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Requests for Research

Requests For Research (RFRs) are selected projects that are expected to have a significant, valuable impact on state-of-the-art research and knowledge.

By publishing these RFRs, we can can engage other researchers to complete the work we can’t do by ourselves. At the current time, several of these RFR projects have been completed and written up and we add new projects all the time.

The RFRs presented here are jointly compiled by Cerenaut and the Whole-Brain Architecture Initiative (WBAI). Our shared objective is to foster research into general intelligence. The RFRs are selected to encourage research that we believe will help to realise human-like Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) via the whole brain architecture approach, which assumes that the path to AGI can be shortened by mimicking the macro-architecture of the brain.

The RFRs are substantial projects and we expect are best suited to individuals or groups with the following knowledge and skills:

  • Ability to program (e.g. simulations, technical models)
  • At least basic machine learning (ML) experience
  • Basic knowledge on the architecture of the brain (neuroscience)

But you don’t have to worry. For learning ML, there are ample materials on the Web (see our recommendations). To get some background in neuroscience, you can start with the site here (CCNBook).

More importantly, you won’t work alone. You are encouraged to contact us before you start working on the requests. Then you’ll be part of our community where you can get support including resources (such as software and data) and advice. We can also help to link you with like-minded researchers so that you can attack these problems as a team.

If you start work on one of our RFRs, please provide a link back to our page[s] when you publish your results.


Public forum (for discussion, team-building and support): Please use reddit here:

Other inquiries: please send your message to this address: rfr [at]