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Solar-battery effect enables a new light-driven organic microswimmer to operate in the dark

  • 24 September 2020

An interdisciplinary team of scientists at the Max Planck Institutes for Intelligent Systems and Solid State Research has developed a biocompatible microswimmer made of carbon nitride, which they can propel forward through light. The particle can also store solar energy similar to miniature solar cells equipped with batteries, and can thus also swim in the dark using the stored energy. Even if the illumination is turned off, it can move forward for about half an hour with just 30 seconds of prior illumination. The photo-charging ability of this newly developed microswimmer opens up many opportunities for targeted drug delivery, environmental remediation, and other potential applications for such photo-chargeable micro- and nanomachines.

Varun Sridhar Metin Sitti Linda Behringer


New AI in medicine initiative launched

  • 22 September 2020

“Offers the opportunity to pool the region’s many strengths and give Baden-Württemberg global visibility in the field”

The University of Tübingen and the Max Planck Institutes for Biological Cybernetics and Intelligent Systems have launched a new initiative for the use of artificial intelligence in medicine and the life sciences. “The current pandemic shows that we need to become faster and more efficient in fighting global health threats. In the future, we must thus make much greater use of the potential of AI. The new initiative offers the opportunity to combine all our strengths and give Baden-Württemberg global visibility when it comes to AI applications in medicine,” said Science Minister Theresia Bauer, who welcomed the initiative for closer cooperation in the field of AI and medicine, on Tuesday.

Michael Black Valerie Callaghan


CMOS chip projects ultrasound movies

  • 15 September 2020

Scientists from the max Planck institute for Intelligent Systems, University of Stuttgart and IMS CHIPS develope ultrasound projector on base of a CMOS chip

Scientists of the Micro, Nano and Molecular Systems Lab at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and the Institute of Physical Chemistry at the University of Stuttgart have developed a digital chip that can be used to project movies with ultrasound. The researchers report on this in an article in the magazine "Nature Communications". The ultrasound projector is based on a special microchip that was developed and manufactured at the Institut für Mikroelektronik Stuttgart (IMS CHIPS). The chip generates targeted micro bubbles that can be switched on and off digitally (via the chip) in rapid succession. This makes it possible for the first time to protect high-resolution holographic images that change with the time.

Peer Fischer Tian Qiu Kai Melde Athanasios Athanassiadis Zhichao Ma Linda Behringer


ELLIS inaugurates 30 research units at leading institutions across Europe

  • 15 September 2020

At a virtual event on Tuesday, the European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems presented the broad scope of research its units will cover in the field of modern AI.

Bernhard Schölkopf


IMPRS-IS Ph.D. Program: Call for Applications

  • 15 September 2020

The International Max Planck Research School for Intelligent Systems will accept its fifth generation of Ph.D. students in spring of 2021!

The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and the Universities of Stuttgart and Tübingen collaborate to offer an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program, the International Max Planck Research School for Intelligent Systems (IMPRS-IS). Interested applicants can find more details on how to apply here.

Leila Masri Sara Sorce


ELLIS PhD Program: Call for Applications

  • 10 September 2020

The European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems offers an interdisciplinary PhD program. The ELLIS PhD program is a key element of the ELLIS initiative and its goal is to foster and educate the best talent in machine learning related research areas by pairing outstanding students with leading academic and industrial researchers in Europe. The program supports excellent PhDs across Europe by giving them access to leading research through boot camps, summer schools and workshops of the ELLIS programs. Every PhD student is supervised by one ELLIS fellow/scholar and one ELLIS member from a different country and conducts a 1 year exchange at the other location.


Detecting the handedness of a single nanoparticle

  • 09 September 2020

Nature Communications

Stuttgart, 9. September 2020: Scientists from the Micro, Nano and Molecular Systems Lab at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems have developed a new spectroscopic-microscope, which can be used to observe a single nanoparticle in real time. This enabled the first detection of a nanoparticle’s handedness while it is freely moving in solution. The results of their research paves the way for optical measurements with high detection sensitivities down to single molecules and in samples of ultra-low volumes.

Peer Fischer Jan-Philipp Günther Johannes Sachs Andrew Mark Claudia Daefler


Chancellor Angela Merkel and Minister-President Winfried Kretschmann visit Cyber Valley

  • 09 September 2020

In several virtual tours, they gained insights into the latest research on artificial intelligence

“Cyber Valley is a prime example of Germany’s attractiveness of Germany as a location for AI. Science and business are working hand in hand and showing how excellent research can be successfully transferred into innovative applications and business models,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday, following a virtual tour of Cyber Valley facilities with Winfried Kretschmann, Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg. “The Federal Government will continue to support AI research and technology transfer. With the ‘Future Package’, we are providing an additional two billion euros for AI ecosystems of international appeal, attractive conditions for talent, and state-of-the-art computing infrastructures.”

Bernhard Schölkopf Michael Black


Lovis Heindrich joined our lab!

  • 01 September 2020

Welcome, Lovis!

Reinforcement learning, machine learning, and using AI to make a positive impact!

Lovis Heindrich


Aamir Ahmad appointed Tenure-Track Professor at the University of Stuttgart

  • 01 September 2020

The leader of the Perceiving Systems Department’s Robot Perception Group is joining the university’s Faculty of Aerospace Engineering and Geodesy effective September 1, 2020.

Ahmad will be adding robotics and AI to the aerospace faculty's fields of research.

Aamir Ahmad Michael Black Valerie Callaghan