Computers can intelligently link data, identify relationships, draw conclusions, and make predictions with advances in computing power and new algorithms. This is the basis for new diagnostic tools in medicine, or in logistics and industrial manufacturing for self-control systems. In the region of Munich, numerous leading researchers conduct artificial intelligence research.

Two universities sharing similar interest, the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU), have come together to launch the Munich Center for Machine Learning (MCML), which is funded by Germany’s federal ministry of research. TUM notes that MCML is the future of connecting key areas of expertise from computer science, data science, and stats. MCML comprises of a 15 team squad from various fields who aim to advance machine learning and pattern recognition methods further. The MCML also aims to put its findings from research into practice, which is why businesses are involved. The new facility is headed and managed by Prof. Thomas Seidl from LMU, who is also the chair of database systems and data mining at LMU. TUM 2017 has set new standards for interdisciplinary research in this field with the establishment of the Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MSRM), which combines research on  Machine Learning and robotics under one roof.

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Numerous spin-offs are creating applications that are ready for the market based on TUM research. TUM has also established scientific partnerships with companies involved in intensive research and development activities, most recently with Google. In the former paper engineering institute in Hess-Strasse, the establishment of MSRM–approved at the end of 2017–research activities spread across different sites are now being assembled under one roof in the heart of Munich. MSRM is an Integrative Research Center that expands leading-edge specialized, interdisciplinary research within a coherent program within a higher institutional structure. Robotics and artificial intelligence research at TUM go back a long way. The Departments of Informatics, Mechanical Engineering, and Physics, as well as Electrical and Computer Engineering, are currently involved in more than 30 professorships in different faculties in this field.

TUM is adding to its outstanding robotics and artificial intelligence skills with the establishment of MSRM. The interdisciplinary, coordinated cooperation will facilitate completely new developments. The team has the right conditions to turn the Munich region into the European center for robotics and machine intelligence with strong partners from industry and research worlds.

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