The Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MSRM) at the Technical University of Munich is an integrative research center in the field of machine intelligence. Its purpose is to research the fundamentals of robotics, perception and artificial intelligence in order to develop innovative and sustainable technological solutions for central challenges of our time.
By creating a collaborative environment for the already existing world-class research and teaching at one of Europe’s leading universities, MSRM aims to become the crystallization point for this key technology far beyond the metropolitan Munich area. With the expertise of more than 50 professors from a wide range of disciplines and the tight collaboration with institutions in the areas of philosophy, ethics, and law, responsible technology development and subsequent integration into society are ensured.
MSRM forms the basis for sustainable science, education, technology development, and implementation through interdisciplinary basic research, applied research oriented toward societal needs and cutting-edge education. By means of flagship initiatives, the scientific and technical results will be translated into the real world within the context of globally relevant topics of our time, namely the future of health, work and mobility.
To meet the broad need for scientific and technical talent, MSRM will implement a three-part sustainable development plan. First, outstanding young researchers are enabled to engage in professional exchange at an international level. Second, they are empowered to carry out their own research agenda and achieve a visible effect in the field, both nationally and internationally. Finally, a coherent educational canon will bridge the gap between schools, universities and the needs of the relevant sectors.
In cooperation with leading scientific institutions and technology companies in the greater Munich area, the innovation hub for robotics and machine intelligence will be further developed and strengthened. A close connection of MSRM with industrial partners and founders of high-tech start-ups takes place within the Industrial Advisory Board, ensuring the long-term implementation of the developed know-how.
In cooperation with scientific institutions and technology companies in the greater Munich area, the innovation hub for robotics and machine intelligence will be further developed and strengthened. A close connection of MSRM with industrial partners and founders of innovative high-tech start-ups within the framework of the Industrial Advisory Board ensures the long-term implementation of the developed know-how. The physical unification of competencies takes place under the umbrella of the MSRM research center. This signal of a new start and identity forming at TUM enables cutting edge interdisciplinary research of the more than 30 already established or newly appointed professors with efficiently shared state-of-the-art laboratory infrastructure.
In organizational terms, MSRM consists of two closely interacting, however, independent pillars. Both centers have their own advisory board (Scientific Advisory Board and Industrial Advisory Board), which is made up of leading scientific and industrial experts and founders. The bridge between both areas is especially built up via the flagship initiatives.
The research center covers the scientific topics and fields of application. The scientific pillars of the research center form the basis for interdisciplinary exchange between the faculties involved in the MSRM. In addition to classical robotics and machine intelligence-related disciplines such as electrical engineering and information technology, mechanical engineering or computer science, these also include future highly relevant areas such as physics and chemistry, architecture / industrial design, or life sciences and health. The application domain oriented research is anchored in the MSRM via 12 application domains.
Specifically, the MSRM forms the discipline of machine intelligence along its relevant dimensions. From the nano to the meso to the macro scale, concepts of networking, interaction, learning ability and autonomy as well as system design and sensor technology are researched from basic research to real-world use. Societal as well as industrially or medically highly relevant application domains are being transformed into scientific and technological progress through the synergistic use of MSRM competencies. For example, adaptive and networked robot assistants for the future industry, autonomously flying and driving robot swarms as part of future mobility as well as medical nanobots and intelligent laboratories for their production are being developed. The MSRM thus achieves socially exploitable research results, which are expanded into so-called flagship initiatives for successful application fields.
The center of competence feeds back identified research needs from real-world applications with societal relevance into the research center. The already introduced flagship initiatives represent the most specific form of exchange of new technologies with companies and users, and they form the common and jointly researched bridge between research center and the center of competence.
With the goal of testing and validating new technologies in real-world use, the research results do bring an application domain into immediate use via the flagship initiatives. These initiatives are within the focus of MSRM right from the beginning. The first three flagship initiatives are the future of health, the future of work and the future of mobility.