. In the break, participants had the chance to meet our robot mouse.


Learning to walk

Favorit Bar + Kunstverein München, in collaboration with the TU München and the Human Brain Project, present

Learning to Walk: Künstliche Intelligenz und Körper

Performance and grand finale at Kunstverein München: Learning to Walk: 42nd Street of 2018 takes place on 26th January.

Find out more here:

and here





HBP Innovation Day

The HBP Innovation Day will take place in Munich on 15.12.2017!

For registering to the event, please send an Email with the title “HBP innovation Day” and stating your full name and affiliation to:

Learn more here:






HBP Summit 2017

Date: 17.10.2017
Venue: Glasgow

Duration: 4 days

The Human Brain Project (HBP) Summit is a unique forum for the HBP Consortium and its Partnering Projects to come together to present and learn about the latest scientific results and other project achievements, as well as to develop new ideas, plan next steps and network. The event consists of a 3-day interactive scientific programme, comprising plenary sessions, external keynote presentations, hackathons, demos, scientific highlight sessions and cross-disciplinary workshops.


NRP presented at Digital Summit in Tallinn

We presented the ongoing work in the HBP in Tallin at the Digital Summit. We were one of the main topics during this presentation to show the constantly improving NRP and its many possible applications.

Find out more here:

Below you can see the latest addition to our project, a biologically inspired robotic mouse to further close the gap between biological and robotic systems.

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User Workshop @ FZI Karlsruhe

Date: 24.07.2017
Venue: FZI, Karlsruhe, Germany
Duration: 3 Days

Thanks to all of the 17 participants for making this workshop a great time.

We held a successful Neurorobotics Platform (NRP) User Workshop in FZI, Karlsruhe.  We welcomed 17 attendants over three days, coming from various sub-projects (such as Martin Pearson, SP3) and HBP outsiders (Carmen Peláez-Moreno and  Francisco José Valverde Albacete). We focused on hands-on sessions so that users got comfortable using the NRP themselves.


Thanks to our live boot image with the NRP pre-installed, even users who did not follow the local installation steps beforehand could run the platform locally in no time. During the first day, we provided a tutorial experiment, exclusively developed for the event, which walked the users through the many features of the NRP. This tutorial experiment is inspired from the baby playing ping pong video, which is here simulated with an iCub robot. This tutorial experiment will soon get released with the official build of the platform.


On the second and third days, more freedom was given to the users so that they could implement their own experiments. We had short hands-on sessions on the Robot Designer as well as Virtual Coach, for offline optimization and analysis. Many new experiments were successfully integrated into the platform: the Miro robot from Consequential Robotics,  a snake-like robot moving with Central Patterns Generators (CPG), revival of the Lauron experiment, …


We received great feedback from the users. We are looking forward for the organization of the next NRP User Workshop!

Upcoming Developer Workshop

We are pleased to announce our next developer Workshop at Fortiss in Munich!

It will be held from 4.10.-6.10. and will give our development the chance to plan the next release (2.0) in great detail and work out any remaining issues during these days of concentrated work. In the image below you can see our latest virtual room.


AI at TUM in german television

The well known german television series “Tatort” is currently filming an episode on a 10 year research project on artificial intelligence. They chose TUM in Munich as location. This just goes to show again how popular AI has become and how important it is to continue our research on AI combined with robotics.

The episode is now completed, find out more here:




title = {The Neurorobotics Platform: A simulation environment for brain-inspired robotics},

link = {},

author = {M. Akl, HBP Neurorobotics Team},

journal = {Bernstein Conference 2017},

year = {2017}


title = {Hebbian Learning Based Sensorimotor Association in a Closed-Loop Neurorobotic Experiment},

link = {},

author = {B. Feldotto, F. Walter, F. Röhrbein},

journal = {Bernstein Conference 2017},

year = {2017}

We are presenting at the Bernstein Conference!


Colleagues from HBP neurorobotics are presenting 3 posters at the Bernstein Conference 2017 in Göttingen:

  1. Hebbian Learning Based Sensory to Motor Association in a Closed-Loop Neurorobotic Experiment
  2. The Neurorobotics Platform: A simulation environment for brain-inspired robotics
  3. Simple mathematical model of delay eyeblink conditioning in the cerebellum

Come talk to us and learn more about our project!


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New publication

title = {Spiking Cooperative Stereo-Matching at 2 ms Latency with Neuromorphic Hardware},

author = {G. Dikov, M. Firouzi, F. Röhrbein, J. Conradt,  C. Richter},


journal = {Living Machines 2017: Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems},

year = {2017}

link = {}

User Workshop In Karlsruhe!

The Neurorobotics User Workshop will take place at FZI, Karlsruhe, from the 24th to the 26th of July. This workshop is a great opportunity for new users to integrate with the  community and make progress with their own experiments.


Bringing Technology and People Closer Together

With our brain inspired robots being a relatively young development, it is of utmost importance to make them more approachable to the public. Amongst other technology trends, we represented our project in the course of the third future congress hosted by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF).


