Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS


Online Seminar: Autonomous Systems

One of the main challenges with autonomous systems is an appropriate diagnosis and safety management. To solve these challenges, systems need to be aware of malfunctions and potential issues within the systems. Our online seminar introduces concepts to achieve self-awareness of autonomous systems and provides insights into their application.

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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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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

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Online Seminar | April 27

Seminar: System Healthmanagement

The online seminar »Safety platforms for autonomous systems« introduces concepts to achieve self-awareness of autonomous systems to solve key challenges such as appropriate diagnosis and safety management. It also shows how such concepts could be transferred into practice and provides an outlook into the future of adaptive autonomous systems.


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.


Success Story

Safe Autonomous Vehicles

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

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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.

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