Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS

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Safetronic 2021#

From 2021 on, the international conference »Safetronic« will be hosted by Fraunhofer IKS. The 20th international conference Safetronic holistically addresses the safety of road vehicles. The call for papers is still open until July 23, 2021.

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Safe X Community#

The Safe X Community of Fraunhofer IKS offers a platform for application-oriented exchange between industry and science. Become a member.

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Career at Fraunhofer IKS#

You love new challenges and want to work on impactful projects? We are currently recruiting for various roles for our research departements as well as for our administrative departements.

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Safe Intelligence Blog#

Read our blog to learn more about the research of Fraunhofer IKS, current projects and our team.

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Blog Highlights#

These are the highlight articles of our Safe Intelligence Magazine

Artificial Intelligence

Safe Reinforcement Learning

Reinforcement Learning (RL) is learning in direct interaction with its surroundings. The blog gives a brief introduction and discusses how the safety of this process could be increased.

Adaptable Architecures


To exceed the simple embedded systems of today, advances in CPS require several properties, particularly adaptability, resilience, and safety. ResilientSOA combines these properties e.g. for AGVs in warehouses.

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.

Conference / 16.-17.11.2021

Safetronic 2021

From 2021 on, the international conference »Safetronic«  will be hosted by Fraunhofer IKS. The 20th international conference Safetronic holistically addresses the safety of road vehicles and all related aspects, including but not limited to functional safety, SOTIF, cybersecurity, safety-in-use and others.


ResilientSOA: Service-oriented architectures for safety-critical systems

Fraunhofer IKS developed a framework called ResilientSOA to provide a more flexible way of updating software. It applies the concept of service-oriented architecture to safety-critical embedded systems. This video explains how this works using automated guided vehicles.


DevOps for Developing Cyber-Physical Systems

In collaboration with Magazino GmbH, Frauhofer IKS presents a whitepaper on the obstacles and potentials of “DevOps for developing cyber-physical systems”:

  • What is the difference between DevOps and traditional software development?
  • What are the challenges in the DevOps process for cyber-physical systems?
  • How can DevOps processes be implemented?

New Paper

From blackbox to whitebox

In their new paper, Franziska Schwaiger and her colleagues analyze the miscalibration of object detection models with respect to image location and box scale. Read more about the results of their experiments in »From Black-box to White-box: Examining Confidence Calibration under different Conditions«.

New Paper

Cloud-Based Safety-Critical Applications

In their new paper, Christian Drabek and his colleagues identify the main challenges of developing Cyber-Physical Systems-of-Systems (CPSoS) based on several industrial use cases and present their novel approach for designing cloud-based safety-critical applications.

Safe Intelligence Magazine#

These are the latest English articles on our blog:


When AI fails to deliver

Artificial intelligence (AI) has to be able to handle uncertainty before we can trust it to deliver in safety-critical use cases, for example, autonomous cars. The Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS is investigating ways to help AI reason with uncertainty, one being the operational design domain.


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.


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.

Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS#

Fraunhofer IKS

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80686 Munich / Germany

Phone: +49 89/547088-0
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