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Technische Universität Muenchen, Chair for Building Realization & Robotics

Website - http://www.ar.tum.de/en/institutes/institute_for_architectural_design_and_building_technology/innovation_deployment_and_robotics_in_construction/

Technische Universität Muenchen (TUM), Socio-technical Innovation in Construction and Building by Automation and Robotics

 Website – www.br2.ar.tum.de

About the University

Since its inception in 1868, TUM has established its reputation as a foremost academic institution with 6 Nobel prizes and many other prestigious awards, making it repeatedly the number one German university in various rankings, including the most recent ones.

TUM covers a large spectrum of fundamental and applied research with studies ranging from engineering, natural sciences, including life and medical sciences, to economics. Today TUM comprises 13 faculties with more than 23,300 students (about 20 percent of whom come from abroad), 420 professors, and roughly 6,500 academic and non-academic staff. TUM is thus well positioned to create new knowledge and know-how.

In 2005 the federal and state governments started the so-called Excellence Initiative in Germany. Between 2006 and 2011 they will fund the expansion of top university research with up to 1.9 billion Euros in three funding categories: graduate schools, clusters of excellence and institutional strategies for universities. TUM was recognized as one of the first three universities that succeeded in all three categories.

TUM also strongly enhances collaborations and cross-overs between academia and industry. Known as the ‘Entrepreneurial University’, it supports and advances the existing TUM strategy and promotes top-level research on multiple levels. In this context ‘Entrepreneurial Spirit’ means to activate the diversity of human talent in a concerted, interactive way. In terms of top-level research, it entails combining a maximum of individual freedom with a supportive administration.

 Profile in Relation to AUSMIP and AUSMIP+

Frontier engineering sciences increasingly breed innovations. These innovations are driven and amplified by globalization, closed loop resource utilization, transformation of technological potentials, environmental and demographic challenges.

Global competition brought inflationary labor capacities resulting in decreasing labor costs. But to achieve welfare and culture any society needs sufficient income. To provide sufficient income for creating wealth and culture one has to be efficient. “One has to be good to be expensive”: High income is based on high tech, if you can’t just sell natural resources. The demographic change requires even more efficient socio-economical and socio-technical processes to be affordable.
The notion of “Made in Germany” is internationally famous for its cars, machines, industrial facilities, and medical and environmental technologies. Its success is based on research and innovation, stressing that future wealth can only be generated by innovational leaps and radically new types of value design and engineering.

Half of total investment is allocated in built environment, infrastructure, and facilities, signifying the strategic importance of the construction sector.
The future construction sector will expand to new business fields by absorbing advanced technologies from various disciplines. Its success will depend on its innovation leap ability of the complete value chain of the engineering of artifacts and built environment by embedding ICT, automation, robotics and services. This approach will create new markets, qualifications, skills and professions.

Even though architecture and construction are the focal points of TUM both in AUSMIP and AUSMIP+, it cross-links considerably to other disciplines and faculties such as potential psycho-social health transformation of future societies and incubates it into augmented skill formation for socio-technical qualifications of next generation engineers.
Future socio-ecologic engineers will be prepared to tackle yet unknown challenges by designing solutions for future technology, economy, ecology and society. They apply frontier science competence and define cross disciplinary domains permanently. The Chair for Building Realization and Robotics can be considered as an incubator for strategic design and development of continuous improvement and innovation for lifelong learning.

Close cooperation concerning research and support and exchange of researchers already is well established with TODAI, CHIBADAI, KYUDAI and SKKU.

TUM provides Excellent Support for International Researchers

The International Office (IO) advises and mentors applicants. For foreign students, doctoral candidates, and visiting scholars, TUM also offers an extensive course programme in German as a Foreign Language. Every year the international office organizes various Summer University courses for foreign students as well as pre-study courses supporting the orientation and integration of new Master's course students.

