Visit of the Bavarian Minister of Science and the Arts

On Wednesday, Minister Bernd Sibler visited the Geriatronics Research Centre. The focus was on the question of how Artificial Intelligence (AI) can facilitate the everyday life of elderly people or can be used sensibly in nursing care.

Research Center Geriatronics of the TUM develops robotic assistance systems for support in old age and in need of care.

In Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the Geriatronics Research Center is a lighthouse project for Bavarian AI research. Science Minister Bernd Sibler was convinced of this during his visit at the end of July, during which he met Prof. Dr. Gerhard Kramer, Vice President of TUM, and Prof. Dr. Sami Haddadin, the director of the Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence, was introduced to the institute’s ongoing research. The focus was on the question of how artificial intelligence (AI) can make everyday life easier for older people and how it can be used sensibly in care.

“The use of artificial intelligence in the health sector is very promising. Geriatronics shows us this clearly. One thing is always clear: technology must serve people. No robot can and should replace a human. But robotics can provide valuable support. For that we need science and research. They are the heart of our progress, our insurance for the future, ”emphasized Sibler.

At the Geriatronics Research Center at TUM, the focus is on researching the use of robotics, mechatronics and information technology in geriatrics, gerontology and in the medical care of the elderly. New technologies should enable them, on the one hand, to lead an independent life for longer, and on the other hand, they should relieve care workers in their work. Geriatronics therefore sets itself the goal of developing new technologies that help you cope with everyday life alone in your own apartment, when you are bedridden, when you visit the doctor, during rehabilitation and with everyday hygiene.

The Geriatronics Research Center in Garmisch-Partenkirchen is part of the High-Tech Agenda Bavaria of the Bavarian Prime Minister Dr. Markus Söder firmly anchored. It was founded at the beginning of 2019. The aim is to stabilize the TUM location. Longleif GaPa gGmbH makes an important contribution to this. “The Geriatronics Research Center has already become a fixture in the field of artificial intelligence in Bavaria with international appeal. The concept of the TUM is convincing, this location needs to be expanded for the future, ”the minister said at the end of his visit.