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Summer School on Probabilistic Numerics in 2017

  • 01 November 2016

The Dobbiaco Summer School 2017 will be devoted to Probabilistic Numerics, and taught by Philipp Hennig & Mark Girolami.

Philipp Hennig


Finalist for Best Paper Award

  • 28 October 2016

at the 4th RSI International Conference on Robotics and Mechatronics (ICROM).

Majid Khadiv Alexander Herzog Stefan Schaal Ludovic Righetti


The Paralympics are over - the Cybathlon starts!

  • 08 October 2016

CYBATHLON Championship for Athletes with Disabilities

Zürich. On October 8, 2016, a collaboration of the research group "Brain-Computer-Interfaces" at the MPI-IS and the "Autonomous Systems Lab" at the TU Darmstadt will send a joint team into the Brain-computer-Interface Race at the Cybathlon 2016 in Zurich. The so called Athena-Minerva team consists mainly of computer science students of bachelor and master-level at the Technical University Darmstadt. They are interested in "Machine Learning", signal processing and especially for Brain-Computer-Interfaces (BCI). The team is headed by Moritz Grosse-Wentrup from MPI-IS and by Jan Peters, TU Darmstadt. The pilot is Sebastian Reul.

Moritz Grosse-Wentrup


Christoph Lassner in portrait

  • 05 October 2016

#thatsmyscience

Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (University of Tuebingen), Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

Christoph Lassner


Shape-programmable miniscule robots

  • 26 September 2016

Soft materials that can use magnetic fields to generate desired time-varying shapes could provide an engine for microswimmers

One day, microrobots may be able to swim through the human body like sperm or paramecia to carry out medical functions in specific locations. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart have developed functional elastomers, which can be activated by magnetic fields to imitate the swimming gaits of natural flagella, cilia and jellyfish. Using a specially developed computer algorithm, the researchers can now automatically generate the optimal magnetic conditions for each gait for the first time. According to the Stuttgart-based scientists, other applications for this shape-programming technology include numerous other micro-scale engineering applications, in which chemical and physical processes are implemented on a miniscule scale.

Metin Sitti Guo Zhan Lum


Tuebingen is a great Research City! (Video)

  • 09 September 2016

Video: Research needs Future.

One of Germany’s oldest and most renowned universities and a wide range of top-level research institutes. Together, they make Tuebingen an ideal place for science and research. They have joined forces in the Tuebingen Research Campus to further intensify their cooperation and to offer joint services to scientists interested in joining us.


NIPS workshop: Optimizing the Optimizer

  • 26 August 2016

contributions invited

Maren Mahsereci and Philipp Hennig are co-organizing a NIPS workshop (with Alex Davies at Google) on parameter inference for nonlinear optimization algorithms.

Maren Mahsereci Philipp Hennig


Setting up the Max Planck Group on Probabilistic Numerics

  • 01 August 2016

Max Planck Society funds focussed research program on uncertainty in computation

Our research group will be funded as an independent entity within the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems from December 2016. An official set-up phase starts in September 2016. This also brings an end to our beloved status as an Emmy Noether group.

Philipp Hennig


Body Talk: A New Crowdshaping Technology Uses Words to Create Accurate 3D Body Models

  • 26 July 2016

A breakthrough in our shared understanding, perception, and description of human body shape brings new alternatives to 3D body scanning

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA -- JULY 26, 2016 -- Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and the University of Texas at Dallas, revealed new crowdshaping technology at SIGGRAPH 2016 that creates accurate 3D body models from 2D photos using crowdsourced linguistic descriptions of body shape. The Body Talk system takes a single photo and produces 3D body shapes that look like the person and are accurate enough to size clothing. It does this using the help of 15 volunteers who rate the body shape in the photo using 30 words or fewer. The researchers believe this technology has applications in online shopping, gaming, virtual reality and healthcare.

Michael Black Stephan Streuber Alejandra Quiros-Ramirez Silvia Zuffi


Bernhard Schölkopf has been elected member of the "Leopoldina"

  • 18 July 2016

Leopoldina - National Academy of Sciences

Founded in 1652, the Leopoldina is one of the oldest academies of science in the world. It is dedicated to the advancement of science for the benefit of humankind and to the goal of shaping a better future. With some 1,500 members, the Leopoldina brings together outstanding scientists from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and many other countries.

Bernhard Schölkopf