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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


Auszeichnung für Tübinger Computer Vision Wissenschaftler würdigt Cyber Valley als Vorreiter der KI-Forschung

  • 20 June 2018

Erstmals geht der renommierte IEEE PAMI Young Researcher Award an einen deutschen Forscher

Andreas Geiger Michael Black Linda Behringer


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.

Linda Behringer


Cyber Valley zieht Forschungsgruppenleiter aus aller Welt an

  • 25 May 2018

Forschungskooperation auf dem Gebiet der künstlichen Intelligenz nimmt Fahrt auf

Michael Black Tamara Almeyda Linda Behringer


Brent Gillespie receives Humboldt Research Award

  • 23 May 2018

The award will allow the visiting professor in the Haptic Intelligence Department at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart to extend his stay in Germany.

Brent Gillespie Katherine Kuchenbecker Linda Behringer


ICRA2018 paper accepted

  • 21 May 2018

Our paper 'Shaping in Practice: Training Wheels to Learn Fast Hopping Directly in Hardware' was accepted for ICRA2018. It will be presented in May 2018 in Brisbane. See you there!

Steve Heim Felix Ruppert Alborz Aghamaleki Sarvestani Alexander Sproewitz