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Fully Funded PhD Positions at IMPRS-IS

  • 25 May 2018

Application Deadline: Nov 15, 2018

The International Max Planck Research School for Intelligent Systems is now hiring our 2019 generation of Ph.D. students. They will contribute to world-leading research in areas such as machine learning, computer vision, robot dynamics and control, micro- and nano-robotics, and haptics.

Leila Masri


Cyber Valley attracts research group leaders from around the world

  • 25 May 2018

Research cooperation in the field of Intelligent Systems gains momentum

Michael Black Tamara Almeyda Linda Behringer


Brent Gillespie receives Humboldt Research Award

  • 23 May 2018

The award will allow the visiting professor in the Haptic Intelligence Department at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart to extend his stay in Germany.

Brent Gillespie Katherine J. Kuchenbecker Linda Behringer


ICRA2018: Shaping in Practice: Training Wheels to Learn Fast Hopping Directly in Hardware

  • 21 May 2018

Our paper 'Shaping in Practice: Training Wheels to Learn Fast Hopping Directly in Hardware' was accepted for ICRA2018. It will be presented in May 2018 in Brisbane. See you there!

Steve Heim Felix Ruppert Alborz Aghamaleki Sarvestani Alexander Sproewitz


Research prize by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for Prof. Dr. David H. Gracias

  • 17 May 2018

Sabbatical of the recipient will take place in the Physical Intelligence Department at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart.

Linda Behringer


Best of luck – start at IIT Pisa

  • 16 May 2018

Dr. Stefano Palagi moves back to Italy and joins the Bioinspired Soft Robotics research team at the IIT and the Center for Micro-BioRobotics in Pisa. Best of luck and lots of success!

Stefano Palagi Peer Fischer


SIMPAR2018: Learning from Outside the Viability Kernel

  • 14 May 2018

Our paper 'Learning from Outside the Viability Kernel: Why we Should Build Robots that can Fail with Grace ' was accepted for SIMPAR2018. Steve Heim will present his work in May 2018 in Brisbane (SIMPAR: Brisbane, Australia, 16-19 May 2018).

Steve Heim Alexander Sproewitz


ALIFE 2018 paper accepted

  • 01 May 2018

Our paper 'Systematic self-exploration of behaviors for robots in a dynamical systems framework' was accepted for ALIFE 2018 and will be presented in Tokyo, July 2018.

Cristina Pinneri Georg Martius


Alexander Spröwitz presents research at final meeting of DFG project 'Das verdatete Tier'

  • 27 April 2018

Alexander Spröwitz gives an invited talk at the final DFG project meeting 'Das verdatete Tier' at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. This DFG project final meeting is organized by Prof. Dr. Stefan Rieger and Ina Bolinski, M.A. .

Alexander Sproewitz


Multifunctional bacterial microswimmer able to deliver cargo and destroy itself

  • 26 April 2018

The untethered biohybrid microswimmer is able to transport and deliver cargo encapsulated into a guidable red blood cell, while an attached bacterium, one of the most efficient swimmers in nature, acts as a propeller to move it forward. Once it has reached its destination and delivered its cargo, the scientists can destroy the microswimmer using infrared light.

Yunus Alapan Oncay Yasa Metin Sitti Linda Behringer