THI is one of the strongest research universities for applied sciences in Germany. A central position is occupied by the research building CARISSMA, which is the nationwide scientific control centre for integrated vehicle safety with around 100 scientists. Since 2019, THI has been home to the Bavarian AI Mobility hub with a total of 20 AI research professorships. With five research institutes in the field of mobility and renewable energies, the Fraunhofer Application Centre for Networked Mobility and Infrastructure, the AI cooperation network of AININ eGmbH and other competence centres, more than 250 scientists conduct research at THI.
Focus areas in research
Currently, around 70 professorships with 200 academic staff are conducting research primarily in the fields of Mobility & Road Safety, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning and Sustainability & Renewable Energies. THI is represented in the HRK research map with the three main research areas "Vehicle Safety", and "Innovative Mobility" and "Renewable Energies".
The main aim of applied research and of THI is to bring findings from basic research into application. Therefore, about one third of the university’s total budget is invested in research. As a result, THI is one of the top research universities for applied sciences in Germany.
Research at THI is organised in research institutes - CARISSMA (C-IAD, C-ISAFE, C-ECOS), AImotion Bavaria, Institute for Innovative Mobility (IIMo), Institute for New Energy Systems (InES), Sustainability in Research and Transfer Center Neuburg (ForTraNN) and the Bavarian Foresight Institute (to be founded soon). In addition, the university works closely with the three AN-institutes AININ, Fraunhofer Anwendungszentrum and inas.
THI is strongly committed to young academics. For years, doctoral projects in the fields of technology and economics have been carried out very successfully with partner universities in Germany and abroad. Together with the TU Munich, THI is the sponsoring university of BayWISS in the "Mobility and Transport" collaborative research centre. All doctoral students at THI (about 100 at this stage) are supervised by the university's own Graduate Center.