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

Connected cognitive systems drive innovation in many sectors, including mobility, healthcare, and automation in industry. Disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence and quantum computing play a key role here. Fraunhofer IKS is conducting research to ensure that these applications are reliable and verifiably safe. We consider resilience and intelligence to be part of the same process.

Blog: Latest English articles about Safe Intelligence


Production / 8.7.2024

Autonomous Systems on a Leash

A precisely defined operating environment is not only important for autonomous driving. The Operational Design Domain (ODD) also ensures safety for many other highly automated systems in rail transport, logistics and mobile robotics.



Production / 1.7.2024

Showcasing Cutting-Edge Automation at Fraunhofer IKS

To investigate the future of automation and possible transition paths towards it, Fraunhofer IKS is working on extending automation systems for novel applications. Read on to understand how these prototypes have taken shape and what insights they provide.


Interview Frank Kirschke-Biller / 17.6.2024

»The holistic view of product safety is very important to me«

This year's two-day Safetronic conference will once again focus on a wide range of presentations to the holistic safety of road vehicles. Frank Kirschke-Biller, member of the program committee, discusses focal points and highlights for participants in an interview.


Driverless rail vehicles / 22.4.2024

Safe and driverless public transport

In many major cities, the regular operation of self-driving trains is already part of everyday life. But how does autonomous driving in rail transport work?


Autonomous Driving

Future Mobility

Will the vehicles of the future drive autonomously? Only when autonomous driving is safe will this vision become reality.

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.

Industry 4.0

Smart Factory and AI

In order to safely utilize the benefits, connected and automated production must function reliably above all else.

Quantum Computing

Fraunhofer IKS is researching safe software applications for quantum computing so that the calculations can be relied on.


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Training / 8.-9.10.2024

EU AI Act and High-Risk AI Systems

Fraunhofer IKS is organising a training course on the EU AI Act. Get an overview of the EU AI Act and its implications, dive deeper into the compliance approach and the verification methodology.

You can choose between two dates:

  • October 8 - 9, 2024
  • November 7 - 8, 2024

Training / 22.10.2024

Machine Learning for Safety Experts

Harness the power of machine learning without compromising safety: This two-day course will enable participants to apply the basic principles of security in machine learning to a wide range of scenarios.


All events

You can find all upcoming Fraunhofer IKS envents on our event overview.




New Deputy Director of the Institute Dr. Reinhard Stolle

As of June 1, Dr. Reinhard Stolle, Head of Business Unit Mobility, has assumed additional responsibilities as Deputy Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS.

His profile page provides an overview of his previous work and projects at Fraunhofer IKS.



White paper

The European Artificial Intelligence Act - Overview and Recommendations for Compliance

This whitepaper published by Fraunhofer IKS provides an overview of the most important provisions of the EU AI Act.


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.

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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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.


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