Philipp Schleiß

Departement Head »Systems Safety Engineering« at Fraunhofer IKS

Philipp Schleiß, Departement Head »Systems Safety Engineering« at Fraunhofer IKS
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Philipp Schleiß, Departement Head »Systems Safety Engineering« at Fraunhofer IKS

Philipp Schleiß is the Department Head »Systems Safety Engineering« at the Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS. After successfully completing his master's degree in business informatics at the Technical University of Munich, he has been involved in various research and industry projects at Fraunhofer IKS since 2013. His main focus is on researching methods for safeguarding complex systems subject to uncertainty and ensuring real-time properties.


Can uncertainties in the perception of the environment be quantified?

Autonomous driving is based on reliable environment recognition. If errors occur here, life-threatening situations can quickly arise. This must be prevented, but a residual risk remains. Only when this can be precisely determined does it become calculable and a decision can be made as to whether or not to take it.


Philipp Schleiß is the author of numerous scientific publications. You can find an overview here:


Events at which Philipp Schleiß gives/has given presentations:
  • Co-organisator of the DREAMS Workshops – Dynamic Risk managEment for AutonoMous Systems (DREAMS) – within the European Dependable Computing Conference (EDCC)
  • Solution Days 2020
    Talk »New approaches to safeguarding high-performance AI-based vehicles«
  • 2020
    Talk »Systematic analysis of factors influencing sensor technology in environment detection to determine critical situations«
  • ESE Kongress 2020
    Talk »How compatible are artificial intelligence and safety? Safeguarding AI-based Perception Architectures in Autonomous Systems«

Safety Engineering

Philipp Schleiß conducts research on the increasingly complex electronics in the automotive and industrial sectors. Safety engineering ensures and improves the safety of systems.


  • AUTOSAR – Working group of Safety (WG-SAF) and »Application Interfaces (AIF)«

Projects of Philipp Schleiß

On our homepage you will find numerous projects of our colleagues around the research topics of Fraunhofer IKS. Here are the projects by Philipp Schleiß:


safe.trAIn: Safe AI for driverless trains

In the safe.trAIn project, 17 partners are working to establish the groundwork for using AI safely in driverless rail vehicles to make regional rail transport more efficient and sustainable. Fraunhofer IKS is focusing in particular on the proof of safety for AI functions, the robustness of AI and the Operational design domain (ODD).


AI assurance: Safe artificial intelligence for autonomous driving

The “KI-Absicherung” project for AI assurance, an initiative by the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), has defined its goal of making the safety of in-car AI systems verifiable. To this end, the project partners are developing a stringent, verifiable chain of arguments for the assurance of AI functions in highly automated vehicles.



System Health Monitoring for Autonomous Systems

As part of the collaboration with the worldwide development partnership   AUTomotive Open System ARchitecture (AUTOSAR) Fraunhofer IKS together with other members conducts research mainly in the practical application of System Health Management.  


Safe Adaptive Software for Fully Electric Vehicles

Within the EU-funded project SafeAdapt, a consortium of 9 partners from six European countries is making innovative changes to the E/E architecture, which will reduce the complexity of the system and raise the cost and energy efficiency.

More from Philipp Schleiß and his department

On the following pages, you will learn more about the work and offerings of Philipp Schleiß and his department »Systems Safety Engineering«:


Safety Assurance

Safety assurance is the process of comprehensively proving the safety of a system. The first question to ask is: when is a system or artificial intelligence safe enough? What requirements must the system fulfil and how can the fulfilment of these requirements be proven? This is what Fraunhofer IKS is researching. We are also working on safety cases to prove the safety of the overall system.


Fault-tolerant Embedded Platforms

Fraunhofer IKS develops fault-tolerant embedded systems. This is because software architectures, for example for autonomous vehicles or in production plants, must not simply switch off, but must continue to function. Embedded systems and the important functions they contain must therefore always work reliably.


Safety Architectures for AI Systems

Fraunhofer IKS offers a comprehensive safety architecture for artificial intelligence. The goal is to ensure the safety of a system at all times despite expected or unexpected events. This means that a system can always switch to a safe state without having to stop or shut down. To this end, Fraunhofer IKS is working on methods for the automated safeguarding of artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous systems.