TUM Press Releases

In the future, robots will assist more frequently during operations and should enable greater precision in surgical procedures. The ForNeRo research project, led by the Technical University of Munich (TUM), is now analyzing ways of integrating various systems in the fields of surgery and imaging into everyday surgical procedures. The Bavarian Research Foundation funds the project with two million euros as part of the Hightech Agenda Bayern.

It is essential in nursing care to have a transparent mapping of the entire human-robot interaction. That is the outcome of the interdisciplinary research project Responsible Robotics, which researchers from TUM and the University of Graz completed in 2023. A data recorder helps to capture all events that occur when using a nursing care robot and make them visible and understandable for everyone involved.

Powerful artificial intelligence (AI) as open source: This is the core objective of the AI Alliance initiated by the software companies IBM and Meta. It has been joined by more than 50 globally active companies, institutions, and universities, including the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the University of California (Berkeley), the Yale University and ETH Zurich. Specific cooperation projects are intended to make AI transparent, demystify it and make it accessible to everyone.

Artificial hands can be operated via app or with sensors placed in the muscles of the forearm. New research at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) shows: a better understanding of muscle activity patterns in the forearm supports a more intuitive and natural control of artificial limbs. This requires a network of 128 sensors and artificial intelligence based techniques.

Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in cooperation with partner companies have developed a device to provide back muscle training. With the GyroTrainer, back strengthening exercises are adapted to the strength and ability of the individual user.

A group of researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed the world’s first microrobot (“microbot”) capable of navigating within groups of cells and stimulating individual cells. Berna Özkale Edelmann, a professor of Nano- and Microrobotics, sees potential for new treatments of human diseases.

Nine talented researchers at TUM have been awarded ERC Starting Grants from the European Research Council (ERC) this year. One of them was MIRMI member Prof. Kristen Kozielski. The EU provides this financial support to scientists who are at an early stage in their careers. A group of high-ranking experts selected the winners among the groundbreaking research projects submitted by the scientists. An ERC Proof of Concept Grant was also awarded.

Reducing methane emissions is considered a strong lever for achieving rapid progress in slowing global warming. That is because methane, unlike carbon dioxide, has a relatively short average atmospheric lifetime of around 12 years. In urban areas, methane sources are often unknown or underestimated. A team of researchers has undertaken a search for gas leaks and other sources of escaping methane in Hamburg.

Researchers from the Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MIRMI) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed an automatic process for making soft sensors. These universal measurement cells can be attached to almost any kind of object. Applications are envisioned especially in robotics and prosthetics.

Minister President Dr. Markus Söder presented the Bavarian Order of Merit to TUM members Alena Buyx, Professor of Ethics in Medicine and Health Technologies, and Heribert Schunkert, Professor of Cardiology. The Order is awarded annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Free State of Bavaria.

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