Geriatronics – a future technology in Garmisch-Partenkirchen


On Friday, January 26th the Olympic Hall in Garmisch-Partenkirchen hosted the “Geriatronics – a future technology in Garmisch-Partenkirchen” event.

“Geriatronics” is a new term that combines “Geriatrics” and “Mechatronics” referring to robotic assistants that will enable the elder generation to remain within the comfort of their own home. The keynote speaker - Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sami Haddadin made an extended presentation on the topic with the support of a group of high school students from St. Irmengard Realschule, Werdenfels Gymnasium and Zugspitz Realschule who visited Franka Emika’s office earlier this month. Together they unveiled the plans for a project titled GAP - Geriatronik Research Center Garmisch-Partenkirchen of Technical University of Munich (TUM).

Ilse Aigner (Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs), Prof. Hirzinger (former Institute Director at DLR/Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics), Prof. Dr. Thiel (Physicist /Long Life GAP), Prof. Dr. –Ing Albu-Schäffer (Director of DLR/Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics), and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang M. Heckl (General Director, German Museum and Chair of Science of Communication at Technical University Munich) also joined the event and took part in an extended panel discussion.