Autonomous Systems

Autonomous systems have enormous potential to contribute decisively to the solution of the current ecological, social, and economic challenges. With its “Autonomous Systems” program, Fraunhofer IESE is making a significant contribution to fully exploiting the diverse potential.

The application fields are very broad and range from autonomous driving via autonomous manufacturing lines to medicine and nursing care: 

  • Autonomous systems make it possible to design road and rail transport in a more ecological, safer, and more efficient way.
  • By using them, companies can make work and production processes more flexible and more efficient.
  • In agriculture, they can lead to higher yields and, at the same time, reduced use of fertilizers, and can thus contribute to better alignment between ecology and economy.
  • In the energy transition, energy management can be optimized with the help of the cognitive capabilities of autonomous systems.
  • They can counteract the shortage of skilled workers in many areas such as construction, freight and passenger transport, medicine, and nursing care, despite the demographic change.

Autonomous systems – safe and dependable even in digital ecosystems

The experts and researchers of Fraunhofer IESE offer application-specific solutions as well as general concepts to drive the market launch of autonomous systems.

For many tasks such as vehicle guidance or the control of production processes, dependability is the decisive criterion for market launch. Particularly in the areas of Safety and Security we pave the way to enable market launch and to adapt the standards to the state of the art. The flexible control and monitoring of data flows across system boundaries is a topic that we deal with in our research area Data Usage Control. With MYDATA Control Technologies, we offer the appropriate technical solution. In doing so, we do pay special attention not only to user interaction, but also to User Experience, because the users must not only be able to interact safely with the autonomous system, but must also feel comfortable doing so.  

Autonomous systems are mostly open, collaborating systems and part of a digital ecosystem. In this context, dependability also means that these autonomous systems do not unbalance the digital ecosystem. In order to achieve this kind of dependability, our program builds on the core competencies of Fraunhofer IESE in systems engineering for digital ecosystems: Processes, Requirements Engineering, Architecture and Data Engineering. It extends systems engineering with solutions for autonomy and provable dependability. Because system quality is top priority for Fraunhofer IESE.

In the context of “Autonomous Systems”, industrial production and mobility represent two of the research and application foci at Fraunhofer IESE. 

Meet us at events with contributions to Autonomous Systems

Do not hesitate to contact us in advance and schedule a meeting.

ELIV 2019 - International Automobilelektronik-Kongress

16 – 17 October 2019, World Conference Center Bonn

Focus: International meeting place for the automotive electronics industry

Exchange between vehicle manufacturers and suppliers during this conference is increasingly becoming a “must” in terms of identifying innovations, developments, and problems in automotive electronics at an early stage. Dr.-Ing. Rasmus Adler will be on site with a presentation on “Engineering and Hardening of Functional Fail-Operational Architectures for Highly Automated Driving”.

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30th ISSRE 2019 - International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering
28 – 31 October 2019, Fraunhofer FOKUS Institute, Berlin

Focus: International trends from industry and business

The symposium focuses on innovative technologies and tools for the evaluation, safety and security, improvement, and protection of software products. It will be accompanied by a trade exhibition including companies and Fraunhofer IESE.

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Safetronic - Functional Safety in the Automobile
5 – 6 November 2019, Stuttgart-Fellbach

Focus: Norms & Standards, Functional Safety and Autonomous Driving, Safety Analyses, Concepts for Innovative Technologies

International industry meeting for functional safety in the automobile with accompanying trade exhibition. Dr.-Ing. Rasmus Adler and Dr. Daniel Schneider, Department Head Embedded Systems Quality Assurance, will give a presentation on the topic of “Systematic Identification of Functional Deficiencies using Component Fault Trees”.

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