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

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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.



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.



Virtual Conference / October 4 - 7, 2020

Vehicular Technology Conference 2020

Dr.-Ing. Henning Schepker will present his paper on software defined radios at the IEEE VTC-Fall 2020.


Fraunhofer vs. Corona

Together with Airbus, Fraunhofer IKS is testing an ear sensor for noncontact health monitoring of infectious patient groups to ensure that it is safe enough for use in hospitals.

Safe Intelligence Magazine

These are the latest English articles on our blog:



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.



Cloud-based systems face safety and efficiency challenges

The future will rely on widespread, massively-connected, highly-intelligent systems. To implement this vision, we need dependable cloud-based cyber-physical systems. Research in this direction encounters as many opportunities as challenges. Such systems exist in changing environments and interact with other systems and humans, which requires intelligence, autonomy, safety and adaptability – in fact, conflicting goals. An example of this is autonomous driving.



Why Safety Matters

Machine learning means a disruptive challenge for safety assurance. It’s therefore no surprise that AI safety has gained much more attention over the past few months. This article focuses on the basic understanding of what safety actually means. It 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.

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