The new Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems, located in Munich, will explore the question of how applications of artificial intelligence can safely interact with humans. The institute is part of an initiative on intelligent robotics to be funded by the State of Bavaria to the tune of €360 million.
The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is to play a central role in this. With institutions such as the Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MSRM) and the Munich Data Science Institute (MDSI), it is particularly strongly represented in the core areas of machine learning and artificial intelligence. It is planned to establish an "AI Mission Institute", which will be developed out of the MSRM and will bundle research and entrepreneurial activities. TUM is also of particular importance in the establishment of the Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems. Four professorships jointly occupied by TUM and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft will advance basic and applied research there. A total of six professorships are to be created for the Institute's work.