Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Virtual Brain

PostedSeptember 21, 2014

Anchor Lead: An international team of scientists and engineers are developing new software aimed at mimicking an individual person’s brain.

Randy Atkins: By feeding electrical readings and M-R-I images of a brain into the software platform, Randy McIntosh at the University of Toronto, says its activity can be simulated on a computer.

Randy McIntosh: In doing so, you can actually understand the dynamics of that person’s brain, how it’s working, and then potentially also actually use the virtual brain as sort of a virtual therapy.

Randy Atkins: Surgical strategies to treat epilepsy, for example, might be tried on a computer before the actual brain and…

Randy McIntosh: …in stroke it might be the case that you can use it as a prognosis, and then predict how that person might recover or not.

Randy Atkins: The software is open source, and McIntosh is encouraging researchers to add to it based upon new discoveries. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.