Press Releases of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics


Swarm Teleoperation – enhancing the communication in flying robot systems

The Quadcopter is a small, approximately 16 inches in diameter, unmanned aerial vehicles (UVA’s), navigated by a human operator. Picture: Martin Breidt / Max Planck Institute fpr Biological Cybernetics.

With the help of computer simulations and prototypes Max Planck researchers are trying to enhance the communication in human and multi-robot interactions. [more]


Deeper insight into the activity of the cortex

Left is an image of a cross-section through the whole mammalian brain that shows both brain hemispheres (solid white outline) as well as the overlaying cerebral cortex which is made up of many layers (I – VI). On the right hemisphere are brain cells, neurons, labeled with a genetically encoded fluorescent marker that reports back the cells activity by fast changes in brightness. This image has been taken from a brain slice post mortem where the lower limit of the cortex can be seen (dotted white line). Right, this image shows the same deep layer V brain cells (red box) labeled with the genetically encoded fluorescent marker but actually imaged non-invasively from a living animal using a modified multiphoton microscope, or RAMM approach. This allows scientists to study activity in neuronal populations deep in the cortex of an awake behaving animal and will lead to a deeper understanding of how cortical networks perform computations. Picture: Wolfgang Mittmann, Jason Kerr / Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics.

Max Planck Scientists can image the processing of information deeper in the cortex with the help of a new multiphoton microscope design[more]


Max-Planck-Direktor Heinrich Bülthoff will give a talk at the 'Tübinger Innovationstagen'

An envisioned Personal Aerial Vehicle. Graphic: Gareth Padfield, Flight Stability and Control

Human-Machine-Interface: The new EU-Project "myCopter"[more]


The digital language of the brain

Network of nerve cells. Picture: Jürgen Berger/Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Using a simple mathematical model originating from theoretical physics, scientists are able to capture complex properties of neuronal population activity[more]


Will it fall? Max Planck scientists show how the brain's estimate of Newton's laws affects perceived object stability

A vase set at its critical angle where it is equally likely to right itself or fall off of the table.

The next time you are in Pisa, try looking at its tower from a different perspective[more]


Similar structures for face selectivity in human and monkey brains

Face-selective activation in a monkey: (left panel, 1) The rendered monkey brain shows the planes indicating the slice locations of panels 2-4, green spots show activated areas. (panels 2-4) Face selective activation (red-yellow) overlaid on anatomical images of the monkey brain.

Extensive network of brain areas in macaques responds to faces[more]


Bernhard Schölkopf has been awarded the Max Planck Research Award

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schölkopf. Picture: Max Planck Institute for biological Cybernetics

Director of the Max Planck Institute has been awarded the 2011 Max Planck Research Award[more]


Perceptual changes – a key to our consciousness

Dichoptic stimulus. Different pictures are presented to the eyes to provoke percept changes (binocular rivalry). Picture: Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics Tübingen.

Tübingen scientists use image processing effects to decipher brain functions [more]


Learning to use an invisible visual signal for perception

A cylinder made of horizontal lines: Using a spezial pair of glasses the blue lines are only visible fort he right ey and the red lines are only visible fort he left eye. The size of the red and blue cylinder differs. Picture: Dr. Massimiliano Di Luca; Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics Tübingen.

Scientists discovered, how our brain extracts signals from the retinal images in order to identify our surroundings[more]


The intricate path of nerve signals

Example of a 3D activation map elicited by electric microstimulation (ES) to LGN, a thalamic nucleus that receives visual information from retina and mono-synaptically projects to the primary visual cortex (V1). FMRI signals from V1 show increased neuronal activity (red and yellow colors) whereas later cortical areas are suppressed (blue color). (Image: Yusuke Murayama / Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics)

Neuroscientists from Max Planck Institute in Tübingen discovered new possibilities for electrical stimulation of the brain[more]

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