The first MIRMI General Assembly activated new forms of collaboration


MIRMI organized its first General Assembly, to which Principal Investigators, MIRMI Lab coordinators as well as the Institute's administrative team were invited. The forum took place on 05 May in MIRMI's temporary premises at Georg-Brauchle-Ring 58, 80992 Munich. The General Assembly is organized twice a year and provides an opportunity for members to participate in strategic discussions, interact with the MIRMI team, learn about the benefits of MIRMI and discuss the challenges to achieving the ambitious goal of conducting joint research. Highlights of the event included first-hand updates on MIRMI's integrative graduate program, a Digital Lab Tour featuring a Model of Shared Labs and Facilities, and productive discussions in eight Focus Groups.

MIRMI's Board of Directors and Senior Management Team presented key topics such as the Institute's approach to building an Integrative Graduate Program in robotics and machine intelligence, the relevance of joint publications, members' latest joint research initiatives, activities to bring research and industry together, exclusive information about the upcoming munich_i exhibition, and the MIRMI Seed Funds results and transparency policy. During the sessions, Principal Investigators shared ideas, raised questions, and suggested new ways to advance joint research.

MIRMI's Chief of Science and Lab Coordinators presented participants with a Digital Lab Tour, followed by a model for sharing knowledge, expertise, labs, and facilities. Principal Investigators then selected eight Focus Groups in which they were interested and, with the support of the MIRMI Lab Coordinators, they defined Focus Groups' leaders, goals, challenges, and next steps and suggested how the MIRMI team can support their initiatives. The evening was productive and joyful. We are already looking forward to the next meeting!