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The Three Pillars of Fully Autonomous Driving

  • 18 September 2017

Max Planck Lecture 2017

The field of transportation is undergoing a seismic change with the coming introduction of autonomous driving. The technologies required to enable computer driven cars involves the latest cutting edge artificial intelligence algorithms along three major thrusts: Sensing, Planning and Mapping.


Andreas Geiger wins German Pattern Recognition Award 2017

  • 12 September 2017

The German Pattern Recognition Award is awarded once a year to one young researcher in computer vision, pattern recognition or machine learning at an age of 35 years or less and sponsored by the Daimler AG with 5000€.

Andreas Geiger


Andreas Geiger's tutorial talk at BMVC 2017 on Probabilistic and Deep Models for 3D Reconstruction

  • 04 September 2017

3D reconstruction from multiple 2D images is an inherently ill-posed problem. Prior knowledge is required to resolve ambiguities and probabilistic models are desirable to capture the ambiguities in the reconstructed model. In this talk, I will present two recent results tackling these two aspects. First, I will introduce a probabilistic framework for volumetric 3D reconstruction where the reconstruction problem is cast as inference in a Markov random field using ray potentials. Our main contribution is a discrete-continuous inference algorithm which computes marginal distributions of each voxel's occupancy and appearance. I will show that the proposed algorithm allows for Bayes optimal predictions with respect to a natural reconstruction loss. I will further demonstrate several extensions which integrate non-local CAD priors into the reconstruction process. In the second part of my talk, I will present a novel framework for deep learning with 3D data called OctNet which enables 3D CNNs on high-dimensional inputs. I will demonstrate the utility of the OctNet representation on several 3D tasks including classification, orientation estimation and point cloud labeling. Finally, I will present an extension of OctNet called OctNetFusion which jointly predicts the space partitioning function with the output representation, resulting in an end-to-end trainable model for volumetric depth map fusion.

Andreas Geiger


NVIDIA CEO presenting the brand new Tesla V100 GPUs at CVPR.

  • 22 August 2017

NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang presented the NVAIL AI Labs with the very first Tesla V100 GPUs, based on NVIDIA's Volta architecture. MPI-IS is among the top centers working at the leading edge of deep learning in computer vision. As such it is recognized by NVIDIA as one of its NVAIL labs and giving the MPI access to the best and latest NVIDIA technology. Huang unveiled these new GPUs at CVPR saying that he wants to put them in the hands of researchers first.

Michael Black Andreas Geiger


4D Movies Capture People in Clothing, Creating Realistic Virtual Try-on

  • 01 August 2017

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) have developed technology to digitally capture clothing on moving people, turn it into a 3D digital form, and dress virtual avatars with it. This new technology makes virtual clothing try-on practical.

Gerard Pons-Moll Sergi Pujades Michael Black


Can You Feel Me Now? The Science Of Digitizing Touch

  • 28 July 2017

Scientists are developing tools that allow you to digitally feel textures like wood and cotton.

Katherine Kuchenbecker


Benedikt Gyoerfi presents Master thesis

  • 19 July 2017

Benedikt Gyoerfi presents his Master thesis

Benedikt Gyoerfi


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


Mobile Microrobotics

  • 11 July 2017

New book from Metin Sitti

Progress in micro- and nano-scale science and technology has created a demand for new microsystems for high-impact applications in healthcare, biotechnology, manufacturing, and mobile sensor networks. The new robotics field of microrobotics has emerged to extend our interactions and explorations to sub-millimeter scales. This is the first textbook on micron-scale mobile robotics, introducing the fundamentals of design, analysis, fabrication, and control, and drawing on case studies of existing approaches.

Metin Sitti


Steve receives 'Outstanding Poster Award' at AMAM2017

  • 30 June 2017

Steve receives 'Outstanding Poster Award'

Steve Heim