Computer Science

Different flavors of inhibition save the day

Scientists gain insights on how deprivation-induced synaptic changes affect excitatory and inhibitory firing rates in the sensory cortex more

Inside IBM's quantum computer, you can see the tower-shaped cryostat with numerous silver cables and struts running between two golden discs.The cables end under the lower disc with golden plugs in connector strips.

Cryptographic systems that even quantum computers cannot crack will soon be standard in the USA more

Farbiges Diagramm von Genen in einer Punktwolke

New method facilitates identification of cell-type specific genes in single-cell data more

An alarm system against hardware attacks

Two simple antennas can protect computer hardware against physical manipulation more

Christian Theobalt (wearing a light green shirt an jeans) is standig on an upper floor of the Max Planck Institute for Informatics which is open to inside. His hand rests on the steel banister of a rectangular gallery.

Max Planck Institute for Informatics and Google engage in a strategic research partnership more

Preventing eavesdropping via the Internet of Things

Intelligent reflecting surfaces can protect sensible data against attacks by adversarial wireless sensing more

EcoBus is picking up speed

The newly founded company EcoBus GmbH is developing software infrastructure that combines shuttle services and regular bus services to provide a sustainable public transport solution more

Dari Motion buys Max Planck spin-off The Captury

Max Planck motion capture technology is used in sports, medicine and entertainment more

Knowledge expansion for computers

A new approach enables search engines to describe objects with negative statements more

We wouldn’t be able to control superintelligent machines

According to theoretical calculations of computer scientists, algorithms cannot contain a harmful artificial intelligence more

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Inside IBM's quantum computer, you can see the tower-shaped cryostat with numerous silver cables and struts running between two golden discs.The cables end under the lower disc with golden plugs in connector strips.

Cryptographic systems that even quantum computers cannot crack will soon be standard in the USA more

An alarm system against hardware attacks

Two simple antennas can protect computer hardware against physical manipulation more

Christian Theobalt (wearing a light green shirt an jeans) is standig on an upper floor of the Max Planck Institute for Informatics which is open to inside. His hand rests on the steel banister of a rectangular gallery.

Max Planck Institute for Informatics and Google engage in a strategic research partnership more

Preventing eavesdropping via the Internet of Things

Intelligent reflecting surfaces can protect sensible data against attacks by adversarial wireless sensing more

EcoBus is picking up speed

The newly founded company EcoBus GmbH is developing software infrastructure that combines shuttle services and regular bus services to provide a sustainable public transport solution more

Dari Motion buys Max Planck spin-off The Captury

Max Planck motion capture technology is used in sports, medicine and entertainment more

Knowledge expansion for computers

A new approach enables search engines to describe objects with negative statements more

We wouldn’t be able to control superintelligent machines

According to theoretical calculations of computer scientists, algorithms cannot contain a harmful artificial intelligence more

Uninvited listeners in your speakers

Language assistants are programmed to react to “Alexa”, “Hey Siri” and “OK Google”, but they also respond to a large number of other words, too more

Critical “Starbleed” vulnerability in FPGA chips

FPGA chips which are used, for example, in cloud data centers and mobile phone base stations have a vulnerable feature more

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“Digital contact tracing might be our best shot”

In an interview, computer scientist Manuel Cebrian explains why contact tracing of corona infected people needs technical support and why it can work even if not everyone installs a tracing app. more

Attack on autopilots

How fast the development from assisted to fully automated vehicles will progress is uncertain. One crucial factor here is the reliability with which a vehicle can navigate in its surroundings and react to unforeseeable incidents. Our group at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems showed that methods for motion analysis based on deep neural networks – likely components in future autonomous vehicles – can be confused by small patterns designed to “attack” these networks. more

On the age of computation in the epoch of humankind

We live in a moment of profound transitions, a moment in which the accelerating dynamics of planetary change are becoming ever more perceptible. more

3D animation with a conventional camera

The 3D movements of a person can be reconstructed based on the recordings of a smartphone or a webcam more

Reality, realistically augmented

A new augmented reality computer programme can edit colours and materials in video streams in realtime more

3D animation – incredibly easy

New software makes it possible to generate animated three-dimensional figures of animals from short videos more

Machines in dialogue

Rupak Majumdar, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems in Kaiserslautern, develops mathematical methods for ensuring the reliability of networked systems. more

Onboard computer with a sixth sense

Emergency braking systems already prevent quite a few traffic accidents, but electronic assistants still have no proper overview of what’s happening on the road. Bernt Schiele, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken, wants to change this. He teaches computers to anticipate the routes of vehicles and pedestrians. more

Strong protection for weak passwords<br />

The combination of simple codes and Captchas, which are even more encrypted using a chaotic process, produces effective password protection more

Software predicts dangerous variants of influenza viruses

Computing power is emerging as an indispensable weapon for scientists engaged in the fight against influenza. more

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Cryptography

In principle, almost any encryption key can be broken - all you need is the right computing power. The situation is different, however, with quantum cryptography: messages that are encoded with this method cannot be decrypted without the sender and receiver noticing. Gerd Leuchs is researching this encryption technology of the future. more

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