Neural Engineering Transformative Technologies


Project:  ITN-NETT
Coordinator: bioPmed

The project

Marie Curie Initial Training Networks (ITN) offer early-stage researchers the opportunity to improve their research skills, join established research teams and enhance their career prospects.

In this context the european projectITN “NETT-Neural Engineering Transformative Technologies” is working in the area of Neural Engineering and is composed of 7 full partners and 10 associated partners. The full partners consist of 6 universities and 1 SME. Of the associated partners 2 are academic institutions and 8 are private sector partners (1 large industrial and 7 SMEs). NETT will provide the practical mechanism for breakthroughs in the field of Neural Engineering that cannot otherwise be achieved by groups working in isolation. By tackling problems within an overarching project and ensuring a strong flux of ideas and physical exchanges between EU groups we will establish NETT as an internationally leading initiative in Neural Engineering.

The general goals of the project are:

  • Bring together researchers from a variety of backgrounds and areas that feed into Neural Engineering in order to pool resources and tackle current challenges with an interdisciplinary team.
  • Expose early career researchers to the different opportunities the field offers in academia and industry, training them in the methodology employed in both, with input from experienced visiting researchers and corporate research teams.
    Progress the careers and employability of the early career researchers via internships with industry partners and a dedicated training programme in business, academic and social skills.
  • Demonstrate the interrelatedness of the various project areas throughout the group and to the wider scientific community, industry and the general public through regular study groups, workshops, public lectures, web presence, etc.

The type of training proposed for this programme in Neural Engineering in the NETT context is currently unavailable within the EU, and provides us with an opportunity to become a world focus for this transformative area of science. The areas addressed by the project have relevance to BCI, Synthetic Cognition, Neural Prosthetics and the theory of Complex Neural Engineered Systems.

The partners of the project are:

  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)- Institute for Complex Systems (Italy)
  • Radboud University (RU) – Donders Institute for Neuroscience (The Netherlands)
  • University of Minho (Uminho) – Department of Mathematics and Applications (Portugal)
  • BitBrain Technologies (BitBrain) – Brain Computer Interfaces (Spain)
  • Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC) – Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering (Spain)
  • Imperial College London (Imperial) – Department of Bioengineering (UK)
  • University of Nottingham (UNOTT) – School of Mathematical Sciences (UK)

The associated partners are:

  • INRIA – CORTEX (France)
  • Brain Products – EEG recordings (Germany)
  • Multichannel Systems (MCS) (Germany)
  • Athens Information Technology – Autonomic and Grid Computing (Greece)
  • bioPmed Innovation Cluster (Italy)
  • SMART Research BV (The Netherlands)
  • AMI-HPG – Neuroscience (Portugal)
  • Cairn Ltd (UK)
  • Cortexica (UK)
  • National Instruments (UK)

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