Two projects headed by the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) have been shortlisted in a competition for European Union research funds.
The European Commission announced on Wednesday the six finalists for its FET flagship projects, which it describes as “dedicated to frontier research in information and communication technologies”.
The goal of the Human Brain Project (HBP), one of the EPFL finalists, is to simulate the human brain. The work has revolutionary implications not only for medicine and neuroscience, but also for information technology and robotics.
The other shortlisted project is called Guardian Angels for a Smarter Life (GA), and aims to create energy-efficient devices able to help human beings in areas ranging from health to environmental protection and ultimately to allow people who have lost their speech to communicate.
Both projects involve a number of European universities and research institutions. The HBP project leader is the EPFL, while the GA is being led by both the EPFL and the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.
The winner, to be announced in 2012, will be eligible for up to a billion euros (SFr1.28 billion) in research funding over the next ten years.