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.



Podcast Streuspanne / 21.02.2024

The Two Schools of Thought in Statistics

In this episode, the Streuspanne team playfully introduces the audience to the two approaches to calculating probability. On the one hand, Jochen Fiedler slips into the role of Mr. Bayes for Bayesian statistics and on the other hand, Sascha Feth plays Mr. Frequentist, who speaks for the frequentist school of thought.


Interview / 16.02.2024

»Don’t Let the Math Put You Off!«

Max Burr has been an intern in the »System Analysis, Prognosis and Control« department since January 1, 2024. The 24-year-old electrical engineering student will be with us at the institute until the end of March 2024. In this interview, he talks about his time, experiences and activities so far.


Press Relese / 07.02.2024

Saving Energy With Artificial Intelligence

Our experts from three departments and divisions will be presenting their work at the leading trade fair E-world energy & water and demonstrating with innovative projects how mathematical models can contribute to the energy transition and the achievement of climate targets.


Short News Cooperation / 06.02.2024

Optimizing Airlay Technology With Simulation

Nonwovens play a key role in many industries, for example in the automotive and healthcare sectors. In production, simulations help to further develop the important airlay technology for staple fibres. In the ongoing cooperation with bematic® and Siriotek, we are jointly optimising the carding machines in this process.


Short News / 19.01.2024

Alumni Network Meeting 2024

On January 19, 2024, we welcomed our alumni, consultants and ITWM employees to the strategic network meeting at the Fraunhofer Center.

Exciting presentations and pitches awaited them as well as an in-house exhibition where some departments and divisions presented their work.


Podcast Streuspanne / 18.01.2024

Misleading Intuition in Statistics – the Simpson Paradox

In the first episode of 2024, the Streuspanne team looks at a (supposed) statistical paradox. What is the Simpson paradox? How can it influence meaningful data analysis? And how can you avoid falling for it? Listen in:


Press Release / 15.01.2024

Handover of Funding Decision for the eQuality Project

When manufacturing products, it is important to detect even the smallest defects reliably and quickly, preferably automatically. In the »eQuality« project, we are investigating how this process can be improved thanks to Artificial Intelligence (AI).


Press Release / 11.01.2024

Mathematics Optimizes Tours in Outpatient Care

If the routes are well planned, there is more time for care. A study carried out by our researchers together with the billing service provider ARZ Haan shows just how much potential there is for improvement in route planning.

Upcoming Events


Kaiserslautern / Winterschool / 19.02. – 23.02.2024

QUIP Winterschool 2024

The QUIP Winter School brings together students, leading researchers and industry to discuss the latest developments, challenges and applications in the field of Quantum Machine Learning. The program includes intensive courses, lectures and workshops on the topic, with experts from our institute as speakers.


Essen / Fair / 20.02. – 22.02.2024

E-World 2024

E-world is a meeting place for the european energy industry.

Teams from the departments »System Analysis, Prognosis and Control« and »Financial Mathematics«, as well as from the division »High Performance Computing« present their research in the energy sector.


Dortmund / Fair / 21.02. – 22.02.2024

Maintenance 2024

Maintenance in Dortmund is the leading trade fair for industrial maintenance.

Our colleague Julia Burr and the deputy head of the department »System Analysis, Prognosis and Control«, Dr. Benjamin Adrian, will be there to present two exciting topics of the department.


Berlin / Conference / 27.02.2024 – 28.02.2024

Smart Textiles Application Forum 2024

The Application Forum features presentations on new applications in the field of smart textiles.

Our expert Maxime Krier from the department »Flow and Material Simulation« will give a lecture entitled »Efficient Simulation Techniques for the Digital Development and Optimization of Textiles«.


Stuttgart / Conference / 05.03.2024

Heidelberg Image Processing Forum 2024

The 86th Heidelberg Image Processing Forum, which is being organized this year by the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA, will focus on virtual image processing. Dr. Petra Gospodnetic will be giving a presentation and the deputy head of department »Image Processing« will also be on site.


Online / Digital Seminar / 05.03. – 07.03.2024

Introduction to MESHFREE

MESHFREE can be used to simulate a variety of situations as it efficiently adapts to moving geometry elements such as agitators of mixing devices or the movement of free surfaces. In the course we will give an overview of the tool and show how the software can best support your requirements.


Paris, France / Fair / 05.03. – 07.03.2024

JEC World 2024

JEC World is the global trade fair for composite materials and their applications. Our experts Dr. Joachim Jonuscheit, Dr. Matthias Kabel and Dr. Hannes Grimm-Strele from the »Materials Characterization and Testing« and »Flow and Material Simulation« departments will be at the joint Fraunhofer booth to provide information on current topics and projects.


Kaiserslautern, Fraunhofer ITWM / Conference / 10.3. – 12.3.2024

Terahertz Young Scientists Meeting

The »Terahertz Young Scientists Meeting« is aimed at master's and doctoral students in the field of terahertz research. The aim of the conference is to promote the exchange of knowledge and experience among young scientists.


Kaiserslautern, Fraunhofer ITWM / Workshop / 12.03. – 13.03.2024

Workshop Terahertz Technology and Applications 2024

Terahertz technology has proven to be a valuable tool for applications in diagnostics, measurement and testing. However, the industrial use of this technology raises some difficult questions. Theworkshop promotes the exchange of knowledge and experience between science and industry


Kaiserslautern / Conference / 12.03. – 14.03.2024

International Commercial Vehicle Technology Symposium 2024

The conference includes approx. 50 technical papers and poster presentations focusing on international trends and technological developments in the commercial vehicle industry.


Hannover / Fair / 18.03. – 21.03.2024

Tire Technology Expo 2024

The Tire Technology Expo is the central European conference and trade fair for tire manufacturing technologies. Our colleagues from the team »Simulation of Tires«, will be on site. Together with the Fraunhofer IIS, they will be providing information about our research at the stand. Our expert Axel Gallrein will be part of one of the courses on March 19, 2024 and explain our product »CDTire«.


Magdeburg / Conference / 18.03. – 22.03.2024

GAMM Annual Meeting 2024

The Society for Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (GAMM) is an association for the promotion of scientific work. The conference offers an ideal opportunity for international exchange for scientists.

Our colleagues from the division »Mathematics for Vehicle Engineering« will be present with several talks.


Hybrid Conference / 20.03. – 21.03.2024


The conference Artificial Intelligence in Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AI in AEC) is part of the conference series for Artificial Intelligence in the built environment.

Anna Nowacka is on site for our department »Image Processing« and will give a lecture on »Deep Learning Based Crack Segmentation in 3D Computed Tomography Images of Concrete«.


Kaiserslautern, Fraunhofer ITWM / Career Event / 25.04.2024

Girls'Day @ Fraunhofer ITWM

Girls'Day provides practical experience in professions and fields of study in which the proportion of women is currently below 40 percent. We are taking part with a great program at the Fraunhofer Center - from a rally with a competition to a guided tour of the building including laboratory tours and exciting lectures, we offer an exciting program.


Kaiserslautern, Fraunhofer ITWM / Workshop / 03.06. – 07.06.2024

Math-Talent-School Girls-Camp 2024

The MINT-EC-Math-Talent-School is aimed at schoolgirls who would like to gain an insight into the professional world of mathematicians and would like to exchange ideas with other interested parties. What is applied mathematics anyway?

Experience it for yourself and register by 31.03.2024!


Recurring Seminars

Seminars of the Division »Mathematics for Vehicle Engineering« 2024

This year, the division »Mathematics for Vehicle Engineering« is once again offering three further training seminars:

Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM

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