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  • Prof. Markus Lienkamp believes in the future of autonomous motorsports.
    • Artificial Intelligence, Mobility, Entrepreneurship, Research news
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    "Formula 1 could see driverless race cars as early as 2025"

    Interview with Prof. Markus Lienkamp on autonomous motor sports

    A team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed software which lets race cars compete in motor sports without a driver. The TUM Autonomous Motorsport Team was able to take 1st and 2nd place at the Autonomous Challenges in Indianapolis and most recently at the CES in Las Vegas. Does this technology have the potential to revolutionize racing? Markus Lienkamp, Professor for automotive technology, tells us the answer.

  • The TUM Autonomous Motorsport Team is Vice-World Champion in Autonomous Racing.
    • Artificial Intelligence, Mobility, Entrepreneurship, Research news
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    TUM Is Vice-World Champion in Autonomous Racing

    Autonomous Challenge @ CES in Las Vegas:

    The team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) entered the Autonomous Challenge @CES in Las Vegas as defending champions, seeking to test their limits once again. The team took second place in the race on Friday, employing spectacular overtaking maneuvers in a head-to-head duel with the PoliMOVE team. In the race, TUM’s artificial intelligence controlled racing car reached top speeds of up to 270 km/h. The team received a prize of 50,000 US-Dollars for their excellent performance.

  • Prof. Brigitte Poppenberger in a greenhouse.
    • Sustainability, Research news
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    How plants respond to heat stress

    Feeling the heat: Steroid hormones contribute to the heat stress resistance of plants

    Plants, like other organisms, can be severely affected by heat stress. To increase their chances of survival, they activate the heat shock response, a molecular pathway also employed by human and animal cells for stress protection. Researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now discovered that plant steroid hormones can promote this response in plants.

  • The robot of the SeaClear Project is able to detect and collect underwater litter.
    • Artificial Intelligence, Sustainability, Research news
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    Robots collect underwater litter

    Project SeaClear for clean seafloors

    Removing litter from oceans and seas is a costly and time-consuming process. As part of a European cooperative project, a team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) is developing a robotic system that uses machine learning methods to locate and collect waste under water.

  • Dr. Aurel Radulescu at the KWS-2 instrument of the Juelich Center for Neutron Science (JCNS) in the research neutron source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II) of the Technical University of Munich
    • Covid-19, Research news
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    Optimization of mRNA containing nanoparticles

    Investigations at FRM II aid in the development of mRNA medications

    The research neutron source Hein Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) is playing an important role in the investigation of mRNA nanoparticles similar to the ones used in the Covid-19 vaccines from vendors BioNTech and Pfizer. Researchers at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ) used the high neutron flux available in Garching to characterize various formulations for the mRNA vaccine and thus to lay the groundwork for improving the vaccine's efficacy.

  • Marc A. Wilde investigates materials with special symmetries, such as manganese-silicon, in the laboratory of the TUM chair for Experimental Physics on the Topology of Correlated Systems.
    • Quantum Technologies, Research news
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    New materials for quantum technologies

    Solids with special symmetries for quantum and spintronics applications.

    While conventional electronics relies on the transport of electrons, components that convey spin information alone may be many times more energy efficient. Physicists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart have now made an important advance in the development of novel materials for such components. These materials may also be the key to quantum computers that are less susceptible to interference.

  • A man works on a mountain top partially covered with snow.
    • Research news
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    Swaying mountains

    Measurement and computer simulations of the resonant swaying of the Matterhorn

    The Matterhorn appears as an immovable, massive mountain that has towered over the landscape near Zermatt for thousands of years. A study now shows that this impression is wrong. An international research team has proven that the Matterhorn is instead constantly in motion, swaying gently back and forth about once every two seconds. This subtle vibration with normally imperceptible amplitudes is stimulated by seismic energy in the Earth originating from the world’s oceans, earthquakes, as well as human activity.