Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS

Safe Intelligence

We focus our research on the validation of artificial intelligence for autonomous and distributed applications.

Blog Highlights

These are the highlight articles of our Safe Intelligence Magazine


Artificial Intelligence

Why Safety Matters

This article highlights why it is so important to understand that safe AI has less to do with AI itself and much more to do with safety engineering.


Autonomous Driving

Searching for the unknown

A solution from Fraunhofer IKS is helping to uncover and predict difficult and unknown situations for autonomous vehicles:

Services by the Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS


Dependable Artificial Intelligence

Fraunhofer IKS makes artificial intelligence technology trustworthy and dependable.


Adaptive Software

Fraunhofer IKS makes embedded systems adaptive and extendable.


Safety Architectures for AI Systems

Fraunhofer IKS develops safety architectures for artificial intelligence technologies.


Fault-tolerant Embedded Platforms

Fraunhofer IKS develops fault-tolerant embedded systems.


Dependable Connected Systems

Fraunhofer IKS develops connected systems that are safe and dependable.


Flexible Production

Fraunhofer IKS makes sure your production systems are flexible and dependable.

Current topics at the Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS

Here you will find our upcoming events, current press releases and other news about Fraunhofer IKS in Munich.


Virtual Event / October 26 - 29

Fraunhofer Solution Days

At the virtual Fraunhofer Solution Days Philipp Schleiß will present a new approach for validating AI in automated vehicles.


Virtual Workshop / 24.11.2020

Safety concept for cloud-based sytems

How can you develop and evaluate dependable cloud-based systems? Learn more in our workshop.



Flexilient End-to-End Architectures

How can we design conntected autonomous systems to simultaneously provide resilience, intelligence and flexibility?


Success Story

Continental and Fraunhofer IKS make autonomous vehicles safer

Together with Continental, Fraunhofer IKS was able to create a concept for the dynamic distribution of vehicle functions and develop a technical safety concept that describes an implementation of the identified safety requirements.


Safe Intelligence Magazine

These are the latest English articles on our blog:



Flexilience: balancing key requirements in autonomous system

Reconciling safety, performance and reliability in cloud-based cognitive systems is no easy task. Especially in safety-critical autonomous systems such as driverless cars, expectations rightly assume that all three requirements are implemented at the highest level. The Fraunhofer IKS has developed an new approach to solve the challenge: flexilience.



Uncertainty Estimation in Object Detection – a mission-criticle task

Deep Neural Networks have proven their potential. This applies above all to their use in the laboratory. Their performance in real-world applications leaves a lot to be desired. One major problem is the estimation of uncertainty. A closer look at methods that meet this challenge.



Designing and evaluating dependable cloud-based systems

Addressing the challenges in dependable cloud-based cyber-physical systems of systems (CPSoS) requires new approaches that are automated and efficient enough to shift some of the system’s elements to runtime. To design and evaluate the system architecture, Fraunhofer IKS has developed an iterative and automated process.



Dynamic safety assurance in end-to-end architectures

To determine a system’s dependability, scientists at Fraunhofer IKS are developing an adaptive, dynamic and flexible safety analysis process that overcomes the limitations of current methods.

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