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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.

Max Planck researchers present intelligent material systems at the 1st Kármán Conference

  • 23 October 2015

Identifying the frontiers of science for the development of complex, adaptive material systems was the key focus of the five-day Kármán Conference ‘From molecular materials to complex adaptive systems’, which took place in Kasteel Vaalsbroek (Vaals /NL) last week. Being jointly organized by DWI – Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials, RWTH Aachen University and the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (Stuttgart), the conference comprised a series of lectures given by international pioneers in this highly active field of research. Representing the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (Stuttgart), Metin Sitti, Laura Na Liu, Peer Fischer and Heike Böhm have been involved as speakers.

Peer Fischer Laura Na Liu Metin Sitti

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

Nanotechnology: Tracking nanowalkers with light

  • 24 September 2015

A tiny gold rod walks across a surface guided by DNA and can be tracked step by step

Nanotechnology is taking its first steps. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart have developed a gold nanocylinder equipped with discrete DNA strands as ‘feet’ that can walk across a DNA origami platform. They are able to trace the movements of the nanowalker, which is smaller than the optical resolution limit, by exciting plasmons in the gold nanocylinder. Plasmons are collective oscillations of numerous electrons. The excitation changes the ray of light, thus allowing the researchers to actually observe the nanowalker. Their main objective is to use such mobile plasmonic nanoobjects to study how miniscule particles interact with light.

Laura Na Liu

New adhesive mimics gecko biology

  • 04 September 2015


It’s a typical afternoon at the zoo, and you find yourself looking at the exhibits of reptiles and amphibians in miniature imitations of wild and exotic habitats. At one of the displays you notice a gecko crawling on a window with superhero ease.

Metin Sitti

Fellow of the RSC

  • 02 September 2015

Peer Fischer is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Peer Fischer

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

Cover Article

  • 22 July 2015

Our paper "Selectable nanopattern arrays for nanolithographic imprint and etch-mask applications" is the cover article for Advanced Science, May 6, 2015, DOI: 10.1002/advs.201500016

Jeong Hyeon-Ho Andrew Mark Mariana Alarcon-Correa Insook Kim Tung Chun Lee Peer Fischer