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.
Year of foundation1990
CEOProf. Dr. Kurt Mehlhorn
Employees5 directors, 260 employees,
among them approximately 220 scientific
Business activityBasic research in the fields:
• Algorithms and Complexity
• Computational Biology and Applied Algorithmics
• Computer Graphics
• Databases and Information Systems
• Automation of Logic