The researchers listed below constitute the faculty of the IMPRS-IS. They are established leaders in intelligent systems, and their research spans the disciplines of machine learning, computer vision, robotic motion control, micro- and nano-robotics, and haptics. Each doctoral student in the IMPRS-IS works closely with a faculty advisor from this core group.

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Frank Allgöwer

Control Systems

(Executive Board)

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Philipp Berens

Data Science

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Matthias Bethge

Computer Vision

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Michael J. Black

Computer Vision

(Executive Board)

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Andrés Bruhn

Computer Vision

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Martin Butz

Cognitive Systems

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Peer Fischer

Micro- & Nano-Robotics

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Andreas Geiger

Computer Vision

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Philipp Hennig

Machine Learning

(Executive Board)

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Katherine J. Kuchenbecker

Haptics & Robotics

(Executive Board & Spokesperson)

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Hendrik Lensch

Computer Graphics & Vision

(Executive Board)

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Georg Martius

Machine Learning & Robotics

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Ludovic Righetti


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Stefan Schaal


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Bernhard Schölkopf

Machine Learning

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Metin Sitti

Micro- & Nano-Robotics

(Executive Board)

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Ingo Steinwart

Machine Learning

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Marc Toussaint

Machine Learning & Robotics

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Sebastian Trimpe

Control Systems & Machine Learning

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Ulrike von Luxburg

Machine Learning

(Executive Board)

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Felix Wichmann

Perceptual Inference


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Leila Masri

Associated Faculty

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Jonathan Fiene

Mechatronics & Robotics

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Daniel Haeufle

Motor Control & Rehabilitation Robotics

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Jim Mainprice


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Nico Pfeifer

Biomedical Data Science & Machine Learning

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Gunther Richter

Material Science in Nanostructures


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Stefano Palagi

Micro- & Soft Robotics

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Tian Qiu

Micro- & Nano-Robotics

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Ilya Tolstikhin

Machine Learning

Senior researchers at the MPI for Intelligent Systems, the University of Stuttgart, the University of Tübingen are eligible to apply to join the IMPRS-IS faculty and associated faculty. Please contact our program coordinator to learn more about this opportunity.