TUM – Latest news https://www.tum.de/ Latest news of TUM en TUM Tue, 24 May 2022 16:48:14 +0200 Tue, 24 May 2022 16:48:14 +0200 Convertible Energy https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/37403 The “e-conversion” episode on the website of the podcast series “Exzellent erklärt” (in German only, episode 11, 1.5.2022, 27 min)

Bettina Lotsch, Professor for Nanochemistry at LMU Munich and Director of the Nanochemistry Department at Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, is also part of the episode.

TUM in the media news-37402 Tue, 24 May 2022 09:24:40 +0200
Changes in mobility behavior https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/37400 The survey and all further information on the study can be found on the web. Participants will be interviewed three times more the end of the year regarding their mobility and energy behavior. The login data will be stored exclusively at TUM in compliance with strict data protection regulations. In addition, 1000 interested participants will have the opportunity to automatically track their movements using an app – of course on a completely anonymized basis. Registration is also possible on the web site. A total of four mobility vouchers worth 250 euros will be given away at random to participants.

Mobility news-37399 Mon, 23 May 2022 08:45:16 +0200
Mini-fuel cell generates electricity using the body's sugar https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/37397 Medicinal implants such as sensors for measuring vital functions, electrodes for Deep Brain Stimulation in treating Parkinson's disease and cardiac pacemakers all require power sources which are as reliable and as small as possible. But there are limits to how far battery size can be reduced, since batteries require a certain volume in order to be able to store energy.

A research team led by Jennifer Rupp, Professor for the chemistry of solid-state electrolytes at TUM and MIT's Dr. Philipp Simons have now developed a glucose fuel cell which is only 400 nanometers thick – one hundredth of the diameter of a human hair. "Instead of using a battery, which accounts for 90 percent of an implant's volume, our device can be mounted as a thin film on a silicon chip or perhaps in the future even on the surface of the implant itself," says Rupp.

Research news stefanie.reiffert@tum.de news-37395 Fri, 20 May 2022 08:40:00 +0200
Doing research down under https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/37396 Campus news lisa.pietrzyk@tum.de news-37388 Thu, 19 May 2022 11:27:00 +0200 TUM succeeds in program for young Artificial Intelligence talents https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/37398 The programs are addressed to German and international Master's and doctoral degree candidates who then receive scholarships or employment contracts in order to continue their academic education in Germany. The objective is to bind them in the long term to Germany as a research location, or to pave their way into Germany's leading industries after earning their degree.

TUM President Prof. Thomas F. Hofmann said: "This is a tremendous success and a clear boost to our Munich Data Science Institute (MDSI). These support decisions make the MDSI even more attractive to talented young individuals and increase its international visibility in science as the central interface and innovation platform at TUM for questions and solutions in the areas of Data Science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence."

Artificial Intelligence President news-37393 Wed, 18 May 2022 17:20:34 +0200
How can the war in Ukraine be ended? https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/37394 Public debate
“Beyond War in Ukraine: Prospects and Challenges for Ending War and Securing Peace in Post-War Europe”

Thursday, May 19, 2022
6 - 7:30 p.m.

Registration for in-person attendance (Hochschule für Politik München, Richard-Wagner-Straße 1 / limited number of seats)

Event klaus.becker@tum.de news-37392 Wed, 18 May 2022 12:03:00 +0200
Urban greenery: not only trees are important https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/37391 Green infrastructure can help cities adapt to climate change by moderating the higher air temperatures, thus reducing the heat stress experienced by people. But the type of greenery plays an important role. 

To understand the extent of urban heat islands and the relationship between daily and seasonal outdoor thermal stress, a research team headed by TUM conducted a three-year empirical study in the city of Würzburg. 

Sustainability Research news katharina.baumeister@tum.de news-37390 Wed, 18 May 2022 10:38:00 +0200
TUM Campus in Olympiapark officially dedicated https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/37389 The complex was designed by architects Dietrich | Untertrifaller from Bregenz (Austria) and landscape architects Balliana Schubert of Zurich (Switzerland). Indoor sports halls are complemented with institutional buildings, laboratories, a library and a student cafeteria for Sport and Health Sciences. The State of Bavaria invested 168.5 million euros in the project.