New publication

title = {A Scalable Neuro-inspired Robot Controller Integrating a Machine Learning Algorithm and a Spiking Cerebellar-like Network},

author = {I. Ojeda, S. Tolu, H. Lund},

journal = {Living Machines Conference},

year = {2017},

link = {}

3rd Japan-EU Workshop

Date: 15.06.2017
Venue: Biotech Campus Geneva
Duration: 1 day
In conjunction with the symposium „Building Bodies for Brains & Brains for Bodies“ on June 16 we had our 3rd Japan-EU Workshop on Neurorobotics in Geneva.
Speakers included:
Yoshihiko Nakamura (University of Tokyo)
Satoshi Oota (RIKEN)
Poramate Manoonpong (University of Southern Denmark),
Aaron Sloman (University of Birmingham)
It was the third in a hopefully now established series of workshops. For the past two workshops in this series in 2015 and 2016 see:

Symposium: Building Bodies for Brains & Brains for Bodies

Date: 16.06.2017
Venue: Biotech Campus Geneva
Duration: 1 day

It was a one-day symposium in the field of neurorobotics with the goal of improving robot behavior by exploiting ideas from neuroscience and investigating brain function using real physical robots or simulations thereof.
Contributions to this workshop focussed on (but not limited to) the relation between neural systems – artificial or biological – and soft-material robotic platforms, in particular the “control” of such systems by capitalizing on their intrinsic dynamical characteristics like stiffness, viscosity and compliance.


Building Bodies for Brains & Brains for Bodies

This extraordinary event with world-famous speakers including Masayuki Inaba, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Minoru Asada and Norman Packard will take place in Geneva on June 16th, 2017.

It is a one-day symposium in the field of neurorobotics with the goal of improving robot behavior by exploiting ideas from neuroscience and investigating brain function using real physical robots or simulations thereof. Contributions to this workshop will focus on (but are not limited to) the relation between neural systems – artificial or biological – and soft-material robotic platforms, in particular the “control” of such systems by capitalizing on their intrinsic dynamical characteristics like stiffness, viscosity and compliance.


The symposium will take place at the coordination site of the Human Brain Project in Geneva at Campus Biotech, Chemin des Mines 9, see also

Pint of Science

Florian Röhrbein from our Subproject of Neurorobotics gave a fascinating talk at the first Pint of Science of 2017 in Munich, which dealt with the question “How are neuroscience, robotics, and artificial intelligence linked and how far have computers, robots and artificial intelligence already come in the world of medicine? ”

You can find impressions below and even more on Facebook:

Find out more about this event here:


HBP at the ISCAS 2017!

We attended the ISCAS 2017 (50th Anniversary) together with colleagues from SP9 to represent the HBP and to identify possible collaborations with other projects like the US BRAIN project which was featured in a keynote.

The ISCAS is described as “The world’s premier networking and exchange forum for leading researchers in the highly active fields of theory, design and implementation of circuits and systems. ” (from

Learn more at


Neurorobotics Platform at “50 Jahre Informatik München”

The Neurorobotics Platform was featured in a publication in a special issue of Informatik Spektrum here:

During the celebration of 50 years of informatics at the TUM, we had a booth to present our neurorobotics platform to students and researchers. We were able to show the ongoing research and the platform’s features to the interested public.



NRP version 1.2 released!

The 1.2 version of the Neurorobotics Platform has been released! As usual, you can access it from:
or from our website

This versions adds:

Support for bigger brain models
Graphical transfer functions editor
Basic brain visualization
Python API for batch simulations (Virtual Coach)
Object scaling
New template experiments
Camera Streaming
Object Scaling
Environment Enhancements

and updated documentation and video tutorials.

Known issues are slow access on private collabs, which should be fixed soon, and some experiments not automatically switching to 3D view, which we are working on.

We are naturally moving to our next 1.3 release cycle, which will add even more great features and enhancements. These will be announced on the website roadmap shortly.


The picture shows a redesigned virtual lab, featuring the mouse experiment and our new brain visualizer.

Developer Workshop 1.3 at Fortiss

Date: 06.04.2017
Venue: Fortiss
Duration: 2 days

As the NRP development team is in the process of releasing 1.2, it holds on 6th and 7th April its 6-monthly developer workshop, this time at fortiss in Munich. This workshop closes the 1.2 release cycle with technical presentations of the new features by developers, updates from our scientistific coordinator and a scrum release retrospective. It also opens the new 1.3 release cycle with new epics presentation by the product owner and scrum client followed by a full day of backlog grooming and road mapping for the next 6 months.
Moreover, this event is an occasion for developers to meet all in one place and exchange views and issues.



NRP Install Party

Date: 04.04.2017
Venue: Fortiss, Munich
Duration: 2 days

Selected SP10 scientists from all over Europe came to Fortiss for hands-on sessions with NRP developers and advanced help from scientific experts for their simulated experiments. With one expert dedicated to helping one researcher, we were able to adapt these user experiments to our platform while using it to its full potential during these two days in Munich.
In a continuing effort to use scientific requirements as the driving force behind our platform development, we were able to use this event to collect feature requests and problems to be addressed.


