45 representatives of European companies visited TU Darmstadt and hessian.AI on December 12 and were highly impressed by the activities in the field of robotics, AI and startups. Among them was the robotics lab of emergenCITY professor Oskar von Stryk. The SPRINT Robotics Collaborative is an industry-driven international non-profit organization with more than 100 companies as members worldwide. It promotes the development, availability and application of innovative inspection and maintenance robots for industrial plants as well as associated AI and digitalization technologies.

The 45 representatives from the European energy and chemical industry as well as technology and service companies first visited the startup Energy Robotics from TU Darmstadt at Hub31 to find out about their innovative platform with a robot and cloud brain. This enables the robot-assisted inspection of industrial plants through the use of heterogeneous fleets of mobile autonomous robots and drones, for example in the chemical, energy, oil and gas and utilities sectors.

At TU Darmstadt, the Vice President for Innovation and International Affairs, Prof. Dr. Thomas Walther, welcomed the guests with an overview of the city of science and the successes of TU Darmstadt in innovation and transfer from its foundation to the present day. The Hessian Center for Artificial Intelligence, hessian.AI, was presented by the co-director and also emergenCITY professor Mira Mezini. The innovative technologies and services presented by the AI and technology start-ups etalytics, core sensing, Pipe Predict, COMPREDICT and Telekinesis were met with great interest.

Afterwards, the guests learned about current research and applications in the TU Darmstadt robotics laboratories of Prof. André Seyfarth, Prof. Georgia Chalvatzaki, Prof. Jan Peters, Dr. Dorothea Koert, Telekinesis and emergenCITY professor Oskar von Stryk

The visitors were fascinated and highly impressed by the wealth of innovations and the passion of the minds behind them.