BrainHub - Carnegie Mellon University

BrainHubSMHarnessing the technology that helps the world explore brain and behavior.

How do you learn, create a memory, or perceive the world? What is happening in the brains of people with autism or neurodegenerative diseases? How do we get our brain to learn new information, or to even heal itself?

Understanding how the brain works is one of the biggest puzzles in science.

Carnegie Mellon knows that the answers to these, and other, critical questions in the brain sciences lie at a pivotal intersection between biology, neuroscience, psychology, computer science, statistics and engineering – areas where Carnegie Mellon excels.

And the world has taken notice of our excellence, putting CMU at the hub of unique global partnerships focused on brain research.

Why CMU?

CMU's Hamerschlag Hall

As the birthplace of artificial intelligence and cognitive psychology, CMU brain scientists have had real-world impact for over 50 years.

From the creation of some of the first cognitive tutors, to the development of the Jeopardy-winning Watson, to founding a ground-breaking doctoral program in neural computation, to recent cutting-edge work on the genetic basis of autism, Carnegie Mellon has, and will continue to be, a leader in the study of brain and behavior.

And our expertise doesn't stop at technology. World-renowned faculty such as Allen Newell, Herbert Simon, John Anderson and Raj Reddy, all helped shape modern cognitive psychology.

At the same time, seminal collaborations between psychologists and computer scientists gave rise to the field of artificial intelligence.

Today, partnerships between CMU neuroscientists, psychologists, statisticians, computer scientists, and engineers leave us poised to make similar groundbreaking accomplishments.

Taking a global approach to understanding the brain, CMU, with its partners around the world, is uniquely qualified for tackling this sort of highly interdisciplinary research. Read press release announcing BrainHub »

Why Now?

The announcement of the US government's Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative in April 2013 has sparked interest in brain research around the world. 

America alone spends $1 trillion each year on brain-related illness. The global cost of these diseases is estimated at $5 trillion and is expected to double by 2030 as the world’s population ages.

Set aside the economics. The human costs of brain diseases are incalculable when you look at the effects that Alzheimer’s, autism, depression and addiction have on our communities and our families. 

Hear from a few of our world-class brain scientists.

Alison Barth

Professor, Biological Sciences


Steven Chase

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering


Rob Kass

Professor, Statistics and Machine Learning


Tim Verstynen

Assistant Professor, Psychology