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NeurIPS2019 Disentanglement Challenge kicks off - Bringing Disentanglement to the Real World

  • 03 July 2019

Registration opened on June 28 and the Challenge runs until September 24.

The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, GoogleAI, and MILA Montreal have launched the Disentanglement Challenge. Registration is now open: sign up now and bring disentangled representations to the REAL world - with 20,000 euros in prize money and best paper awards!

Stefan Bauer Karin Bierig Muhammad Waleed Gondal Arash Mehrjou Bernhard Schölkopf Valentin Volchkov Francesco Locatello Manuel Wüthrich


Katherine J. Kuchenbecker appointed Managing Director of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

  • 03 July 2019

The Director of the Haptic Intelligence Department is the first female Managing Director in the institute’s history.

Dr. Kuchenbecker's term is set to last 18 months, effective July 1, 2019.

Katherine J. Kuchenbecker Bernhard Schölkopf Valerie Callaghan


Jellyfish-inspired robot wins Best Paper Award in prestigious Robotics Science & Systems Conference

  • 02 July 2019

The scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart who invented Jellyfishbot win the Best Paper Award at a prestigious robotics conference and have their work published in Nature Communications. Their research holds great potential when investigating the impact of environmental changes in the ocean’s ecosystem. Another aim is for Jellyfishbot to be applied in the treatment of cancer.

Metin Sitti Xiaoguang Dong Wenqi Hu Ziyu Ren Tianlu Wang Linda Behringer Valerie Callaghan


Jan-Philipp Günther receives travel grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds

  • 01 July 2019

Jan will visit Columbia University (Hess lab) in the US for four months as part of his PhD project on enzyme powered nano systems.

Jan-Philipp Günther


Bastian Nowozimski joined our lab

  • 01 July 2019

Welcome, Bastian!

After getting his Bachelor's degree in Cognitive Science at the University of Tübingen, he is now proceeding to get his Master's degree. As a student assistant, he is supporting the Rationality Enhancement Group through his role as Lab and Study Coordinator.

Bastian Nowozimski


Scope of Cyber Valley research expanded to include intelligent biomedical microsystems

  • 01 July 2019

The University of Stuttgart appoints Dr. Tian Qiu, a leading scientist in the field of minimally invasive biomedical microsystems, as Cyber Valley Research Group Leader

Tian Qiu Linda Behringer Valerie Callaghan


Körber Prize 2019 goes to Bernhard Schölkopf

  • 26 June 2019

The Körber Foundation honors the MPI-IS Director and Cyber Valley Scientist for his ground-breaking research in mathematical methods that have made a significant contribution to helping artificial intelligence reach its most recent heights.

Bernhard Schölkopf Valerie Callaghan


Novel approach to self-assembling mobile micromachines

  • 25 June 2019

How the components come together depends on their design and shape and the resulting dielectrophoretic forces when exposed to an electric field.

Metin Sitti Yunus Alapan Mehmet Berk Yigit Linda Behringer


Lab's first JDM submissions

  • 20 June 2019

The Society of Judgement and Decision Making proudly hosts an Annual Meeting as interdisciplinary forum for decision analysts and researchers from various fields such as psychology, economics, or organizational studies. This year, it will take place in Montréal and we are very excited about our submitted abstracts on the Goal Characteristics (GC) questionnaire and the Decision Advisor. Both turned out really well!

Gabriela Iwama Maria Wirzberger Falk Lieder


Canada comes to Cyber Valley

  • 18 June 2019

Canadian AI experts gain insights into Europe’s biggest research cooperation in the field of AI

As part of the German Federal Foreign Office's Visitors' program, a group of Canadian AI experts visited the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems on Monday in Tübingen.

Matthias Tröndle Valerie Callaghan