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From picking up a cube to writing with a pen – learning dexterous manipulation skills on real-world robotic systems

  • 28 July 2020

MPI-IS in Tübingen is hosting a challenge that aims to advance the state of the art in robotic manipulation and make the field more accessible to a greater number of researchers

From August 3, researchers around the world are invited to take part in a challenge where each team can run its algorithm on standardized robotic platforms. The tasks range from manipulating a cube to writing with a pen. Participants can advance research, demonstrate that their algorithm works best not only in simulation but also on a real-world task, and win prizes.

Stefan Bauer Manuel Wüthrich Bernhard Schölkopf Felix Widmaier Linda Behringer Vaibhav Agrawal Ossama Ahmed Ann-Sophie Bähr Annika Buchholz Lieya Duong Jonathan Fiene Walter Gasparetto Anirudh Goyal Felix Grimminger Felix Grüninger Bilal Hammoud Shruti Joshi Georg Martius Heiko Ott Ludovic Righetti Sebastian Stark Naomi Tashiro Frederik Träuble Ruben Werbke Jonathan Williams


Joint European Disruptive Initiative (JEDI) invites scientists to join the fight against COVID-19

  • 20 May 2020

The JEDI Billion Molecules against Covid-19 Grand Challenge was launched at the beginning May. The call for submissions is open until June 6.

Using supercomputing and AI, participating teams will screen enormous molecular libraries against the virus's protein targets. Results will be cross-correlated to determine a “high potential” list of unprecedented quality, allowing a fast track to clinical testing.

Bernhard Schölkopf


Recent MPI graduate and his team win Causality 4 Climate NeurIPS competition

  • 07 May 2020

Sebastian Weichwald is part of the winning team of a competition that tried to tackle the climate change challenges from a data and causal structure learning perspective

Sebastian Weichwald Bernhard Schölkopf Linda Behringer


Bernhard Schölkopf receives Frontiers of Knowledge Award

  • 19 February 2020

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

Bernhard Schölkopf


Bernhard Schölkopf meets French President Emmanuel Macron

  • 30 October 2019

The Machine Learning scientist is in Paris to attend the Global Forum on AI for Humanity which brings together many of the world’s leading AI experts who together work on promoting and protecting a human-centric and ethical approach to AI, grounded in human rights.

Bernhard Schölkopf Linda Behringer


Verleihung des Körber-Preises 2019

  • 04 September 2019

Bernhard Schölkopf erhält am 13. September den Körber-Preis im Hamburger Rathaus - im Gespräch mit Ranga Yogeshwar

Hamburg, 2. September 2019. Den mit 1.000.000 Euro dotierten Körber-Preis für die Europäische Wissenschaft 2019 erhält der deutsche Physiker, Mathematiker und Informatiker Bernhard Schölkopf. Der Forscher am Max-Planck-Institut für Intelligente Systeme in Tübingen hat mathematische Verfahren entwickelt, die maßgeblich dazu beitrugen, der Künstlichen Intelligenz (KI) zu ihren jüngsten Höhenflügen zu verhelfen. Weltweites Renommee erlangte Schölkopf mit sogenannten Support-Vektor-Maschinen.

Bernhard Schölkopf Valerie Callaghan Linda Behringer


NeurIPS2019 Disentanglement Challenge kicks off - Bringing Disentanglement to the Real World

  • 03 July 2019

Registration opened on June 28 and the Challenge runs until September 24.

The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, GoogleAI, and MILA Montreal have launched the Disentanglement Challenge. Registration is now open: sign up now and bring disentangled representations to the REAL world - with 20,000 euros in prize money and best paper awards!

Stefan Bauer Karin Bierig Muhammad Waleed Gondal Arash Mehrjou Bernhard Schölkopf Valentin Volchkov Francesco Locatello Manuel Wüthrich


Körber Prize 2019 goes to Bernhard Schölkopf

  • 26 June 2019

The Körber Foundation honors the MPI-IS Director and Cyber Valley Scientist for his ground-breaking research in mathematical methods that have made a significant contribution to helping artificial intelligence reach its most recent heights.

Bernhard Schölkopf Valerie Callaghan


MPI for Intelligent Systems Scientists among the winning team at world’s leading AI conference

  • 11 June 2019

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, ETH Zurich, and Google Research Zurich receive the Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML).

Francesco Locatello Stefan Bauer Bernhard Schölkopf Valerie Callaghan Linda Behringer


Bernhard Schölkopf honoured as one of the leading minds in German AI research

  • 28 May 2019

The Director of the Empirical Inference Department at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, one of the world's leading researchers in the field of machine learning, has been named among the top ten influential minds in the history of German AI.

Bernhard Schölkopf Linda Behringer