Department News

Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Prize 2016 for Ludovic Righetti

  • 18 May 2016

Medal-Marathon for Robotics Researcher

Tübingen – Stockholm – Berlin – Stockholm – Tübingen; Ludovic Righetti receives within 24 hours two renowned prizes for young researchers for his outstanding science on movements of robots

Ludovic Righetti


2016 RAS Early Career Award (Academic)

  • 05 February 2016

for Ludovic Righetti, Group Leader AM Department

recognizing "his contributions to the theory of, and experiments in, robot locomotion and manipulation".

Ludovic Righetti


Roboter machen Schule - Robots set standards

  • 14 January 2016

Autonomous Robots made in Tübingen

Als Haushaltshilfe, Pflegeassistent oder Katastrophenschützer taugen Roboter nur, wenn sie lernfähig sind und zumindest ansatzweise selbstständig handeln können. Stefan Schaal und die Mitarbeiter seiner Abteilung am Max-Planck-Institut für Intelligente Systeme in Tübingen bringen den Maschinen diese Flexibilität und Autonomie bei.

Stefan Schaal Ludovic Righetti Jeannette Bohg Sebastian Trimpe


Scientists at the MPI for Intelligent Systems receive more than 3 Million Euro ERC Starting Grants

  • 20 January 2015

Intelligent Systems Research: Spanning the Length Scale

Stuttgart / Tübingen. Five years of basic research is secured: The physicist Dr. Laura Na Liu and the computer scientist Dr. Ludovic Righetti, both from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, receive an ERC Starting Grant of 1,5 Million Euro, respectively. Prof. Jan Peters, head of the robot learning group at the institute (while mainly active as full professor at the TU Darmstadt) will invest part of his ERC starting grant into his research group at the institute. The researchers have won against 3.273 applicants - only 10 per cent of the submitted project appraisals receive the requested award, granted by the European Research Council (ERC).

Ludovic Righetti Jan Peters


Robot on board

  • 18 December 2014

The robot "Athena" carries new impulses for robotics research in its luggage

Travelling from Los Angeles to Frankfurt onboard of Lufthansa flight LH 457, the passenger arrived on December 16, at 11.05 a.m. with no signs of jet lag: this was no ordinary holidaymaker, after all, but the first humanoid robot to take up a seat on a commercial flight. And despite causing quite a stir when boarding the plane in Los Angeles, Athena, dressed in a T-shirt and fetching red shoes, received no special treatment: like most of us, she flew economy class. During the nine-hour flight, the robotic creation was accompanied by scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems. Athena made her way from Los Angeles to Tübingen in order to acquire many new skills: standing, balancing, walking - and various other meaningful activities, which she can use to assist people in daily life.

Jeannette Bohg Alexander Herzog Stefan Schaal


Intelligent Communication: Only if there is something to say

  • 09 October 2014

Klaus Tschira Award 2014 for Science Communication in the field of Computer Science

Tübingen / Heidelberg, October 9, 2014. Science in clear words: Dr. Sebastian Trimpe, a research scientist in the “Autonomous Motion Department" (Stefan Schaal) at the Tübingen Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, has written a short, comprehensible text (in German) that describes the research he conducted during his PhD at ETH Zurich. As winner in the category of computer science, he is one of six awardees who received the Klaus Tschira Award for achievements in public understanding of science on Thursday, October 9, 2014 in Heidelberg.

Sebastian Trimpe


Stefan Schaal elected IEEE Fellow 2014

  • 01 November 2013

For his contributions to robot learning and modular motion planning.

Stefan Schaal