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Setting up the Max Planck Group on Probabilistic Numerics

  • 01 August 2016

Max Planck Society funds focussed research program on uncertainty in computation

Our research group will be funded as an independent entity within the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems from December 2016. An official set-up phase starts in September 2016. This also brings an end to our beloved status as an Emmy Noether group.

Philipp Hennig


Body Talk: A New Crowdshaping Technology Uses Words to Create Accurate 3D Body Models

  • 26 July 2016

A breakthrough in our shared understanding, perception, and description of human body shape brings new alternatives to 3D body scanning

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA -- JULY 26, 2016 -- Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and the University of Texas at Dallas, revealed new crowdshaping technology at SIGGRAPH 2016 that creates accurate 3D body models from 2D photos using crowdsourced linguistic descriptions of body shape. The Body Talk system takes a single photo and produces 3D body shapes that look like the person and are accurate enough to size clothing. It does this using the help of 15 volunteers who rate the body shape in the photo using 30 words or fewer. The researchers believe this technology has applications in online shopping, gaming, virtual reality and healthcare.

Michael Black Stephan Streuber Alejandra Quiros-Ramirez Silvia Zuffi


Bernhard Schölkopf has been elected member of the "Leopoldina"

  • 18 July 2016

Leopoldina - National Academy of Sciences

Founded in 1652, the Leopoldina is one of the oldest academies of science in the world. It is dedicated to the advancement of science for the benefit of humankind and to the goal of shaping a better future. With some 1,500 members, the Leopoldina brings together outstanding scientists from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and many other countries.

Bernhard Schölkopf


Matthias Hohmann in portrait

  • 11 July 2016

#thatsmyscience

Matthias Hohmann, PhD Student Max Placnk Institute For Intelligent Sysytems, IMPRS for cognitice and systems neuroscience

Matthias Hohmann


FAUST dataset wins the "Dataset Award" at the Eurographics Symposium on Geometry Processing 2016

  • 24 June 2016

The FAUST dataset wins the "Dataset Award" at the Eurographics Symposium on Geometry Processing 2016. The award encourages and recognises the importance of the distribution of high-quality datasets on which geometry processing algorithms are tested.

Federica Bogo Javier Romero Matthew Loper Michael Black


Open Day - Tag der offenen Tür

  • 18 June 2016

Max Planck Campus Tübingen

Einblicke in die Labore, Experimente zum Mitmachen und ein Science Slam: Im Juni gibt es Forschung zum Anfassen

Claudia Daefler


Jonas Peters New Member of the German "Young Academy"

  • 13 June 2016

Young, excellent and motivated - Jonas Peters has been elected as one of ten new members to the "Junge Akademie" and will contribute to the interdisciplinary work of this organization. Congratulations!

Jonas Peters


Finalist for WODES 2016 Best Student Paper

  • 01 June 2016

Simon Ebner´s paper on the results of his master thesis

Topic: "Communication rate analysis for event-based state estimation"

Simon Ebner


A special kind of robot workshop (a nice story from last year)

  • 30 May 2016

A Nao flies East and helps Laura Sevilla to teach technology knowledge to children from the Philippines

Fascinated Kids with excited faces and curious voices, expressing happiness and thankfulness...- these emotions were raised by a little NAO robot that was the main actor of a robot workshop that took place in May 2015 in the Philippines. Laura Sevilla, a PostDoc at the MPI for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen, took two months off and volunteered more than five weeks in order to organize and lead this workshop.

Laura Sevilla


Switch and stick

  • 18 May 2016

The chemical element gallium could be used as a new reversible adhesive that allows its adhesive effect to be switched on and off with ease

Some adhesives may soon have a metallic sheen and be particularly easy to unstick. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart are suggesting gallium as just such a reversible adhesive. By inducing slight changes in temperature, they can control whether a layer of gallium sticks or not. This is based on the fact that gallium transitions from a solid state to a liquid state at around 30 degrees Celsius. A reversible adhesive of this kind could have applications everywhere that temporary adhesion is required, such as industrial pick-and-place processes, transfer printing, temporary wafer bonding, or for moving sensitive biological samples such as tissues and organs. Switchable adhesion could also be suitable for use on the feet of climbing robots.

Metin Sitti Zhou Ye Guo Zhan Lum Sukho Song