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A slippery world in bio-inspired robotics

  • 27 August 2018

A roboticist at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems studies the multifunctional feet of the desert locust and its jumping behavior on different surfaces to extract the traits which contribute to enhancing surface friction and stop slips. The scientist then built a robot inspired by the locust. His findings about the morphological intelligence of the insect contribute to solving the complex locomotion problems seen in even the most advanced robots. This new field of research is increasingly gaining attention within the scientific community, so much so that renowned science journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published the researcher´s findings in its latest edition.

Matthew Woodward Metin Sitti Linda Behringer


A multifunctional, multiscale, reconfigurable surface

  • 28 June 2018

Composite surface has features that can move microparticles, mix droplets, repel biofilms and more.

Wendong Wang


Smart Materials Engineer choses MPI-IS for his NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • 22 June 2018

Dr. Hamed Shahsavan receives a prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada, the country´s federal funding agency for university-based research and student training in natural sciences and engineering. The smart materials engineer choses the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems for his research stay because of the state-of-the-art facilities provided there.

Hamed Shahsavan Metin Sitti Linda Behringer


Research prize by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for Prof. Dr. David H. Gracias

  • 17 May 2018

Sabbatical of the recipient will take place in the Physical Intelligence Department at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart.

Linda Behringer


Multifunctional bacterial microswimmer able to deliver cargo and destroy itself

  • 26 April 2018

The untethered biohybrid microswimmer is able to transport and deliver cargo encapsulated into a guidable red blood cell, while an attached bacterium, one of the most efficient swimmers in nature, acts as a propeller to move it forward. Once it has reached its destination and delivered its cargo, the scientists can destroy the microswimmer using infrared light.

Yunus Alapan Oncay Yasa Metin Sitti Linda Behringer


Yunus Alapan to attend the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

  • 12 March 2018

The postdoctoral researcher from the Physical Intelligence Department at the Max-Planck-Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart is one of the 600 young scientists who is given the opportunity for a week of scientific exchange with the greatest minds in medical research.

Yunus Alapan Metin Sitti Linda Behringer


Four Postdoc researchers join the Physical Intelligence Department thanks to a Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

  • 22 February 2018

Each year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grants approximately 500 fellowships to Postdoctoral Researchers of all nationalities and disciplines from abroad to continue their research in Germany. Four AvH fellows join the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart.

Metin Sitti Abdon Pena-Francesch Zoey Davidson Utku Culha Linda Behringer


Millirobot with a talent for versatility of movement

  • 25 January 2018

A magnetic drive allows a tiny untethered vehicle to walk, crawl, jump and swim through a complex environment

Tiny robots need not fear obstacle courses in the future: Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart have developed a minuscule, flexible robot that can master a variety of forms of movement. Its magnetic drive allows it to walk, crawl and roll through difficult terrain. Moreover, it can transport small loads and swim on and in liquids. In future, tiny robots moving in this way could transport medication specifically to where it is needed.

Wenqi Hu Guo Zhan Lum Massimo Mastrangeli Metin Sitti


Nature-inspired soft millirobot makes its way through enclosed spaces

  • 24 January 2018

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems invented a magnetically controlled soft robot only four millimeters in size, that can walk, crawl or roll through uneven terrain, carry cargo, climb onto the water surface, and even swim in it. The inspiration comes from soft-bodied beetle larvae and caterpillars, and even jellyfishes posed as biological models. One day, this small-scale robot may enable targeted drug delivery or minimally invasive surgery, the researchers hope. Its multiple locomotion capability in complex environments is so unique that science journal Nature will publish the researchers´ findings in its February edition.

Metin Sitti Linda Behringer Guo Zhan Lum Massimo Mastrangeli


Mobile Microrobotics

  • 11 July 2017

New book from Metin Sitti

Progress in micro- and nano-scale science and technology has created a demand for new microsystems for high-impact applications in healthcare, biotechnology, manufacturing, and mobile sensor networks. The new robotics field of microrobotics has emerged to extend our interactions and explorations to sub-millimeter scales. This is the first textbook on micron-scale mobile robotics, introducing the fundamentals of design, analysis, fabrication, and control, and drawing on case studies of existing approaches.

Metin Sitti