April 27: Girl's Day 2017

MPI-INF and MPI-SWS are jointly participating in Girls’ Day this year (27 April). On this day, companies and institutions open their doors to interested girls to show them different domains in which women are underrepresented. This event takes place in German.

The Max Planck Institutes for Informatics (http://www.mpi-inf.mpg.de) and Software Systems (www.mpi-sws.org) pursue basic research in many areas of computer science. But what exactly is computer science? And what does a day in the life of a scientist look like in computer science? This is exactly what we would like to show you by way of hands-on examples. For instance, find out how a computer learns, how the car navigation knows how to get from A to B, and also that one doesn’t always need a computer for doing computer science. Along the way, you can ask our students and researchers all sorts of questions about how working in research looks like.

News & Activities

News from Department 5:

Treasure Hunt in the Data Jungle – Article about Pauli Miettinen

The webpage of Max Planck Society covers the work of Pauli Miettinen with this article.

News from Department 4:

MPI-INF contribution to the "Pearls of Science" event in the Harnack House

Professor Christian Theobalt, Dept. 4, was invited to a closed event of Max Planck Society and Fraunhofer Society in the Harnack House in Berlin.

The executive committees of Max Planck Society and Fraunhofer Society invited top political leaders from the federal government to discuss leading edge research on its way to application. On Jan 10, ten scientists from Max Planck and Fraunhofer Institutes presented their latest research results to chancellor Angela Merkel, secretary for education and research Johanna Wanka, and science state secretary Rainer Sontowski. Christian Theobalt had the opportunity to represent the MPI for Informatics with results from his research group.
The responses were apperently very encouraging. Chancellor Merkel praised the comprehensible, yet compact presentations; she promised to support reliable financial conditions for German basic research in the future.

Department 4:

The current German edition of the quarterly research magazine of the Max Planck Society, Max Planck Forschung, features  the work of Christian Theobalt and his group. In the current issue 2.2016, an article titled Computer schneiden Grimassen (Computers Pulling Faces) decribes their research project Puppeteering Faces. The article (in German) can be downloaded here.

News from Department 4

Jürgen Steimle, also Cluster of Excellence MMCI, won an ERC Starting Grant. His proposal  "InteractiveSkin: Digital Fabrication of Personalized On-Body User Interfaces" was accepted by the ERC. The project will be funded for 5 years with a total sum of 1.5 million Euros.

News from Department 4

During the Symposium on Solid and Physical Modeling in Berlin the Solid Modeling Association has awarded Hans-Peter Seidel with the title of Solid Modeling Pioneer.

News from Department 3

Prof. Walter Tichy from Karlsruhe Institute for Technology has conducted a detailed interview with Thomas Lengauer on the rise of Computational Biology which has been published on ACMs Ubiquity site at http://ubiquity.acm.org/

One can download the whole interview as a pdf here.

News from Department 5


Gerhard Weikum will receive the 2016 SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award, the most prestigious award from the SIGMOD. He is the second German computer scientist bestowed with this award. Congratulation!

ERC Advanced Grant for Holger Hermanns

Holger Hermanns, professor for computer science at Saarland University, was awarded an Advanced Grant by the European Research Council [Link]. This grant donates 2.4 million Euros to his research project on embedded systems "Power to the People".

ERC Grants are the highest level of European research support. They provide substantial support money as well as significant prestige for the grant holders who are chosen in a rigorous selection process. This funding instrument is meant to support topics of Frontier Research, that is high-risk science at the edge of current understanding.

News from Department 4

The project "Face2Face: Real-time Face Capture and Reenactment" from the Graphics, Vision & Video group headed by Christian Theobalt has seen wide coverage in media. Some of the links to web-based media are listed on the project page.

The official video was currently viewed almost 2 million times on youtube. The group will present this work during CVPR 2016.

News from Department 1

Andreas Wiese received a Emmy-Noether award from the German Research Foundation
  The award comes with more than 900,000 € financial support.

Sandy Heydrich received a Google PhD Scholarship.

Kurt Mehlhorn was elected to the US Academy of Science and was also appointed to the Scientific Council of the European Research Council (ERC).

Parinya Chalermook and Eric-Jan van Leeuwen were promoted to Senior Researcher.

New scientific director at the MPI-SWS

Joel Ouaknine, presently a Professor at the University of Oxford, will join the MPI-SWS faculty as a director effective Aug 1, 2016.

"We're extremely pleased to have such an accomplished colleague join our ranks!" says Peter Druschel, founding director of the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems.