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Featured Cover Article

  • 09 June 2014

Our paper "Nanopropellers and Their Actuation in Complex Viscoelastic Media“ is the cover article for ACS Nano 8, 8794–8801, (2014). In addition the ACS Nano September 2014 podcast features our work. News sites and blogs report our work as "world’s smallest propeller“. (September 2014) Image by Alejandro Posada Boada.

Debora Schamel Andrew Mark John Gibbs Cornelia Miksch Alejandro Posada Peer Fischer

PRNI 2014 Workshop in Tübingen

  • 01 June 2014

Tübingen hosts an International Workshop in a trend-setting research field of combined Neuro- and Computerscience

The international Workshop „Pattern Recognition in Neuroimaging“ (PRNI 2014, www.prni.org) with more than 100 participants takes place from 4th to 6th June 2014 at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Campus Tübingen. This young workshop builds an important bridge between basic researchers of Neuroscience and Computer Science. Amongst others, the participants discuss new methods and applications of fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) - nowadays a common procedure in medical diagnosis. This workshop is a trend-setter for a new, dynamic and future-orientated research area. Moreover, it contributes to strengthen the research location Tübingen in the field of Computer Science, especially at the interface to Neuroscience.

Moritz Grosse-Wentrup

Research Network: Learning Systems

  • 01 June 2014

MPI for Intelligent Systems and ETH Zurich (Dept. of Computer Science) have united to become the world’s principal center for autonomous intelligent systems, 'Learning Systems'.

To foster research efforts, especially among graduates, workshops and conferences will take place and both institutions provide ample access to research facilities. The first summer school for PhD students took place from June 16-20, 2014, at ETH Zurich. More background information at: ETH Zurich: Pioneering research network in learning systems established Research Network on Learning Systems (Summer School 2014, Zurich)

Metin Sitti becomes new director at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

  • 21 May 2014

The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems has appointed Metin Sitti as a new director at the institute’s Stuttgart location. There, Sitti will head the Physical Intelligence Department. One of the main goals of his research will be to obtain a new understanding of physically intelligent systems made of smart and soft materials.

Metin Sitti

Cover Article

  • 21 May 2014

Our paper “Shape control in wafer-based aperiodic 3D nanostructures” is the cover article for Nanotechnology 25 doi:10.1088/0957-4484/25/23/235302. (June, 2014).

Jeong Hyeon-Ho Andrew Mark John Gibbs Peer Fischer


  • 05 May 2014

To our alumni Yigit Menguc, Onur Ozcan, and Rika Wright Carlsen on their new faculty positions. Yigit has accepted a position at Oregon State University, Onur has accepted a position at Bilkent University, and Rika has accepted a position at Robert Morris University.

Metin Sitti


  • 01 May 2014

John Gibbs will leave the group and move to a faculty position in Arizona where he will start his own group as a Prof in Physics; Marcel Pfeifer passed his Ph.D. exam – congratulations to both. Welcome to Prof. J.P. Singh from IIT Delhi who is a sabbatical visitor. (May, 2014).

John Gibbs

Best Student Paper Award at CIP 2014

  • 01 May 2014

Sebastian Weichwald and Timm Meyer, department Empirical Inference, received a best student paper award at the 4th International Workshop on Cognitive Information Processing (CIP 2014) for the paper: Decoding Index Finger Position from EEG Using Random Forests. Weichwald S., Meyer T., Schölkopf B., Ball T. and Grosse-Wentrup M. (CIP 2014)

Sebastian Weichwald Timm Meyer Bernhard Schölkopf Moritz Grosse-Wentrup

Dr. Ilia Platzman awarded with Günter Petzow Prize 2014

  • 28 April 2014

Young scientist honored for outstanding research in the field of material science

Ilia Platzman will receive this year’s Günter Petzow Award from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems. He will be honored for the exploration of the capacity of microfluidic techniques and material sciences in synthetic biology.

Our lab's work

  • 07 April 2014

Our lab's work on self-cleaning gecko adhesive is featured as a picture of the week by the science news website Science Friday.

Metin Sitti