Our Mission Statement

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Our Vision

As a leading entrepreneurial university, we are a site of global knowledge exchange, shaping the future with talent, excellence and responsibility.

Our Mission

We inspire, promote and develop talents in all their diversity to become responsible, broad-minded individuals and empower them to shape the progress of innovation for people, nature and society with the highest scientific standards and technological expertise, with entrepreneurial courage and sensitivity to social and political issues, as well as a lifelong commitment to learning.

Our Core Values

Our core values form the foundation of our relationships with one another and with our cooperation partners:

  • Excellence: We encourage curiosity, creativity and unconventional thinking across the disciplines and set the highest standards of performance in research, teaching and innovation.
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset: We question the consequences of our actions, direct ourselves toward new challenges and improve our working methods continually. To this end, we commit ourselves to socially reflected innovations and promote their commercial application, as well as to sustainable technology spin-offs at all levels.
  • Integrity: We draw our success from an inclusive community of talents from different backgrounds, cultures, ideas and perspectives, acting with respect for others and transparency in accordance with our shared values.
  • Collegiality: We respect and inspire one another in a vibrant culture of university community and cultivate the academic, economic and social partnerships that make TUM a site of global knowledge exchange.
  • Resilience: We learn from our varied experiences and see in persistent change the opportunity for the sustainable development of science, ecology, economy and society – from this we draw ever new inspiration, motivation and resolve.

Our Guiding Principles

1. Innovation for People, Nature and Society

The Technical University of Munich is committed to the progress of innovation for people, nature and society. With pioneering spirit, creativity and a sense of responsibility, we combine our diverse competencies in the engineering and natural sciences and medicine with those of business, the humanities, as well as the social and political sciences in order to heighten our impact on the sustainable development of society. With the aim of preserving the Earth's ecosystem, we respect the needs of the natural world, use resources conscientiously and attach the highest priority to protecting people and the environment. Out of a sense of responsibility for future generations, the latest research findings flow directly into our cooperation with schools, into the curricula of our degree programs, into continuing education and training programs, and into sustainable technology enterprises with the potential for growth.

2. Highest International Standards

The Technical University of Munich measures its scientific, structural and organizational performance according to the highest international standards and continually raises them. We enhance ourselves with international talents, form alliances with leading teaching and research institutions worldwide and cooperate with promising partner institutions. Our “Emerging Fields Policy” opens new fields in research, innovation, teaching and continuing education that hold potential for international alliances.

3. Global Mindedness and Tolerance

In keeping with the canonical values of an enlightened society, the Technical University of Munich unites its globally oriented network with respect for the self-understanding of people from all cultures and regions of the world. With our international presence and partnerships, we seek to foster better understanding between nations.

4. Talent with Ethical Substance

The Technical University of Munich draws its innovative strength from the diverse interests, talents and world experiences of its students, employees, alumni, and the numerous individuals who broaden the horizon of our activities as cooperation partners, patrons, sponsors and supporters. We support our talents in recognizing their individual potential for professional development and bringing it to fruition. It is our aim to develop professional expertise and the ability to judge, to promote an understanding of other disciplines and teamwork, as well as a strong sense of responsibility. Cognitive agility, cultural sensitivity, global mindedness and social competence are as important to us as professional mastery and entrepreneurial courage. We effectively promote talents at all career levels at the TUM: Junge Akademie, the TUM Graduate School, the TUM Faculty Tenure Track Academy, the TUM Institute for Advanced Study and the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning.

5. Value Creation through Diversity and Appreciation

The individual talents, manifold experiences and diversity of our TUM family members form the foundation of our mission for the future. Our university community thrives on mutual respect, an open-minded culture, the free exchange of opinions, ideas and experiences and reciprocal appreciation. We actively promote the equality of our members independent of their gender, nationality, religion, worldview, physical ability, age or sexual identity. As a family-friendly university, we invest in the compatibility of family, studies and career. We promote the social and professional competence, flexibility, communication and team competencies of our TUM family members. We are committed to a transparent, motivating and cooperative management style that creates space for participatory involvement and cultivates open communication both within the university and beyond.

6. Learning without Borders

The Technical University of Munich is committed to unifying top-level research with teaching excellence. In keeping with our self-conception as a leading international institution of higher education (TUM Lehrverfassung), we offer our students future-oriented higher education with disciplinary depth, while fostering their creativity, drive and individual talents. Our cross-disciplinary approach to education expands their radius of thought and action and shapes their characters to become citizens of the world with a keen sense of social and political responsibility. To this end, we continually enhance our didactic approaches and employ complementary teaching formats, including classroom instruction, as well as state-of-the-art digital and interactive tools. Relationships of trust between our students and faculty are marked by mutual respect for one another’s perspective and needs. Our cultural, artistic and sports activities foster holistic education and training to broaden the intellectual horizons of our students and staff and to encourage them to think in new ways.

7. Continuing Education – For a Lifetime

In times of accelerated change, we assume social responsibility and, as a lifelong partner in education, we strive to keep our own faculty and alumni, as well as professionals and leaders in industry, politics and society, at the forefront of the latest developments with on-going, research-based continuing education programs offered by the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning.

8. Entrepreneurial Thinking and Action

The Technical University of Munich is dedicated to the principle of competitive achievement. We contribute the results of basic and applied research to market-oriented innovation processes and promote an “entrepreneurial spirit” in all areas of the university. We encourage our members to found sustainable, growth-oriented and technologically driven enterprises and support them throughout the process from idea to solid market position. Our entrepreneurial activities are geared consistently towards assuming a leadership role in Europe, together with our affiliated institute UnternehmerTUM, through the spin-off of growth-oriented technology start-ups from both our student body and our top-notch scientific research.

