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1st Intelligent Matter Summer School (FIMSS)
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The Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1459 Research Training Group is hosting its

1st Intelligent Matter Summer School

from September 19th to 21st, 2022

at Jugendburg Gemen.

More information on the program can be found here.

Fresh off the press...


Wissen | Leben, the newspaper at WWU Münster provides insights into the research of our Collaborative Research Centre in the theme page of its current issue.

Here, scientists from our team provide insights into what intelligent matter means to them. More light is shed on the work of biochemist Seraphine Wegner and Wilfred van der Wiel explains why intelligent matter may help to solve some of the energy problems of tomorrow.

Click here for the full edition of the e-paper or as pdf!


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Philosophical Aspects of Intelligence

Antonio Bikić
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Antonio Bikić just joined the Collaborative Research Centre 1459 "Intelligent Matter" to study the philosophical aspects of intelligence. One focus of his work is the question whether a theory of truth can be found for (spike-based) machine learning algorithms that can satisfactorily represent the action of the networks. He will further investigate whether teleonomic processes could in principle be realized in neuromorphic hardware.

In the news

The Search for Smart Materials


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Learn about the potential applications of intelligent matter from Professor Wilfred van der Wiel and how his research at the University of Twente contributes to this field. (Broadcast from Dutch Public NPO Radio 1)

Link to Interview (in Dutch)



Appointment of Carsten Schuck as W3 Professor

Carsten Schuck
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Congratulations to Carsten Schuck, a project leader in the collaborative research centre 1459, member of the supervisory board of the Münster Nanofabrication Facility, as well as member of the Center for NanoTechnology, and the Center for Soft Nanoscience, as he was recently appointed W3 professor for Experimental Physics after holding a junior professorship at the Institute of Physics. In his new position, he is also the founding member of a new established "Department for Quantum Technology", which seeks to recruit several new professors in the near future.

In the CRC1459, he is leading research efforts of project C05 together with Jun-Prof Benjamin Risse.


Just Published: "The rise of intelligent matter"

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Interdisciplinary team publishes insights, in the “Nature” journal, into a promising area of research

In a perspective published in the latest issue of the “Nature” journal, Corinna Kaspar, Bart Jan Ravoo, Wilfred G. van der Wiel, Seraphine Wegener und Wolfram Pernice from the Universities of Münster and Twente – representing the SFB 1459 – describe the opportunities which could present themselves through intelligent matter. In a guest article for University of Münster, Corinna Kaspar (PhD student in Physics and first author of the “Nature” article) and physicist Prof. Dr. Wolfram Pernice provide insights into their research and its significance on this occasion.

Original publication

Corinna Kaspar, Bart Jan Ravoo, Wilfred G. van der Wiel, Seraphine V. Wegner and Wolfram H. P. Pernice (2021): The Rise of Intelligent Matter. Nature 594, 345–355 (2021). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-021-03453-y

Link to original publication