They deal with robotics and AI every day. But at the end of the day, they are human beings, just like anyone else: our professors at Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MIRMI) give quick answers to short questions.

After two years online, Jugend forscht, Germany's science competition for young talent, is back live. This week, at the regional Jugend forscht München West competition organized by MIRMI, Franka Emika and the Robokind Foundation, 63 young scientists presented 44 exciting and innovative research projects in the seven thematic areas of Jugend forscht, Working world, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics, Technology and, for the first time this year, Earth and space sciences.

With great joy, we announce to you that Prof. Angela Schoellig was appointed a new member of the MIRMI Board of Directors by the TUM Hochschulpräsidium. As a director, she will steer topics related to Industry and International. Angela is not only an excellent researcher (Alexander von Humboldt Professorship for Artificial Intelligence) but also has a unique international perspective from her research experiences in the USA, Switzerland, Canada, and Germany. Welcome, Angela!

We are happy to announce the outcome of the second Call for MIRMI Seed Funding. Within this round, MIRMI will provide funding for four collaborative scientific proposals. The goal of the seed funding initiative is to foster joint projects within the broad variety of topics in the field of robotics and machine intelligence at the initial stage. The review process is organized completely independently by the MIRMI Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). Chairman Prof. Seth Hutchinson, takes care that each proposal is reviewed by multiple SAB members. Possible disagreement between reviewers is resolved…

The care robot GARMI and a research team from the Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MIRMI) at the Technical University of Munich took part in the "Better Together" event organized by bidt at the Munich Residence! GARMI showed several demos that are crucial for future healthcare! The application of GARMI is being researched as part of the bidt-funded Responsible Robotics (RRAI) project.

Jugend forscht is Germany's best-known research competition for young people from the 4th grade to the age of 21. The competition promotes STEM education throughout Germany since 1965. Talents compete in six Jugend forscht subject areas: Working World, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics, and Technology. The Munich West Regional Competition is organized every year by Franka Emika, the Robokind Foundation, and MIRMI. You can participate in this exciting initiative by joining any of the Jugend forscht jury teams. The event will take place in person on 15 and 16 February…

High-level representatives from the largest and most experienced international technology companies from various industries and MIRMI Principal Investigators met at the BMW Group Plant Munich last week. Discussions covered key topics such as autonomous driving, trustworthy AI, industrial robotics and AI challenges, hackathons, entrepreneurial initiatives, and MIRMI/TUM's latest research initiatives. Current collaborative projects between industry and MIRMI to build the factory of the future (KI.FABRIK BAYERN) and to increase sustainability in agriculture were also addressed. The discussions…

On Friday, Nov 11, 2022, the MIRMI team had the pleasure of receiving Prof. Mikkel Baun Kjærgaard and the PhD student Juan Heredia from the Mc-Kinney Møller Institute of SDU, University of Southern Denmark at our research facility in Georg-Brauchle-Ring in Munich. Our guests gave a Talk titled “Software Engineering of Robotic Systems”. The presentation was followed by a Q&A session. Then we had a demo tour where key topics such as safety, data security, energy efficiency, user-based robotics solutions were discussed.

+70 researchers from several TUM Chairs will be presenting groundbreaking results on intelligent robots and smart machines at the 2022 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), one of the largest and most impacting robotics research conferences in the world. The conference runs from October 23–27, 2022 in Kyoto, Japan. 46 publications written by different TUM Chairs affiliated with MIRMI were accepted at IROS 2022.

The robo.innovate hackathon is on Fire! More than 50 talents and industry partners joined the kick-off event of our first robo.innovate hackathon in Munich yesterday. Our partners Continental, Siemens, Infineon Technologies, omegga and HORYZN proposed challenges, for which the teams brainstormed disruptive solutions in just a few hours! It was an incredible day and this is just the beginning. Starting today, the teams have just 4 weeks to refine their concept and prepare for the grand finale, where they will hack live from 4-6 November.