On December 1, 2019, TUM President Prof. Thomas F. Hofmann presented the TUM Ambassador certificate to seven TUM Researcher Alumni at the annual Advent concert of TUM in the Philharmonic Hall in Munich in front of around 2,000 guests.
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The German Research Foundation (DFG) has awarded two of the 2020 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prizes to scientists from the Technical University of Munich (TUM): Thorsten Bach, Professor of Organic Chemistry, and Thomas Neumann, Professor of Database Systems. The prizes are presented annually to a maximum of ten researchers and are each worth 2.5 million euro.
The third success in the Excellence Initiative, a new university president, the German Future Prize for a spin-off: At today's Dies academicus the Technical University of Munich (TUM) looked back on an eventful and successful year and focused on the future. The university recognized a number of prominent personalities for their dedication and outstanding performance, including the first-time presentation of the TUM Sustainability Award.
The secure use of artificial intelligence (AI) is a key issue in research and practical applications. The new Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive System, now opened in Munich, will study how AI applications can interact safely with people. To facilitate its work, the State of Bavaria has announced six new research chairs, including four at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Two TUM professors will take on the leadership of the institute.
In the future the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and UnternehmerTUM, Center for Innovation and Business Creation, will be supporting teams from other countries seeking to launch deep-tech start-ups in the Munich region. TUM is joining forces with University of Applied Sciences Munich and LMU Munich to turn Munich into Europe's leading ecosystem for deep-tech fields such as artificial intelligence and robotics. This initiative has now been selected to receive funding under the federal EXIST Potentials program.
15-year-old secondary school students in Germany are good at comprehending, using and evaluating texts. According to the most recent PISA study, their skill levels in reading are higher than the average scores of youth in other OECD nations. German results are also good in mathematics and natural sciences. However, the share of youth at non-university track schools with very low performance in all skill areas has grown.
Elisabeth Wacker is Professor of the Sociology of Diversity at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). In this interview on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, she talks about her work as the Chairperson of the Scientific Advisory Board for the German Federal Government’s report on the conditions of life of persons with disabilities and the role of diversity research at a Technical University.
Prof. Henry Farrell, a political scientist at the George Washington University, has been selected as this year's winner of the Friedrich Schiedel Prize for Politics and Technology. The Friedrich Schiedel-Stiftung and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) award the prize annually to individuals who have contributed to a deeper understanding of interactions between politics, society and technology. On December 5, Prof. Farrell will give a public lecture at the TUM School of Governance on the weaponization of economic and technological interdependencies.
At a ceremony yesterday evening, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier presented the German Future Prize to the founders of Celonis, who launched their software start-up at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The company offers unique process mining software systems that enable companies to analyze their digital business processes and improve their efficiency. Celonis was recently valued at 2.5 billion dollars.
The German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft or DFG) is funding two new transregional Collaborative Research Centers (SFB/Transregional research alliance) involving the Technical University of Munich (TUM). One SFB is researching the manner in which damaged nerve cells regenerate. The second transregional research alliance (TRR) is focused on additive manufacturing and its possible applications in the construction industry.