GEARED TOWARDS THE FUTURE
With her affinity for technology and fascination for future technologies the Master’s programme in Robotics, Cognition, Intelligence at TUM, which is unique in Germany, was a perfect match for the student. “At the time, I was looking for a real challenge”, says Alona Kharchenko. “My studies at TUM took me into the world of the latest research and technologies.”
Enthusiastically Alona Kharchenko talks about the first-class equipment and infrastructure at TUM, about high-performance computers, state-of-the-art hardware and about the many contacts to large companies and start-ups. She also found it enriching that teamwork, diversity and interdisciplinarity are highly valued at TUM. “In this multicultural and inspiring atmosphere, I was able to expand my soft skills”, she says. “Everything I needed to continuously improve in every respect has been provided to me here.”
DREAMS OF THE FUTURE
Since she completed her Master’s degree in 2017, Alona Kharchenko has been doing her doctorate on Neurorobotics at the TUM Chair of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Real-Time Systems and has been involved in the promising Roboy Project. Roboy is a so-called humanoid robot. Due to its 3D printed skeleton structure, which imitates the human spine, bones, joints, tendons and muscles, it differs significantly from conventional robots.
VISION OF THE FUTURE
Alona Kharchenko is not currently planning to return to her home country, Ukraine. “With the Roboy project I found my dream job here in Munich”, she says. In the near future, together with her team, she would like to win the Avatar X Prize, which is awarded by the Japanese airline All Nippon Airways, along with an eight-figure prize money.
She never misses an opportunity to present Robotics with its infinite possibilities in a positive way to the public through lectures and presentations and to alleviate people’s fear of machines, both young and old. At the Women of TUM Talks 2019 Alona Kharchenko talked about the possibilities of Artificial Intelligence, social responsibility and the necessary rethinking in society towards a wider acceptance of machines as future assistants in everyday life.
Master of Science Robotics, Cognition, Intelligence 2017
Alona Kharchenko completed her Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics in 2014 at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv in Ukraine. For her Master’s in Robotics, Cognition, Intelligence she went to TUM in Munich.
Since 2017 she is a doctoral student at the Chair of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Real-Time Systems, Head of Software Development at the Roboy Project and works as a robotics engineer at General Interfaces GmbH.