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Realistic Avatars for the Virtual Zoo

  • 20 June 2018

On the basis of a few photos alone, a new technique creates realistic avatars of animals that look and move like real animals

Filmmakers and developers of computer games will have a new way of animating animals in the future. A team led by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen, Germany, has developed a technique that uses photographs alone to create lifelike 3D models of almost all quadrupeds. These avatars can be animated to realistically imitate the movements of animals. But the simple method of bringing animals to life on the computer is not only interesting for the entertainment industry. Many people have lost a beloved family pet. Now this technology can bring them back to “life” as a virtual 3D avatar. It could also benefit biologists in species protection and help to make children in particular aware of the importance of biodiversity.

Michael Black Silvia Zuffi Angjoo Kanazawa


Award for Tübinger Computer Vision Scientist stands tribute to Cyber Valley being at the forefront of AI research

  • 20 June 2018

For the first time, the prestigious IEEE PAMI Young Researcher Award goes to a German researcher.

Andreas Geiger Michael Black Linda Behringer


CVPR Honorable Mention

  • 19 June 2018

The paper ' Efficient Optimization for Rank-based Loss Functions', on which Michal Rolinek was contributing to, received the CVPR Honorable Mention award.

Michal Rolinek


Our cooperation work on a Open-Source Quadruped Robot got published

  • 19 June 2018

Open-Source Quadruped Robot

Our work contributing to the open-source Oncilla quadruped robot project, developed at the Biorobotics Laboratory at EPFL, Lausanne Switzerland and several other universities in Europe, just has been published.

Alexander Sproewitz


Hasti Seifi wins EuroHaptics Society prize for best Ph.D. thesis

  • 15 June 2018

Dr. Hasti Seifi is the winner of the 2017 EuroHaptics Society award for the best Ph.D. thesis in the field of haptics. While Ms. Seifi is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) in Stuttgart, the award honors research she conducted at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada, where she completed her doctorate in Computer Science under the supervision of Professor Karon E. MacLean.

Hasti Seifi Katherine Kuchenbecker Linda Behringer


Alexis Block is teaching robots to give good hugs

  • 08 June 2018

Scientist working in the Haptic Intelligence Department at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems receives great media feedback on her research

Alexis Block Katherine Kuchenbecker Linda Behringer


Machine Learning Frontiers in Precision Medicine

  • 05 June 2018

Dept. Empirical Inference is part of this new scientific network

The Marie Curie Innovative Training Network "Machine Learning Frontiers in Precision Medicine" is funded by the European Commission with 3.6 Mio € for four years (2019-2022). It is coordinated by Professor Karsten Borgwardt from the Machine Learning and Computational Biology Lab of ETH Zurich.

Bernhard Schölkopf


Joachim Gräfe erhält Otto-Hahn-Medaille der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft

  • 04 June 2018

Der Nanomagnetismus-Forscher wird für seine innovative Forschung der Magnetisierungsdynamik auf der Nanoskala, insbesondere der Magnonik, durch den Einsatz modernster Röntgenmikroskopie ausgezeichnet.

Joachim Gräfe Linda Behringer


DO NOT DELETE - test for the Athena Group

  • 28 May 2018

DO NOT DELETE - test for the Athena Group

DO NOT DELETE - test for the Athena Group

Gemma Ciabattoni


Fully Funded PhD Positions at IMPRS-IS

  • 25 May 2018

Application Deadline: Nov 15, 2018

The International Max Planck Research School for Intelligent Systems is now hiring our 2019 generation of Ph.D. students. They will contribute to world-leading research in areas such as machine learning, computer vision, robot dynamics and control, micro- and nano-robotics, and haptics.

Leila Masri