News from the Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS

On this page you will find all the news about Fraunhofer IKS. Use the links below and jump directly to the topic that interests you most.


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


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.


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.


Delegation visit from Africa

Fraunhofer IKS hosted a delegation from Africa. The visit was in connection with the Bavarian Africa Forum 2022, which was organized by the Bavarian Chambers of Industry and Commerce, the German Chamber of Commerce Abroad in Africa and the Bavarian State Chancellery. At Fraunhofer IKS, the participants received an introduction from institute director Mario Trapp as well as three project presentations focusing on industry and automotive.


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.


We are looking forward to welcome you at our events:


Congress / 23.-24.2.2023

AI.BAY 2023

On 23 and 24 February 2023, the AI.BAY congress will take place for the first time at the Deutsches Museum in Munich. The Fraunhofer IKS will be represented at the accompanying exhibition.

The format is intended to offer Bavarian as well as international AI experts an opportunity for exchange.


Conference / 15.3.2023

Conference on Optimization and Machine Learning in Industry 2023

On 15 March, the ADA Lovelace Center for Analytics, Data and Applications invites to the "Conference on Optimization and Machinelearning in Industry". Fraunhofer IKS is participating in the conference and will present research results on resilience in autonomous systems.


Conference / 15.-16.11.2023

Safetronic 2023

For the third time, the Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems will again host the international conference »Safetronic« 2023. The event is planned for November 15 and 16, 2023.

»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.


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

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:


The Story of Resilience, Part 3 / 16.11.2022

Understanding Self-Adaptive Systems

What are the basic principles of self-adaptive systems? This is the basic prerequisite for bringing the concept of resilience to life. Part 3 of our series.


The Story of Resilience, Part 2 / 27.10.2022

The Complexity Challenge

Resilience is the key ingredient for the next generation of cognitive cyber-physical systems. Many visions of the future can only become reality if the systems become aware of themselves, their goals and their context in order to be able to adapt to unknown and changing environments. In this article, part 2 of our series on resilience, we look at the character of complexity to better understand where to start engineering in order to manage this complexity.


Operational Design Domain / 13.10.2022

Narrow frame provides safety

The Operational Design Domain (ODD) precisely defines the area in which automated driving functions may be used. As such, they represent a fundamental prerequisite for safe automated driving. Part 1 of a three-part series on the importance of ODD.

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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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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