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


Machine Learning / 6.5.2024

Formal Verification of Neural Networks with Quantum Computers

Neural networks are not robust. The development of reliable predictors requires systematic methods to both assess their quality and to gain confidence in their correctness. Quantum computing can help here.


Interview with Reinhard Stolle / 22.4.2024

"We use AI to make systems safer“

It takes time. And it will take time. But it will come: Fraunhofer IKS is making a decisive research contribution to autonomous driving, explains Dr. Reinhard Stolle, the new head of the Mobility business unit. But there is still a lot to be done.


Verification of medical AI systems / 2.4.2024

What do regulations say about your medical diagnostics algorithm?

Regulations and standards for trustworthy AI are in place, and high-risk medical AI systems will be up for audits soon. But how exactly can we translate those high-level rules into technical measures for validating actual code and algorithms? Fraunhofer IKS’s AI verification framework provides a solution.


Interview with Mario Trapp and Florian Geissler / 6.3.2024

»We combine the strengths of GPT with those of established safety tools«

The new Fraunhofer IKS Safety Companion is an AI agent designed to support human developers with safety-critical tasks. It uses large language models (LLMs) to understand tasks and to identify and implement the appropriate safety concepts. Executive Director Mario Trapp and Florian Geissler, Senior Scientist at Fraunhofer IKS, introduce the Safety Companion in an interview.


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.


We are looking forward to welcoming you at our events:


Workshop / 7.6.2024

Quantum computing - applications & potential

In June, Fraunhofer IKS is organizing a workshop focusing on quantum computing. Find out what potential quantum computing offers for your company as well and which applications are possible with quantum computing.


Training / 3.7.2024

AI in healthcare

In July, Fraunhofer IKS is organizing a one-day intensive training course with scientific input, in-depth, interactive practical examples and best practices from applied research.

All events

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



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.


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.

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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