The work in the KIEZ 4.0 is divided into five work packages in which the project partners make contributions according to their expertise. The work packages deal with the following topics:
- Work package 1 Concepts: Gathering knowledge about certification schemes and possible approaches to AI
- Work package 2 Applications of AI: Analysis of potential fields of application of AI in aviation and analysis of their potentials
- Work package 3 AI Demos/Use Case: Concrete implementation of the fields of application worked out in work package 2
- Work package 4 Analysis: Concepts for testing procedures, methods for verification and certification of AI
- Work package 5 Cross-sectional issues: Analysis of the ethical, legal and economic questions related to the use of AI
Fraunhofer FOKUS will provide its expertise in the areas of certification and testing of hardware and software components in the working packages 1 and 4.
The structure of the research consortium is a special feature of the KIEZ 4.0 project. In addition to Fraunhofer FOKUS, the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics (FKIE), the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS), the University of Stuttgart and the Munich-based research institute fortiss, as well as the engineering association IILS are also involved on the technical side. The Faculty of Theology at the University of Eichstätt conducts the research on the questions of ethics. Airbus Defense and Space acts as the project lead. Additionally, the German air navigation service provider (DFS), the German Aerospace Center (DLR) as well as the European Union Agency Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) are part of the project.
KIEZ 4.0 receives funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The project starts on 1 June, 2020, and will have a runtime of three years.