International AI4EO Future Lab

Funded by BMBF

Project Leader
Prof. Dr. Xiaoxiang Zhu

Cooperation Partners
Prof. Dr. Massimo Fornasier (TUM), Prof Dr. Christoph Lütge (TUM), Prof. Dr. Richard Bamler (TUM/DLR); for a full list of partners, see

2020 – 2024


The Future Lab AI4EO (Artificial Intelligence for Earth Observation) consolidates the pole position of Germany in AI4EO. The Lab serves multiple science fields: reasoning, uncertainties, explainable AI, physics-informed machine learning, complex structures, and more. It brings 20 renowned international organizations across 9 countries and 27 highly ranked scientists at all levels together to address fundamental challenges in Earth observation specific cutting-edge artificial intelligence research. The research carried out in the Future Lab AI4EO will not only advance Earth observation science but also make key contributions to the interpretability of AI, its ethical implications, and AI4EO technology transfer; the field of applications is also highly relevant to society.

The Munich metropolitan region is one of the top places worldwide for AI education and research. The Lab itself is physically located at the new campus of TUM in Taufkirchen/Ottobrunn, where TUM is currently establishing its new Department of Aerospace and Geodesy as part of the Bavarian space initiative. The future lab AI4EO is also associated with the Munich Data Science Institute.