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PhD Fellowships at the Cambridge-Tübingen Machine Learning Program

  • 13 September 2018

This program is meant for doctoral candidates whose research interests are well matched to both the machine learning group in Cambridge (United Kingdom) and the MPI for Intelligent Systems in Tuebingen (Germany).

Barbara Kreilkamp


Novel polymer lenses for X-ray microscopes: highly efficient and low cost

  • 07 September 2018

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart invented a new and cost-effective method for making X-ray lenses with nanometer-sized features and excellent focusing capabilities. By using an advanced 3D printing technique, a single lens can be manufactured under a minute from polymeric materials with extremely favorable X-ray optical properties, hence the costs of prototyping and manufacturing are strongly reduced. High-throughput and high-yield manufacturing processes of such lenses are sought after world-wide, which is why the scientists have filed a patent for their invention.

Umut Sanli Kahraman Keskinbora Hakan Ceylan Gisela Schütz Metin Sitti Linda Behringer


Administrative Assistant Position (50%)

  • 04 September 2018

The Autonomous Vision Group is looking for an administrative assistant (50%).


A boost for biofuel cells

  • 30 August 2018

In chemistry, a reaction is spontaneous when it does not need the addition of an external energy input. How much energy is released in a reaction is dictated by the laws of thermodynamics. In the case of the spontaneous reactions that occur in the human body this is often not enough to power medical implants. Now, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart, together with an international team of researchers, found a way to boost the energy output by storing and bundling the energy of many spontaneous enzyme reactions. The work is published in the journal Nature Communications and shows how abundant, simple enzyme reactions can be used to power energy-hungry reactions and electronic devices.

Peer Fischer Linda Behringer


A slippery world in bio-inspired robotics

  • 27 August 2018

A roboticist at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems studies the multifunctional feet of the desert locust and its jumping behavior on different surfaces to extract the traits which contribute to enhancing surface friction and stop slips. The scientist then built a robot inspired by the locust. His findings about the morphological intelligence of the insect contribute to solving the complex locomotion problems seen in even the most advanced robots. This new field of research is increasingly gaining attention within the scientific community, so much so that renowned science journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published the researcher´s findings in its latest edition.

Matthew Woodward Metin Sitti Linda Behringer


PhD Fellowships at the Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems

  • 03 August 2018

The joint academic program between the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, the Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems (CLS) has opened the call for excellent doctoral fellows as of August 3rd, 2018.

Barbara Kreilkamp


Blind Justice

  • 25 July 2018

Researchers take new approach to machine learning fairness by applying privacy methods

Can justice be blind when it comes to machine learning? Researchers from The Alan Turing Institute, the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and Software Systems, the University of Cambridge and Warwick as well as from the University College London present findings at ICML 2018.

Linda Behringer


3D Nanofabrication of high-resolution X-ray focusing lenses

  • 20 July 2018

Scientists at the Max-Planck-Institute for Intelligent Systems developed advanced lenses for X-Ray microscopes to be able to see inside of materials in high resolution of only a few nanometers in size. Their unique layer-by-layer 3D fabrication method allows them to build extremely precise multilayered diffractive lenses with virtually unlimited aspect ratios.

Umut Sanli Kahraman Keskinbora Gisela Schütz Linda Behringer


Funded Ph.D. positions available at IMPRS-IS

  • 20 July 2018

Want to contribute to world-leading research in areas such as machine learning, computer vision, robot dynamics and control, micro- and nano-robotics, or haptics? Then sign up for the International Max Planck Research School for Intelligent Systems or IMPRS-IS now!

Leila Masri


Summer Colloquium 2018

  • 15 July 2018

Great talks - an 80th birthday - the Günter Petzow Prize ceremony - fantastic atmosphere - a sunny evening BBQ

Robots as household helpers, learning robots, mini robots for medical research, and big data: this year's summer colloquium focused on current topics in artificial intelligence.

Katherine Kuchenbecker Ildikó Papp-Wiedmann Matthias Tröndle Claudia Daefler