9. Cross-Generational Approach

The community of the Technical University of Munich unites the enthusiasm and intellectual curiosity of its students, the creativity and commitment of its teaching staff and employees, the wealth of ideas and radius of activity of its graduates, as well as the life experience of emeriti and alumni in a worldwide network. We prize the expertise, perspective and commitment of our TUM Senior Excellence Faculty, as well as their active contribution to university development as invaluable advisors. In a cross-generational approach, the members of our university community shape progress in research, innovation and teaching.

10. Dialogue with Society and the Public

In awareness of its social, economic and cultural responsibility for our country and its citizens, the Technical University of Munich lives a culture of transparency and open dialogue with the public. It is our aim to prepare our students effectively to shape social change processes with a firm sense of responsibility. We have created the best possible conditions to this end with our expertise in teacher training and educational research, the social sciences, political science and economics. Our interdisciplinary approaches at the TUM School of Social Sciences and Technology, the Hochschule für Politik München and the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning integrate citizens into development processes for innovation and education. We maintain intensive dialogue with industry, politics and the public – and with our alumni, as ambassadors to the world.

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  • 5/4/2017

Analysis of Wi-Fi data generates 3D images of the vicinity

Holography with the Wi-Fi-router

Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed a holographic imaging process that depicts the radiation of a Wi-Fi transmitter to generate three-dimensional images of the surrounding environment. Industrial facility operators could use this to track objects as they move through the production hall.

A cross made of aluminum foil between the viewer and the WLAN-router can easily be reconstructed from the WLAN-hologram as can be seen in the inserted picture (image: Friedemann Reinhard/Philipp Holl / TUM)
A cross made of aluminum foil between the viewer and the WLAN-router can easily be reconstructed from the WLAN-hologram as can be seen in the inserted picture (image: Friedemann Reinhard/Philipp Holl / TUM)

Just like peering through a window, holograms project a seemingly three-dimensional image. While optical holograms require elaborate laser technology, generating holograms with the microwave radiation of a Wi-Fi transmitter requires merely one fixed and one movable antenna, as Dr. Friedenmann Reinhard and Philipp Holl report in the current issue of the renowned scientific journal Physical Review Letters.

“Using this technology, we can generate a three-dimensional image of the space around the Wi-Fi transmitter, as if our eyes could see microwave radiation,” says Friedemann Reinhard, director of the Emmy Noether Research Group for Quantum Sensors at the Walter Schottky Institute of the TU Munich. The researchers envision fields of deployment especially in the domain of industry 4.0 – automated industrial facilities, in which localizing parts and devices is often difficult.

Wi-Fi penetrates walls

Processes that allow the localization of microwave radiation, even through walls, or in which changes in a signal pattern signify the presence of a person already exist. The novelty is that an entire space can be imaged via holographic processing of Wi-Fi or cell phone signals.

“Of course, this raises privacy questions. After all, to a certain degree even encrypted signals transmit an image of their surroundings to the outside world,” says the project leader, Friedemann Reinhard. “However, it is rather unlikely that this process will be used for the view into foreign bedrooms in the near future. For that, you would need to go around the building with a large antenna, which would hardly go unnoticed. There are simpler ways available.”

Centimeter-scale precision

Hitherto, generating images from microwave radiation required special-purpose transmitters with large bandwidths. Using holographic data processing, the very small bandwidths of typical household Wi-Fi transmitters operating in the 2.4 and 5 gigahertz bands were sufficient for the researchers. Even Bluetooth and cell phone signals can be used. The wavelengths of these devices correspond to a spatial resolution of a few centimeters.

“Instead of a using a movable antenna, which measures the image point by point, one can use a larger number of antennas to obtain a video-like image frequency,” says Philipp Holl, who executed the experiments. “Future Wi-Fi frequencies, like the proposed 60 gigahertz IEEE 802.11 standard will allow resolutions down to the millimeter range.”

Looking to the future

Well-known optical methods for image processing can also be deployed in Wi-Fi holography: One example is the dark-field methodology used in microscopy, which improves the recognition of weakly diffracting structures. A further process is white-light holography in which the researchers use the remaining small bandwidth of the Wi-Fi transmitter to eliminate noise from scattered radiation.

The concept of treating microwave holograms like optical images allows the microwave image to be combined with camera images. The additional information extracted from the microwave images can be embedded into the camera image of a smart phone, for example to trace a radio tag attached to a lost item.

But the scientists are just at the beginning of the technological development. For example, research on the transparency of specific materials is lacking. This knowledge would facilitate the development of paint or wall paper translucent to microwaves for privacy protection, while transparent materials could be deployed in factory halls to allow parts to be tracked.

The researchers hope that further advancement of the technology may aid in the recovery of victims buried under an avalanche or a collapsed building. While conventional methods only allow point localization of victims, holographic signal processing could provide a spatial representation of destroyed structures, allowing first responders to navigate around heavy objects and use cavities in the rubble to systematically elucidate the easiest approach to quickly reach victims.


The research was funded by the Emmy Noether Program of the German Research Foundation (DFB) and the TUM Junior Fellow Fund.


Philipp M. Holl and Friedemann Reinhard: Holography of Wi-fi Radiation.
Physical Review Letters, 05.05.2017 – DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.183901


Dr. Friedemann Reinhard
Technical University of Munich
Walter Schottky Institute, E24
Am Coulombwall 4, 85748 Garching, Germany
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