With leading local representatives and TUM President Thomas F. Hofmann in attendance, scientists from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) presented their trailblazing work on robot assistants at the User and Research Center for Geriatronics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. In times of demographic change and an ageing population, their work is bringing technical support systems for dignified and autonomous living in old age within reach.
The aim is to establish a “geriatronics campus” as an international reference center. It will bring together under one roof modern research and teaching with new nursing care and residential concepts for the third and fourth stages of ageing.
One of the goals of the center is to enable robot GARMI to serve as a personal assistant for elderly people, helping them to perform everyday physical actions so that they can continue living independently in their own homes for as long as possible. In addition, doctors will be able connect remotely to the robot to interact directly with their patients for routine examinations and in emergencies. With the shortage of specialists in rural areas, this will be a vital technology in the future. Interdisciplinary teams at the Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MSRM) at TUM are working to make this vision a reality.