Japan-EU Workshop in Geneva

In conjunction with the symposium „Building Bodies for Brains & Brains for Bodies“ on June 16 we will have our 3rd Japan-EU Workshop on Neurorobotics at the same location the day before.
speakers include:
Yoshihiko Nakamura (University of Tokyo)
Satoshi Oota (RIKEN)
Poramate Manoonpong (University of Southern Denmark),
Aaron Sloman (University of Birmingham)
For the past two workshops in this series in 2015 and 2016 see:

Developer Workshop in Pisa

Date: 17.10.2016
Venue: Pisa
Duration: 2 days

The developer workshop in Pontedera brought together the developers of our subproject. In a 2 day workshop, the recent Summit was discussed to draw conclusions from the feedback we had received.
Addressing the most pressing issues that had been discussed during the Summit was only part of that workshop. Another important aspect was to align the development with what users actually need by inviting a couple of researchers and making sure our plans were in alignment with theirs.
Then, working together, our roadmap was refined to ensure good progress for the months to come.hbp_small

NEST Workshop in Karlsruhe

Date: 03.11.2016
Venue: FZI, Karlsruhe
Duration: 2 days

The NEST workshop in Karlsruhe received a lot of attention with significantly more attendees than expected.

Presentations covered topics such as
– NEST: Current Developments (Hans Ekkehard Plesser & Susanne Kunkel)
– Neurorobotics and NEST in the HBP (Marc-Oliver Gewaltig)
– Modeling the Cerebellum (Egidio d’Angelo)
– Cerebellum Modelling with NEST (Alberto Antonietti)
– Interfacing the Neurorobotics Platform using MUSIC (Martin Schulze)
– The Potjans-Diesmann local microcircuit model using different neuron classes for excitatory and inhibitory neurons (Nilton Kamiji)
– Interactive visualization and steering of structural plasticity in NEST (Sandra Diaz)
– NestMC: A new multi-compartment neuron simulator (Alex Peyser)
– NEST, MUSIC, and ROS (Philipp Weidel)
– Porting WaveScales to NEST (Elena Pastorelli)


You can find more on the workshop website here:


Hack Roboy!

Hack Roboy is a robotics hackathon taking place in Garching on April, 28 – May, 1.

We provide our robots and tech hardware for you to create ingenious robotics projects without any topic or purpose constrains. Hack Roboy is a conjunction point for people passionate about engineering, it’s a place where innovative ideas are getting born and implemented.

Learn more and apply at!


New publication

author = {A. Knoll, F. Röhrbein, A. Kuhn, M. Akl, K. Sharma},
year = {2017},
title = {Neurorobotics},
journal = {Informatik-Spektrum},
issn = {0170-6012},
doi = {10.1007/s00287-017-1031-8},
link= {},
abstract = {The field of neurorobotics encompasses the intersection of computational neuroscience and robotics. The TUM-led neurorobotics subproject of the Human Brain Project is actively researching concepts within the field and developing the tools to allow researchers to fully explore simulated robotics driven by computational neuroscience models. Further, the development of biologically inspired, tendon-driven robotics systems provides a unique research platform. These efforts allow researchers to explore the interesting space from computational neuroscience to intelligent robots and back.}

Workshop at ERF2017

Date: 22.03.2017
Venue: Edinburgh
Duration: 3 Days

After the acceptance of our workshop proposal we presented the NRP during our session “Introduction to the HBP Neurorobotics Platform” at ERF2017 in Edinburgh and were able to engage in lively discussions about the platform, our roadmap and neurorobotics in general.


NRP Install Party

After the successful user workshop in January, it is now time to guide researchers in a small hands-on workshop through the local installation of our platform. Once this is done, they will have the chance to explore the NRP’s many features and use it to its full potential while being guided by experienced developers. At the end, the participants should be able to run their own, customized experiments on our platform.

If this concept proves to be successful, we will organize more events of that kind.



Developer Workshop at Fortiss

The developer team will release the 1.2 version of the NRP end of March. On 6/7 April, it will meet in a developer workshop at Fortiss, Munich, to define the work plan of the next release cycle (1.3), discuss the roadmap and major technical questions. User support will be part of the discussions.




Brain Awareness Week

Next week is Brain Awareness Week, which goes to show once more just how important our work in the HBP is in working towards a better understanding of our brain.
“The Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research.”



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New publication


author={G. Urbain, J. Degrave, B. Carette, J. Dambre, F. wyffels},

title={Morphological Properties of Mass-Spring Networks for Optimal Locomotion Learning},

journal={Frontiers in Neurorobotics, Vol. 11},






HBP Exhibition

date: 29.11.2016
venue: European Parliament
duration: 2 days
The first Human Brain Project exhibition took place at the European Parliament on 29 – 30 November 2016.


The HBP exhibition highlights the unique contributions HBP is making to brain research and how these contributions are benefiting European science, competitiveness and society and positioning Europe promanently among the growing number of large-scale brain initiatives worldwide. The exhibition was created as part of HBP’s participation in the workshop Understanding the Human Brain – A New Era of Big Neuroscience, organised by the European Parliament’s Science Technology Options Assessment group (STOA) on 29 November 2016.

