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05/23/2019 14:37

Cyber Valley’s machine learning research makes a strong showing on the global stage

Valérie Callaghan Public Relations
Max-Planck-Institut für Intelligente Systeme

    Twenty-seven papers accepted at world’s most competitive AI conferences

    Stuttgart/Tübingen, May 22, 2019 – In the coming weeks, the Cyber Valley initiative will shine on the global stage: researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS), the Universities of Tübingen and Stuttgart, and the Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence will be well represented at the upcoming International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) and Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), two of the leading conferences in global artificial intelligence (AI) research. Both conferences are being held in Long Beach, California: the ICML is set to run from June 9-15, and CVPR will follow from June 16-20.

    Founded at the end of 2016 in southwestern Germany, the Cyber Valley initiative is Europe’s leading research cooperation in the field of artificial intelligence. With a total of 27 papers accepted at both conferences, the initiative has once again demonstrated that the Stuttgart/Tübingen region is among the world’s top locations for research in the field of machine learning, computer vision, and robotics.

    “These are highly competitive conferences. Only few submissions get accepted, and the leading researchers in the field present their best work. We are pleased to have an impressive display of publications from Cyber Valley”, said Professor Bernhard Schölkopf, Managing Director at MPI-IS and Director of the institute’s Empirical Inference department.
    Submissions to both conferences reflect the incredible growth that the field of machine learning has seen in recent years: in 2019, ICML received 3424 papers, almost 1000 more than the previous year. At CVPR, submissions spiked 56 percent in 2019, to 5,165. Acceptance rates for the two conferences stand at around 25 percent.

    At this year’s ICML, Cyber Valley is represented with 11 papers, nine of which are from Schölkopf’s team. Other papers include a cooperation between the head of the Cyber Valley Intelligent Control Systems research group, Dr. Sebastian Trimpe, the University of Stuttgart, and the Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence, as well as a paper submitted by the team of Dr. Matthias Hein, the Bosch-Endowed Cyber Valley Professor at the University of Tübingen.
    Researchers from Cyber Valley have been similarly successful at the 2019 CVPR: the research cooperation’s three academic partners are presenting 16 papers. “The success of our international team of scientists at this year’s CVPR demonstrates that Cyber Valley stands for outstanding research in AI,” said Andreas Geiger, Professor for learning-based computer vision at the University of Tübingen and leader of the Autonomous Vision research group at MPI-IS. Geiger’s team from the University of Tübingen has had nine papers accepted at the conference. Professor Matthias Hein of the University of Tübingen is also presenting one paper at CVPR.

    The Cyber Valley Spokesperson and MPI-IS Director Dr. Michael Black’s Perceiving Systems Department is also well represented at CVPR with six papers, one of which was written in cooperation with Professor Bernhard Schölkopf’s Empirical Inference Department. The Autonomous Learning Group, which is headed by Dr. Georg Martius, is also present at CVPR with one paper.

    A full list of papers and authors is available on the Cyber Valley website:

    For several years, the German Federal State of Baden Württemberg has been home to Cyber Valley, one of the largest research cooperations in Europe in the field of artificial intelligence, with partners from politics, science, business, and society. The partnership strengthens research and education in the fields of machine learning, computer vision, and robotics, as well as connections between these scientific disciplines.

    Partners are the MPI-IS, the University of Stuttgart, the University of Tübingen, the State of Baden-Württemberg, and the following seven industrial partners: Amazon, the BMW Group, IAV GmbH, Daimler AG, Porsche AG, Robert Bosch GmbH, and ZF Friedrichshafen AG. With ten newly established research groups and ten new professorships at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and the Universities of Stuttgart and Tübingen, Cyber Valley stands for independent basic research, and the initiative aims to attract the best young minds from around the world. In addition, with the recently founded International Max Planck Research School for Intelligent Systems (IMPRS-IS), well over 100 PhD students will graduate from Cyber Valley institutions in the coming years.

    Press Contacts:

    Linda Behringer
    Cyber Valley Public Relations
    c/o Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart
    T: +49 711 689 3552
    M: +49 151 2300 1111

    Valérie Callaghan
    Cyber Valley Public Relations
    c/o Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Tübingen
    T: +49 7071 601 1832
    M: +49 151 1560 4276

    Criteria of this press release:
    transregional, national
    Cooperation agreements, Research results


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