Robot ICub and Prof. Gordon Cheng welcome French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault.
Bonjour - robot ICub and Prof. Gordon Cheng welcome French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault. (Photo: Benz / TUM)

Jean-Marc Ayrault gains an insight into robot researchFrench Prime Minister visits the TUM

The French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault today visited the Technische Universität München. TUM President Wolfgang A. Herrmann gave the head of government an insight into the university’s research profile and development. The Institute for Cognitive Systems then presented several research projects, including a sensitive skin for robots. The TUM has close relationships with numerous leading French universities and Grandes Écoles.

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.

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