The EuroSPIN consortium consists of the four partners below. All are at the forefront of Neuroinformatics research:
Royal Institute of Technology - KTH, Sweden (coordinator of EuroSPIN)
KTH – Kungliga Tekniska högskolan, is the largest, oldest and most internationally diverse technical university in Sweden. It is ranked as one of the leading technical universities in Europe, thanks to its reputation for pioneering research, engineering genius and science on the cutting edge. KTH’s schools offer a wide variety of courses in engineering and architecture, including a large number of courses and Master’s programmes in English.
With regard to EuroSPIN, teaching and supervision at KTH will be carried out by members of the Department of Computational Biology CB) at the School of Computer Science and Communication. This KTH research group focuses on computational neuroscience and artificial neural networks and systems, using mathematical modeling and computer simulation. Also bioinformatics is well represented. The group has a long-standing collaboration with experimental neuroscientists at Karolinska Institute and currently is a partner of the Stockholm Brain Institute (SBI), a consortium in cognitive and computational neuroscience jointly between Karolinska Institute, KTH, and Stockholm University. It further hosts the Swedish INCF (International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility) node. The department also runs an International Master Programs in Systems Biology. Students will have access to all advanced (as well as more basic) courses at SBI and KTH (e.g. those on high performance computing).
National Centre for Biological sciences - NCBS, India
NCBS - The National Centre for Biological Sciences, is part of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, and is located in Bangalore. The mandate of NCBS is basic research in the frontier areas of biology.
The research conducted by the faculty providing PhD training within EuroSPIN is particularly strong in systems biology and systems neuroscience. There are several databases and portals hosted by NCBS, including one of the earliest systems biology databases of signaling molecules, the Database of Quantitative Cellular Signalling. Development of tools for multi-scale simulation, from individual molecules to large scale neuronal networks, is furthermore an important part of the research within the group.
University of Edinburgh - UoE, in UK
The University of Edinburgh is among the top 25 institutions in the world, and in the top five in Europe (Times Higher Education World University Rankings).
The School of Informatics, which is the home department for EuroSPIN, is the largest UK Computer Science department and has repeatedly been recognized as the best in the UK. It has a particularly strong research and training effort in the interface of informatics and the life sciences, artificial intelligence, and natural computing.
The city of Edinburgh, a UNESCO World Heritage site, has often been elected the "best place to live in Britain". It is a compact, attractive, and exciting city with a vibrant student population. In the summer it hosts the famous Edinburgh festival. The nearby Highlands are ideal for hiking, mountain biking and climbing.
Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg
ALUF - Albert-Ludwig University Freiburg, is one of the oldest German universities. It is now one of the nation’s leading research and teaching institutions. The university is dedicated to defining and pioneering new research areas and promoting a strategical interweaving of the natural and social sciences with the humanities.
The Bernstein Center Freiburg belongs to Albert-Ludwig University Freiburg, and is the home of the Bernstein Network Activities in the areas of Computational Neuroscience and Neurotechnology in Freiburg. Research at the Bernstein Center Freiburg focuses on:
(1) Analysis and modelling of the dynamic processes associated with brain activity at and across multiple levels, from microscopic to macroscopic scales;
(2) Understanding the constraints from the anatomical substrate, and the structural and functional changes associated with development, learning and adaptation, and
(3) Biological function in a dynamic setting: real-time decoding and controlling of brain dynamics: adaptive controllers of neural prostheses, brain-machine interfaces.
Along with this multi-disciplinary endeavor, the Bernstein Center Freiburg offers dedicated teaching and training in PhD and Postdoc programs in Computational Neuroscience.