News from the Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS

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Here you can find all the news about the Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS.



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.


White paper

Trustworthy AI for Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS)

Together with the Huawei Research Center Munich, Fraunhofer IKS has written a white paper on Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). It summarizes current and future challenges of introducing AI into Intelligent Traffic Systems in a trustworthy manner. Here, special focus is laid on Smart Cities.



Call for Papers

SafeComp 2022: Call for Papers

SafeComp is an annual event covering the state-of-the-art, experience and new trends in the areas of safety, security and reliability of critical computer applications.

At SafeComp 2022 you have the opportunity to submit a paper and/or organize a workshop until February 7, 2022.


White paper

Machine Learning Methods for Enhanced Reliable Perception

As part of the ADA Lovelace Center for Analytics, Data and Applications,  Fraunhofer IKS has developed a technical white paper on machine learning methods for reliable perception of autonomous systems. It reviews, develops and evaluates new methods for quantifying uncertainty in deep neural networks.

Visit of Czech deputy trade minister

On July 29, 2021, Fraunhofer IKS was honored to welcome to the Institute Dr. Petr Očko, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, and Kristina Larischová, the Consul General of the Czech Republic in Munich.

Prof. Dr. Simon Burton, Research Division Director at Fraunhofer IKS, presented the institute’s ongoing research on safe, autonomous and connected systems from the fields of automotive and Industry 4.0 and the parties discussed possible topics of future research collaborations.


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.


White paper

DevOps for Developing Cyber-Physical Systems

In collaboration with Magazino GmbH, Frauhofer IKS presents a white paper on the obstacles and potentials of “DevOps for developing cyber-physical systems”:

  • What is the difference between DevOps and traditional software development?
  • What are the challenges in the DevOps process for cyber-physical systems?
  • How can DevOps processes be implemented?

White paper

Flexilient End-to-End Architectures

Within the white paper, scientists of Fraunhofer IKS discuss the main challenges of dependable cloud-based cyber-physical systems(-of-systems). The aim is to design them to simultaneously provide resilience, intelligence and flexibility, for which we introduce the new term »flexilience«.


We are looking forward to welcome you at our events:


Online seminar (DE) / 15.2.2022

Online seminar "The role of standards for the future of AI"

The online seminar "The role of standards for the future of AI" looks at how validation processes and standardization norms can be used to make the use of artificial intelligence more dependable and safe.


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 / 15.-16.11.2022

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 15 and 16, 2022.

All events

You find all events of Fraunhofer IKS on our event overview.


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


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.


Situation-Aware Model Refinement for Semantic Image Segmentation

The quality of semantic image segmentation models can be affected by external factors such as weather or daytime. Those factors can lead to safety-critical mistakes. In this work, we propose a systematic approach to detect and alleviate such weaknesses of semantic segmentation models.


Enhanced System Awareness as Basis for Resilience of Autonomous Vehicles

Automated cars have to take correct decisions in complex situations. For this, the understanding of a vehicle system’s own capabilities and the environmental context is crucial. We introduce our approach of enhancing the system awareness of vehicles to handle changes gracefully, while optimizing the overall performance.

All publications

On our publications page you find all scientific publications, but also the entire list of publications of Fraunhofer IKS, current white papers as well as the annual report and our videos.

Safe Intelligence Blog

These are our latest blog posts:


Safe Intelligence Blog / 12.1.2022

Bilingual into the new year!

The Fraunhofer IKS Safe Intelligence blog starts the new year with a big change: From now on, there is also an English version of the blog.


Award / 9.12.2021

Fraunhofer IKS wins Best Paper Award

The EAI IC4S international conference has awarded the prize for the best paper to Fraunhofer IKS. The topic of the paper is a concept for safe and efficient collaboration between autonomous mobile robots (AMR) and people in shared areas.


Autonomous driving / 17.11.2021

Reliable detection of pedestrians in road traffic

The system in autonomous vehicles must be able to reliably detect pedestrians. Deep learning approaches are the main method used for this task. However, in comparison with classic software, the results of these approaches must also be verified, which requires complicated technical measures. This article provides an overview of these measures.

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.


You want to accompany the Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS on its way? Then we look forward to receiving your application!

We are hiring

Researcher Quantum Computing

Support us in enabling reliable and robust quantum computing for industrial applications. Contribute to realizing applications of quantum computing and quantum machine learning in the medtech sector and in the mobility sector. Help shaping the application side of the Munich Quantum Valley in collaboration with world-leading scientists. For qualified applicants we provide the possibility to pursue a PhD.

We are hiring

(Senior) Researcher - Safety Assurance for AI

You are highly motivated with an independent way of working and a critical thinking mindset? Then support us as (Senior) Researcher for Safety Assurance for AI. We offer a unique combination of excellent science and industrial application.  Apply now!


Jobs & Career

Join our team! Here you can find our job offers and information about working at the Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS.


Your colleagues

Would you like to know who your potential colleagues at Fraunhofer IKS are? Read our employee portraits on our Safe Intelligence Blog to find out what motivates our colleagues and what they are working on!


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