munich_i – intelligence empowering tomorrow

The new high-tech platform at automatica sprint

The world premiere of munich_i was held at digital automatica sprint from 22-24 June 2021!

The new high-tech platform is a joint project of Messe München, automatica and the Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MSRM) of the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Bavarian Minister-President Dr. Markus Söder is patron of munich_i and opened the munich_i Hightech Summit on 22 June.

Four fascinating parts on robotics and AI were offered at munich_i: Hightech Summit, AI.Society special exhibition area, Robothon® – The Grand Challenge and Robot driver’s license.

munich_i is more than just innovation, exhibition and networking. You will experience ideas of science, business, politics and start-ups in the great appeal of Munich and be a part of the future progress in robotics and AI. We are convinced that we can grow beyond ourselves, if we have the chance to learn from each other. munich_i offers this unique opportunity to get inspired and update your knowledge on future innovations.

Important facts


  • Name: munich_i within the framework of automatica sprint
  • Date: 22-24 June 2021
  • Hightech Summit: 22 June 2021
  • Concept: Digital realization
  • Parts: Hightech Summit, AI.Society, Robothon® and Robot driver’s license
  • Ethical Round Table with Bernd Sibler, MdL
  • Initiators: Messe München, automatica and the Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MSRM) of Technical University of Munich (TUM)

The numbers from the final report:

  • Hightech Summit: record attendance with around 1,400 participants
  • 3,500 participants used the automatica sprint platform
  • high average attendance of 110 participants per other format

Useful Links

– the sessions on the platform are available until 23 July 2021


The four parts of munich_i

Hightech Summit

munich_i presents important insights of leading international personalities in science and economy.

The first-ever munich_i Hightech Summit brings together pioneers and thought leaders from the fields of AI and robotics on 22 June 2021.

munich_i and therefore the automatica sprint will be opened by Messe München CEO Falk Senger, the munich_i Directors Prof. Alena Buyx and Prof. Sami Haddadin, Bavarian Minister-President Dr. Markus Söder and President of TUM Prof. Thomas Hofmann.

Speakers from science, industry and politics will offer directions for an even more advanced future.

Cooperation and interaction between human and artificial intelligence, as well as the enhancement of human capabilities through robotics and AI, will be the focus of this year's munich_i Hightech Summit.

In five sessions named "Assisting the human", "Connected world", "Beyond human spaces", "Building intelligence" and "Interaction of humans and robots", experts and visionaries will present their latest developments, share valuable insights and talk about future-oriented strategies. The presentations reflect responsible and technological changes in society and discuss how artificial intelligence can advance the fields of work, health and mobility.

Learn more here.


munich_i enables visitors to experience groundbreaking Robotic and AI initiatives in the digital showroom AI.Society.

With the premiere of AI.Society automatica sprint is entering a new level together with the MSRM of TUM in June 2021. The AI.Society is a newly alliance of forward-looking research projects from the TUM, award-winning start-ups from the greater Munich area and renowned partners in the fields of artificial intelligence and robotics, and providing a unique look behind the scenes of cutting-edge research.

In a journey through the future of work, health and mobility, 30 teams will demonstrate which human-centered developments and innovations in our everyday lives will be possible in the near future or are already a reality today.

The MSRM/TUM is pursuing a new approach that involves society and shows that cutting-edge scientific technology is interdisciplinary networked and thought through further.

Due to the pandemic developments, this year at automatica sprint the AI.Society will be discovered on the digital platform of the trade fair. Nevertheless, interaction between research, business, politics and interested automatica sprint visitors is easily possible. The AI.Society concept and program show compactly where the journey of robotics and AI can and will go. At the same time, all visitors have the opportunity to get to know cutting-edge technology from the comfort of their home office or on the road.

Learn more here.


munich_i shows the skills of the young international academic elite in the search for solutions for not yet solved technical challenges.

Robothon® – The Grand Challenge – is a competition for robotics enthusiasts from academic and professional fields. For this purpose, munich_i provides the stage to demonstrate the skills of the international academic elite in their search for solutions to as yet unsolved challenges in the field of robot manipulation.

At the kick off event on 14 May, the challenging and as yet unsolved automation task was presented: the disassembly and sorting of electronic waste. By means of automated disassembly and sorting, manufacturers could develop a much more sustainable recycling process, as most insertion and assembly tasks are still performed manually today.

This year's digital concept for Robothon® allows more than 10 international teams to participate despite the pandemic and travel restrictions.

The competition focuses on skills in manipulation with a single-arm industrial robot, which must complete a total of five levels of increasing tactile complexity on a competition task board. Teams have four weeks before presenting their solution to the Grand Challenge Jury, consisting of top-class experts such as Prof. Haddadin, Prof. Hirzinger and Prof. Asfour. They will determine the best teams in the live demonstrations on 15 & 16 June.

Up to €20,000 in prize money, sponsored by Huawei, awaits the winners! The award ceremony will take place on June 22 as part of the Hightech Summit and will be opened by Judith Gerlach, Bavarian Minister for Digital Affairs

Learn more here.

Robot driver’s license

munich_i proves that robotics can be experienced and learned by everyone: Robot driver’s license.

We are proud to announce that the munich_i Robot driver’s license is supported by the Bavarian State Minister for Education and Cultural Affairs, Prof. Dr. Michael Piazolo.

The munich_i Robot driver’s license is a basic course that introduces interested people of all ages - with and without previous knowledge – to the theory and practice of robotics. This year it will take place digitally, as an Online-Workshop!

Participants will receive information about the origins, development and future of robotics from certified trainers from the Robokind Foundation. Based on exciting discussions rounds and interactive components, they will gain basic knowledge on the intuitive and independent operation of a modern robot arm from FRANKA EMIKA which they can test right away during the workshop. This unique experience teaches the basic principles of human-robot collaboration and shows the participants how robotics can make everyday life easier in the future. Individual ideas and questions from the participants are welcome and will be taken up and answered by the trainers during the workshop.

The digital Robot driver's license is offered in two options, for children and young people as well as for adults, in order to meet the specific needs of the participants. The workshops lasts approx. 90 minutes and will take place daily during the trade fair days from 22-24 June – the  children's workshop will start at 2 pm and the one for adults at 4 pm.

Participation is free of charge and limited to a maximum of 15 people. 

Apply here.

Political supporters

23 June: 10:00-11:30 am

Grundsteinlegung KI.FABRIK

supported by Hubert Aiwanger, MdL, Bavarian State Minister of Economic Affairs with a speech

23 June: 10:00-11:30 am

Grundsteinlegung KI.FABRIK

23 June: 12:00-01:15 pm

Ethical Round Table

with Bernd Sibler, MdL, Bavarian State Minister for Science and the Arts

Tuesday 22 June – Thursday 24 June, 2:00 and 4:00 pm

munich_i Robot driver's license

supported by Prof. Dr. Michael Piazolo, MdL, Bavarian State Minister for Culture and Education

22 June: 12:45-01:15 pm

Award Ceremony Robothon® – The Grand Challenge

supported by Judith Gerlach, MdL, Bavarian State Minister for Digital Affairs with an impulse speech

munich_i Team