Institute News

A beacon of light for artificial intelligence

  • 12 July 2017

The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems is celebrating the opening of its new building in Tübingen

Tübingen, 12. Juli 2017. This opening ceremony involved teamwork between humans and machines. While the robot Apollo held the red ribbon, Minister-President Winfried Kretschmann and Martin Stratmann, President of the Max Planck Society, cut the symbolic cordon to officially open the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems’ new building in Tübingen. They were assisted by Science Minister Theresia Bauer and Stefan Schaal, the Institute’s Managing Director. After a two-and-a-half-year construction period, the scientists recently moved into the Institute building made possible by funding worth millions from the federal state government. They are now conducting basic research on artificial intelligence here.

Michael Black Bernhard Schölkopf Stefan Schaal


The Machine Learning Summer School 2017 is back in Tübingen!

  • 19 June 2017

For the fifth time, the MLSS takes place in Tübingen


Awards for Two Master Theses at the Autonomous Motion Department

  • 07 June 2017

Cédric de Crousaz and Julian Viereck receive the ETH Medal for their outstanding Master Theses

Sebastian Trimpe Ludovic Righetti Julian Viereck Alexander Herzog


Finalist for the Best Robotic Vision Paper

  • 01 June 2017

at the 2017 IEEE/RAS International Conference on Robotics and Automation

The paper "Probabilistic Articulated Real-Time Tracking for Robot Manipulation" by Cristina Garcia Cifuentes, Jan Issac, Manuel Wüthrich, Stefan Schaal and Jeannette Bohg was finalist for the Best Robotic Vision paper at the 2017 IEEE/RAS International Conference on Robotics and Automation.

Cristina Garcia Cifuentes Manuel Wüthrich Jan Issac Stefan Schaal Jeannette Bohg


Release of Bayesian Articulated Object Tracking Libraries

  • 29 May 2017

Robust and real-time Bayesian articulated object tracking methods, implemented in C++ and CUDA.

We release open-source code and data sets on Bayesian articulated object tracking. The library contains approaches towards problems ranging from single object tracking to full robot arm pose estimation. The data sets allow the quantitative evaluation of alternative approaches thanks to accurate ground-truth annotations.

Cristina Garcia Cifuentes Jan Issac Manuel Wüthrich Jeannette Bohg


Gecko-inspired multipurpose gripper

  • 26 May 2017

An elastic membrane covered with tiny fibres paired with a pressure differential enables a new soft gripper system with a high adhesion performance even on curved surfaces

Robots generally need a gripper that adapts to three-dimensional surfaces. Such a gripper needs to be soft to adapt to a great variety of geometries, but not too soft, as it will detach easily and not be able to bear weight for very long. Researchers working with Metin Sitti at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart developed a membrane equipped with microscopic fibres inspired by the fine hairs on a gecko's foot and attached it to a suction cup-like flexible body. An internal pressure differential ensures perfect conformation of the flexible gripper to a wide variety of surfaces and equally distributes the load over the entire contact interface. As a result, the researchers suppressed load induced stress concentrations at the edges, which strongly reduced the adhesion. The gripper demonstrates a 14-times higher adhesion than grippers without this load sharing mechanism.



Tübingen exibition: "Origins" - Steps of Humankind

  • 18 May 2017

Opening of the exibition: Friday, May 19, 2017, 7:00 p.m., Schloß Hohentübingen (free entrance)

The exhibition in the Museum Ancient Cultures (Hohentübingen Castle) will focus on the most important steps of humankind. Our institute supports the last part of the exibition "Origin of digital innovation" with a Nao robot and the Mosh Camera App.


Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Prize 2017 for Andreas Geiger

  • 03 May 2017

The Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize is recognized as the most important science award in Germany to early career researchers. It was awarded May 3rd, 2017 in Berlin.

Andreas Geiger


Günter Enderle Best Paper Award

  • 28 April 2017

at Eurographics 2017

for the paper "Sparse Inertial Pose: Automatic 3D Human Motion Capture from Sparse IMUs"

Gerard Pons-Moll Michael Black