Technische Universität München Robotics and Embedded Systems

Robotics and Embedded Systems


About Us

Our primary mission is research and education with a focus on machine perception, cognition, action and control.

The chair is organized into four research areas:

Human Robot Interaction and Service Robotics including work on the integration of speech, language, vision and action; programming service robots; development of new application scenarios for sensor-based service robots; robot systems for education;

Medical Robotics covering all aspects of manipulator and instrument control for complex surgical procedures, e.g. visualisation of all types of patient data, haptic feedback for delicate handling, skill transfer, shared control, multi-manipulator cooperation;

Cognitive Robotics encompassing a comprehensive area of topics ranging from sensor models by the way of individual sensor processing entities (e.g. for high-speed face tracking) to high-level cognitive skills for navigation, adaptation, learning;

Cyber-Physical / Embedded Systems are investigated with special emphasis on fault tolerance and high availability; special topics are the design of very small redundant systems and the associated software development models and tool chains.

Our goals for teaching are to provide robotics and computer science literacy to a broad spectrum of students starting from high school students to whom we offer our exciting education and entertainment robotics activities. In more detail, our courses include:

Undergraduate Education: Introduction to Computer Science I and II, Seminars on different topics, related exercises, labs.

Graduate Education: Robotics, Real-time Systems, Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Digital Signal Processing, and more.

Ph.D. Programs: There is a multitude of opportunities for students to pursue their degree, both in funded programs and on regular staff positions.

Some of our Affiliations and Cooperations

fortiss Institute
Top-level research with and for industry

The Human Brain Project HBP
The European Flagship project on Brain Research

Neurorobotics in the HBP
The Neurorobotics Subproject in the Human Brain Project

ECHORD++ project
The Advanced European Clearing House on Open Robotics Development

ECHORD project
The European Clearing House on Open Robotics Development

Graduate School of Information Science in Health
Top level education for information in science in health

The "Ingolstadt Institute der TU München" is a cooperation between AUDI AG, Technische Universität München and Ingolstadt

The project "Embodied Cognition in a Compliantly Engineered ROBOT" developed a completely new type of robot

The project "Myorobotics" develops soft modular robots

Cognition for Technical Systems
A former network of excellence at the interface between robotics and neuroscience

A project to develop "in vitro neuronal networks" as a novel class of "computational device"


  • 27.03.2015: TUM students win first Audi Autonomous Driving Cup Photo by Audi, see also press release by Audi and Team information.
  • 21.08.2014: At Automatica trade fair 2014 the ECHORD++ team asked the visitors of their booth one simple question: “What do you think is the future of robotics?” We got the most interesting answers from roboticists from all over the world and put them together in a short video.
  • 24.07.2014: Our Bavarian Bending Units just became Runner-up World Champion of the Logistics League at RoboCup 2014 in João Pessoa (Brazil) with 10 international teams competing. Congratulations! See more on their website.
  • 03.06.2014: Today the European Commissioner for Digital Agenda and Vice-President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes visited our ECHORD++ booth at the Automatica trade fair in Munich. See more on the Echord++ website.

Famous Completed Projects

Our Course of Study

Robotics, Cognition, Intelligence
An interdisciplinary master course


Lab Courses