The text and image above are taken from a booklet that you can find here: stoa_booklet-v-final_digital



author={E. Falotico, L. Vannucci, A. Ambrosano, U. Albanese, S. Ulbrich, J. Vasquez, G. Hinkel, J. Kaiser, I. Peric, O. Denninger, N. Cauli et al.},
title={Connecting artificial brains to robots in a comprehensive simulation framework: the Neurorobotics Platform},
journal={Frontiers in Neurorobotics, Vol. 11},

First NRP User Workshop

Date: 11.01.2017
Venue: TU München
Duration: 1 Day

With the NRP running very smoothely, it was now time to invite actual external users to show our platform to them. A second part of this workshop was to understand their research requirements and get feedback from them. This helped us to understand what we need to implement in order for them to really use our product.

Below, you can see an impression from one of the presentations.


Publication in a Supplement to Science on Brain-Inspired Intelligent Robotics

The article “Neurorobotics: A strategic pillar of the Human Brain Project” was released in a Science Supplement on “Brain-inspired intelligent robotics: The intersection of robotics and neuroscience”, explaining the importance of our subproject and its research.

Read it here:


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title={Neurorobotics: A strategic pillar of the Human Brain Project},
author={A. Knoll, M.-O. Gewaltig},
journal={Supplement to Science},
link = {}



title={Towards a Framework for End-To-End Control of a Simulated Vehicle with Spiking Neural Networks},
author={J.Kaiser, J.C. Tieck, J. Hubschneider, P. Wolf, M. Weber, M. Hoff, A. Friedrich, K. Wojtasik, A. Roennau, R. Kohlhaas, R. Dillmann, J. Zöllner},
journal={International Conference on Simulation, Modeling, and Programming for Autonomous Robots},

HBP Summit 2016

Date: 12.10.2016
Venue: Florence

Duration: 3 days

The HBP held its 4th annual Summit on 12 to 15 October in the vibrant city of Florence, Italy. The event was hosted by Laboratorio Europeo di Spettroscopie Non Lineari (European Laboratory for Non-Linear Spectroscopy; LENS), one of the key European institutions for light wave research, which has been a centre of excellence at the University of Florence since 1991.
The 2016 HBP was launched with ‘Open Day’ to enable dialogue and collaboration between the HBP, other scientific communities and the public. The Open Day took place on 12 October—for more information, please see the Open Day webpage.

Nearly 450 members of the HBP consortium, representatives of HBP’s first Partnering Projects, National Research Funding Agencies, and representatives from Italy’s national research council participated in the Summit. The programme featured a diverse mixture of plenary sessions, parallel working group meetings, a poster session with over 100 posters and networking opportunities. The sessions covered an array of scientific themes, a town hall meeting, an introduction to HBP’s first Partnering Projects, a young investigator’s plenary session, and a panel debate on “the Conscious Computer.” In a dedicated session on “the local context”, representatives of Italy’s National Research Council, the University of Florence and the Ministry of Research and Education provided insights about the role of the Flagship and benefits of a large science project for science and research in Italy. For more information on the sessions, please see the programme.

Florence, the capital of the Tuscany region of Italy, is considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities. It is particularly noted for its Renaissance art and architecture, and its historic centre was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982.

The HBP was proud to hold its Summit in such a magnificent location.


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Understanding the human brain

Date: 29.11.2016
Venue: European Parliament Brussels

At the event “Understanding the human brain – a new era of big neuroscience” hosted by the European Parliament in Brussels this week, the HBP sent delegates to present our work. The SP10 did not miss out on this opportunity either.

The picture shows Prof. Alois Knoll with Tetsuo Yamamori and Roboy, a cutting edge technology robot in the HBP.


Click here to learn more about Roboy:

Click this link to learn more about the event:

Neuroscience 2016 in San Diego

The SP10 will have a booth in San Diego to present our platform to the neuroscience community.

Learn more about the event here:

“SfN’s 46th annual meeting is the premier venue for neuroscientists to present emerging science, learn from experts, collaborate with peers, explore new tools and technologies, and advance careers.

Neuroscience 2016 will take place November 12-16 at the San Diego Convention Center. Join more than 30,000 colleagues from more than 80 countries at the world’s largest marketplace of ideas and tools for global neuroscience.”


(Text and image from the link above)

Sample student job offer


date = {14.10.2016},
start = {Now},
type = {student},
contactName = {Florian Röhrbein},
contactMail = {},

background = {Spiking neural networks are detailed models of the biological neural circuitry found in the brains of humans and animals. Unlike highly simplified neuron models used in artificial neural networks, spiking neurons exhibit complex dynamics and exchange information via discrete impulses called spikes. In the Neurorobotics subproject of the Human Brain Project, researchers develop the tools required to connect highly realistic spiking neuron-based models of the brain to robots. However, standard PCs are too slow to execute the models in real-time. Controlling robots based on on the outputs of simulated brains therefore requires specialized neuromorphic hardware like SpiNNaker which is tailored to the simulation of spiking neural networks. The SpiNNaker architecture is based on standard ARM cores, but features an efficient hardware-based modular routing system whcih transmits spikes between different chips and enables the simulation of spiking neural networks in biological real-time},
description = {Currently, running, monitoring and debuggin neural networks on SpiNNaker is a complex process based on many different tools. A task-specific prototype for interactive development ad debugging is already available. Your task will be to start extending this prototype to an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) based on a thorough requirements analysis.(Photo: },
requirements = {- master’s degree in mathematics, computer science, physics, or similar
– knowledge in graph theory and its application to measured data
– very good programming skills
– fluent in written and spoken English
– ability to work independently as well as in international teams
– knowledge in (computational) neuroscience and neural networks is helpful
– Matlab and Python skills are helpful},
tasks = {- taks1
– task2
– task3}


