TUM Innovation Networks ready to go

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Job Boekoven (left) is the coordinator of the TUM Innovation Network Robot Intel

Job Boekoven (left) is the coordinator of the TUM Innovation Network Robot Intelligence in the Synthesis of Life (RISE). Image: Andreas Heddergott / TUM

Interdisciplinary research off to a new start

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) will use its interdisciplinary TUM Innovation Networks to create even more space for scientific creativity and groundbreaking developments. The first three TUM Innovation Networks address the diagnosis and treatment of psychological illnesses using Artificial Intelligence (AI), the development of novel materials using machine learning, and investigation of the nature of life using chemical and biophysical experiments in combination with AI and robotics.

TUM President Thomas F. Hofmann is focusing on the exploration of future innovation fields which rise above the confines of specific disciplines and cultures of thought and work: "The TUM Innovation Networks are a part of our effort to promote the pioneer spirit of our scientists in high-potential fields that can only be successfully approached using interdisciplinary research strategies. We are utilizing the creative potential of the entire university by means of new scientific connections among our Schools and Departments, exploring scientifically uncharted territory. And we are accepting a certain amount of risk in the process: We accept the possibility that projects may also fail, but we are at the same time creating the prerequisites for truly groundbreaking innovations."

The three most innovative project ideas, selected in a competitive process from among 32 proposals, will now be launched as TUM Innovation Networks on April 1, 2021:

  • Neurotechnology for Mental Health (NEUROTECH)
  • Artificial Intelligence Powered Multifunctional Material Design (ARTEMIS)
  • Robot Intelligence in the Synthesis of Life (RISE)

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