Understanding the human brain is one of the great challenges of the 21st century. From new treatment methods for brain diseases, revolutionary information and communication technologies and scientific answers to the fundamental question of what it means to be human - the range of relevant aspects is very broad. "An incredible variety of efforts are being made in brain research. And it is this multiplicity that is, at the same time, a great obstacle. We are generating data and knowledge worldwide but are getting lost in the details", explains Wolfgang Maass, head of the Institute for Theoretical Computer Science at Graz University of Technology. A holistic perspective and integration of all the research disciplines involved in brain research has been missing for a long time.
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