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Leading researcher in small-scale robotics receives ERC Advanced Grant

  • 28 March 2019

One of the world's most prestigious research funding programs supports Intelligent Systems research in Stuttgart

The European Research Council is awarding a 2.5 million Euros research grant to Dr. Metin Sitti, who is a Director at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems. Sitti is the head of the Physical Intelligence Department and one of the world's leading researchers in the field of small-scale and soft robotics and its use in medical applications. The funding will go toward ground-breaking basic research in soft-bodied miniature mobile robots. These tiny machines could one day have a radical impact on non-invasive medical interventions and diagnostics.

Metin Sitti Richard Segar Linda Behringer


Metin Sitti publishes a News & Views article in Nature

  • 22 March 2019

Robotic collectives inspired by biological cells

A robotic system has been demonstrated in which the random motion of individual components leads to deterministic behaviour, much as occurs in living systems. Environmental and medical applications could follow.

Metin Sitti


Metin Sitti receives Rahmi Koç Medal of Science

  • 22 November 2018

Award recognizes most promising researchers of Turkish origin

Metin Sitti Linda Behringer


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