Technical University Munich
The Technische Universität München or Technical University Munich (TUM) is one of Germany’s top research universities and is a member of an incorporated society of the largest and notable institutes of technology in the country, the TU9.
TUM was founded as Polytechnic School by King Ludwig in 1868 and nine years later it was conferred with the designation Technical University. Among the notable years that shaped the university was 1901, when the school was granted the right to award doctorates and one year later, the approval of the election of the Principal by its educators.
In 1930, the school integrated the College of Agriculture and Brewing. In 1957 the university was given the status “Public Legal Body,” and in 1970, it was christened as Technische Universität München. The year 2002 saw the opening of the German Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) in Singapore and two years later, the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II) Neutron Research Source was established.
In 2009 the university’s School of Education and Graduate school opened. A year later, the TUM university foundation was established, and in 2011, the school showcased their electric vehicle, called MUTE, on the IAA. The Munich Center for Technology in Society was founded in 2013.
Currently the university has the following departments: Architecture, Business Administration, Chemistry, Civil Engineering and Surveying, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Informatics (Computer Science), Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Physics, Sports Science, Weihenstephan Center for Life and Food Science, and Education. There are 461 professors, 5,564 academic and 3,032 non-academic staff.
True to its name, the university’s Robotics and Embedded Systems and TUM’s Munich Center for Technology in Society continuously strive in their quest for research and the education of machines used for perception, cognition, action and manipulation. The Robotics and Embedded Systems is divided into four areas: Human Robot Interaction and Service Robotics, Medical Robotics, Cognitive Robotics, and the Cyber-Physical/Embedded Systems.
Recently, a team of robotic students from TUM displayed a pair of cuisine robots named James and Rosie. Using perception algorithm, these two robots assess their surroundings, infer based on what they see and can respond to orders like making a sandwich.
From a humble beginning, TUM has gone a long way and has played a vital role, transforming an agricultural state into an industrial state and hi-tech center.