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  • Saving the ruined city

    Preserving Pompeii for posterity

    In the year 79 AD the ancient city of Pompeii was destroyed by an eruption of the Vesuvius volcano (in the background).

    Modern buildings are designed to have a lifespan of around 50 years. But in historical terms, that is a mere blink of an eye. We would like archeological sites like Pompeii, for example, to stand the test of time immemorial. Preserving sites such as this with the most basic materials represents a huge scientific challenge. As part of the “Pompeii Sustainable Preservation Project”, researchers from Technische Universität München (TUM), Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and ICCROM will spend the next ten years investigating long-term solutions to prevent the UNESCO world heritage site of Pompeii from falling further into ruin.

  • Secure embedded systems

    Keeping hackers out of the boiler-room

    Physical interventions and measurements can extract confidential information from embedded systems.

    Earlier this year, a security loophole was identified in a mini combined heat and power (CHP) system of a large heating manufacturer. The system is designed to allow remote control and maintenance via the Internet, but it turned out that the network was also wide open to hackers. Cars, planes and industrial systems are increasingly being controlled by computer systems. At the same time, they are networking more and more with their environment. To protect these highly sensitive systems against attacks, researchers from Technische Universität München (TUM) have embarked on the SIBASE research project together with partners from industry and research.

  • Shanghai Ranking puts TU München in the top 50 worldwide

    TUM ranked the best German university for the third time in a row

    Main entrance of TU München.

    The “Academic Ranking of World Universities” (“Shanghai Ranking”) has rated the Technische Universität München (TUM) as the best German university for the third consecutive time. The TUM moved up three places to reach 50th position. In the individual subject rankings, chemistry (13th place) and information technology (40th place) achieved outstanding positions globally and the best ratings in Germany. In the evaluation of disciplinary fields, the TUM came out on top nationally in the natural sciences / mathematics, engineering and life sciences.

  • Researchers investigate 59 tumor cell lines

    Typical protein profile of tumor cells decoded

    How sensitively do cancer cells react to anti-tumor drugs? The answer lies in the protein patterns of the tumor cell lines.

    How does an ordinary somatic cell become cancerous? What are the distinct characteristics of tumor cells that make them divide uncontrollably? Previously, researchers were primarily interested in mutations in DNA, which is the blueprint for proteins. But since proteins are ultimately responsible for converting somatic cells into tumor cells, scientists have now decoded the proteome of 59 tumor cell lines – and have found new ways to explain why cancer drugs do not have the same effect on all patients.

  • Mathematicians develop algorithm for land consolidation

    Successful field tests completed by TUM

    Better economics by land consolidation: field distribution before (left) and after (right) - Graphics: Prof. Dr. P. Gritzmann / TUM

    Land consolidation is a complicated process. It can also be a huge source of conflict if, for example, landholders are not satisfied with the soil quality of the fields that are being exchanged. Mathematicians Prof. Peter Gritzmann and Dr. Steffen Borgwardt at Technische Universität München (TUM) and Prof. Andreas Brieden at the Universität der Bundeswehr have developed a mathematical process that improves consolidation of agricultural land. In July of this year, they were awarded the Euro Excellence in Practice Award by the Association of European Operational Research Societies (EURO) for their work in this field.

  • New system for early detection of plant spread in water bodies

    Aerial pictures reveal climate change

    With the help of aerial images – such as this one showing the western shore of Lake Starnberg – scientists are able to track the spread of certain aquatic plants. This information sheds light on the quality of the water (blue: bare sediment; green and yellow: sparse vegetation; dark red: dense vegetation).

    As a result of climate change, certain undesirable aquatic plants are starting to invade German water bodies. Even popular recreation areas like Lake Starnberg have been affected, leading to a growing need to monitor the spread of these plants. Up to now, regular monitoring has proven to be a costly process. But in a new approach, researchers at Technische Universität München (TUM) have developed a quicker and less expensive method.

  • Visio.M e-mobility project unveils remote control driving technology:

    The invisible driver

    Visio.M drives remotely controlled in front of the the faculty of Mechanical Engineering – Photo: Andreas Heddergott / TUM

    Fully autonomous cars may still be the stuff of science fiction. Remote driving technology, however, may be much closer than we think. Scientists at the Technische Universität München (TUM) believe that full-size remote control cars could be hitting the roads within the next five to ten years. So if your next rental car turns up to your door driverless, the chances are that the actual driver is sitting in the car rental headquarters.

  • TUM bolsters forward-looking agricultural sciences program

    New building for Hans Eisenmann-Zentrum at the Weihenstephan campus

    Guests at the opening of the Hans Eisenmann-Zentrum (Photo: A. Heddergott/TUM)

    With the construction of the Hans Eisenmann-Zentrum for agricultural studies, Technische Universität München (TUM) has reached another milestone on its path to reforming its Life Sciences Campus. The new building on the Weihenstephan campus symbolizes the success of the Hans Eisenmann-Zentrum, founded in 2008 to provide a multidisciplinary platform networking basic and applied research. 

  • Munich Center for Technology in Society launches first research projects

    Where technology meets society

    Cross section through a human being with a robot hand

    The world of science is firmly rooted in a wider societal context. Technische Universität München (TUM) founded the Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS) to reflect this close relationship. The center is now starting its first research projects, focusing on large-scale technical projects, sociotechnical systems for elderly people, sustainable water management, errors throughout the history of science, and predictive medicine.

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