History & Organization

The Max Planck Insitute for Informatics was founded in 1988, by the founding director Kurt Mehlhorn. The insitute officially began research in 1990. After founding, Mehlhorn directed the "Algorithms and Complexity" department until it was passed on to the current director Danupon Nanongkai. Harald Ganzinger, who joined the institute shortly after founding, led the "Logic of Programming" department until his death in 2004. A third department, “Computer Graphics”, followed in 1999 under the direction of Hans-Peter Seidel. Thomas Lengauer then joined in 2001 to direct the “Computational Biology and Applied Algorithmics” department. In October 2003 the department “Databases and Information Systems” was established under the leadership of Gerhard Weikum. The department "Computer Vision and Machine Learning" was formed in 2010 with Bernt Schiele as the director. Following that, the department "Internet Architecture" was created in 2018 with head Anja Feldmann. In 2021 the department "Visual Computing and Artificial Intelligence" was set up under the direction of Christian Theobalt. In addition to the previously named departments, the Institute is also home to two independent research groups: The group "Automation of Logic" was established September 2005 by Christoph Weidenbach and the group "Network and Cloud Systems" was started in 2020 by Yiting Xia.

Managing Director

Lastname, FirstnameDepartmentsPhoneRoom
Theobalt, Christian D6+49 681 9325 4500E1 4 224


Lastname, FirstnameDepartmentsPhoneRoom
Na Nongkai, Danupon D1+49 681 9325 1000E1 4 301
Schiele, Bernt D2+49 681 9325 2000E1 4 601
Feldmann, Anja INET+49 681 9325 3501E1 4 501
Seidel, Hans-Peter D4+49 681 9325 4000E1 4 201
Theobalt, Christian D6+49 681 9325 4500E1 4 224
Weikum, Gerhard D5, IMPRS+49 681 9325 5000E1 4 401

Scientific Advisory Board

Board of Trustees

Hon. Adv. Professor (Tsinghua) Dr. Reinhold Achatz Corporate Technology, Innovation & Quality Thyssen Krupp AG
Dr. Siegfried Dais Gesellschafter der Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG
Christiane Götz-Sobel Leiterin der Redaktion Naturwissenschaft und Technik, ZDF
Prof. Dr. Joachim Hertel Denkprozess GmbH
Prof. Dr. Henning Kagermann acatech
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer
Prof. Dr. Volker Linneweber
Dr. Nelson Mattos
Prof. Dr. Wolffried StuckyInstitute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods, Universität Karlsruhe
Prof. Dr. Margret Wintermantel


Max Planck Institute for Informatics
Saarland Informatics Campus
Building E1 4
66123 Saarbrücken

Phone: +49 681 9325-0
Telefax: +49 681 9325-5719
Email: info@mpi-inf.mpg.de
WWW: http://www.mpi-inf.mpg.de/