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.


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.


Press Release / 10.9.2021

SafeComp 2022 in Munich

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«.

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:


Congress / 29.11.-3.12.2021

ESE Kongress 2021

The annual ESE Kongress is Germany's leading congress for the embedded software industry. Jeanette Lorenz from Fraunhofer IKS will hold a presentation on quantum computing.


Conference /13.-19.9.2021

EDCC 2021

The European Dependable Computing Conference (EDCC) is a leading venue for presenting and discussing the latest research, industrial practice and innovations in dependable and secure computing. In 2021 it is co-chaired by Mario Trapp, Director at Fraunhofer IKS.


Conference / 16.-17.11.2021

Safetronic 2021

From 2021 on, the international conference »Safetronic«  will be hosted by Fraunhofer IKS. The 20th international conference Safetronic holistically addresses the safety of road vehicles and all related aspects, including but not limited to functional safety, SOTIF, cybersecurity, safety-in-use and others.

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.


Domain Shifts in Reinforcement Learning: Identifying Disturbances in Environments

In their poster and their poster paper Tom Haider and his colleagues present a Markov Decision Process (MDP) to formalize changes in the environment. This allows End-to-End Deep Reinforcement Learning systems to better deal with situations they have not been trained to deal with.


Measuring Ensemble Diversity and Its Effects on Model Robustness

The paper »Measuring Ensemble Diversity and Its Effects on Model Robustness« adresses two questions: To what extent can deep ensembles with the same training conditions differ in their performance and robustness? And are diversity metrics suitable for selecting members to form a more robust ensemble?


Towards Comprehensive Safety Assurance in Cloud-based Systems

In their paper “Towards Comprehensive Safety Assurance in Cloud-based Systems”, Oleg Oleinichenko, Christian Drabek and Anna Kosmalska present a 3-leveled safety analysis process to ensure the dependability of cloud-based systems.

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:


Industrie 4.0 / 5.8.2021

How robots in warehouses operate safely and efficiently

A simulation designed by Fraunhofer IKS paves the way for robots and humans to interact safely — without reducing efficiency.


Artificial Intelligence / 7.4.2021

A quick look at safe reinforcement learning

Reinforcement learning (RL) is one of three main machine learning (ML) paradigms. Unlike the other two, supervised learning and unsupervised learning, in RL the learning takes place in direct interaction with the surroundings. A brief introduction to RL follows.


Adaptable Architecures / 28.1.2021

Towards Resilient Architectures for Cognitive Systems

Cyber-physical systems (CPS) integrate software algorithms and physical structures. To exceed the simple embedded systems of today, advances in CPS require several properties, particularly adaptability, resilience, and safety. Lean management of CPS with resilient architectures satisfies these requirements by combining data distribution with service-oriented structures.  

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

Senior researcher dependable perception

Your're interested in trustworthy artificial intelligence? You like to work scientifically and question things critically? Then apply as Senior Researcher Dependable Perception at Fraunhofer IKS.

We are hiring

Researcher for software engineering

You would like to combine excellent science and application? You would like to gain insights in various sectors? You have a master's degree in computer science or a comparable academic certification? Then apply as researcher for software engineering at Fraunhofer IKS.  

We are hiring

Researcher for safety-critical systems

Support us to actively shape the future of autonomous systems. Contribute to enabling dependable AI-based vehicles, machines, and production facilities. Your results will come alive in products of leading companies, and thereby you will take your part in shaping a safe future. For qualified applicants we provide the environment to pursue a PhD.


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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