IMPRS-IS offers a structured, interdisciplinary program for graduate students who want to earn a Ph.D. by helping expand what is known about intelligent systems.
The language of the IMPRS-IS is English because all top research is published in English. We welcome students from all countries and seek to recruit at least 70% of our students from outside Germany.


IMPRS-IS is located at two sites and brings together outstanding research and training opportunities in the southwestern German region of Stuttgart (a modern tech-focused city) and Tübingen (an historic college town). Research at the Stuttgart site of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems covers small-scale robotics, self-organization, haptic perception, bio-inspired systems, medical robotics, and physical intelligence. The Tübingen site of the institute concentrates on machine learning, computer vision, robotics, control, and the theory of intelligence.

The training and research activities of the MPI sites are matched by those of the universities in Stuttgart and Tübingen. Research at the University of Stuttgart focuses on control theory, robotics, machine learning, and computer vision, while the work at the University of Tübingen covers perceptual inference, psychophysics, machine learning, 3D appearance acquisition, and computational neuroscience.

Training and Support

IMPRS doctoral candidates also have access to a rich palette of professional training. Core activities help integrate newcomers and allow students and faculty to interact and make cross-connections. Supplementary activities provide special training in particular technical topics, such as deep learning, and useful soft skills, such as how to give effective presentations.

Students are supported throughout the program by the dedicated coordination office, as well as by older students, postdocs, and helpful staff at the participating institutions. The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems International Office, the University of Stuttgart Office of International Affairs, and the University of Tübingen Welcome Center and Academic Advisory Office for International Students work in tandem with the IMPRS-IS coordinator to help students smoothly transition into our program. In particular, we guide our students in obtaining the necessary visas, finding short- and long-term housing, identifying career opportunities for partners, arranging childcare, securing health insurance, setting up a bank account, completing administrative forms, and handling any issues that may arise.