The brain, the inspiration for data engineering

The brain is perhaps the most complicated and sophisticated machine in the world, but despite the great advances in the matter, there are still many questions regarding its operation. However, with what is known and as it begins to understand more its structure, the possibility of creating ICT systems inspired by brain structures has been opened.

Yes, we know that over the years it has become increasingly essential to design better systems to process the large amounts of information that are handled today and the brain for being the most complex and perfect organ, is the ideal model for Information processing.

In recent years, multiple examples of bio-inspired systems have been known, which have facilitated progress in different areas of ICT and two of them are neural networks for learning systems and ant algorithms for the discovery of optimal paths in communication networks. The new discoveries of neuroscientists have changed the way of understanding the functional models of the brain and this has offered a unique opportunity to start designing ICT systems inspired by brain structures, as well as cognitive and adaptive processes of the brain.

Recently, some of the leading multinationals in the ICT sector such as IBM, Qualcomm or Intel have launched pioneering projects in the design of brain-inspired ICT systems, indicating the importance of this line of research in the sector.

The BRADE project

BRADE is a pioneering data engineering project launched by IMDEA Networks. Inspired by the brain BRADE-CM – BRAin inspired Data Engineering, the research aims contribute to a new generation of computer processing systems and information for large-scale data sets, which is inspired by how the brain processes information, learns, makes decisions and handles large amounts of data.

The research groups working on this project are the BDA Group of IMDEA Networks Institute, the NETCOM Group of the Carlos III University of Madrid, the NEUROCOM Group of the Complutense University of Madrid and the BiiG Group of the Foundation for Biomedical Research of Gregorio Maran Hospital. In addition, the project has the support and collaboration of companies and national and international university centers of great relevance in the field of ICT: AlcatelLucent BellLabs, IBM, ZED Worldwide and Medianet, Telephone R&D, Orange Labs, the Computer Lab the University of Cambridge and 4DNature. Additionally, the project has the collaboration of the Center for Network Biomedical Research in Mental Health (CIBERSAM), which brings together some of the most prestigious Spanish research groups in the field of neuroscience.

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