title={Sequential Decision Making Based on Emergent Emotion for a Humanoid Robot},
author={Kirtay, Murat and Vannucci, L. and Falotico, E. and Oztop, Erhan and Laschi, C.},
booktitle={2016 16th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids)},
link = {},
year={To appear 2016},


title={Retina color-opponency based pursuit implemented through spiking neural networks in the neurorobotics platform},
author={Ambrosano, A., Vannucci, L., Albanese, U., Kirtay, M., Falotico, E., Martínez-Cañada, P., Hinkel, G., Kaiser, J., Ulbrich, S., Levi, P., Morillas, C., Knoll, A., Gewaltig, M.-O., Laschi, C.},
link = {},
journal={Lecture Notes in Computer Science},
document_type={Conference Paper},


author={Vannucci, L., Falotico, E., Tolu, S., Dario, P., Lund, H.H., Laschi, C.},
title={Eye-head stabilization mechanism for a humanoid robot tested on human inertial data},
link = {},
journal={Lecture Notes in Computer Science},
document_type={Conference Paper},


author={Kirtay, M., Falotico, E., Ambrosano, A., Albanese, U., Vannucci, L., Laschi, C.},
title={Visual target sequence prediction via hierarchical temporal memory implemented on the iCub robot},
link = {},
journal={Lecture Notes in Computer Science},
document_type={Conference Paper},


author = {Vannucci, L., Tolu, S., Falotico, E., Dario, P., Lund, H.H., Laschi, C.},
title = {Adaptive gaze stabilization through cerebellar internal models in a humanoid robot},
journal = {Proceedings of the IEEE RAS and EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics},
year = {2016},
volume = {2016-July},
pages = {25-30},
document_type={Conference Paper},

More for less – Energy Efficiency in Neural Locomotion – Workshop

Date: 21.09.2016
Venue: Berlin

During September 21-23, 2016 as part of the Bernstein Conference in Berlin, the workshop for “Energy Efficiency in Neural Locomotion” (Stratmann, Röhrbein) will take place.

The following links will give you more detail about the event.

Permanent job offer template


date = {14.10.2016},
start = {2 Months after acceptance},
type = {perm},
contactName = {Florian Röhrbein},
contactMail = {},
background = {Background on the project},
description = {We are seeking an enthusiastic and talented PhD student to join the Robotics and Embedded Systems group in the Department of Informatics at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The successful candidate is supposed to extract the adjacency matrix describing the functional connectivity of the spinal cord circuitry. While our general project is based on electrophysiological patch clamp measurements, the candidate will focus on graph theoretical analysis. The results are expected to be integrated into the Human Brain Project, a €1bn flagship project of the European Commission, as an interface that connects brain simulations with robotic platforms. The student will work in an enriching, interdisciplinary, and international collaborative framework at the leading department of informatics in Germany (cf. the Shanghai and the QS ranking). Partners of our project include the chair of Sensor Based Robotic Systems and Intelligent Assistance Systems at TUM, members of The Human Brain Project, and the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics at the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The student is furthermore expected to complete some of his work in the Department of Experimental Medical Science at Lund University. We offer a competitive funding at 100% on the German employee scale TV-L 13. Interested applicants should provide with a cover letter, a CV, and the contact information of reference letter writers. Please don’t hesitate to contact us in case of questions. },
requirements = {# master’s degree in mathematics, computer science, physics, or similar
# knowledge in graph theory and its application to measured data
# very good programming skills
# fluent in written and spoken English
# ability to work independently as well as in international teams
# knowledge in (computational) neuroscience and neural networks is helpful
# Matlab and Python skills are helpful}
tasks = {# Supporting the Software Development Director of the HBP
# Carrying out project related work including work package related tasks and reporting
# Developing concepts for future directions for software adaptation and improvement of
development processes of HBP software as a whole
# Supervision of scientific advancement of the software tools and processes for the whole of HBP},

New publication!

author = {G. Hinkel, H. Groenda, S. Krach, L. Vannucci, O. Denninger, N. Cauli, S. Ulbrich, A. Roennau, E. Falotico, M.-O. Gewaltig, A. Knoll, R. Dillmann, C. Laschi and R. Reussner},
title = {A Framework for Coupled Simulations of Robots and Spiking Neuronal Networks},
journal = {Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems manuscript},
year = {2016},
link = {}

