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A look at the SafeComp 2022 in Munich

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Video impressions of the SafeComp 2022 in Munich

The 41st edition of the international SafeComp conference was held in Munich – the first time it had ventured to this location. The conference chairs were Prof. Mario Trapp, Executive Director of Fraunhofer IKS, and Prof. Francesca Saglietti, Chair of Software Engineering at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU). The SafeComp 2022 gave 156 experts from 18 countries an opportunity to focus intensively on is-sues regarding the safety and reliability of computer-based systems. Next year, SafeComp will take place in Toulouse.  


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Press Release / 9.9.2022

SafeComp 2022 in Munich delivers positive results

The 41st international SafeComp conference (Safety, Reliability and Security of Computer-based Systems), which drew to an end in Munich on September 9, gave 156 experts from 18 countries an opportunity to focus intensively on is-sues regarding the safety and reliability of computer-based systems. Next year, SafeComp will take place in Toulouse.


Delegation visit from Quebec

On June 28, a Canadian delegation of parliamentarians visited Fraunhofer IKS together with two members of the Bavarian Parliament. In addition to a presentation on Fraunhofer IKS by Director Mario Trapp, the delegation was given a tour in the Living Lab and got insights into various research fields and projects of Fraunhofer IKS, including AI assurance, quantum computing and adaptive resilience management.


Mario Trapp appointed to TU Munich

Since June 1, Mario Trapp, director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS, has been a full professor at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). He is part of the Faculty of Computer Science as holder of the Chair of Engineering Resilient Cognitive Systems. This means that Mario Trapp will also be a professor at the future TUM School of Computation, Information and Technology.

The habilitated computer scientist has headed Fraunhofer IKS since January 2018 and previously taught as an adjunct professor at the Department of Computer Science at TU Kaiserslautern.



Artificial Intelligence in MedTech

Dr. Narges Ahmidi, Head of Reasoned AI Decisions, explains in this video, how artificial intelligence and machine learning will share medical technology in the near future. AI is particularly helpful where a lot of data is involved. The areas of application range from diagnosis, for example through image analysis, to the treatment of patients and the maintenance of medical equipment in intensive care units.

Quantum computing

Fraunhofer IKS is a member of the Quantum Business Network

Fraunhofer IKS is now part of the Quantum Business Network (QBN). The QBN brings together people from science, industry and politics to shape the future of quantum technologies together. The goal is technological progress through industry collaborations and knowledge transfer.


Press Release / 3.2.2022

Solving optimization problems with quantum computing

In the future, quantum computers will be able to solve highly complex tasks that traditional computers have failed to do so far. In the QuaST project, which is funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action, seven partners from science and industry are researching how to make quantum computing as easily accessible as possible for companies.



ezCar2x® framework: Source code available

With the flexible ezCar2x® software framework Fraunhofer IKS provides the key components needed to rapidly create prototype applications for networking vehicles. The link to the complete source code and the corresponding manual can be found on the ezCar2x® website.


Available soon

Testing AI models for robustness online

Fraunhofer IKS brings together safety and artificial intelligence (AI): A new application assesses the reliability of artificial intelligence at the push of a button. The application tests the robustness of the results of their AI model. The new platform uses metrics for uncertainty and robustness quantification to assess the reliability of the analyses of the tested AI models.


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Online seminar / 15.9.2022

Online seminar »The role of AI in railway«

This online seminar looks at the role that Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) currently play in safety-critical systems in rail transport and what we can expect in the future - for example, in autonomous traction vehicles (automatic train operation) or in the field of autonomous maintenance of rail vehicles and rail infrastructure.


Conference / 6.-9.9.2022

SafeComp 2022

The 41st International Conference on Computer Safety, Reliability and Security, SafeComp, will take place next year in Munich. For its 2022 edition, the annual event has the motto »New frontiers of safety assurance«. It will be hosted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS and Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU).  


Conference / 8.-9.11.2022

Safetronic 2022

After the successful premiere in 2021, the Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems will again host the international conference »Safetronic« 2022. The event is planned for November 8 and 9, 2022.

All events

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Here you find the latest papers and publications written by our scientists.


Is it all a cluster game?

It is essential for safety-critical applications of deep neural networks to determine when new inputs are significantly different from the training distribution. This paper explores this out-of-distribution (OOD) detection problem for image classification using clusters of semantically similar embeddings of the training data and exploit the differences in distance relationships to these clusters between in- and out-of-distribution data.



Beyond Test Accuracy: The Effects of Model Compression on CNNs

Model compression is widely employed to deploy convolutional neural networks on devices with limited computational resources or power limitations. For high stakes applications, it is, however, important that compression techniques do not impair the safety of the system. This paper investigates the changes introduced by three compression methods that go beyond the test accuracy.


Out-Of-Distribution Detection Transformer

A serious problem in image classification is that a trained model might perform well for input data that originates from the same distribution as the data available for model training but performs much worse for out-of-distribution (OOD) samples. This paper proposes a first-of-its-kind OOD detection architecture named OODformer that leverages the contextualization capabilities of the transformer.

All publications

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Safe Intelligence Blog

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Cloud / 18.8.2022

13 typical pitfalls when adopting cloud technologies

Cloud technologies is one of the more recent additions to the common portfolio of software architects, which in general decouple software and the resources required for running. This allows the software services to be quickly scaled according to demand. Nevertheless, there are several pitfalls that can be encountered when integrating cloud technologies into your software architecture.


Portrait Narges Ahmidi / 11.8.2022

»Being surrounded with dedicated smart people is rewarding«

Striving for excellence in scientific research on trustworthy Artificial Intelligence (AI), Dr. Narges Ahmidi also aims to encourage young female scientists to enter science and become leaders.


Driverless rail vehicles / 15.7.2022

Autonomous travel across the country and around the city

There are still a number of 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 does autonomous driving on rails work?

Safe Intelligence Blog

On our Safe Intelligence Blog you find blog articles about the technical topics of Fraunhofer IKS. In addition, you can learn more about our employees and the way we work at the institute. Read on directly.

Please note: Most blog articles are in German.


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