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News from Department 3

Anja Feldmann receives Schelling Prize

The most important science prize of the Bavarian Academy of the sciences, the Schelling Prize, endowed with 25,000 Euros, goes 2018 to Anja Feldmann. She received the award for groundbreaking research that will adapt the Internet to the demands of the future. The award ceremony took place on Saturday, 08 Dec 2018 in Munich.

News from Department 3

25-May-2018: Colloquium to celebrate the work and scientific career of Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Lengauer on the occasion of his retirement.


News from Department 4

Christian Theobalt received an ERC Consolidator Grant for his proposal "4-D Reconstruction of Real Scenes", see press release for details. He was also awarded with the 2017 "Karl Heinz Beckurts-Preis", one of Germany's most prestigious awards for basic research with a high practical relevance. (press release)

News from Department 3

Thomas Lengauer was listed for the fourth year in a row (2014 - 2017) on the Clarivate Liste as Highly Cited Researcher (top 1%).


News from Department 1

Kurt Mehlhorn was awarded with a doctor honoris causa by the Department of Computer Engineering & Informatics of the University of Patras.

News from Department 1

Christoph Lenzen received an ERC Starting Grant. His proposal  "A Theory of Reliable Hardware" was accepted by the ERC. The project startet in August 2017 and will be funded for 5 years with a total sum of approx. 1.5 million Euros.

News from Department 4:

Hans-Peter Seidel awarded with Eurographics Medal 2017

Professor Dr. Hans-Peter Seidel was awarded with the 2017 Eurographics Medal in Gold. 
The laudatio from Eurographics: 

Eurographics is very pleased to award the Eurographics Medal 2017 to Prof. Hans-Peter Seidel for his outstanding scientific contributions to computer graphics and geometric modelling, for his academic achievements as a scholar and mentor, and for his leadership in developing the Eurographics Association.

Hans-Peter Seidel is the scientific director and chair of the computer graphics group at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics and a professor of computer science at Saarland University. Before joining the Max-Planck-Institut in 1999, he has been on the faculty of the University of Erlangen, Germany, from 1992-1999.

Prof. Seidel is one of the most prolific, influential and most widely cited researchers in computer graphics in the world. Through his work he has contributed significantly to the establishment and advancement of computer graphics as an academic discipline. His technical contributions comprise a wide range of topics in visual computing including geometric modelling, rendering, imaging, vision, scene reconstruction, video processing and perception. Hans-Peter is one of the all time leading authors of SIGGRAPH publications and he IS the leading author of Eurographics.

Through his mentorship Hans-Peter Seidel has also developed a whole generation of students and postdocs into leading senior scholars and thus he has shaped the academic landscape in computer graphics in Europe and throughout the world.

Through decades, Hans-Peter has displayed strongest commitment to the Eurographics association and he has served in leading positions as its president, long term member of the executive committee and board, as well as its conference chair. He is also the founding chair of the awards programme.

Hans-Peter Seidel is a fellow of the organization and he received the distinguished career award of Eurographics in 2012.

Please join us in congratulating Hans-Peter for an outstanding career in computer graphics and to the Eurographics Medal 2017.

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

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 Wiesereceived 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.