Publication Announcement

title={Musculoskeletal Robots: Scalability in Neural Control},
author={C. Richter, S. Jentzsch, R. Hostettler, J. Garrido, E. Ros, A. Knoll, F. Röhrbein, P. van der Smagt, and J. Conradt},
journal={IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine},


title = {Computation by time},
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author = {Florian Walter, Florian Röhrbein, and Alois Knoll},
journal = {Neural Processing Letters, pages 1-22},
year = {2015}


title = {Learning Spiking Neural Controllers for In-Silico Navigation Experiments},
link = {},
author = {Mahmoud Akl, Florian Walter and Florian Röhrbein},
journal = {Technical Report (TUM)},


title = {A Domain-Specific Language (DSL) for Integrating Neuronal Networks in Robot Control},
link = {},
author = {Georg Hinkel, Henning Groenda, Lorenzo Vannucci, Oliver Denninger, Nino Cauli, and Stefan Ulbrich},


title = {Real-time Cerebellar Control of a Compliant Robotic Arm},
link = {},
author = {Christoph Richter, Sören Jentzsch, Florian Röhrbein, Patrick van der Smagt, and Jörg Conradt},
journal = {BCCN conference, Heidelberg},
year = {2015}


title = {A visual tracking model implemented on the iCub robot as a use case for a novel neurorobotic toolkit integrating brain and physics simulation},
author = {L.Vannucci, A. Ambrosano, N. Cauli, U. Albanese,· E. Falotico, S. Ulbrich,  L. Pfotzer, G.Hinkel, O.Denninger, D.Peppicelli, L. Guyot, A. Von Arnim, S. Deser, ·P. Maier, · R. Dillmann, G. Klinker, P. Levi, A. Knoll, · M.-O. Gewaltig, C. Laschi},
journal = {Proceedings of the international Conference on Humanoid Robotics, Seoul, 2015},


title = {A sparse reformulation of the Green’s function formalism allows efficient simulations of morphological neuron models},
author = {Wybo, W., Boccalini, D., Torben-Nielsen, B., & Gewaltig, M. O. },
journal = {Accepted to appear in Neural Computation journal},


title = {A bio-inspired model of visual pursuit combining feedback and predictive control for a humanoid robot},
author = {Egidio Falotico, Lorenzo Vannucci, Nicola Di Lecce, Paolo Dario, Cecilia Laschi},
journal = {International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR) 2015},


title = {Integrating feedback and predictive control in a bio-inspired model of visual pursuit implemented on a humanoid robot},
author = {Lorenzo Vannucci, Egidio Falotico, Nicola Di Lecce, Paolo Dario, Cecilia Laschi},
journal = {International conference on biomimetic and biohybrid systems (Living Machines) 2015},


title = {Neurorobotics – New Perspectives in the Synergy between Neuroscience and Robotics},
author = {Cecilia Laschi, Florian Walter, Egidio Falotico, Florian Röhrbein},
journal = {Workshop at the International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (Biorob), June 26th},


title = {A Framework for Coupled Simulations of Robots and Spiking Neuronal Networks},
author = {G. Hinkel, H. Groenda, L. Vannucci, O. Denninger, N.Cauli, S. Ulbrich, E. Falotico, A. Roennau, M. Gewaltig, A. Knoll and R. Dillmann, C. Laschi, R. Reussner},
journal = {Journal Intelligent & Robotic Systems, Submitted},

Neurorobotics Workshop at IROS, Daejeon, Korea

Date: 10.10.2016
Venue: Daejeon, Korea

At IROS 2016 in Daejeon, Korea, there will be an HBP workshop titled “Tutorial for IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems” targeting various audiences like students, engineers and researchers of the fields of robotics and or computational neuroscience alike as well as the fields of machine learning and cognitive robotics.

More information can be found here:




From Rats to Robot Navigation and Beyond

Date: 04.07.2016
Venue: TUM Campus Garching

Lecture Series in Neuro-Robotics

Speaker: Prof. Michael Milford, Queensland University of Technology

Prof. Milford from Queensland University of Technology will give a talk on the topic of From Rats to Robot Navigation and Beyond here in Munich in our new lecture series in Neuro-Robotics. You are cordially invited to join his fascinating presentation.



Intelligence Emerging from Neural Activities

Date: 01.07.2016
Venue: IAS Auditorium

Lecture Series in Neuro-Robotics

Speaker: Prof. Hirokazu Takahashi, The University of Tokyo

Prof. Takahashi from The University of Tokyo will give a talk on the topic of Intelligence Emerging from Neural Activities here in Munich in our new lecture series in Neuro-Robotics. You are cordially invited to join his fascinating presentation.



ISC High Performance Event 2016

Date: 19.06.2016
Venue: Frankfurt am Main, Germany

This years ISC High Percormance Conference will focus on HPC technological development and its application in scientific fields and commercial environments. As the first speaker Dr. Florian Röhrbein will present “Neurorobotics in the Human Brain Project”, Tuesday, June 21st 2016, 11:00 am – 11:30 am, for the “Neurorobotics & Supercomputing: The Human Brain Project & Other Human & Humanoid Approaches” session.


Tuesday, June 21st, 2016, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Oanorama 2 Messe Frankfurt


Full-day Tutorial on „Virtual Neurorobotics in the Human Brain Project“ at IEEE/RSJ IROS

Date: 09.10.2016

Venue: Daejeon, Korea



The theme of this year’s IROS conference is ’Road to companionship with intelligent robots in everyday life and workspaces’. Stefan Ulbrich, Rüdiger Dillman, Egidio Falotico and Cecilia Laschi will present the full-day tutorial titled ‘Virtual Neurorobotics in the Human Brain Project’ divided into invited talks and a hands-on session showing the capabilities of the HBP Neurorobotics Platform.

