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Check out the latest news about the amazing research taking place within the IMPRS-IS community. From winning awards to innovative scientific breakthroughs, it's all here!
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01 September 2022

Funded Ph.D. Positions at the International Max Planck Research School for Intelligent Systems

Our application portal is now open! Apply to join our program and begin a Ph.D. with us in 2023!

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24 August 2022

ERC Starting Grant for IMPRS-IS Faculty Tian Qui

Biomedical engineer and Cyber Valley research group leader and IMPRS-IS faculty Dr. Tian Qiu from the Institute of Physical Chemistry at the University of Stuttgart will receive one of the prestigious Starting Grants of the European Research Council (ERC) from January 2023.

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25 July 2022

ERC Starting Grant for IMPRS-IS Faculty Philipp Berens

Professor Philipp Berens from the Institute for Ophthalmic Research at the University Hospital and University of Tübingen has received a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC).

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24 July 2022

ERC Consolidator Grant for IMPRS-IS Faculty Georg Martius

Autonomous Learning research group at the MPI-IS in Tübingen is awarded € 2 million for a period of 5 years.

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15 June 2022

IMPRS-IS Scholar Felix Ruppert and Faculty Alexander Badri-Spröwitz optimize robot dog

Like a newborn animal, a four-legged robot stumbles around during its first walking attempts. But while a foal or a giraffe needs much longer to master walking, the robot learns to move forward fluently in just one hour.

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26 April 2022

Microrobots display versatile movement patterns

The research project of IMPRS-IS scholar Gaurav Gardi and faculty Prof. Metin Sitti, along with researchers from Cornell University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University titled “Microrobot Collectives with Reconfigurable Morphologies, Behaviors, and Functions” was recently published in Nature Communications. The team has developed collectives of microrobots, which they can move in every formation they wish.

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03 March 2022

State government paves the way for Cyber Valley Campus

The state government of Baden-Württemberg has cleared the way for the development of the Cyber Valley Campus in Tübingen. A joint concept of the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Science was approved for the site. According to this concept, the innovation campus, which has grown enormously in its first five years of existence, will be expanded by several buildings, for which up to 180 million euros will be invested over the next few years.

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24 February 2022

IMPRS-IS faculty and scholars improve fingertip sensitivity for robots

Striving to improve touch sensing in robotics, scientists developed a thumb-shaped sensor with a camera hidden inside and trained a deep neural network to infer its haptic contact information. When something touches the finger, the system constructs a three-dimensional force map from the visible deformations of its flexible outer shell. This research invention significantly improves a robot finger’s haptic perception, coming ever closer to the sense of touch of human skin.

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31 January 2022

Cyber Valley start-up incubation program for IMPRS-IS scholars

IMPRS-IS is the official Ph.D. program of Cyber Valley. We're teaming up with CyVy to create a one-of-kind individualized training experience that will allow our researchers to create their very own start-up company. Scholars should find more details about how to apply here.

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14 December 2021

Machine Learning decodes tremors of the universe

Researchers train a neural network to estimate – in just a few seconds – the precise characteristics of merging black holes based on their gravitational-wave emissions. The network determines the masses and spins of the black holes, where in the sky, at what angle, and how far away from Earth the merger took place.

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26 November 2021

IMPRS-IS Ph.D. scholars amongst finalists for AI GameDev

The finalists of AI GameDev as Europe’s first research-driven competition to enhance game technology for artificial intelligence (AI) scientists and start-ups have been selected. The finalists include IMPRS-IS scholars Partha Ghosh, Katja Schwarz, and Michael Stettler. Find out about how to stream the final award ceremony here.

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03 November 2021

IMPRS-IS Faculty Andreas Geiger honored with Everingham Prize

University of Tübingen professor, Andreas Geiger, is part of a team of researchers honored with the PAMI Everingham Prize at this year’s International Conference for Computer Vision (ICCV). In addition to Geiger, Philip Lenz, Christoph Stiller and Raquel Urtasun received the prestigious award for their joint work on the “KITTI Vision Benchmark,” which they have been running and developing since 2012.

