Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM

Welcome to Fraunhofer ITWM!

We are one of the world's largest mathematical research institutes and our goal is to further develop mathematics as a key technology, give innovative impetus and implement it in practice together with industry partners. Methodologically, our research areas are based on modeling, simulation and optimization. Integral parts of our projects are consulting and implementation, support in the application of high-performance computer technology and providing tailor-made software solutions. We not only use simulation software, but also develop it ourselves, often in cooperation with leading software companies.
Nowadays, companies of all sizes use simulations on regular bases which gives them benefit in terms of product innovation and quality assurance. Our customers are mainly in the automotive, mechanical engineering, textile, computer industry and finance sectors.


3G rules apply on the premises of the Fraunhofer Center! (In German 3G stands for vaccinated – tested – recovered/ geimpft – getestet – genesen) All visitors must be either fully vaccinated, recovered or tested and must also prove this at the reception. The mask requirement in our buildings remains in place.



TV report / 1.12.2021

Expertise of the Fraunhofer ITWM on TV

With Mathematics against Covid19 – our researchers continue to use their expertise in the fight against the virus. In the TV program 3sat NANO ran a report on the topic »How big is the booster effect really?« with statements from our institute director Dr. Anita Schöbel and scientist Dr. Jochen Fiedler. You can watch it here: [only available in German]:


Press Release / 1.12.2021

IT Solutions for Stable Supply Chains

Global supply chains comprise complex networks, making them particularly vulnerable. The UK is a prime example of this, where logistics problems are currently resulting in empty supermarket shelves and closed gas stations. We provide IT solutions that counteract supply bottlenecks in international goods traffic and maintain robust supply chains.


Fraunhofer Magazine / 26.11.2021

Math for Any Emergency

The new Fraunhofer magazine is out! Among other things, we are represented with the article »Math for any emergency« on page 48/49. Here, research around the team of our colleague Heiner Ackermann from the division »Optimization« is presented. How are supply chains made more stable and how does mathematics help?


Press Release / 24.11.2021

Funding for Project the BATCH2KONTI

[only available in German] Together with Fraunhofer IMM, our division »Optimization« wants to improve production processes in biotechnology. Their goal, the conversion into a continuous process. The state is funding the »BATCH2KONTI« project with almost one million euros. Daniel Stich, Ministerial Director at the Ministry of Science and Health, handed over the funding notice to the institute directors.


Interview Deutschlandfunk / 24.11.2021

High Incidences Among Students

What is the current situation in schools and daycare centers? Can the facilities stay open this winter? Our colleague Dr. Jan Mohring answered these and other questions yesterday in the »Forschung aktuell« on Deutschlandfunk radio. You can listen to and read the interview.


Review / 24.11.2021

Young Mathematicians Get to Know the Professional World

[only available in German] Every year we offer mathematics-enthusiastic young people the chance to gain insights into applied mathematics. What does a mathematics degree look like? And what is applied mathematics anyway? At the end of November, 20 young talents were able to immerse themselves digitally in the professional world of mathematicians and work in teams on tricky mathematical tasks.


Article Fraunhofer InnoVisions / 18.11.2021

Data Trailer

[only available in German] Autonomously driving vehicles will change our street scene. Commercial vehicles pose special challenges, because an autonomously driving 40-tonne semitrailer tractor entails risks that must be well controlled. For this, computers need to know how the condition and load of the trailer influence the driving situation. We are researching this in the project »IdenT«. Dr. Michael Burger in an interview:


Article RND / 12.11.2021

Interview: How to Behave in the Corona Winter?

[only available in German]

The RKI recommends reducing social contacts again, and intensive care physicians are asking for this. RND RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland asked experts what they recommend for ten everyday situations in this corona winter. Our institute director Prof. Dr. Anita Schöbel answered.

Upcoming Events 2021

Career Information Event / 9.12.2021

Career Speed Dating with Fraunhofer ITWM

Career Speed Dating is a blend of job interview and speed dating. In eight minutes, applicants and potential employers find out whether they are a good match for each other while the clock is ticking.

Our colleague Dr. Petra Gospodnetić from the »Image Processing« department is on site for our institute at this event and is looking forward to meeting open-minded, international students.

Digital Seminar / Kaiserslautern / 9.12.2021

KL-Regelungstechnik Seminar Series

The seminar »KL-Regelungstechnik« (Kaiserslautern – Control Theory and Control Engineering) is organized by our department as well as several research groups of the TU Kaiserslautern.

Prof. Dr. Tobias Breiten (TU Berlin) will speak on the topic Structure-Preserving Linear Quadratic Gaussian Balanced Truncation for Port-Hamiltonian Systems.


Webinar / 10.12.2021

Quantum for HPC

The European Technology Platform for High-Performance Computing (ETP4HPC) regularly publishes white papers. One of the current white papers deals with quantum computing and HPC. ITWM expert Dr. Valeria Bartsch and two co-authors were invited to the webinar. They have jointly written the current ETP4HPC white paper and will give a presentation.


Workshop / 08.03. – 09.03.2022

10th International Workshop on Terahertz Technology and Applications

In 2022, our Terahertz Workshop will again offer everyone the opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience in the field of terahertz technology. 2022 it will take place for the 10th time.

Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM

Fraunhofer-Platz 1

67663 Kaiserslautern


Phone +49 631 31600-0

Fax +49 631 31600-1099