Meeting of Global Current and Emerging Brain Initiatives

Tuesday, October 9 (9:30-18:30)

Location: 2F Fountain

The IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society and the IEEE President, James Jefferies, will host a special meeting of global Brain Initiative leaders and representatives from other groups working on large-scale multi-year brain projects from Japan, China, US (NSF and NIH), Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Europe (HBP), Russia, and Poland. Also participating are the IEEE Brain Initiative, the International Neuroethics Society, representatives from Industry, and other interested stakeholders. IEEE, as a new participant, welcomes collaborative discussions with all stakeholders to better align and integrate IEEE with other existing brain efforts. IEEE is a global technical community of 420,000+ professionals across multiple technology domains, many active in global brain projects.

The topics discussed at this meeting are driven by input from the global Brain Initiatives representatives and other stakeholders. We hope these discussions will support the efforts of the Kavli Foundation and others to establish an International Brain Initiative. This will be IEEE’s first collaborative meeting with global Brain Initiative leaders.

This meeting, hosted by IEEE, is open to all.  The preliminary agenda and topics to be discussed as suggested by the global Brain Initiatives representatives and others includes:

  1. Status of Global Brain Projects and the International Brain Initiative;
  2. IEEE Brain Initiative and activities;
  3. Attracting engineers, scientists, programmers, math/quants, and others to the multi-disciplinary field of neuroscience;
  4. Future collaborations and cooperation:
    • Among Brain Initiatives, industry, and other stakeholders (e.g., joint proposals);
    • Among funding agencies (e.g., open process for joint partnerships between funding agencies with other countries);
    • Ability of performers/researchers to support multiple global initiatives.
  5. Topics brain researchers should undertake, translational neuroscience, neural engineering
  6. Neuroethics, Standards development;
  7. Sharing of brain data;
  8. Open discussion and other topics.

This meeting is open to all SMC 2018 participants, but limited seating is available.  Non-SMC2018 attendees can register for this meeting at a special rate (32,000 JPY, including 1 banquet ticket) :  All interested parties from academic, funding agencies (both public and private), industry, and others are invited to attend.

For more information, questions about registration, or otherquestions, please visit:
or contact Dr. Michael H. Smith, Chair of this meeting.