Department News

Precise Imprecision

  • 16 April 2015

Probabilistic Numerical Methods assign Uncertainty to Deterministic Computations

With a new approach, Scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems aim to make numerical algorithms more efficient. During the next five years, this research project will be supported by the Emmy-Noether-Programme of the German Research Foundation (DFG) with nearly a million Euros. The applicant Dr. Philipp Hennig prevailed in a competitive process. With the start of two new PhD students in April this Emmy Noether Group takes up its research activities.

Philipp Hennig


2014 Milner Award Lecture - Statistical and causal approaches to machine learning

  • 27 November 2014

In machine learning, we use data to automatically find dependences in the world, with the goal of predicting future observations. Most machine learning methods build on statistics, but one can also try to go beyond this, assaying causal structures underlying statistical dependences. The hope is that this also allows prediction in certain situations where systems change, for instance by interventions.

Bernhard Schölkopf


Teaching Awards for Moritz Grosse-Wentrup and Daniel Braun

  • 01 September 2014

Winter and Summer Term 2013 / 14 at Graduate School of Neural Information Processing / University of Tübingen

The senior master students present this years teaching awards to Dr. Moritz Grosse-Wentrup (group leader Brain-Computer-Interface group) and Dr. Daniel Braun (group leader Sensorimotor Learning & Decision Making group). Congratulations!

Moritz Grosse-Wentrup


Royal Society Milner Award for Bernhard Schölkopf

  • 01 August 2014

Tübingen Scientist receives award for outstanding achievements in Computer Science

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schölkopf, Director at the Tübingen Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, was awarded the 2014 Royal Society Milner Award for being a pioneer in machine learning whose work defined the field of “kernel machines” which are widely used in all areas of science and industry. The Royal Society Milner Award, supported by Microsoft Research, is given annually for outstanding achievement in computer science by a European researcher. The winner of the award receives a medal and a personal prize of £5,000. Prior to the award ceremony end of November 2014, Schölkopf is invited to deliver a public lecture on his research at the Society.

Bernhard Schölkopf


Google European Doctorate Fellowship 2014

  • 01 July 2014

Carl Johann Simon-Gabriel erhält renommiertes Doktorandenstipendium für seine Forschung an Kausaler Inferenz

Carl Johann Simon-Gabriel, 25-jähriger Nachwuchsforscher am Max-Planck-Institut für Intelligente Systeme, Abteilung Empirische Inferenz (Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schölkopf), erhält 2014 als einer von 15 Jungforschern in Europa eines der begehrten Doktorandenstipendien von Google. Laut Google gehören sie international zur aufstrebenden Elite im Bereich der Informatik. Als Kriterien für die dreijährige Förderung führt Google an, dass die Stipendiaten außerordentlich fähig, kenntnisreich und kreativ seien. Mehr als nur Informatik: Sprachgewandt und Musikbegeistert

Carl Johann Simon-Gabriel


PRNI 2014 Workshop in Tübingen

  • 01 June 2014

Tübingen hosts an International Workshop in a trend-setting research field of combined Neuro- and Computerscience

The international Workshop „Pattern Recognition in Neuroimaging“ (PRNI 2014, www.prni.org) with more than 100 participants takes place from 4th to 6th June 2014 at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Campus Tübingen. This young workshop builds an important bridge between basic researchers of Neuroscience and Computer Science. Amongst others, the participants discuss new methods and applications of fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) - nowadays a common procedure in medical diagnosis. This workshop is a trend-setter for a new, dynamic and future-orientated research area. Moreover, it contributes to strengthen the research location Tübingen in the field of Computer Science, especially at the interface to Neuroscience.

Moritz Grosse-Wentrup


Best Student Paper Award at CIP 2014

  • 01 May 2014

Sebastian Weichwald and Timm Meyer, department Empirical Inference, received a best student paper award at the 4th International Workshop on Cognitive Information Processing (CIP 2014) for the paper: Decoding Index Finger Position from EEG Using Random Forests. Weichwald S., Meyer T., Schölkopf B., Ball T. and Grosse-Wentrup M. (CIP 2014)

Sebastian Weichwald Timm Meyer Bernhard Schölkopf Moritz Grosse-Wentrup


Brain Computer Interfaces

  • 01 April 2014

Moritz Grosse-Wentrup's research on Brain Computer Interfaces, part of the department Empirical Inference of Bernhard Schölkopf, is featured in the latest publications of the Max Planck Society. German Ein Weg aus dem inneren Gefängnis Der direkte Draht zum Denken English A Way Out of the Inner Prison

Moritz Grosse-Wentrup


NIPS 2013 outstanding paper award

  • 01 December 2013

Manuel Gomez-Rodriguez, Department Empirical Inference (Prof. Schölkopf), received an outstanding paper award at NIPS 2013.

Manuel Gomez Rodriguez


2013 Young Investigator Award der International Neural Networks Society für Prof. Jan Peters

  • 29 October 2013

Preis für entscheidende Beiträge im Bereich der Neuronalen Netzwerke

Tübingen. Prof. Ph.D. Jan Peters, Leiter des „Robot-Learning-Labs“ am MPI für Intelligente Systeme, ist mit dem 2013 Young Investigator Award der International Neural Network Society ausgezeichnet worden. Peters hat den Preis erhalten für seine entscheidenden Beiträge im Bereich der Neuronalen Netzwerke, insbesondere zur Entwicklung neuer Lernmethoden, die es Robotern erlauben, neue Fähigkeiten zur Bewegung zu lernen.

Jan Peters