The objective behind the 185 meter long, 153 meter wide new building was to retain and continue the original composition of landscape and architecture in the northern part of the Olympiapark, itself created in 1972. A concept combining urban design and landscape planning was developed to meet the multifunctional requirements of the complex, totaling 34 hectares.

The building is mainly made of wood and glass, with special attention paid to accessibility for those with disabilities. One highlight of the new building is the 18 meter overhanging canopy roof made of wood, running along the west side of the building over the outdoor terrace and part of the newly constructed track and field facility. The heart of the new complex is called the "Rue intérieure", a throughway forming a connecting axis from the main entrance on the east side to the exit on the west side, linking all the building parts with one another. The walkway gives visitors a clear view into the sport halls, lecture halls and fully glazed seminar rooms.

Campus news President news-37387 Mon, 16 May 2022 17:51:53 +0200
“Science thrives on connections to the world” https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/37386 Professor Winkelmann, you have been the Senior Vice President for International Alliances and Alumni for five years now. What does this work involve?

International cooperation is an exciting and sometimes tense balancing act across cultures, contexts and perspectives with the goal of achieving progress for all concerned. For me it is a huge pleasure to initiate, support and moderate these processes and guide them to a successful conclusion.

What partners can be involved?

TUM is linked to hundreds of universities worldwide through the activities of its schools, departments and research chairs, for example. Through the Erasmus+ program alone we have more than 300 partner institutions in Europe. We also cooperate closely with strategic partners and alliances in certain areas – first and foremost as a founding member of EuroTech, one of Europe’s most powerful alliances. With our EuroTech network, we are also engaged in an important program: EuroTeQ. Here we are developing the European engineering education of the future.

Why is Europe so important to us?

Europe is our immediate ecosystem. First, we have a strong academic interest in it. Second, we have a political mission, so to speak, to help improve cooperation at the European level. An important aspect of this is the Erasmus program, which makes a vital contribution to a stable, peaceful and prosperous Europe. The war in Ukraine is a sobering reminder that peace in Europe cannot be taken for granted.

Campus news lisa.pietrzyk@tum.de news-37385 Mon, 16 May 2022 15:49:00 +0200
When quantum particles fly like bees https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/37379 At first glance, a system consisting of 51 ions may appear simple. But even if these charged atoms can only assume two different states, there will be more than two quadrillion (1015) different configurations which the system can realize.

The behavior of such a system can therefore hardly be calculated with conventional computers. Especially since once an excitation has been introduced into the system, it can propagate in leaps and bounds. It follows a statistic known as Lévy flight.

A characteristic of the movement of such a quantum particle is that, in addition to the smaller jumps, also significantly larger jumps occur. This phenomenon can also be observed in the flight of bees and in unusual fierce movements in the stock market.

Quantum Technologies Research news andreas.battenberg@m-q-v.de news-37377 Fri, 13 May 2022 20:00:00 +0200
Effects of climate change on nature https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/37381 We are all affected by global warming. Its impacts are already tangible and will require wide-ranging adaptions from humans and nature in future. Annette Menzel conducts research into these complex changes with the aim of finding a practical means of handling them – together with the citizens of Bavaria. An interactive online portal by the name of BAYSICS provides a forum for this dialog.

"Long-term measurements of flowering dates provide information on whether the start of the growing season or, very specifically, the pollen season is changing. Rising temperatures, for example, affect the start of flowering - and thus also the pollen count," says Annette Menzel. Climate change is causing everything to green up earlier, but whether the duration of flowering and thus the flowering season are also changing has not yet been fully clarified.

Sustainability Event katharina.baumeister@tum.de news-37378 Thu, 12 May 2022 21:42:00 +0200
A repair program for the heart https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/37376 Research news paul.hellmich@tum.de news-37371 Thu, 12 May 2022 17:00:00 +0200 Artificial Intelligence for improved diagnoses and helpful robots https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/37373 TUM: Prof. Schoellig, Prof. Rückert, let's begin with a general question on Artificial Intelligence (AI): What can it do better than people can?

Daniel Rückert: More than anything, AI can process much larger amounts of data than humans can. This is enormously beneficial in my specialty area, the use of AI in medicine. Thus for example AI is capable of sifting through all radiological examinations performed worldwide to identify patterns which make it possible to find very rare illnesses based on current x-ray images of patients which might otherwise go unnoticed, even when examined by highly skilled physicians who may not have had the chance to gain any experience with the illness in question.

