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New Fraunhofer entities explore AI, Cyber security

New Fraunhofer entities explore AI, Cyber security

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt



The new Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems, located in Munich, will explore the question of how applications of artificial intelligence can safely interact with humans.  The institute is part of an initiative on intelligent robotics to be funded by the State of Bavaria to the tune of €360 million.  

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is to play a central role in this. With institutions such as the Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MSRM) and the Munich Data Science Institute (MDSI), it is particularly strongly represented in the core areas of machine learning and artificial intelligence. It is planned to establish an “AI Mission Institute”, which will be developed out of the MSRM and will bundle research and entrepreneurial activities. TUM is also of particular importance in the establishment of the Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems. Four professorships jointly occupied by TUM and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft will advance basic and applied research there. A total of six professorships are to be created for the Institute’s work. 


Another central challenge of the digital society is the protection of applications and infrastructures against cyber attacks and falsification of data. The new National Research Center for Applied Cyber Security ATHENE, which has started its work in Darmstadt, is dedicated to this topic. ATHENE is said to be Europe’s largest research centre for applied cyber security research.  It is not an independent Fraunhofer Institute; rather, the Cyber Research Center is directly assigned to the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.  The Technical University of Darmstadt and the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences are also involved.

The task of the topics dealt with there is to minimize cybertechnical risks in order to make better use of the opportunities offered by digitization. For this reason, experts from the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology SIT and the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD, together with scientists from Darmstadt Technical University and Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, are developing solutions for digital security under the umbrella of ATHENE.  A special cooperation model will allow the facility to react quickly to new types of cyber vulnerabilities. 

More information:

Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems: https://www.iks.fraunhofer.de/en.html

ATHENE: https://www.athene-center.de/en/

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