In a new research laboratory at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in the Deutsches Museum, humans and robots are working closely together. The goal of the KI.Fabrik flagship project is to develop flexible, learning-enabled robots that support people in their work with the help of artificial intelligence (AI).

When humans meet robots, many people feel uncomfortable. That is why researcher Maximilian Braun from the TUM School of Social Science and Technology at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and his colleagues are working on a data recorder that anonymously records how humans and robots interact.

Preventing accidents by computing impending collisions of drones or cars: that is the goal of Darius Burschka. The professor at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) tracks every point in images generated by cameras carried by flying drones or cars on the road. In principle he applies the “constant bearing” technique traditionally used by navigators at sea.

Impressive news! Prof. Jia Chen will receive one of the internationally highly regarded ERC Consolidator Grants from the European Research Council (ERC) for 2022. Her research project CoSense4Climate will be funded for a period of up to five years with up to 2 million euros.

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…

As a research assistant with Prof. Michael Gee in the research group of Mechanics and High Performance Computing, Tahar Arjoune has a big goal: The doctoral student in cardiac modeling and simulation would like to develop a digital twin of the heart and the circulatory system in order to predict the outcome of valve replacement and support the clinicians in their decision making.

After almost three years of development, the time has come: For the first time, a robot in the experimental operating theatre of the MITI research group takes over the tasks of an "operating theatre jumper" in the non-sterile area. He fetches sterile materials - such as suture material or surgical gloves - from the warehouse, brings them to the operating theatre, opens the packaging and hands the sterile goods to the surgeon. Lukas Bernhard, a doctoral student at the Klinikum rechts der Isar of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), talks about the capabilities of the AURORA robot.

Yesterday, Benjamin Bogenberger was presented with the VDE Bayern Award in the Science category for his Bachelor's thesis at the VDE Bayern Abend 2022 at the Bayerischer Hof. The then Bachelor’s student of electrical engineering and information technology at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed a solution that enables a robot to plan new paths using user guidance while reliably avoiding collisions with suddenly appearing obstacles.

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.

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