Max-Planck Institute for Informatics: Informatics research at the top level

In Saarbrücken the Max Planck So­­cie­­ty offers talented scientists and aca­­dem­­ics an excellent research and work en­­viron­­ment at a top international lev­el. At the Max Planck Institute for Infor­ma­­tics (MPI), about 220 scientists conduct daily re­­search in the field of in­­forma­­tion techno­­logy on current, in­­novative topics of in­­formatics. There­­by the spectrum ranges from basic to applied re­­search.
In particular, we intend to be and re­­­­main visible with our work nationally and in­­ternationally as outstanding re­­­­search lo­­cation. This is best achieved with con­­sistently high-quality scienti­­fic work. It in­­­­cludes publications and books but also prototypical software systems. Cur­rent­­­ly the focus of our re­­search is on algorithms for very large multimodal volumes of data such as text, language, images, videos, graph­­ics and high-dimensional geometry. More and more fre­­­­quently the results of our ba­­sic re­­search find their way into the economy, through spin-offs or cooper­ative pro­­jects.

The training of junior staff also plays a major role at the MPI. Therefore we pro­­­­­­mote talented up-and-coming re­­searchers, provide focused mentoring and ac­­com­­pany them until the completion of their doctorates and ideally also afterwards. We also initiate and coordinate large research programmes and take on tasks on important committees, such as the Science Council. Thus, the MPI in­­creasingly succeeds in standing out as an attraction for talent at home and abroad. Of the 220 researchers at the institute already half are from abroad.




  1. Address

    Campus E1 4
    D-66123 Saarbrücken
    phone +49 (0) 681 9325-0
    fax +49 (0) 681 9325-999

  2. Year of foundation

  3. CEO

    Prof. Dr. Kurt Mehlhorn
  4. Employees

    5 directors, 260 employees,
    among them approximately 220 scientific
  5. Business activity

    Basic research in the fields:
    • Algorithms and Complexity
    • Computational Biology and Applied Algorithmics
    • Computer Graphics
    • Databases and Information Systems
    • Automation of Logic