Safe Intelligence — this forms the brand essence of the Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS.

Connected cognitive systems drive innovation in many sectors, such as autonomous vehicles, medical devices, or intelligent automation within industry. They should always take full advantage of the potential offered by artificial intelligence, while remaining demonstrably safe and reliable. This is why Fraunhofer IKS researches both artificial intelligence and software engineering — we consider resilience and intelligence as part of the same process.

Blog: Latest English articles about Safe Intelligence


Industry 4.0 / 4.12.2023

Turbocharging artificial intelligence in production

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Industry 4.0 still faces technological obstacles that make the use of AI difficult. Fraunhofer IKS is therefore developing a framework that supports and optimizes the data and AI lifecycle - and thus significantly increases the added value of AI in production.


Machine Learning / 3.11.2023

Quantum computing helps reinforcement learning to take off

It has been empirically shown that hybrid quantum-classical reinforcement learning requires fewer training steps to achieve a stable learning process. Fraunhofer IKS is researching solutions that are also suitable for industrial applications.


Autonomous driving / 20.10.2023

New approach for environment perception

In autonomous driving expecially, the environment and operating conditions are of crucial importance. Machine Learning components (e.g., Deep Neural Network (DNN) serve as enablers and therefore themselves must continue to operate reliably despite changing environmental conditions. Fraunhofer IKS provides a solution.


Safetronic 2023 / 9.10.2023

On the Safety of A*

Assuming we knew how to properly assess the safety of an autonomous driving application, what would be the consequences? Dr. Andreas Amoroso gave a little preview of his presentation at the Safetronic 2023 on November 15 and 16. 


Autonomous Driving

Future Mobility

Will the vehicles of the future drive autonomously? Only when autonomous driving is safe will this vision become reality. Therefore, the Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS is working on adaptive software architectures in automobiles.

AI in medicine

Digital Life Science

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a key technology in digital medicine, as it can combine and analyze large amounts of data in a very short time. Fraunhofer IKS is researching how to safeguard such digital applications.

Industry 4.0

Smart Factory and AI

The term Industry 4.0 refers to the digitalization of production. In order to safely utilize the benefits, connected and automated production must function reliably above all else.

Quantum Computing

Quantum computers could enable new applications. Fraunhofer IKS is researching safe software applications for quantum computing so that the calculations can be relied on.



White paper

Complexity and uncertainty in the safety assurance and regulation of automated driving

Together with the University of York, Fraunhofer IKS has published a white paper presenting a new approach to assure the safety of cognitive cyber-physical systems (CPS), including automated driving systems.


White paper

Safe AI. How is this possible?

How is it possible to develop safe software systems based on artificial intelligence? As simple as the question sounds, a comprehensive answer would be complex. Therefore, the white paper "Safe AI - How is it possible?" focuses on the technical design and the engineering principles of safe AI-based systems.


Information on the new building in Garching

Fraunhofer IKS is getting a new institute building at the Fraunhofer campus in Garching near Munich. The groundbreaking ceremony with Bavaria's Minister President Dr. Markus Söder and Economics Minister Hubert Aiwanger in October marked the official start of construction. On our new building page you will find all information about the construction progress in German.

New department "Quantum-enhanced AI"

Fraunhofer IKS has had a new department since the beginning of 2023: "Quantum-enhanced AI". It researches how quantum computing can support AI-based systems. The new department is headed by PD Dr. habil. Jeanette Miriam Lorenz.

To enable companies to quickly benefit from quantum computing, the department offers a workshop that can be customized to the company in question. More information can be found in our workshop flyer.



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