Institute News

Inauguration of the Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems

  • 30 November 2015

Inauguration Ceremony in Tübingen

(From left to right): Prof. Dr. Bradley Nelson (ETH Zürich), Dr. Stefan Schaal (MPI for Intelligent Systems), Christine Schraner Burgener (Swiss Ambassador to Germany), Prof. Dr. Lino Guzella (President ETH Zürich), Prof. Dr. Martin Stratmann (President Max Planck Society), Theresia Bauer (Science Minister of Baden-Württemberg), Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schölkopf MPI for Intelligent Systems and Co-Director of the CLS), Prof. Dr. Thomas Hofmann (ETH Zürich, Co-Director of the CLS).


Learning Control Workshop

  • 11 November 2015

Researchers from ETH Zürich and MPI for Intelligent Systems come together to exchange ideas and discuss challenges for Learning Control

Albeit Learning Control is not uniquely defined, we understand Learning Control as the rather broad research area that lies at the intersection of Machine Learning and Automatic Control. This includes, but is not limited to data-driven approaches for control design, adaptive control, dual control, machine learning for control, online learning, active learning for control, reinforcement learning, and applications of learning control.

Melanie Zeilinger Ludovic Righetti Sebastian Trimpe


One of the best science videos of the year!

  • 03 November 2015

2nd prize at the "Fast Forward Science 2015" Competition

The movie "Light gets on your nerves" was financed and coordinated by the Max Planck Society and pictures the research of the Brain-Computer-Interfaces group at our institute.

Sebastian Weichwald Timm Meyer Moritz Grosse-Wentrup Bernhard Schölkopf Tatiana Fomina


T3 Award at MPI.IS

  • 28 October 2015

"Thesis in 3"

Presenting research in a clear, concise and coherent way is an important skill for a successful academic career. Young researchers at MPI.IS were invited to show that they are able to summarise their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD thesis or Postdoc project in three minutes and a maximum of three slides and win this year’s MPI IS “Thesis in Three” Award. The goal is to present their project, its context and significance in a general and understandable way, so any person regardless of their academic background can understand it.

Vinay Jayaram Leonardo Casarsa Azevedo


Roof topping ceremony

  • 27 October 2015

New building in Tübingen

The celebration of the roof topping ceremony ("Richtfest") on October 27, 2015 marked an important milestone for our institute. We were blessed with great weather, smiling robots and lot´s of interested people.


Ali Osman Ulusoy, Andreas Geiger and Michael Black receive 3DV 2015 Best Paper Award

  • 22 October 2015

Ali Osman Ulusoy, Andreas Geiger and Michael Black receive the Best Paper Award at this years 3D Vision Conference for their paper "Towards Probabilistic Volumetric Reconstruction using Ray Potentials".

Osman Ulusoy Andreas Geiger Michael Black


Andreas Geiger and Chaohui Wang receive GCPR 2015 Best Paper Award

  • 09 October 2015

Andreas Geiger receiving the GCPR 2015 Best Paper Award from Reinhard Koch (president of DAGM) and Bastian Leibe (general chair of GCPR 2015) for their paper "Joint 3D Object and Layout Inference from a single RGB-D Image".

Andreas Geiger Chaohui Wang


4D Movies Capture Every Jiggle, Creating Realistic Digital Avatars

  • 11 August 2015

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems unveil the world’s first high-resolution 4D body scanner and software to model detailed soft-tissue motion.

Everybody jiggles” according Dr. Michael Black, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) in Tübingen, Germany. We may not like it, but how we jiggle says a lot about who we are. Our soft tissue (otherwise known as fat and muscle) deforms, wobbles, waves, and bounces as we move. These motions may provide clues about our risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. They also make us look real. Digital characters either lack natural soft-tissue motion or require time-consuming animation to make them believable. Now researchers at MPI-IS have captured people and how they jiggle in exacting detail and have created realistic 3D avatars that bring natural body motions to digital characters.

Michael Black Gerard Pons-Moll Javier Romero Naureen Mahmood


Tübingen is for two weeks the linchpin of the Machine Learning World

  • 13 July 2015

MLSS 2015 Tübingen

The 4th MLSS at Tübingen welcomes more than 110 participants, bringing together 35 nationalities from 19 different countries.

Michael Hirsch Philipp Hennig Bernhard Schölkopf


Third prize in the "Science2Start" Competition

  • 10 July 2015

The Science2Start programme is geared towards scientists interested in founding start-ups and helps putting their business ideas in the field of life sciences into practice.

Detection of new or rapidly evolving melanocytic lesions is crucial for early diagnosis and treatment of melanoma.

Federica Bogo