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23 September 2021

IMPRS-IS Faculty Bernhard Schölkopf receives Frontiers of Knowledge Award

At an award ceremony in Bilbao, the BBVA Foundation recognizes Schölkopf for his work that has advanced the field of artificial intelligence by teaching machines the human skill of classifying data.

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18 September 2021

IMPRS-IS faculty Tian Qiu and team create intelligent artificial organs to enhance surgery

The University of Stuttgart based team has developed a range of artificial organ phantoms to serve as training platforms for surgeons. Thanks to the structured data of experienced medical professionals, a quantitative and objective assessment of a trainee’s skills can be assessed in real time.

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13 September 2021

IMPRS-IS faculty Jakob Macke and team improve biological image analysis

Scientists use super-resolution microscopy to study previously undiscovered cellular worlds, revealing nanometer-scale details inside cells. This method revolutionized light microscopy and earned its inventors the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. In an international collaboration, AI researchers from Tübingen have now developed an algorithm that significantly accelerates this technology.

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18 August 2021

IMPRS-IS faculty Caterina De Bacco wins prestigious award

The European Physical Society’s 2021 EPS-SNDP Prize for early career scientists in the statistical and nonlinear physics category has been awarded to Caterina De Bacco, leader of the Cyber Valley Physics for Inference and Optimization research group at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen.

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01 August 2021

Funded Ph.D. Positions at the International Max Planck Research School for Intelligent Systems

Our application portal is now open! Apply to join our program and begin a Ph.D. with us in 2022!

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30 July 2021

Research meets gaming

AI GameDev for scientists and start-ups

Cyber Valley, Square Enix, and IT-Farm launch Europe’s first research-driven competition to enhance game technology.

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05 July 2021

Newly established RHET AI Center to focus on the societal impacts of artificial intelligence

The center will explore ways of facilitating a well-informed public debate

Artificial intelligence (AI) poses enormous social, cultural, and ethical challenges. This raises a number of pressing questions with regards to how (self-)learning systems work and can be used, the risks and opportunities of AI, what interaction between intelligent systems really means, and how automated decision-making systems can alter public discourses.

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01 July 2021

IMPRS-IS represented in SILBERSALZ AI Media Lab

The AI Media Lab is a new program for AI and Computer Scientists at the cutting edge of their fields, and we are excited to announce that IMPRS-IS faculty Nicole Ludwig and Ph.D. scholars Egor Iuganov and Viktoriia Kamska are among the first participants.

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25 June 2021

Better decisions, more control: “Best Paper Award” for Tübingen researchers

Two Cyber Valley researchers awarded for best scientific paper at world-renowned conference

Great success for two AI researchers from the Cyber Valley ecosystem: Michael Niemeyer, PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, and Prof. Dr. Andreas Geiger from the University of Tübingen were honored with the ‘Best Paper Award’ at this year’s Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) for their paper ‘GIRAFFE: Representing Scenes as Compositional Generative Neural Feature Fields’.

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21 June 2021

IMPRS-IS associated faculty Maria Wirzberger appointed member of the Commission Expert group on Artificial Intelligence and Data in Education and Training

On Monday, 21 June 2021, the European Commission notified successful applicants of the call for the Commission Expert group on Artificial Intelligence and Data in education and training. Among the selected members is Junior Professor Maria Wirzberger, head of the Department for Teaching and Learning with Intelligent Systems at the Institute of Educational Science and Faculty Member of Stuttgart Center for Simulation Science (SC SimTech) at the University of Stuttgart.

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12 May 2021

IMPRS-IS faculty Michael J. Black is elected member of Leopoldina

Germany’s National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina announced on Friday that it has elected Michael J Black, founding director at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen, Honorarprofessor at the University of Tübingen, and Cyber Valley speaker, as a member.

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16 March 2021

IMPRS-IS faculty Metin Sitti and his team finalists for the 2020 Cozzarelli Prize

The highly prestigious annual Cozzarelli Prize recognizes outstanding contributions to the scientific disciplines represented by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Winners and finalists are chosen among articles that appeared in the journal last year in the six broadly defined classes under which the NAS is organized. Additionally, the Editorial Board has recognized six papers – one in each class – as finalists for the 2020 Cozzarelli Prize.

