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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
The FAUST dataset wins the "Dataset Award" at the Eurographics Symposium on Geometry Processing 2016. The award encourages and recognises the importance of the distribution of high-quality datasets on which geometry processing algorithms are tested.