Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault was impressed by the robot research being undertaken at the TUM. Professor Gordon Cheng from the Institute for Cognitive Systems presented the “Mask-Bot”, a robot with a human face. The scientists also demonstrated a skin made of sensors which gives machines a perception of themselves.
The institute collaborates with several French universities. Researchers from the Université de Versailles, who are working at the TU München thanks to Alexander-von-Humboldt fellowships or on joint doctoral programs, also took part in the presentation. The TUM cooperates with a total of 80 French universities on research and doctoral or exchange programs. It is also heavily involved in the Bayerisch-Französisches Hochschulzentrum (Franco-Bavarian University Center), whose chair is the former TUM Vice-President Dr. Hannemor Keidel.