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Advanced control of prothetic hands
Artificial intelligence makes gripping more intuitive
Artificial hands can be operated via app or with sensors placed in the muscles of the forearm. New research at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) shows: a better understanding of muscle activity patterns in the forearm supports a more intuitive and natural control of artificial limbs. This requires a network of 128 sensors and artificial intelligence based techniques.
Analysis of subsidies in the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy
Decoupled direct payments make agriculture more productive
Better alignment with the market is one of the goals pursued by the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in recent decades. One of the measures used to achieve this was to decouple direct payments from production. Agricultural economists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now found that this form of direct payments makes farms more productive. Despite higher productivity, the environmental impact remains at a comparable level.
TUM researchers develop rapid test for severe infections
Risk of serious COVID-19 infection can now be predicted
Researchers have developed a method for assessing the number and structure of aggregated blood platelets (or thrombocytes) that can potentially help quantify the risk of a severe COVID-19 infection. As a result, they have identified a predictive biomarker for the seriousness of a COVID-19 infection. This will allow physicians to adjust treatment at an early stage. The researchers used a method from image-based flow cytometry that permits the rapid analysis of interactions between large numbers of blood cells.
EU funding for cutting-edge research in the natural sciences
Three ERC Consolidator Grants for TUM researchers
High-resolution X-ray imaging, a better understanding of how chromosomes work and synthetic life from the laboratory: these are the topics that three research projects at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) will be focusing on. Each of the projects will receive one of the European Research Council's highly endowed ERC Consolidator Grants.
Study: Soft drink taxation is relevant way of preventing diseases such as diabetes
Sugar tax could save as much as 16 billion euros
A simulation study conducted by a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) demonstrates that a soft drink tax in Germany would have significant positive effects. In all of the simulated variants evaluated, less sugar was consumed and the rate of illness dropped. This would be a way to reduce costs to the national economy and alleviate the burden on the health care system. There is, however, a difference between taxes aimed at reducing soft drink consumption and taxes aimed at bringing about changes in product formulation.
Interview with quantum physicist Prof. Andreas Reiserer
Quantum internet: "The biggest problem is data loss"
Researchers around the world are working on a network which could connect quantum computers with one another over long distances. Andreas Reiserer, Professor of Quantum Networks at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), explains the challenges which have to be mastered and how atoms captured in crystals can help.
Highly Cited Researchers rankings
Eleven scientists among the most cited worldwide
Eleven TUM researchers belong to the world's most frequently cited scientists. Their names can be found in the latest Highly Cited Researchers rankings.
GyroTrainer with artificial intelligence
Individual back training machine developed
Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in cooperation with partner companies have developed a device to provide back muscle training. With the GyroTrainer, back strengthening exercises are adapted to the strength and ability of the individual user.
Research on the electrification of agricultural machinery
New modular development kit for e-tractors
The special requirements placed on trucks and agricultural machinery often make it difficult for engineers to bring them into the electric age. At the Agritechnica agricultural machinery fair researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are now showing what a modular development kit for electric tractors can look like. Their platform features modules for various uses and a power bank which can be used as a replacement battery when necessary.
ZDF culture magazine Aspekte at TUM
What is Bavaria's culture of innovation like?
Jo Schück, presenter of the ZDF culture magazine Aspekte, explored the character of Bavaria on a long reporting trip. In Munich, he met with innovation researcher Prof. Sebastian Pfotenhauer, UnternehmerTUM CEO Prof. Helmut Schönenberger and Alona Kharchenko from robotics start-up Devanthro to discuss the state's culture of innovation.