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02 February 2021

IMPRS-IS community members teaching machines to see like people

With Generative Radiance Fields for 3D-Aware Image Synthesis (GRAF), scientists from the University of Tübingen and Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems have vastly improved the quality of machine-generated 3D images of single objects.

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17 November 2020

Another record in popularity: IMPRS-IS receives the highest ever number of applications

The doctoral program of the Cyber Valley research cooperation again exceeds all expectations. In its recent application round for its fifth generation of Ph.D. students, IMPRS-IS received a record number of applications, with women making up a third of all applicants. The applicants, who come from all over the world, are eager to become part of the highly renowned multidisciplinary research landscape in the Stuttgart/Tübingen region.

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10 November 2020

Cyber Valley institutions once again among Germany’s top ranked at leading machine learning conference

In total, 31 papers from Cyber Valley have been accepted to the upcoming NeurIPS 2020 conference

With 31 accepted papers, researchers from the Cyber Valley ecosystem are set to make a strong showing once again at the upcoming 34th Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS). In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the world’s leading conference for machine learning is going to be held online from December 6 to 12.

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07 September 2020

Cyber Valley launches Investor Network

Europe’s largest AI research consortium attracts interest from some of the world’s most successful venture capital firms

World-class science in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) has attracted seasoned mentors with investors committed to nurturing innovative ideas: local, national, and international venture capital (VC) firms will help young scientists within the Cyber Valley ecosystem to master the skills needed to become successful entrepreneurs. Their support will foster a breeding ground for the AI jobs of the future. Baden-Württemberg is one of the world’s strongest economies with a long history of start-ups that have become leading global players. The Cyber Valley Investor Network will continue to drive this success forward by helping create the AI companies of the future. Mentorship will enable entrepreneurs to turn world-class Cyber Valley AI research into leading new companies.

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01 September 2020

Intelligent and cooperative aerial robots

Dr. Aamir Ahmad appointed new Tenure-Track Professor at the University of Stuttgart

They do not think like us, they do not see like us, they do not navigate like us. Accordingly, the communication and cooperation between robots is different from that between humans. Dr. Aamir Ahmad has been appointed to the first professorship for flight robotics at the Institute of Flight Mechanics and Controls (IFR) at the University of Stuttgart from September 1, 2020. He focuses on the perception of robotic systems with a particular emphasis on aerial robots. Previously, he was a research group leader in the Perceiving Systems Department at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen.

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23 July 2020

IMPRS-IS sends a new generation of young scientists into the world

Six doctoral students graduate only three years after the launch of this interdisciplinary research school

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22 July 2020

Interview with AI pioneer Peter Dayan about life and work in Cyber Valley

Interview mit KI-Pionier Peter Dayan über Leben und Arbeiten im Cyber Valley Ökosystem

Peter Dayan is one of the world’s leading experts in the field of theoretical and experimental neuroscience. Dayan, 54, is managing director of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen. He also holds a Humboldt Professorship, the most valuable research award in Germany, in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Tübingen. Dayan’s research combines the overlapping fields of neuroscience, medicine and machine learning. He is also regarded as a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence. In the interview, Dayan describes, amongst other things, his fascination with this field of research and how he has settled in Tübingen.

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20 February 2020

European Commission Vice-President Vestager visits Cyber Valley

Scientists from the ecosystem are making a decisive contribution to the future of European AI

At a meeting with the European Commission’s Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, Baden-Württemberg’s Minister-President Winfried Kretschmann, and the state’s Science Minister Theresia Bauer, scientists welcomed the European Commission’s new Digital Strategy and demanded strong support for research in the field of learning AI.

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19 March 2019

New height in popularity: IMPRS-IS on track to double size in 2019

"Young, talented people are the ones who will shape our future in the digital world, in science, in business, and in society."

The doctoral program of the Cyber Valley initiative far exceeds expectations. Baden-Württemberg's Minister of Science, Theresia Bauer, is pleased with the high number of applications from all over the world because it shows how attractive the multidisciplinary research landscape in the Stuttgart/Tübingen region is for highly talented young scientists.

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