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MLSS 2020 Tübingen: the first-ever virtual event starts with a bang

  • 06 July 2020

Participants from 39 countries on five continents are attending the online event.

With lectures, round table discussions, and social events, several of the world's top machine learning scientists are interacting with promising young researchers at the Machine Learning Summer School

Bernhard Schölkopf Mijung Park Georgios Arvanitidis Valerie Callaghan

Video: Microrobots roll against blood flow to deliver drugs

  • 02 July 2020

With the help of magnetic fields, the bots might one day navigate the circulatory system to target tumors

Drug-carrying microrobots offer a way to deliver treatments straight to where they are needed, such as tumors deep within the body. But most bots designed in labs have so far been limited to easy-to-reach targets such as the gut. Now, researchers have developed drug-delivering “microrollers” that can move against blood flow (Sci. Robot. 2020, DOI: 10.1126/scirobotics.aba5726). With the help of a magnetic field, these two-faced particles might one day navigate our circulatory system to deliver treatments to tumors. The microrollers are coated on one side with magnetic materials and on the other with antibodies specific to cancer cells. These antibodies would help the particles selectively bind to tumors in the body, where they could release their payload. This targeted approach could minimize exposure of healthy cells to cancer drugs, reducing side effects.

Yunus Alapan Ugur Bozuyuk Metin Sitti

Yoshua Bengio will hold the Max Planck Lecture 2020

  • 19 June 2020

This year's lecture is being held online on June 23

The world-leading scientist in the field of deep learning will discuss how machine learning could be used in combination with contact tracing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19

Linda Behringer Valerie Callaghan

New video-based approach to 3D motion capture makes virtual avatars more realistic than ever

  • 17 June 2020

With Video Inference for Body Pose and Shape Estimation (VIBE), scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems have developed a neural network that makes video-based 3D motion capture more accurate, faster, and less expensive.

Michael Black Nikos Athanasiou Muhammed Kocabas Valerie Callaghan

Michael J. Black awarded “test of time” prize at the 2020 Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)

  • 16 June 2020

Black, a Director at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS), has been awarded the Longuet-Higgins Prize.

The award honors research that has made a significant impact in the research field of computer vision.

Michael Black Valerie Callaghan

Four-legged robot makes research comparable worldwide

  • 16 June 2020

Solo 8 is a new research robot, developed as an open-source project in the German cities of Tübingen and Stuttgart. The dog-resembling, torque-controlled quadruped is capable of very dynamic movements. It is made entirely of 3D printed parts and off-the-shelf components, which makes it an easy to replicate platform ideal for fundamental research in legged locomotion and robotic education. The project aims to provide robotic research labs around the world with an easy-to-assemble legged robot kit that doesn’t break the bank. Additionally, software on Solo 8 is constantly improved and publicly available on GitHub. In return, the scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems hope to exchange insights with other teams. Running experiments on the same platform creates comparative data – an ideal foundation for rapid progress in the research field of robotics.

Felix Grimminger Avadesh Meduri Majid Khadiv Julian Viereck Manuel Wüthrich Maximilien Naveau Vincent Berenz Steve Heim Felix Widmaier Jonathan Fiene Alexander Badri-Sprowitz Ludovic Righetti Linda Behringer

CVPR Oral Now Online

  • 15 June 2020

We just uploaded our presentations for our CVPR paper "Optimizing Rank-based Metrics with Blackbox Differentiation" to YouTube.

Michal Rolinek Anselm Paulus Marin Vlastelica Pogancic Georg Martius

Swimming robot gives valuable insights into locomotion of fish

  • 09 June 2020

Researchers study morphological intelligence encoded into the physical system of animals

The community of researchers developing robot-models that are designed according to the morphological intelligence of animals is growing steadily. Roboticists at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and Harvard University study a swimming soft robot and its wave-like propulsion under water. From their findings about the parameters which influence the thrust force of the robot, they then draw conclusions about the complex locomotion of fish.

Ardian Jusufi Linda Behringer

Debates on the future of robotics at ICRA: Katherine J. Kuchenbecker makes a case for virtual conferences

  • 06 June 2020

The virtual debate was held at the 2020 International Conference on Robotics and Automation.

During a 90-minute debate, leading scientists in the field of robotics discussed the pros and cons of large international conferences.

Katherine J. Kuchenbecker Valerie Callaghan

Research beacons MPI-IS and ETH Zurich strengthen cooperation

  • 27 May 2020

Extended funding for joint AI and robotics research center

Both world class research institutions in the field of intelligent systems have agreed to continue their research partnership, the Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems, for a further five years. Meanwhile, senior scientists from the MPI-IS have been appointed as Affiliated Professors at ETH, intensifying the academic exchange.

Bernhard Schölkopf Metin Sitti Sarah Danes Linda Behringer