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Body perception research using virtual reality – is this avatar really me?

  • 10 October 2018

How do we perceive our own body weight? Which body weight do we find attractive?

An interdisciplinary team of scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, the University of Tübingen and the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems place test persons in front of their virtual selves and examine their self-perception. The aim of the studies is to investigate how accurately healthy women and men, incl. patients with anorexia nervosa, perceive their own body weight. The findings provide insights for new therapy approaches for people with eating disorders.

Simone Mölbert Anne Thaler Michael Black Linda Behringer

Tübingen to host one of four new Competence Centers for Machine Learning in Germany

  • 10 October 2018

University of Tübingen and Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems Tübingen research robust learning algorithms

Tübingen is to receive a competence center for artificial intelligence and machine learning. This will make it one of four locations at which Germany’s Ministry of Education and Research plans to pool scientific projects in artificial intelligence. The Tübingen AI Center will provide research groups at the University and at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems with a place to develop learning systems. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research will sponsor the center with some 6.6 million euros for an initial four years, starting 1 October. Three other AI centers are to be set up in Berlin, Dortmund and Munich. The centers are to play a key role in the German government’s artificial intelligence development strategy.

Michael Black Matthias Tröndle

Cyber Valley goes new.New

  • 09 October 2018

Das Festival bringt Unternehmer, Forscher und Start-ups zusammen. Da darf das Team rund um Cyber Valley nicht fehlen.

Linda Behringer Tamara Almeyda Anna Benzin

Quadruple Excellence

  • 08 October 2018

Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems involved in four newly funded Clusters of Excellence in Stuttgart and Tübingen

The German national Excellence Strategy has decided which new Clusters of Excellence will be funded from 2019 onwards. On September 27, 2018, the panel of experts and the Science Ministers of the Federal Government and the States announced the selection of 57 research alliances as Clusters of Excellence. These winners were chosen from 88 full proposals and 195 original applications. The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) was involved in four applications, all of which were selected for funding as Clusters of Excellence. In Stuttgart, MPI-IS scientists were directly involved in both of the successful proposals at the University of Stuttgart. In Tübingen, MPI-IS is involved in two of the University of Tübingen's three approved clusters.

Michael Black Bernhard Schölkopf Katherine J. Kuchenbecker Metin Sitti

Finalist Amazon Robotics Best Paper Awards

  • 28 September 2018

AMD is one of three finalists for the Best Systems Paper

Our paper on “Real-time Perception meets Reactive Motion Generation” was considered for the 2018 Amazon Robotics Best Paper Awards in Manipulation. Amazon Robotics selected our paper as one of three Finalists for Best Systems Paper. They received so many high quality submissions and wanted to acknowledge your paper as one of the best.

Daniel Kappler Franzi Meier Jan Issac Jim Mainprice Cristina Garcia Cifuentes Manuel Wüthrich Vincent Berenz Stefan Schaal Nathan Ratliff Jeannette Bohg

PhD Position: Learning Interpretable Representations

  • 25 September 2018

We are looking for a PhD student working on interpretable representations.

Andreas Geiger

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

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