TUM: That's a lot of responsibility for Artificial Intelligence. It can be a matter of life and death...

Rückert: True, but the life and death decision is never made by AI; AI simply serves as a tool for the physicians and recommends promising treatment methods. In many areas AI can achieve a very high rate of accuracy in diagnosis, in some cases higher than that of human medical experts. But of course the AI also has to be trustworthy and appropriately tested. If you ask the patients, they always say: I want to know what the AI found out!

TUM: Prof. Schoellig, your specialty area, Machine Learning and Autonomous Driving, is also concerned with safety.

Angela Schoellig: Yes, but with vehicles and robots that move in our environment, an additional factor is that the respective environment constantly changes and the machines have to be able to react accordingly. So we're not only talking about recognizing patterns in enormous volumes of data, but also about rapid and adaptive actions. In the past robots were only able to do exactly what they had been programmed to do. Machine Learning and the algorithms we're developing will make it possible in the future to complete highly complex tasks, for example safely steering a car through chaotic inner-city traffic – regardless of what the weather outside is like.

TUM: How do you think this will be possible without any errors?

Schoellig: Guaranteeing safety is extremely difficult; human actions are not always error-free either. One important aspect of my research is integrating safety questions as a permanent component of the software and hardware and then making them actually work out in the real world.

TUM: A question for you both: What is your greatest research objective? Where is it all leading?

Rückert: I have two major goals: General practitioners are the most important persons of trust for people with health problems, but as physicians they can't possibly have perfect knowledge of every possible complicated and specialized topic. AI should help them make the right diagnosis as early as the first contact with the patient and help them initiate the right treatment. And my second major research goal is to use AI to make personalized treatments and medications available to every patient. Every person is different and reacts individually to different active ingredients. Genetics plays a major role here as well, a highly complex aspect associated with enormous amounts of data. This is a great playing field for AI to demonstrate its strengths.

Schoellig: I'm especially interested in the implementation of Machine Learning and Robotics in products for everyday life. We're talking about the development of safe and efficient service robots that can be used for example in storage facilities or in hospitals and supermarkets. They can autonomously fill shelves, support care staff in serving food or can put clothing back on the hanger after it has been tried on in clothing stores. Robotics will make many people's lives much easier.

Artificial Intelligence Campus news news-37370 Thu, 12 May 2022 07:46:00 +0200
EU Commissioner presents initiatives for innovation https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/37384 “The latest European strategy of innovation dates back to 2010, we are not living on the same planet anymore“, said Mariya Gabriel. „However, we need a new innovation agenda that addresses the new generation of innovators. In 2022, we need to pay special attention to start-ups. From 2024 onwards, we even expect that the main drivers of innovation will be deep-tech start-ups. This new wave of innovation will address issues such as climate, energy, transport, construction, food, agriculture or mobility”.

The EU Commissioner discussed with students at the public European Union Week and met for an exchange with representatives of TUM. The event series is hosted by the TUM School of Management, HEC Paris and Koźmiński University in Warsaw with the student teams of TUM Speakers Series and HEC Débats.

The Commissioner was convinced that the graduates of TUM can also lead the new wave of innovation: “These initiatives are here for you to support you as you become entrepreneurs or change makers.” She was impressed when she visited the Munich Urban Colab. Here, start-ups, established companies, researchers and citizens jointly develop concepts and products for smart cities, promoted by UnternehmerTUM and the City of Munich.

Campus news Entrepreneurship President news-37383 Wed, 11 May 2022 17:46:00 +0200
TUM ranks 18th in training digital skills https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/37380 Which universities offer the best degree programs for acquiring skills in digital technologies? Who fosters the right mindset for the digital transformation and entrepreneurship? And where are the top universities in digital teaching?

To put together the Digital Leaders in Higher Education rankings for the British magazine Times Higher Education, the French consultancy Emerging identified 75,000 executives with technology companies in the Crunchbase database and analyzed their CVs in terms of educational background. A survey was also conducted of 3,500 IT executives, start-up founders and young digital professionals.

Entrepreneurship TUM in Rankings klaus.becker@tum.de news-37372 Wed, 11 May 2022 16:28:02 +0200
An important component of the Digital Transformation https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/37382 High-tech workshops, a large test facility, laboratories, cleanrooms, work rooms and of course a lecture hall: The opening of the first section of the new building for electrical and computer engineering is a decisive step forward in moving researchers and students from central Munich to Garching.