International consultants offer advice to students concerning technical issues in the project phases and during the Master's thesis. These consultants are an addition to the mentors. The international consultants guarantee contact with the professional world on the one hand, as well as being important reference persons for international students.
Furthermore, the International Office (IO) of TUM offers pre-study courses, Summer Universities and courses for intercultural training to support the integration of international students.

Additionally, TUM provides student dormitories for AUSMIP and AUSMIP+ Students as well as full support in administrative issues.

AUSMIP at Technische Universität München (TUM)

TUM is a strongly engineering oriented university covering a large spectrum of fundamental and applied research. Since its inception in 1868, TUM has established its reputation as a foremost academic institution with 6 Nobel prizes and many other prestigious awards, making it repeatedly the number one German university in various rankings, including the most recent ones. TUM’s top performances in research and education, interdisciplinary studies, and talent promotion stand out. Strong alliances with engineering businesses and institutions across the world play a part in this.

TUM is famous for leading the research area in socio-technical systems design (for example "Cognition for Technical Systems" – CoTeSys excellence Cluster) which encompasses research in the interdisciplinary integration of technical systems, intelligent machines, service robots and technically assisted environments. TUM is a very interdisciplinary University where chairs and faculties with different professional backgrounds closely cooperate.

 

Ausmip Master Students coming to TUM

AUSMIP Students coming to TUM will be fully integrated in TUMs English Master Course „Advanced Construction and Building Technology“. 

The students have to take part either completely in the 1st Semester, 3rd Semester or a combination of subjects of 1st and 3rd Semester. Therefore following subject combination is strongly suggested:

  • P10 Integrated Project 2 (Prof. Bock, Prof. Musso) - 9 ECTS
  • P 11 Incubator – 6 ECTS (Lab Work)
  • P 04 Building Systems Performance or  P 05 Automation and Robotics in Construction – 6 ECTS
  • P05 Robot Oriented Design (Sub-Module of P05) – 3 ECTS
  • Technical Analysis – 6 ECTS (under this subject AUSMIP Students can do individual research for example assigned by Japanese Professor or by Prof. Bock)

As TUM provides excellent surrounding conditions (all courses in English, pre-study courses, language courses, mentoring by International Office, mentoring by lab members, excellent dormitories close to TUM, support by language office and Japanese embassy, etc.). AUSMIP Students coming to TUM are bound to take part in this full semester study plan (30 ECTS) as mentioned above. (Nevertheless, this study plan offers a lot of in-built flexibility: for example P 11 Incubator (Lab Work) and Technical Analysis (Research) can be dominated largely by the student’s individual interest.)

Further for better integration during the semester it is recommended that AUSMIP Student take part in the pre-study course offered by TUM’s international office. This pre-study course includes cultural training, language training and introduces students in a series of interdisciplinary workshops to life and research at TUM. (In case you want to take part in this course please contact Thomas Linner (thomas.linner@br2.ar.tum.de) as soon as possible in order to ensure your integration in this course which is usually very popular among all international students but offers only a very limited number of places). Please note that students taking part in the pre-study course will even be collected from the airport when they arrive! (http://www.international.tum.de/en/internationale-studienangebote/home-summer-university/summer-programs/pre-study-course/ ).

 

Administrative and Integration Support

  • The International Office advises and mentors applicants. For foreign students, doctoral candidates, and visiting scholars, TUM also offers an extensive course programme in German as a Foreign Language. Every year the international office organizes various Summer University courses for foreign students as well as pre-study courses supporting the orientation and integration of new Master's course students.
  • Student consultants and Tutors offer advice to students concerning technical issues in the project phases and during the courses. These consultants are an addition to the mentors. The international consultants guarantee contact with the professional world on the one hand, as well as being important reference persons for international students.
  • Additionally, TUM provides student dormitories for AUSMIP and AUSMIP+ Students as well as full support in administrative issues.

 

Local Coordinator: Technische Universität Muenchen, Chair for Building Realization & Robotics, Prof. Prof. h. c. SRSTU Dr.-Ing./Univ.Tokio Thomas Bock (thomas.bock@br2.ar.tum.de)

 

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