The conference will take place in Daejeon, Korea, from 9 October to 14 October 2016.

More information can be found at

2nd Japan-EU Workshop on Neurorobotics

Date: 29.04.2016
Venue: University of Tokyo

Building robots with brain-inspired control structures is one of the central goals of the members working in the Neurorobotics sub-project of the HBP. They are, however, not alone in this task and so it should come as no surprise that also other researchers have made great progress in recent years. Research teams in Japan have made astonishing discoveries and provided fascinating insights into complex matters concerning biological systems such as brain structures and musculoskeletal models.

So, with researchers both in Europe and in Japan making great steps towards a better understanding of biological systems, the Japan-EU Workshop on Neurorobotics held in Tokyo aimed at bringing those experts together. Presentations from both sides gave an overview of their work and highlighted their latest achievements. The presentations were followed by lively discussions, which allowed the participants to engage and fully comprehend the potential advantage arising from gaining access to both sides’ resources.

To give a practical impression of what the University of Tokyo brings to the table, the students presented their research and the hydraulic robot Hydra (see Figure below).

With researchers from many different backgrounds and with various fields of interest a wide foundation was laid for further ventures. And even though the research was overlapping in some aspects, the large number of areas of expertise made it apparent how both parties in this workshop might benefit from the opportunities offered by a cooperation.

A big step in the direction of working together in the future was made and it stands to reason that a joint research is not far now and that the two teams can join forces in the near future to ultimately unravel the mysteries of the human brain in all its complexity.

Pictures, presentations and links to publications relevant to the workshop can be found on the SP’s homepage



Announcement: Release of the Neurorobotics Platform!

On March 30, all 6 platforms of the Human Brain Project will be released, including the Neurorobotics Platform. This event will be web-streamed live and thus provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about the HBP and its technology platforms

Streaming starts at 9:30, for details see and


We have released the NeuroRobotics Platform 1.0. 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. Additionally, we offer you many tutorial videos, to get you started, full documentation and access to our platform depended on your needs. Go and try it out.


SP10 workshop @BioRob 2016, Singapur

Our workshop proposal for BioRob 2016 has been accepted! The 6th International conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob) will take place on June 26-29 in Singapur. For more information visit the official website:



Workshop title: Neurorobotics – New perspectives in the synergy between Neuroscience and Robotics


More information:

Neurorobotics represents the two-front approach to the study of intelligence: Neuroscience attempts to discern what intelligence consists of by investigating intelligent biological systems, while Robotics attempts to recreate intelligence through non-biological, technical methods by building artifacts provided with control based on machine learning

Neurorobotics is already an established branch of robotics that in the last years, taking advantage from an increase in the accessibility of existing neuroscientific data and knowledge, allowed building robotic systems that can exhibit robustness, adaptability and several features of the human intelligence. Reciprocally, significant developments in robotics and machine learning put robotics in the service of neuroscience as experimental platforms or test-beds of brain models.

In the last years, advanced insights and the increasing availability of cheap processing power has led Neurorobotics to follow two tracks of research with different goals and methods:

The first track focuses on neuro-inspired computing paradigms that mimic nervous system function based on Spiking Neural Networks. This not only fosters our understanding of biological systems but also contributes to future technical applications in artificial systems. In the past, limited processing power and the lack of appropriate models and tools shifted the focus of research far away from biological neural networks. Recently a number of projects like the US BRAIN Initiative and the Human Brain Project have taken up the challenge by combining efforts from the fields of neuroscience and computer science to enable the large scale modeling and simulation of biological neural networks with billions of spiking neurons.

The second track, extending the theory of classical artificial neural networks, mostly rely on simpler neuron models but integrate them in novel network architectures. These networks are extensively used in robotics, allowing mimicking the function of some brain areas in order to reproduce complex behaviors with a reduced computational cost.

This workshop seeks to present and discuss advances in neuroscientific models for cognition and new perspectives in control for robotic applications based on both biologically-inspired and artificial neural networks. The final goal is to bring together researchers from both robotics and neuroscience in order to explore how to maximize the progress at the multidisciplinary frontier evaluating the advantages of both tracks of the Neurorobotics research.


For more details about our workshop:

You’re a Software Engineer and looking for a new challenge? Take a look at our job page!

We’re looking for an Experienced Software Engineer to strengthen our Neurorobotics team at TUM. We’re an interdisciplinary, dynamic and young team. The Neurorobotics Platform (NRP) is part of EU-funded Human Brain Project (HBP). You’ll participate in the development of a web-based simulation interface. Send your application to:

For more details follow the linkhbp_small

A summary of our IROS workshop can be found on Robohub!