The new construction was officially opened for occupancy on Tuesday evening, May 10. This first building section will provide 7000 square meters of space for approximately 150 employees and 300 students. It will also be the home of the ZEITlab, a unique "Technology Maker Space" for microelectronics and nanoelectronics, medicine and neuroelectronics, molecular electronics and bioelectronics as well as for quantum electronics.

Campus news President paul.hellmich@tum.de news-37369 Wed, 11 May 2022 09:52:00 +0200
Bavarian funding for TUM Venture Labs https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/37368 Each of the TUM Venture Labs focuses on a specific future-oriented topic such as artificial intelligence, robotics or quantum technology. In these areas, the labs offer founder teams a direct connection to cutting-edge research, specific technical infrastructure and to experts with a deep understanding of the respective market involved. They also promote intensive networking with highly distinguished partners in the industry sector.

To ensure that creation of not only individual companies, but rather entire start-up families, the TUM Venture Labs create dynamic ecosystems uniting start-ups, scientists, investors and experienced companies.

Entrepreneurship President news-37367 Mon, 09 May 2022 16:13:24 +0200
Bright, stable, and easy to recycle lighting https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/37363 Light-emitting electrochemical cells (LECs) are the simplest and least expensive thin-film lighting devices available to date. They consist of a single active layer. They are used, for example, as electroluminescent inks and stickers.

The effect of electroluminescence was first demonstrated in 1905. At that time, two scientists detected the presence of light under applied voltage in various minerals and metals and were able to correlate the intensity to voltage and heat generation. Their prototypes are considered to be the first LEDs. “However, technical use of the effect became possible only later and whereas the well-known light-emitting diodes or LEDs are semiconductor devices that emit light when an electrical voltage is applied, the light-emitting electrochemical cells or LECs that we are looking at follow a different principle,” explains Rubén D. Costa, Professor of Biogenic Functional Materials at TUM.

Research news katharina.baumeister@tum.de news-37358 Mon, 09 May 2022 09:24:00 +0200
EU commissioner visits TUM https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/37362 The EU Commission has recently adopted a new strategy for universities and is currently launching a European Innovation Agenda, which will be focused on deep-tech start-ups and centered around universities, industries and engineering talents. What strategy pursues the EU to promote the success of deep-tech developments? Why are engineering sciences just as important as IT in that regard? What role do universities play in ecosystems capable of delivering the new wave of innovation? How can European start-ups achieve the necessary scale to become major global players? How young people can be actively involved? These and other questions will be answered in the keynote speech “Future of Europe through the prism of education, research, innovation and culture” at the Audimax on May 10, 4:30 pm.


The event is part of European Union Week, hosted by the TUM School of Management and the TUM Speakers Series in cooperation with HEC Paris, HEC Débats and Koźmiński University in Warsaw. In addition to Mariya Gabriel, guests will include former Postbank CEO Wulf von Schimmelmann and Hans-Jürgen Jakobs, Senior Editor of Handelsblatt.

Program and registration

Entrepreneurship Event news-37361 Fri, 06 May 2022 14:06:14 +0200
"We will take advantage of this greater responsibility!" https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/37356 "For these reasons, the draft of the Higher Education Innovation Act passed on Tuesday by the Bavarian Council of Ministers has arrived none too soon," says TUM President Thomas F. Hofmann. "It creates the parameters for long-term success and a viable future for Bavaria as a site of science and research."

The president is emphatic that "TUM is ready to take on greater responsibility and to make full use of its broader strategic flexibility. For example, we will take advantage of the new 'Excellence Appointment' to enhance our success in the fierce international competition for the best minds." The TUM president is particularly enthusiastic about the importance the new law assigns to supporting university spin-offs and more effective technology transfer – a long-awaited step toward more efficiently translating scientific findings into marketable innovations.

"The new law expands our possibilities to develop our talented students, through innovations in teaching and lifelong professional development, into responsible individuals who are open to the world and to change. With expertise, entrepreneurial courage, and sociopolitical sensitivity, our future alumni will take on leadership roles as we work toward a more sustainable world."

