New at TUM: Prof. Markus Ryll

Since September 1, 2020, Markus Ryll is working on the Ludwig Boelkow Campus in Ottobrunn/Taufkirchen. As Professor of Autonomous Aerial Systems at the Department of Aerospace and Geodesy, he will explore how flying robots can make life easier for us in the future.

Professor for Autonomous Aerial Systems: Markus Ryll. (Image: Bill Litant)

From high altitudes, autonomous aerial systems can map the surroundings, inform farmers about the use of fertilizers or support the fire department in its search for embers and missing persons.

However, flying close to the ground poses completely new challenges for the design, sensor technology, control and safety of a flying drone. For example, to find a missing hiker in a forest, a drone must fly below the treetops. And flying near the ground is only the first step. Markus Ryll is investigating how drones can carry out delivery and retrieval services, independently repair bridges, houses or industrial plants and how all this can contribute to the safety of large aerial systems such as air taxis. For this purpsoe, he is setting up his own flight laboratory in Ottobrunn/Taufkirchen, which will use methods from control engineering, software algorithms and artificial intelligence.

The young scientist has been appointed to the professorship for "Autonomous Aerial Systems". He is the third of 30 new professors who will strengthen the department in the years to come.

Markus Ryll (*1984) studied mechatronics and medical technology in Karlsruhe and Ulm and earned his doctorate at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen. During his time as a postdoc, he worked at the CNRS in Toulouse and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

"I am very pleased to meet the many new colleagues and students and I am looking forward to the new tasks at TUM," says Markus Ryll. "Shaping the future of autonomous aviation at the new campus in Ottobrunn/Taufkirchen is a great task and it is an honor to be part of it from the very beginning".

We say: Welcome to the Department of Aerospace and Geodesy!

The Department of Aerospace and Geodesy (LRG) was founded in 2018 as the 15th department of the Technical University of Munich. From novel aircraft and transport systems to communication and satellite technology to observing and mapping our planet with unprecedented precision: Aerospace and geodesy have jointly started their "mission earth". With its currently 21 professorships and chairs, the department is already playing in the Champions League of research: In the Shanghai Subject Ranking , it ranks 8th in geodesy/remote sensing and 16th in aerospace worldwide – making the LRG the undisputed number one in Germany. Through professional reinforcements as well as extensive investments at the new locations in Taufkirchen/Ottobrunn and Oberpfaffenhofen, this position will be further strengthened in the years to come and will make the LRG the largest department of its kind in Europe.