Check the robohub page for a little summary of our IROS workshop in Hamburg. A link can be found here in the news item or on our workshop page. In our download section you can find the presentation slides of all talks given at our workshop. You must log-in before.

csm_IROS_logo_01_e40f52f041A summary of the workshop can be found on robohub: link

Title: Advances in Biologically Inspired Brain-Like Cognition and Control for Learning Robots


Organizers: Florian Walter, Florian Röhrbein, Stefan Ulbrich and Rüdiger Dillmann

Date: Friday, 02 October 2015, 8-12am

Place: Hamburg, Germany


For more information about the workshop, e.g. topics, invited speakers please see our workshop page.

BioRob 2016

Date: 26.06.2016
Venue: Singapore

On June 26th, 2016 a Neurorobotics workshop will take place as part of the “6th IEEE RAS & EMBS – International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics”, the BioRob 2016, in Singapore.

This years motto: New perspectives in the synergy between Neuroscience and Robotics”


The following link will lead you to more detailed information on the event.

Wo/Man, Mind, Machine

Date: 13.06.2016
Venue: Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (BBAW), Einstein-Saal, Jägerstr. 22/23,  10117 Berlin

In Cooperation with the “Israel Young Academy” the “Young Academy” hosts a two day conference, June 13-14, 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

The following is the timeline for the event:


MONDAY, 13 JUNE 2016

10:00 Welcome & Introduction

10:15 Keynote: Aldo Faisal (Neurotechnology, Imperial College London): “Perception, Action, and the Grammar of Behaviour”

11:15–11:45 Coffee Break

11:45–13:15 Session 1: The Social Brain – How We (Fail to) Understand Others. Philipp Kanske & Mona Khoury-Kassabri

13:15–15:00 Lunch Break

15:00–16:00 Session 1 (continued)

16:00–16:30 Coffee Break

16:30–18:00 Session 2: Artificial Minds in Film, Performance, and Fiction. Caspar Battegay & Nissim Otmazgin

18:15 Evening lecture: Jennifer Parker-Starbuck (Theatre & Performance Studies, University of Roehampton, London ): “Cyborg Encounters”

19:15 Reception

20:30 Dinner


09:30 Keynote: Alexis Kirke (Computer Music, University of Plymouth): “For entertainment purposes only? How arts can contribute directly to research into the science of computing and HCI”

10:30–11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 Session 3: Mind, Man, Machine, and Music. Miriam Akkermann & Sharon Aronson-Lehavi

13:00–14:30 Lunch Break

14:30 Session 4: Processing Information – Brains, Bodies, and Bacteria. Sibylle Baumbach & Ron Milo
With Florian Röhrbein (Informatics, Technical University of Munich) on Neurorobotics and The Human Brain Project

16:30–17:00 Coffee Break

17:00 Roundtable & Final Discussion

17:30 End of the Conference


For more information, you can also take a look at the flyer:


Kickoff Meeting of SGA1 2016

Date: 07.06.2016
Venue: Geneva, CBS Building B1, 9 chemin des Mines, 1202 GE

hbp_smallWe are excited to announce the following agenda for the Kickoff Meeting of SGA1 during the 7th and 8th of June 2016 in Geneva.




9:15 – 10:00

General introduction (Marc-Oliver Gewaltig, EPFL)
What is SP10? What is SGA1? What is a Co-Design project?
What are the different roles in the project?
Scientific Coordinator election
10:00 – 10:15

Coffee break
10:15 – 11:45

Round table (5 minutes per institution)
11:45 – 12:00

SP10 Platform demo (Igor Peric, Georg Hinkel, FZI)
Live demo and discussion
12:00 – 13:00

Lunch (CBS Cafeteria)
13:00 – 13:05

Election of the Scientific Coordinator
13:05 – 13:15

Software development road map and methodology (Axel von Arnim, Fortiss)
13:15 – 15:00

Scientific experiments: research planning (chaired by Scientific Coordinator)
Summary of proposed experiments
Small research groups draft scientific experiments that will drive the
development of the Neurorobotics platform
15:00 – 15:15

Coffee break
15:15 – 16:45

Summary of research planning (chaired by Scientific coordinator)
Presentation of collected ideas,
Consolidation, writing of roadmap
Questions and Answers
16:45 – 18:30

Second Periodic Review preparation
(review presenters only)
19:30 – 21:00

SP10 networking Diner (restaurant “La Bagatelle”)

9:15 – 10:15

HBP resources
Resources (Axel von Arnim, Fortiss), visualization (Cyrille Favreau, BBP)
10:15 – 10:30

Coffee break
10:30 – 12:00

HBP services
Collab (Olivier Amblet, BBP)
12:00 – 13:00

Lunch (CBS Caféteria)
13:00 – 15:00

Epic grooming (SP10 Development Team – no researchers involved)
15:00 – 15:15

Kickoff wrap-up and closing (Prof. Alois Knoll, TUM)


Talk about HBP/Neurorobotics at the Queen Mary University of London

Date: 02.09.2015
Venue: Queen Mary University of London

On Wednesday 2nd September 2015, Florian Röhrbein gave a talk about the Human Brain Project and especially about the research done in the Neurorobotics subproject. In his talk, he gave an overview of the HBP, outlined the goals of the Neurorobotics subproject, and reported on our results achieved in the first phase of the project. For more information about this talk click on the Link.Queen_Mary_Logo.png