The globally unique high-tech platform munich_i is a joint project of automatica, Messe München and the Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MIRMI) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM).
Together, we drive the debate on the benefits of technology as an aide of mankind in the areas of healthcare, work and mobility. At munich_i, we bring together what belongs together and makes a perfect combination—automatica as the driving force behind AI and robotics, and MIRMI as Europe's leading deep tech forge.
As Europe’s leading research elite in the area of AI and robotics, the Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MIRMI) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) develops innovative and sustainable technical solutions to overcome the great challenges of our time. Some groundbreaking lighthouse projects have already emerged from research into the fundamentals of robotics, perception and artificial intelligence. MIRMI sets benchmarks for responsible technology development and the subsequent adoption of these technologies by society – in interdisciplinary cooperation with distinguished experts from various fields.
Prof. Dr. med. Alena Buyx’s fields of work range from questions of medical ethics in clinical practice to challenges posed by biotechnological innovation and medical research to ethical and justice issues in modern healthcare systems. She follows an interdisciplinary approach of "embedded ethics" and collaborates with practicing physicians and other colleagues from various disciplines. Her habilitation at the University of Münster (2013) was dedicated to the topics of ethics, history and theory of medicine. She has been a member of the German Ethics Council since 2016 and has been its chairperson since 2020. In 2019, she was appointed to the WHO Expert Advisory Committee on Developing Global Standards for Governance and Oversight of Human Genome Editing. Alena Buyx is also a fully qualified physician with additional degrees in philosophy and sociology.
Prof. Sami Haddadin is the Director of Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MSRM) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and holder of the Chair for Robotics and System Intelligence. His research interests include intelligent robot design, robot learning, collective intelligence, human-robot interaction, non-linear control, real-time planning, optimal control, human neuromechanics, and robot safety.
From 2014 to 2018, Prof. Haddadin held the chair of the Institute of Automatic Control at Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University of Hannover. He holds degrees in electrical engineering, computer science and technology management from the Technical University of Munich and the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. He received his doctorate, summa cum laude, from RWTH Aachen and has published more than 130 scientific articles in international journals and at conferences. In 2016, he also founded Franka Emika GmbH in Munich.
The success of automatica as the world's leading marketplace for automated and smart production is not based on reactions. Rather, automatica is a driving force that actively promotes digital transformation. It is in this open and interdisciplinary space that visions come about and turn into significant innovations for industry and society. Last year, automatica even developed two such spaces to congenially connect people, companies, and science in the pandemic environment. One was the virtual automatica sprint 2021 format; and the second was munich_i, which celebrated its premiere on this platform and will enter its second round as an in-person event in 2022 – to further pave the way for progress in AI and robotics.
For years, the Bavarian capital has been attracting people who want to build their future in the high-tech metropolis. The unique combination of business, research, education and politics favors its innovative climate and accelerates technological advancement. More than 100 of the world's leading companies (Forbes list 2000) have their offices in Munich. In addition, it has the highest concentration of TechDax companies in Germany. In addition to the major global players, lateral thinkers and start-ups feel equally welcome here. After all, Munich is a huge talent pool with two elite universities and around 120,000 students. The collaboration between automatica and MIRMI further strengthens the great appeal of this top location and promotes interdisciplinary cooperation between research and industry in the service of society.