Innovation

The German federal government and the Free State of Bavaria created two new offers for startup projects based on AI and intelligent robotics, AI+MUNICH and Robo.Innovate. The first aims to develop and scale AI start-up ideas, and to accelerate the transfer of AI research from universities to industry. It will be coordinated by MUC SUMMIT GmbH. The second will help pre-startup teams to have access to infrastructures (including a development lab for robot apps), technological teaching and training, as well as customized training programs in entrepreneurship and venturing. Robo.Innovate will…

The Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts is launching a new funding program to strengthen corona research at medical faculties and university hospitals in Bavaria. This was announced by Science Minister Bernd Sibler in Munich in mid-December. According to Sibler, the funding volume totals 6 million euros.

Prof. Johannes Fottner and Professor Magnus Fröhling received the TUM Sustainability Award on behalf of the CirculaTUM research network during the Dies Academicus. The interdisciplinary network was founded to bundle the diverse competencies of TUM for a resource-efficient circular economy and to actively contribute to the corresponding industrial and societal transformation. The prize honors research work, technical innovations, and approaches to solutions that can make decisive contributions to the sustainable transformation of the economy and society and to overcoming the climate…

MIRMI will support the kick-off of innovative research projects via Seed Funds. The MIRMI Seed-Funds aim to stimulate new collaborations within MIRMI by supporting collaborative projects in the field of robotics and machine intelligence. Successful projects will receive funds for up to two (post)doctoral researchers (E13 50%) for up to six months duration. The plan is to hold a seed funding round every 6 months. The first round of MIRMI Seed Funds is open until 31. Jan. 2022.

A team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has been working in the Providentia and Providentia++ projects to equip busy roads with advanced sensor technology. With artificial intelligence (AI), the data are digitally twinned to create a model of the real-world traffic situation. In this interview project leader Alois Knoll, a professor of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Embedded Systems, explains the underlying vision – and what needs to be done to keep pace with the future of digital mobility.

In the context of telerobotics, representatives from Vodafone and MSRM (new MIRMI: Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence) discussed robotics and AI applications, where the 5G network has great potential for technological development. The workshop covered focal points such as assistive and medical robotics, environmental robotics, robotics for the factory of the future as well as learning systems and the Internet of Things (IoT).

ProtecT became the winner of the Medical Robotics for Contagious Diseases Challenge 2021 in the Design category. ProteCT, a project in the scope of the lighthouse initiative Geriatronics, developed a Telemedical Diagnostic Framework that enables a modular, robot-based contactless examination. Such telediagnostic solutions ensure the stability of the health system in crises with a high incidence of infections like the global outbreak of COVID-19. The winning team received a £5,000 GBP prize.

In addition to the future of work, health, and mobility, MSRM PIs are researching future-oriented technologies and their applications for the future of our environment. To this end, Prof. Jia Chen, Prof. Timo Oksanen, Prof. Sami Haddadin, Prof. Markus Ryll, Prof. Stefan Leutenegger, and their teams showed for the first time a combination of prototypes of how AI and intelligent robots could be used for sustainable agriculture and environmental monitoring at Die Neue Sammlung - The Design Museum in Munich. Their research opens possibilities in the direction of a home office workplace for…

The State of Bavaria is supporting the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and a consortium of industrial partners with a total of 15 million euros in their efforts to develop the first prototype of an artificial intelligence-based factory ("KI.FABRIK") in Bavaria by 2030. Multifunctional, highly sensitive robots will use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to co-work with humans both directly and over long distances.

Kick-off for the factory of the future: The Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MSRM) of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) is starting - as announced by the Bavarian state government in its high-tech agenda - its flagship initiative for the first KI.FABRIK in Bavaria. The KI.FABRIK Bayern is a completely flexible and networked location for the local, crisis-proof and profitable production of the most modern IT and mechatronic high-tech components in Bavaria. Take part via livestream when the MSRM of TUM lays the foundation stone for the lighthouse initiative KI.FABRIK…