The newly formed MPI for Intelligent Systems

The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems exists since March 18, 2011. Its Stuttgart location (the former MPI for Metals Research) is in the process of scientific reorientation; a new institute location arises in Tübingen.

Managing Director:
Prof. (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittburgh, Pennsylvania/USA) Dr. Metin Sitti

Stuttgart Location


  • Theory of Inhomogeneous Condensed Matter, Siegfried Dietrich
  • Haptic Intelligence, Katherine J. Kuchenbecker
  • Modern Magnetic Systems, Gisela Schütz
  • Physical Intelligence, Metin Sitti
  • New Materials and Biosystems, Joachim Spatz

Max Planck Fellow

  • Soft Matter, Clemens Bechinger (Max Planck Fellow)

Research Groups

  • Micro, Nano and Molecular Systems, Peer Fischer (MPG)
  • Membrane Biophysics, Ana Garcia-Saez
  • Non-equilibrium Statistical Physics, Matthias Krüger (Emmy Noether)
  • Smart Nanoplasmonics for Biology and Chemistry, Laura Na Liu (Sofja Kovalevskaja Award)
  • Nanoelectronics, Diego Pallarola
  • Biomolecular Hydrogels, Ralf Richter (Federal Ministry of Education and Research)
  • Lab-in-a-tube and Nanorobotics, Samuel Sanchez
  • Dynamic Locomotion Group, Alexander Spröwitz (MPG)
  • nanoAR, Klaus Weishaupt


Tübingen Location


  • Perceiving Systems, Michael J. Black
  • Autonomous Motion, Stefan Schaal
  • Empirical Inference, Bernhard Schölkopf

Research Groups

  • Autonomous Vision Group (AVG), Andreas Geiger (MPG)
  • Probabilistic Numerics, Philipp Hennig (ERC)    
  • Robot Learning Group, Jan Peters (ERC)
  • Movement generation and control group, Ludovic Righetti (ERC)