Coronet develops the scientific and technological foundations for future "bio-hybrid" devices that will combine biological and artificial nervous tissues. It seeks to predict and control the spontaneous and evoked activity patterns of biological nervous tissues, on the one hand, and to build artificial networks exhibiting similary complex activity patterns, on the other hand. Artificial networks will be created first in software simulation and later in advanced integrated circuits that will be custom-built for the project ("neuromorphic VLSI"). The final goal of the project will be to seamlessly interface "silicon" and living nervous tissues.
The project runs from 2011 to 2014 and includes researchers from Magdeburg, Dresden, Trieste, Rome, Haifa, and Barcelona.
This research-oriented programme focuses on the neural basis of animal and human behaviour. The programme covers an exceptionally wide range of neuroscience areas (molecular, cellular, systems, behavioural, cognitive, theoretical), but consists of comparatively few courses that are correspondingly intensive (3 to 5 hrs per week and course). In addition, the programme imparts quantitative and computational skills, which are increasingly important in all areas of neuroscience.
The programme is housed in a brand new building on Magdeburg’s rapidly growing neuroscience campus. This building offers state-of-the-art teaching facilities as well as lounge and study rooms for programme students.
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