Research Center for Brain Communication (BrainCom)
Concepts of 'brain' and 'communication'
The Research Center for Brain Communication (BrainCom) was established in the Research Institute in April 2012 as an interdisciplinary research hub for novel communication related technology and science work. Although BrainCom was initiated by researchers mainly in neuroscience and information communication technology, we intend to integrate essential knowledge from various academic fields.
In order to help make our society safe and secure with healthy and happy lives for all, BrainCom is promoting research and development of technology to enrich:
- Communication between people
- Communication between people and machines
- Communication between (brain type) machines
That research and development is accelerated by utilizing not only brain activity measurement instruments such as fMRI and EEG but also a massively parallel cluster computer for analyzing brain activity in real-time.
BrainCom is organized into three research groups: the Applied Neuroscience group, the Basic Neuroscience group and the Computational Neuroscience group. These groups work in close cooperation.
The Applied Neuroscience group is developing medical technologies based on the mechanisms of the human brain. For example, the group is aiming to improve various rehabilitation methods based on knowledge about human brain mechanisms.
The Basic Neuroscience group is studying neural representation associated with various brain functions including perception, cognition, memory and motor function. Such research will deepen our understanding of the human being.
The Computational Neuroscience group is developing computational methods for processing vast amounts of multidimensional data gained from brain measurements such as fMRI and EEG, and aims to construct models of information processing in the human brain. To support the use of our on-site supercomputer for these studies, the group is also working on the implementation of parallel algorithms.