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Max Planck Campus Tübingen

Scientists at the Max Planck Campus in Tübingen are studying elementary biological processes ranging from the function of individual proteins to the evolution of species diversity, as well as the function of the human brain. In total, about 700 people from over 45 different countries work at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, the Opens external link in current windowMax Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory. The Max Planck Guesthouse is the social centre of the Campus: it contains a cafeteria, library, lecture hall and accommodation. The Planckton nursery provides full-time daycare for babies and toddlers.

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17.12.2014 // Robot on Board
Athena smiles at persons that approach her.
The scientists of the Autonomous Motion Department welcome their new colleague Athena.
Athena on the way to her place in the lab.

The robot "Athena" carries new impulses for robotics research in its luggage

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Shape from mocap. MoSh computes body shape and pose from standard mocap marker sets. Bodies in purple are estimated from 67 mocap markers, while scans in green are captured with a high-resolution 3D body scanner. Split-color bodies compare the shape estimated from sparse markers with scans. MoSh needs only sparse mocap marker data to create animations (purple posed bodies) with a level of realism that is difficult to achieve with standard skeleton-based mocap methods.

The new technology (MoSh) will help animators jump the “Uncanny Valley” by turning a few moving dots into detailed body shapes that jiggle and deform like real humans

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Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schölkopf
Director Department "Empirical Inference"
(Picture credit Wolfram Scheible)

2014 Milner Award Lecture by Professor Bernhard Schölkopf

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