Department News

DOOMED - A new online learning approach from AMD in the spotlight

  • 01 March 2017

Text: Kathryn Ryan. New Rochelle, February 21, 2017.

Robotics researchers have developed a novel adaptive control approach based on online learning that allows for the correction of dynamics errors in real time using the data stream from the robot. The strategy is described in an article published in Big Data, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the Big Data website until March 14, 2017.

Franzi Meier Daniel Kappler Nathan Ratliff Stefan Schaal


Big Data in Robotics

  • 02 January 2017

Guest edited by Jeannette Bohg, Matei Ciocarlie, Javier Civera, Lydia E. Kavraki.

... new big data methods have the potential to allow robots to understand and operate in significantly more complex environments than was possible even in the recent past. This should lead to a qualitative leap in the performance and deployability of robotics in a wide array of practical applications and real settings.

Jeannette Bohg


Finalist for the Best Interactive Session Paper

  • 17 November 2016

at the IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids 2016)

Brahayam Ponton Alexander Herzog Ludovic Righetti Stefan Schaal


Finalist for Best Paper Award

  • 28 October 2016

at the 4th RSI International Conference on Robotics and Mechatronics (ICROM).

Majid Khadiv Alexander Herzog Stefan Schaal Ludovic Righetti


Finalist for WODES 2016 Best Student Paper

  • 01 June 2016

Simon Ebner´s paper on the results of his master thesis

Topic: "Communication rate analysis for event-based state estimation"

Simon Ebner


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