We. Create. Geriatronics.

We develop intelligent and safe robot assistants for the elderly.
We. Create. Geriatronics.


Vision & Goals

Self-determination. Mobility. Geriatronics.

Geriatronics is a new term to describe the interplay of robotics, mechatronics and information technology, machine intelligence and 3D technology in combination with geriatrics, gerontology as well as in nursing. The aim of our research is to maintain mobility for as long as possible and to facilitate interpersonal interaction and communication in old age. Intuitively operable, adaptive assistance systems adapt directly to the user and thus enable independence in old age and in case of illness. Another central goal of geriatronics is to relieve the strain on nursing staff in their everyday lives. Support in physically stressful situations is intended to improve the general working situation in the nursing area.


In summary, geriatronics sees itself as a supporter and companion of elderly people and care facilities in overcoming ever new challenges in everyday life.



Bild: Astrid Eckert / TUM

Leading center for robotic assistance for the elderly

TUM President

TUM President Hofmann and high-ranking representatives of Garmisch-Partenkirchen visited the Geriatronics Research Center with the aim of establishing a "Geriatronics Campus" on site. Picture: Astrid Eckert / TUM

Bild: Heddergott / TUM

GARMI Hightech Summit 2020

Summit on AI and SuperTech

Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MSRM) as center for Bavarian "AI Mission Institute" is to be established, which will combine research and entrepreneurial activities. Bild: Heddergott / TUM

Bavarian AI program based in Munich sets light signal in the world

Bavarian AI program based in Munich sets light signal in the world

TUM President

Millions in funding for artificial intelligence and foundation of the "AI Mission Institute“. Bavarian Prime Minister Dr. Markus Söder ensures extensive funding.

Ilse Aigner

"We all wish to lead a self-determined life into old age. At the Geriatronics User and Research Centre in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, intelligent assistance robotics systems are being developed for elderly people that will make care for the elderly much easier and more supportive in the future. This is innovative and trendsetting. This is what Bavaria needs."

Ilse Aigner MdL, President of the Bavarian Parliament
Anton Speer

"The people in the district Garmisch-Partenkirchen are getting older and older and the number of people in need of care is increasing. The new Geriatronik Research Center, a lighthouse project in the State of Bavaria, will enable everyone to live independently within their own four walls, even at an advanced age. This project is an important, forward-looking step in the care of the elderly in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and in the district."

Anton Speer District Administrator
Dr. Sigrid Meyerhofer

"The establishment of the Geriatronics Research Centre is a stroke of luck for Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The triad of a scientific institution, a generalist training centre for the training of geriatric nurses, nursing and paediatric nurses as well as a new senior citizens' home makes our location a model for applied research. It brings us a qualified workforce and proves that science and research are not only located in urban areas. When it comes to the development of assistance robotics, which should enable the longest possible self-determined life in old age, Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a must. I am very pleased that we have succeeded in embarking on this path leading into the future."

Dr. Sigrid Meyerhofer 1st Mayoress Markt Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang M. Heckl

"The Geriatronik Research Centre is one of the most important and forward-looking developments in the Alpspitze region. The cooperation of the numerous partners of this lighthouse project (Leifheit Foundation, community, Deutsches Museum, educational- social and health care institutions) will make its size shine widely."

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang M. Heckl President Friends of Geriatronics, Director Deutsches Museum and Chair for Scientific Communication, TU Munich
Bernward Schröter

"We firmly expect that our geriatric patients will also benefit from the intelligent assistance robotics systems in old age on the basis of forward-looking senior care concepts."

Bernward Schröter Managing Director Klinikum Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Alexander Gangkofer

"As a geriatric physician, I take care of elderly and very elderly patients on a daily basis, whose independence is directly threatened by a serious injury or illness. In most cases, their greatest wish is to return to their familiar home environment with the greatest possible independence. This is precisely where we will be able to support people in their daily lives in the future through the use of new technologies such as geriatronics."

Alexander Gangkofer Chief Physician Geriatrics Klinikum Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Petra Hilsenbeck

"The Zugspitz Region sees the establishment of the Research Centre for Geriatronics as very groundbreaking for our administrative district, especially with regard to the further development of our health region."

Petra Hilsenbeck Branchmanager Health Region Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Iris Asenstorfer

"We believe that geriatric research represents a great opportunity to make life easier for older people, especially in a society with an ageing population and a lack of nursing staff. The support provided by robot assistants and automatically controlled aids makes it possible for elderly people to live and work independently in their own homes. At the same time, the nursing staff is relieved and there is more time for conversation and social interaction with the person in need. The Garmisch-Partenkirchen region can also benefit from such a project: Research in this important area is promising for the future, as robotics and technical support in everyday life increasingly play a role in people's daily lives. This also benefits younger people, as qualified jobs are created locally."

Iris Asenstorfer Seniorentreff Marianne Aschenbrenner

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