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Baden Württemberg’s Minister President Winfried Kretschmann receives Europe's leading AI researchers

  • 04 April 2019

Scientists convene to advance European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems ELLIS

“We believe the European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems is a game changer. On a European level, we are pooling our resources and creating synergies so that we can be internationally competitive in the field of AI research. And as we shape ELLIS, we will build on the excellence we already have in several European countries. In Germany, we are very grateful for the strong support from the government of the state of Baden-Württemberg."

Bernhard Schölkopf Linda Behringer Valerie Callaghan


Let’s not make big waves

  • 29 March 2019

A team of researchers generates ultra-short spin waves in an astoundingly simple material

Due to its potential to make computers faster and smartphones more efficient, spintronics is considered a promising concept for the future of electronics. In a collaboration including the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, a team of researchers has now successfully generated so-called spin waves much more easily and efficiently than was previously deemed possible. The researchers are presenting their results in the journal Physical Review Letters.

Gisela Schütz Joachim Gräfe Linda Behringer


Leading researcher in small-scale robotics receives ERC Advanced Grant

  • 28 March 2019

One of the world's most prestigious research funding programs supports Intelligent Systems research in Stuttgart

The European Research Council is awarding a 2.5 million Euros research grant to Dr. Metin Sitti, who is a Director at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems. Sitti is the head of the Physical Intelligence Department and one of the world's leading researchers in the field of small-scale and soft robotics and its use in medical applications. The funding will go toward ground-breaking basic research in soft-bodied miniature mobile robots. These tiny machines could one day have a radical impact on non-invasive medical interventions and diagnostics.

Metin Sitti Richard Segar Linda Behringer


Metin Sitti publishes a News & Views article in Nature

  • 22 March 2019

Robotic collectives inspired by biological cells

A robotic system has been demonstrated in which the random motion of individual components leads to deterministic behaviour, much as occurs in living systems. Environmental and medical applications could follow.

Metin Sitti


Xiaolong Lu receives Humboldt Research Fellowship

  • 20 March 2019

He joins the Micro, Nano, and Molecular Systems Lab as a Postdoctoral Researcher

Peer Fischer


New height in popularity: IMPRS-IS on track to double size in 2019

  • 19 March 2019

"Young, talented people are the ones who will shape our future in the digital world, in science, in business, and in society."

The doctoral program of the Cyber Valley initiative far exceeds expectations. Baden-Württemberg's Minister of Science, Theresia Bauer, is pleased with the high number of applications from all over the world because it shows how attractive the multidisciplinary research landscape in the Stuttgart/Tübingen region is for highly talented young scientists.

Katherine J. Kuchenbecker Leila Masri Linda Behringer Valerie Callaghan


CVPR 2019 Paper Accepted

  • 12 March 2019

Our paper 'Variational Autoencoders Recover PCA Directions (by Accident)' got accepted at CVPR 2019! We are looking forward to present it as a poster in June at Long Beach!

The paper elaborates on the close connection between Variational Autoencoders and the well known PCA algorithm in terms of their alignment of the latent space.

Michal Rolinek Dominik Zietlow Georg Martius


3rd Computational Vision Summer School - Apply now!

  • 12 March 2019

From 30.6. to 7.7.2019 Application deadline: April 15, 2019

We are organizing the 3rd Computational Vision Summer School from 30.6. to 7.7.2019 in the beautiful black forest, Germany. It is aimed at PhD students and Postdocs with an interest in vision science research. Previous editions were fun, intellectually rewarding events for students and faculty alike. The summer school spans the entire spectrum of vision research from neuroscience and psychophysics to computer vision and fosters discussions at the intersection of biological and artificial vision systems. The school is unique in bringing together people from diverse disciplines in a very familiar atmosphere (only 60 people in total). CVSS is tuition free and accomodation is sponsored by the CRC/1233 Robust Vision.

Andreas Geiger Michael Black Siyu Tang


Neues Kooperationsprojekt zw. IAV und MPI-IS

  • 11 March 2019

Der Automotive Engineering-Dienstleister IAV und das Max-Planck-Institut für Intelligente Systeme kooperieren bei der Entwicklung von Algorithmen, um selbstlernende Verfahren in der Automobiltechnik weiter voran zu bringen. Die Forschungskooperation ist eine von mehreren im Rahmen des Cyber Valleys, das den Austausch zwischen anwendungsorientierter Industrieforschung und Neugier getriebener Grundlagenforschung zum Ziel hat.

Alexander von Rohr Sebastian Trimpe Linda Behringer


Lab's first RLDM submissions

  • 02 March 2019

The lab has submitted three wonderful abstracts to this year's 4th Multidisciplinary Conference on Reinforcement Learning and Decision Making at the McGill University in Montréal. They introduce research around our intelligent cognitive tutor and cover aspects of overcoming present bias, inspecting cognitive decline, and a process-related approach to trace the evolution of planning skills. We keep our fingers crossed!

Falk Lieder Yash Raj Jain