TUM joins SOAFEE SIG

The SOAFEE community are excited to welcome TUM as a voting member of the SOAFEE SIG.

About Technical University of Munich

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of Europe’s leading research universities, with more than 600 professors, 48,000 students, and 11,000 academic and non-academic staff. Its focus areas are the engineering sciences, natural sciences, life sciences and medicine, combined with economic and social sciences. TUM acts as an entrepreneurial university that promotes talents and creates value for society. In that it profits from having strong partners in science and industry. It is represented worldwide with the TUM Asia campus in Singapore as well as offices in Beijing, Brussels, Mumbai, San Francisco, and São Paulo. Nobel Prize winners and inventors such as Rudolf Diesel, Carl von Linde, and Rudolf Mößbauer have done research at TUM. In 2006, 2012, and 2019 it won recognition as a German “Excellence University.” In international rankings, TUM regularly places among the best universities in Germany.

Why TUM is joining the SOAFEE SIG

Automated driving has occupied researchers at the Institute of Automotive Technology (FTM) for some time. A major success was the participation at the Indy Autonomous Challenge, which took place for the first time in 2021 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and resulted in a first place for TUM. The software stack developed specifically for this purpose uses microservices and containerization for faster deployment. (see: SOAFEE Autonomous Race Car)

We are working with various institutes to include the broadest possible expertise to drive the next generation of autonomous vehicles. The cross-institute work on the research vehicle pursues the goal to establish a cloud-native development process for autonomous driving applications as well as a modular software architecture for autonomous vehicles. At the institute we believe in the importance and power of open-source and collaboration. We are excited to join the SOAFEE Special Interest Group to work with joint resources on the autonomous vehicle software platform of the future.