Department News

How Can We Use Machine Learning in the Search for Exoplanets?

  • 01 February 2017

Bernhard Schölkopf joined the initiative "Latest Thinking"

Exoplanets are planets beyond our own solar system. Since they do not emit much light and moreover are very close to their parent stars they are difficult to detect directly. When searching for exoplanets, astronomers use telescopes to monitor the brightness of the parent star under investigation: Changes in brightness can point to a passing planet that obstructs part of the star’s surface. The recorded signal, however, contains not only the physical signal of the star but also systematic errors caused by the instrument. As Bernhard Schölkopf explains in this video, this noise can be removed by comparing the signal of the star of interest to those of a large number of other stars. Commonalities in their signals might be due to confounding effects of the instrument. Using machine learning, these observations can be used to train a system to predict the errors and correct the light curves.

Bernhard Schölkopf

The Paralympics are over - the Cybathlon starts!

  • 08 October 2016

CYBATHLON Championship for Athletes with Disabilities

Zürich. On October 8, 2016, a collaboration of the research group "Brain-Computer-Interfaces" at the MPI-IS and the "Autonomous Systems Lab" at the TU Darmstadt will send a joint team into the Brain-computer-Interface Race at the Cybathlon 2016 in Zurich. The so called Athena-Minerva team consists mainly of computer science students of bachelor and master-level at the Technical University Darmstadt. They are interested in "Machine Learning", signal processing and especially for Brain-Computer-Interfaces (BCI). The team is headed by Moritz Grosse-Wentrup from MPI-IS and by Jan Peters, TU Darmstadt. The pilot is Sebastian Reul.

Moritz Grosse-Wentrup

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


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

Matthias Hohmann

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

Best Paper Award @ NIPS Workshop 2015

  • 12 December 2015

for Ruth Urner at the NIPS 2015 Workshop on "Transfer and Multitask Learning: Trends and New Perspectives".

Ruth Urner

Köppen Award 2015 for Machine Learning in Climate Research

  • 09 December 2015

Excellent doctoral dissertation

Dr. Jakob Zscheischler is to receive this year’s Wladimir Peter Köppen Award. The Cluster of Excellence CliSAP selected the mathematician for his excellent doctoral dissertation submitted at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) in 2014. His work was rated trendsetting by the jurors who found its thematic and methodical approach particularly original. Jakob Zscheischler completed his dissertation in Germany at the German Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena and the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen.

Jakob Zscheischler

One of the best science videos of the year!

  • 03 November 2015

2nd prize at the "Fast Forward Science 2015" Competition

The movie "Light gets on your nerves" was financed and coordinated by the Max Planck Society and pictures the research of the Brain-Computer-Interfaces group at our institute.

Sebastian Weichwald Timm Meyer Moritz Grosse-Wentrup Bernhard Schölkopf Tatiana Fomina

Tübingen is for two weeks the linchpin of the Machine Learning World

  • 13 July 2015

MLSS 2015 Tübingen

The 4th MLSS at Tübingen welcomes more than 110 participants, bringing together 35 nationalities from 19 different countries.

Michael Hirsch Philipp Hennig Bernhard Schölkopf

Machine Learning for climate research

  • 18 June 2015

Jakob Zscheischler receives Otto Hahn Medal

for his PhD thesis "A global analysis of extreme events and consequences for the terrestrial carbon cycle".

Jakob Zscheischler