The Technische Universität München (TUM) was founded in 1868 and is now one of the leading universities in Germany. It is dedicated to the ideal of a top-level research based entrepreneurial university. TUM has an outstanding international reputation and collaborates with more than 150 partner universities worldwide. It bundles the full spectrum of natural, engineering, educational, medical and life sciences, complemented by business studies. This combination of subjects is unique in Germany and Europe. TUM educates approximately 25,000 students and employs more than 400 professors and around 5,100 teaching staff.
The Department of Informatics is one of the largest and most well-equipped computer science departments in Germany and has a long tradition of industry collaboration. The “Robotics and Embedded Systems” group in the Department of Informatics is headed by Prof. Alois Knoll. Its primary mission is research and education of machines for perception, cognition, action and control. It is organized into four research areas:
1. Human Robot Interaction and Service Robotics
2. Medical Robotics, covering all aspects of manipulator and instrument control for complex surgical procedures
3. Mobile and Cognitive Robotics, encompassing a comprehensive area of topics ranging from sensor models via individual sensor processing entities to high level cognitive skills for navigation, adaptation, and machine learning
4. Embedded Systems, which are being developed with special emphasis on fault tolerance and high availability