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Finalist for the Best Interactive Session Paper

  • 17 November 2016

at the IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids 2016)

Brahayam Ponton Alexander Herzog Ludovic Righetti Stefan Schaal


IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Optics 2016 awarded to Laura Na Liu

  • 09 November 2016

Laura Na Liu, Group Leader at the Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, and Professor at the Kirchhoff Institute of Physics, University of Heidelberg, is the recipient of the 2016 IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Optics for “outstanding contributions to Nanooptics, Nanophotonics, Nano plasmonics, and Metamaterials.” She is Associate Editor of Science Advances, and member of the Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Photonics.

Laura Na Liu


Summer School on Probabilistic Numerics in 2017

  • 01 November 2016

The Dobbiaco Summer School 2017 will be devoted to Probabilistic Numerics, and taught by Philipp Hennig & Mark Girolami.

Philipp Hennig


Finalist for Best Paper Award

  • 28 October 2016

at the 4th RSI International Conference on Robotics and Mechatronics (ICROM).

Majid Khadiv Alexander Herzog Stefan Schaal Ludovic Righetti


The Paralympics are over - the Cybathlon starts!

  • 08 October 2016

CYBATHLON Championship for Athletes with Disabilities

Zürich. On October 8, 2016, a collaboration of the research group "Brain-Computer-Interfaces" at the MPI-IS and the "Autonomous Systems Lab" at the TU Darmstadt will send a joint team into the Brain-computer-Interface Race at the Cybathlon 2016 in Zurich. The so called Athena-Minerva team consists mainly of computer science students of bachelor and master-level at the Technical University Darmstadt. They are interested in "Machine Learning", signal processing and especially for Brain-Computer-Interfaces (BCI). The team is headed by Moritz Grosse-Wentrup from MPI-IS and by Jan Peters, TU Darmstadt. The pilot is Sebastian Reul.

Moritz Grosse-Wentrup


Christoph Lassner in portrait

  • 05 October 2016

#thatsmyscience

Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (University of Tuebingen), Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

Christoph Lassner


Motion-directed robots on a micro scale

  • 30 September 2016

Microswimmers capped with carbon on one side can be propelled and steered by light

Phototactic behaviour directs some bacteria towards light and others into darkness: This enables them to utilize solar energy as efficiently as possible for their metabolism, or, otherwise, protects them from excessive light intensity. A team of researchers headed by Clemens Bechinger from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and the University of Stuttgart, as well as colleagues from the University of Düsseldorf have now found a surprisingly simple way to direct synthetic microswimmers towards light or darkness. Their findings could eventually lead to minuscule robots that seek out and treat lesions in the human body.


Shape-programmable miniscule robots

  • 26 September 2016

Soft materials that can use magnetic fields to generate desired time-varying shapes could provide an engine for microswimmers

One day, microrobots may be able to swim through the human body like sperm or paramecia to carry out medical functions in specific locations. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart have developed functional elastomers, which can be activated by magnetic fields to imitate the swimming gaits of natural flagella, cilia and jellyfish. Using a specially developed computer algorithm, the researchers can now automatically generate the optimal magnetic conditions for each gait for the first time. According to the Stuttgart-based scientists, other applications for this shape-programming technology include numerous other micro-scale engineering applications, in which chemical and physical processes are implemented on a miniscule scale.

Metin Sitti Guo Zhan Lum


Holograms with sound

  • 21 September 2016

A new way of shaping sound waves in 3D aids technology and could be useful for medical ultrasound applications

Sound can now be structured in three dimensions. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and the University of Stuttgart have found a way of generating acoustic holograms, which could improve ultrasound diagnostics and material testing. The holograms can also be used to move and manipulate particles.

Peer Fischer Kai Melde Andrew Mark


Tuebingen is a great Research City! (Video)

  • 09 September 2016

Video: Research needs Future.

One of Germany’s oldest and most renowned universities and a wide range of top-level research institutes. Together, they make Tuebingen an ideal place for science and research. They have joined forces in the Tuebingen Research Campus to further intensify their cooperation and to offer joint services to scientists interested in joining us.