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Research beacons MPI-IS and ETH Zurich strengthen cooperation

  • 27 May 2020

Extended funding for joint AI and robotics research center

Both world class research institutions in the field of intelligent systems have agreed to continue their research partnership, the Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems, for a further five years. Meanwhile, senior scientists from the MPI-IS have been appointed as Affiliated Professors at ETH, intensifying the academic exchange.

Bernhard Schölkopf Metin Sitti Sarah Danes Linda Behringer


EML Webinar by Prof. Metin Sitti, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

  • 20 May 2020

Our Director Metin Sitti hosted an Extreme Mechanical Letters (EML) Webinar with the topic "Soft-bodied Small-Scale Robots". The EML Webinars are a series of very prestigious lectures with many great speakers.

Metin Sitti



Rolling into the deep

  • 20 May 2020

Scientists took a leukocyte as the blueprint and developed a microrobot that has the size, shape and moving capabilities of a white blood cell. They covered the ball-shaped microroller with a magnetic nanofilm on one side and with anti-cancer drugs on the other. Simulating a blood vessel in a laboratory setting, they succeeded in magnetically navigating the microroller through this dynamic and dense environment. The drug-delivery vehicle withstood the simulated blood flow, pushing the developments in targeted drug delivery a step further: inside the body, there is no better access route to all tissues and organs than the circulatory system. A robot that could actually travel through this finely woven web would revolutionize the minimally-invasive treatment of illnesses.

Yunus Alapan Ugur Bozuyuk Pelin Erkoc Alp Can Karacakol Metin Sitti Linda Behringer


Joint European Disruptive Initiative (JEDI) invites scientists to join the fight against COVID-19

  • 20 May 2020

The JEDI Billion Molecules against Covid-19 Grand Challenge was launched at the beginning May. The call for submissions is open until June 6.

Using supercomputing and AI, participating teams will screen enormous molecular libraries against the virus's protein targets. Results will be cross-correlated to determine a “high potential” list of unprecedented quality, allowing a fast track to clinical testing.

Bernhard Schölkopf


CogSci accepts conference paper submission!

  • 18 May 2020

Congratulations to Anirudha Kemtur, Yash Raj Jain, Aashay Mehta, Frederick Callaway, Saksham Consul, Jugoslav Stojcheski, and Falk Lieder!

Yash Raj Jain Falk Lieder Aashay Mehta Anirudha Kemtur Saksham Consul Jugoslav Stojcheski


Two abstracts accepted for ClearerThinking.org micro grants!

  • 18 May 2020

Congratulations to the Rationality Enhancement Group on two abstracts being accepted for the first round of submissions for the ClearerThinking.org micro grants!

Ella Eisemann Falk Lieder Hernán González


Reprogramming of macroscopic self-assembly with dynamic boundaries

  • 14 May 2020

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart aim to understand the underlying process of self-assembly. Their findings not only provide valuable insights into fundamental physics, but could enable the design of functional materials or self-assembled miniature robots.

Utku Culha Zoey Davidson Massimo Mastrangeli Metin Sitti Linda Behringer


Magnetic nanopropellers deliver genetic material to cells

  • 08 May 2020

An interdisciplinary team of scientists from Stuttgart, Heidelberg, and London developed miniature magnetic nanopropellers that can deliver genetic material to cells. They used a magnetic material that outperforms the strongest known micromagnets, yet is chemically stable, non-toxic and biologically compatible. Such new nanopropellers hold great potential for biomedical applications and minimally invasive surgeries of the future.

Vincent Mauricio Kadiri Kwanghyo Son Hyunah Kwon Gisela Schütz Peer Fischer Linda Behringer


Recent MPI graduate and his team win Causality 4 Climate NeurIPS competition

  • 07 May 2020

Sebastian Weichwald is part of the winning team of a competition that tried to tackle the climate change challenges from a data and causal structure learning perspective

Sebastian Weichwald Bernhard Schölkopf Linda Behringer