How does perception work? How can thinking be rendered visible? Will machines be able to think one day? The MPI for Biological Cybernetics is conducting research into how human beings orientate themselves in their complex surroundings.
Contemporary biology covers an enormous scale, from research on basic cellular processes to predictions about global climate change. But this spectrum has not been continuous: while biologists have long known that organisms physically adapt to their natural environment, too often the underlying genetic, molecular and biochemical processes have remained a mystery. The MPI for Biology is uniquely poised to help close this gap. At the atomic level, we are investigating how protein machines work. At the molecular and subcellular level, we are studying how proteins and RNA molecules cooperate to regulate fundamental processes such as transcription, translation and signal transduction, and how this is dependent on the location of proteins within the cell. At the tissue level, we are determining how cells interact to produce complex outcomes during development. Finally, at the whole organism level, we are asking how the naturally occurring interactions between microbes, plants and animals shape their genomes.
Perception, learning and action: The three key components of intelligent systems are studied from various angles at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems. The departments located on the campus in Tübingen focus on machine learning, visual recognition and robotics. Additional departments and research groups will join the institute as new facilities are developed.