The Indo Max Planck Center for Computer Science (IMPECS) will

  1. perform top-quality basic research in Computer Science (CS) in cooperation between Indian and German computer scientists,
  2. serve as a bridge between the Indian and German CS communities, and enhance scientific cooperation between them, and
  3. act as a center of excellence in which faculty and students can build careers.

In order to reach the vision, IMPECS will

  1. support research groups built around Indian scientists akin to the already existing Max Planck partner groups. The selection criteria are scientific quality and a joint research program with a group at MPI Informatics (MPI-INF) or MPI Software Systems (MPI-SWS).
  2. organize workshops, seminars, schools and short/long term-visits which would bring together researchers,
  3. offer Max Planck visiting professorships for high-profile researchers,
  4. organize the exchange of graduate students, and
  5. provide postdoctoral fellowships to Indian researchers for research stays at MPI-INF and MPI-SWS.

Ten research groups are planned. Five will be established at IMPECS’s main site, IIT Delhi, and the remaining will be set up at other Indian universities with a strong CS program. The fact that IMPECS is partly distributed adds to its strength; it will allow IMPECS to cover a broader range of topics and to serve as a bridge between the entire CS communities in both countries.

IMPECS will benefit both countries. The major benefits for India would be a strengthening of its research base in CS that would produce insights and the well-trained PhDs needed by academia and industry. The major benefits for Germany would be the improved collaboration with leading Indian scientists and a highly visible outpost in a striving country with lots of young talent.

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