Institute News

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


The Machine Learning Summer School 2017 is back in Tübingen!

  • 19 June 2017

For the fifth time, the MLSS takes place in Tübingen


Awards for Two Master Theses at the Autonomous Motion Department

  • 07 June 2017

Cédric de Crousaz and Julian Viereck receive the ETH Medal for their outstanding Master Theses

Sebastian Trimpe Ludovic Righetti Julian Viereck Alexander Herzog


Finalist for the Best Robotic Vision Paper

  • 01 June 2017

at the 2017 IEEE/RAS International Conference on Robotics and Automation

The paper "Probabilistic Articulated Real-Time Tracking for Robot Manipulation" by Cristina Garcia Cifuentes, Jan Issac, Manuel Wüthrich, Stefan Schaal and Jeannette Bohg was finalist for the Best Robotic Vision paper at the 2017 IEEE/RAS International Conference on Robotics and Automation.

Cristina Garcia Cifuentes Manuel Wüthrich Jan Issac Stefan Schaal Jeannette Bohg


Release of Bayesian Articulated Object Tracking Libraries

  • 29 May 2017

Robust and real-time Bayesian articulated object tracking methods, implemented in C++ and CUDA.

We release open-source code and data sets on Bayesian articulated object tracking. The library contains approaches towards problems ranging from single object tracking to full robot arm pose estimation. The data sets allow the quantitative evaluation of alternative approaches thanks to accurate ground-truth annotations.

Cristina Garcia Cifuentes Jan Issac Manuel Wüthrich Jeannette Bohg



Tübingen exibition: "Origins" - Steps of Humankind

  • 18 May 2017

Opening of the exibition: Friday, May 19, 2017, 7:00 p.m., Schloß Hohentübingen (free entrance)

The exhibition in the Museum Ancient Cultures (Hohentübingen Castle) will focus on the most important steps of humankind. Our institute supports the last part of the exibition "Origin of digital innovation" with a Nao robot and the Mosh Camera App.


Local networking event for female researchers from Tübingen

  • 28 April 2017

Hosted this time by Jeannette Bohg

Jeannette Bohg


New Research School for Intelligent Systems

  • 07 March 2017

Call for Applications - Ph.D. positions

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Intelligent Systems (IS) is starting in fall 2017. This new doctoral program will enroll about 100 Ph.D. students over the next six years. Apply now!


DOOMED - A new online learning approach from AMD in the spotlight

  • 01 March 2017

Text: Kathryn Ryan. New Rochelle, February 21, 2017.

Robotics researchers have developed a novel adaptive control approach based on online learning that allows for the correction of dynamics errors in real time using the data stream from the robot. The strategy is described in an article published in Big Data, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the Big Data website until March 14, 2017.

Franzi Meier Daniel Kappler Nathan Ratliff Stefan Schaal