About HIVE

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Our mission is to research new stimulation paradigms and create a new generation of non-invasive brain stimulation technologies.

We will probe the limits of non-invasive computer-to-brain interfaces by carrying out research using improved brain stimulation paradigms to explore fundamental neuroscience questions and applications, and by designing and testing more powerful, controllable and safe non-invasive brain stimulation technologies.

HIVE is a 4 year project [2008-2012] funded by the European Commission and coordinated by Starlab under the Future Emerging Technologies (FET Open) - Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) program nursery of novel and emerging scientific ideas.

The project will address the following crucial related gaps in current non-invasive brain stimulation science and technology:

  • Poor understanding of the effects of stimulation at the neuron and neuronal ensemble level: the project will investigate the biophysics of stimulation at the theoretical, computational and experimental level––both in humans and animals.
  • Unfocused, un-precise stimulation technologies: an important objective of this project is to develop new multisite electromagnetic non-invasive stimulation paradigms to implement more controllable and effective stimulation technologies and applications. The project will develop a Multisite transcranial Current Stimulation and monitoring prototype (MtCS) for finer control of current flows in the brain and subsequently explore related applications.
  • Limited animal and human stimulation experimental work: the project will explore new stimulation paradigms to communicate and interact with neural ensembles and the human brain.
     

 To learn more, read our project presentation.

HIVE is supported by the European Commission under the Future and Emerging Technologies program.

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