Tom Runge is a Project Manager at the Robotics Innovation Center (RIC), which is part of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). He graduated from the University of Oldenburg with a Bachelor Degree in Political Economics and Philosophy in 2014.During his studies he was working in several European and German projects, most of them in the field of Smart Energy Systems and Electro mobility, which was also the research topic of his Bachelor thesis. The NeMoLAND project for example was focused on developing new mobility concepts for rural areas. His contribution to these projects was the development of different business models and use cases.Since 2014 Tom is co-leading the EIT Marie Curie Initial Training Network ROBOCADEMY – European Academy for Marine and Underwater Robotics. ROBOCADEMY established a European training and research network to develop key skills and enabling technologies in underwater robotics for the scientific and economic exploration of the oceans (e.g. offshore oilfield of the future). Through the close collaboration of leading research institutes, academia, industry, and small-medium enterprises (SME) in robotics, marine technology, marine science, and offshore industry, ROBOCADEMY provided first-class training and research opportunities for Early Stage Researchers (ESR).