Institute News

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)


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


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


Brain Computer Interfaces

  • 01 April 2014

Moritz Grosse-Wentrup's research on Brain Computer Interfaces, part of the department Empirical Inference of Bernhard Schölkopf, is featured in the latest publications of the Max Planck Society. German Ein Weg aus dem inneren Gefängnis Der direkte Draht zum Denken English A Way Out of the Inner Prison

Moritz Grosse-Wentrup


Apollo likes girls... - girls like robots!

  • 01 March 2014

During this year´s Girls Day on March 27, fifteen girls visited the humanoid robot "Apollo" in the Autonomous Motion Department. Furthermore they spent a while in the Empirical Inference Department learning about Computational Imaging. The girls also had a lot of fun programming the two little Nao robots. Furthermore they even managed the challenge to construct a simple lens system. Thanks to our colleagues Jeannette, Felix, Michael, Julia, Andrea and Claudia who allowed Girls Day to be a special day at the institute. Hopefully it will motivate some of the girls to orientate themselves towards nature sciences and technology.

Claudia Daefler Jeannette Bohg Andrea Odermatt Felix Grimminger


New YouTube Channel

  • 01 March 2014

Check out our YouTube Channel !

We have uploaded the videos from last years Machine Learning Summer School in Tuebingen (MLSS 2013).

Claudia Daefler Jonathan Williams


Joint Research on Learning Systems

  • 01 January 2014

Max-Planck-Institute for Intelligent Systems and the ETH Zurich establish research network

The Max-Planck-Institute for Intelligent Systems and the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zurich have launched a research network in the research field of learning systems. The network will enable scientists from the Max-Planck-Institute for Intelligent Systems, with sites in Stuttgart and Tübingen, to collaborate with their Swiss colleagues, and vice versa. Within the scope of this network, the scientists are conducting joint research projects and will hold joint conferences and workshops. They will also have easier access to each other’s research facilities. The cooperation, which started in August, is slated for the next three years.


Michael Black awarded 2013 Helmholtz Prize

  • 01 December 2013

2013 Helmholtz Prize honors Michael J. Black's work on robust optical flow estimation described in the ICCV 1993 paper with P. Anandan on "A framework for the robust estimation of optical flow."

Michael Black


NIPS 2013 outstanding paper award

  • 01 December 2013

Manuel Gomez-Rodriguez, Department Empirical Inference (Prof. Schölkopf), received an outstanding paper award at NIPS 2013.

Manuel Gomez Rodriguez


Stefan Schaal elected IEEE Fellow 2014

  • 01 November 2013

For his contributions to robot learning and modular motion planning.

Stefan Schaal