President news-37355 Tue, 03 May 2022 18:17:32 +0200
Augmented reality can impede the optimization of production https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/37354 Companies are increasingly using augmented reality (AR) in production in the hope of improving productivity as well as production processes. In AR, the real world is enhanced with a computer-generated version of reality. For example, AR glasses provide employees with step-by-step guidance when assembling an electrical device by recognizing the individual components and indicating the next move. However, information has so far been lacking on whether it is worthwhile for companies to invest in AR equipment and what the strengths and weaknesses of this technology are in production.

To close this gap, a team of researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Zentrum für psychische Gesundheit im Alter conducted field experiments at a technology company as a test of how quickly workers can perform new tasks with and without AR support, how this is influenced by the difficulty of a task, and how the use of AR affects their ability to suggest process improvements. 50 test subjects were instructed in two new tasks of varying difficulty involved in the production of electronic devices. Half received paper-based instructions and the others were taught using AR glasses. The two groups then had to master the tasks first with and then without instructions. In a second step, all participants were asked to suggest improvements to the related production processes. The suggestions were then evaluated by company experts.

Research news klaus.becker@tum.de news-37352 Tue, 03 May 2022 12:39:10 +0200
Using artificial intelligence to treat heart diseases better https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/37351 At the presentation of the project on Monday in Munich, Bavarian Minister President Söder said: "Cardio-vascular ailments are still among the most frequently fatal illnesses. Our investments significantly strengthen care and treatment while helping save and prolong lives. Here we see impressive young scientists combining digitalization and AI with the medicine of the future: A true symbiosis of heart and mind."

Prof. Dr. med. Heribert Schunkert, director of the cardiology department at the German Heart Center Munich , says: "In the future, surgeons will be supported by Artificial Intelligence, image fusion, robotics, augmented reality and virtual reality, letting them better navigate within the human body and thus enabling minimally invasive and more targeted diagnoses as well as custom-tailored therapies."

MIRMI Director Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sami Haddadin adds: "Our researchers from technological and medical fields are collaborating directly on location at the hospital. This lets us consider optimum application at every work step. Oriented towards patients and clinical personnel, this is leading-edge technology which will permanently improve our medical care provision and make everyday life easier: This is the future of medicine. The Munich location is thus becoming a center for innovative, digitally augmented cardiac medicine."

Artificial Intelligence news-37347 Sat, 30 Apr 2022 11:13:07 +0200
TUM defends first-place worldwide ranking for Innovation https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/37345 In its "THE Impact Ranking", the renowned British magazine "Times Higher Education" investigates the effectiveness of universities in various categories oriented to the United Nations' global Sustainable Development Goals. In the Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure category the ranking looks at the number of research publications in fields which are of great importance for sustainably effective innovations. The ranking also investigates how often research work is cited in patents, how many start-ups a university has spun off and how much external research funding the universities receive from industry.

TUM scored the maximum possible number of points in the ranking, thus sharing the top position worldwide with the University of British Columbia in Canada and University of Twente in the Netherlands. TUM regularly demonstrates its internationally outstanding performance in other rankings as well.

TUM in Rankings news-37343 Thu, 28 Apr 2022 12:03:30 +0200
Vaccination campaign messages often prove ineffective https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/37344 Not many Covid-19 vaccination campaigns in Europe lived up to the hopes of the public health authorities. However, the results of past studies in various countries have yielded a mixed picture as to which communication strategies can increase vaccine uptake and which factors undermine certain messages. A team of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the University of Trento and the London School of Economics and Political Science explored these questions in Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

During the intensive phase of the vaccination campaigns, in June 2021 (in April in Germany), more than 10,000 unvaccinated adults were initially provided online with general information on the available vaccines. Then they received one of three messages combining text and images or were assigned to a control group. Message 1 highlighted the efficacy of the available vaccines in reducing the risk of serious illness and death through Covid-19. Message 2 stressed the advantages of having a vaccination certificate, especially for travel. Message 3 presented the prospect of leisure-time activities without restrictions, for example restaurant and cinema visits, access to fitness studios and attendance at concerts. The participants were then asked whether they intended to be vaccinated against Covid-19 if given the opportunity during the following week.

Covid-19 Research news klaus.becker@tum.de news-37341 Thu, 28 Apr 2022 09:18:10 +0200
Alumna Samantha Cristoforetti arrived on ISS https://www.community.tum.de/en/astronautentraining/ Campus news news-37338 Thu, 28 Apr 2022 09:00:00 +0200