The goal of the Institute is to investigate and understand the organizing principles of intelligent systems and the underlying perception-action-learning loop. The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems combines – within one center – theory, software, and hardware expertise in the research field of intelligent systems.
The Tübingen campus of the institute focuses on theory and algorithms as well as human-scale systems covering topics such as machine learning, computer vision, robotics, control, and the theory of intelligence. Research at the Stuttgart campus of the institute covers small-scale robotics, self-organization, haptic perception, bio-inspired systems, medical robotics, and physical intelligence; that is, the embodiment of intelligent behavior in physical, rather than computational, systems.
Every day, artificial intelligence is in the news. Cars are becoming more and more autonomous, unmanned aerial vehicles will deliver packages, robots will assist us in our homes, and surgery will be done by small robots in our bodies. With the digitization of industry and the presence of cyber-physical systems, Intelligent Systems are increasingly becoming a part of the real world. The ability to create systems for Autonomous Robotics and Intelligent Software is a future key technology in industry, mobility, and our society as a whole.
Intelligent systems operate autonomously in, and adapt to, complex, changing environments. While biological intelligent systems (including humans) have developed sophisticated abilities through interaction, evolution and learning in order to act successfully in our world, our understanding of these phenomena is still limited. The synthesis of intelligent, autonomous, learning systems remains a major scientific challenge. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems investigate the fundamental problem of perception, action, and learning underlying intelligent systems through theoretical and algorithmic work, as well as physical systems on all scales. We want to use this understanding to design future artifically intelligent systems.
Two campuses bringing together leading researchers
The institute has two capuses, building on the local strengths of each site. The two institute sites in Stuttgart and in Tübingen are located on the Max Planck Campuses and spatially connected to four neighboring Max Planck institutions. Together, Stuttgart and Tübingen form one of the biggest clusters of institutes within the Max Planck Society. The close proximity to several institutes and universities covering various disciplines supports many opportunities for scientific collaboration and creates organisational synergies that our institute profits from.
Tübingen is a university city, and a world leading center for Neuroscience, Medicine and Biology. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute profit from good contacts and short ways to outstanding scientists in these fields. The Stuttgart campus of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems is surrounded by world-leading institutions in Engineering, Robotics, Control, and Materials Science.
Industry partnerships - Cyber Valley
The Stuttgart-Tübingen region forms the center of the state of Baden-Württemberg, one of the leading economic regions not only in Germany but also Europe's powerhouse and most innnovative area. The greater Stuttgart metropolitan region is home to some of the largest companies in the automotive and technology sector and to thousands of successful small and medium-sized enterprises, known for its innovative drive and inventive spirit, with a high level of productivity and low unemployment.
The academic and industrial environment in the region Stuttgart and Tübingen provides the ideal ground to establish a world-leading ecosystem in Intelligent Systems. Our institute has recently joined forces with key players from industry, science and politics to establish a regional cluster in the field of Artificial Intelligence – the Cyber Valley. Through this initiative, the Max Planck Society, the state of Baden- Württemberg, the Universities of Stuttgart and Tübingen, and companies from the IT and industrial sector will promote a start up culture and heavily strengthen the local research activities in the field of Intelligent Systems.
International Collaborations - Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems collaborate with the best labs all over the world, and the Institute has strong partnerships with leading research institutions, e.g. Cambridge University, Brown University, University of Southern California, or Carnegie Mellon University.
In order to boost the research capacities and to pool scientific know-how in the emerging field of Learning Systems in Europe, the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and ETH Zurich have recently joined forces to form the Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems. This first joint research center of the Max Planck Society and ETH Zurich brings together leading researchers in the field of learning systems and provides unique training opportunities for PhD students. The goals of the Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems are to achieve a fundamental understanding of perception, learning and adaption in complex systems, by providing a platform for exchange in research and education.