Topics of the Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS

Cognitive Systems

Cognitive systems have the ability to adapt to their environment and as a result, solve complex tasks on their own. Fraunhofer IKS conducts research into safe and dependable cognitive systems.

Autonomous Driving

Will the automobiles of the future drive autonomously? This vision of the future will become reality only when autonomous driving is safe. With this in mind, Fraunhofer IKS works on adaptive automobile software architectures.

Artificial Intelligence

The goal of Fraunhofer IKS is to take advantage of machine learning technologies in order to design a future that is safe. AI technologies must be 100 percent dependable, especially when it comes to safety-critical applications.

AI in medicine

In the future, digital medicine will accompany us as patients from prevention to aftercare. Artificial intelligence (AI) is a key technology here, because AI can combine and analyze large amounts of data in a very short time. Fraunhofer IKS conducts research on the validation of such digital applications.

Industry 4.0

The term Industry 4.0 refers to the digitalization of production and manufacturing. In order to safely exploit the corresponding advantages, connected and automated production systems must function first and foremost in a dependable manner.

Safety Engineering

The electronics inside vehicles and machinery are growing increasingly complex. It takes more advanced safety mechanisms to tame this complexity. This is why safety engineering is a focal point of research at Fraunhofer IKS.

Smart Farming

Smart Farming makes it possible to simultaneously render agriculture more sustainable, efficient and resilient. Fraunhofer IKS supports manufacturers of agricultural machinery, technology or software in the development of solutions for smart farming.

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.


Under the term resilience, Fraunhofer IKS optimizes the benefits of a system while maintaining safety in uncertain, unknown, and changing contexts.

AI standardization

Under the auspices of Fraunhofer IKS, an international working group is developing norms and standards that deal with artificial intelligence from a safety perspective: the ISO/PAS 8800 standard.

Digital Twins

By using a digital twin, production processes can be optimized and problems such as autonomous driving detected and solved using existing data before they arise in physical reality at all.

Current activities 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 / 15.-16.11.2023

Safetronic 2023

For the third time, the Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems hosted the international conference »Safetronic« 2023. It holistically addressed the safety of road vehicles and all related aspects, including but not limited to functional safety, SOTIF, cybersecurity, safety-in-use and others.

The Call for Papers is online now!


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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Safe Intelligence Magazine

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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.



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. 


Driverless rail vehicles / 25.9.2023

Safe autonomous travel with public transport

There are still several technical and regulatory obstacles to overcome before autonomous cars are ready for mass production. But when it comes to rail transport, things are much further ahead. Self-driving trains are already a common mode of transport. But how exactly does autonomous driving on rails work?

Services by the Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS

Medical AI

Fraunhofer IKS conducts research into the development of trustworthy AI-based systems in safety-critical areas such as healthcare.

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.

Industrial Automation

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

AI Act and High-Risk Systems

Fraunhofer IKS supports you in complying with the EU's AI Act, including high-risk systems.

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