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Current Information about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • 28 February 2020

The institute management takes the rapid spread of the Coronavirus very seriously and has decided to adopt precautionary measures to protect all employees and guests of the institute.


Underwater Snail-o-Bot gets kick from light

  • 26 February 2020

Light-fueled liquid crystal gels used to create robot inspired by aquatic invertebrates

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart in cooperation with Tampere University in Finland developed a gel-like robot inspired by sea slugs and snails they are able to steer with light. Much like the soft body of these aquatic invertebrates, the bioinspired robot is able to deform easily inside water when exposed to this energy source. Due to specifically aligned molecules of liquid crystal gels – its building material – and illumination of specific parts of the robot, it is able to crawl, walk, jump, and swim inside water. The scientists see their research project as an inspiration for other roboticists who struggle to design untethered soft robots that are able to move freely in a fluidic environment. Such inventions could one day play a pivotal role in the research field of minimally-invasive robotic medical applications.

Hamed Shahsavan Amirreza Aghakhani Metin Sitti Yubing Guo Linda Behringer


European Commission Vice-President Vestager visits Cyber Valley

  • 20 February 2020

Scientists from the ecosystem are making a decisive contribution to the future of European AI

At a meeting with the European Commission’s Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, Baden-Württemberg’s Minister-President Winfried Kretschmann, and the state’s Science Minister Theresia Bauer, scientists welcomed the European Commission’s new Digital Strategy and demanded strong support for research in the field of learning AI

Bernhard Schölkopf Valerie Callaghan


Bernhard Schölkopf receives Frontiers of Knowledge Award

  • 19 February 2020

The BBVA Foundation recognizes Schölkopf for his work that has advanced the field of artificial intelligence by teaching machines the human skill of classifying data

Bernhard Schölkopf


Acoustically driven microrobot outshines natural microswimmers

  • 03 February 2020

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart have designed and fabricated an untethered microrobot that can slip along either a flat or curved surface in a liquid when exposed to ultrasound waves. Its propulsion force is two to three orders of magnitude stronger than the propulsion force of natural microorganisms such as bacteria or algae. Additionally, it can transport cargo while swimming. The acoustically propelled robot hence has significant potential to revolutionize the future minimally invasive treatment of patients.

Amirreza Aghakhani Oncay Yasa Metin Sitti Linda Behringer


Two papers accepted for ICRA 2020

  • 21 January 2020

We have two papers accepted for the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2020

Jörg Stückler


Zhichao Ma receives Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

  • 21 January 2020

The scientist working in the Micro, Nano, and Molecular Systems Lab at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart will be supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for two years to continue his research on micro- and nano-particles manipulation, on microfluidics and high-frequency ultrasound.

Zhichao Ma Peer Fischer Linda Behringer


MPI for Intelligent Systems continues video series

  • 15 January 2020

Video No 3 is now available

Short films present scientists' research projects in an understandable way

Alejandro Posada Linda Behringer Andreas Geiger


Werner-von-Siemens-Ring foundation honours doctoral student Andreas Dörr

  • 19 December 2019

The Board of Trustees has selected nine young researchers from science and industry to be honoured and accepted into the network of outstanding young scientists. The awards were presented in Munich on December 13, 2019, on the occasion of Werner von Siemens’ 103rd birthday.

Sebastian Trimpe Linda Behringer


Yichao Tang receives Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

  • 16 December 2019

The scientist working in the Physical Intelligence Department at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart will be supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for two years to continue his soft robotic research in Germany.

Yichao Tang Metin Sitti Linda Behringer