Self-Description of the Department

Informatics at the TU Munich: strong in research, praxis-oriented, and multifaceted

Whether in Focus, ZEIT and CHE, or in careers—the Department of Informatics at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) always places high in the rankings. More than 40 professors perform research in 25 academic chairs on topics at the core of informatics and engineering informatics. This makes us one of the the largest informatics departments in Germany.

TUM Informatics covers a wide spectrum of topics in research: from software engineering to parallel, distributed, and mobile systems, scientific computing, knowledge-based systems, and robotics. Interdisciplinary and application-oriented research is of high importance, and as a result, fields like bioinformatics, medical informatics, information systems, and engineering informatics are becoming more and more important. And our professors are not just working with neighboring departments on campus in Garching—the connections extend beyond the boundaries of the university.

Dialogue with the Economic Sector

Informatics at the TUM takes the quick sharing of knowledge and intensive cooperation with established businesses very seriously. Our professors cooperate in numerous projects with businesses in the IT field and applied fields like the automobile industry, medical technology, and the service sector. An example of successful knowledge sharing in both directions is the Hot-Spot Workshops initiated within the framework of the competence network VSEK: IT representatives from businesses meet with researchers from TUM Informatics and converse about best practices in current topics in software development. The advantage of such continuous dialogue is that scientists can bring new ideas into praxis and at the same time learn more about problems in industry. "The conversations take place in confidential sessions and are helpful to both sides. Evidence of this is that many workshop participants have been showing up regularly for five years," says informatics professor Manfred Broy.

Studying at an Elite University

Students, too, should profit from intensive contact with the economic sector, and they are brought into these activities early on. Prospective students have recourse to a wide selection of options at the TUM: Informatics, Information Systems, Informatics: Games Engineering, and Bioinformatics. Additionally, there are the Master's programs Automotive Software Engineering, Biomedical Computing, Computational Science and Engineering, Data Engineering and Analysis, Robotics, Cognition, Intelligence, and Informatics, Information Systems, Bioinformatics, and Informatics: Games Engineering. Students who are especially motivated can participate in the vacation academy or winter school, or can decide to start in an Elite Master's program.

The View from the Outside: TUM Informatics in Comparison

In international rankings, TUM Informatics has for years placed in the top as the best informatics department in Germany. No other informatics department in Germany makes it into the global Top 50.
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