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.



Press Release / 22.6.2022

Prof. Rangaraj Is the First Fellow of the Fraunhofer ITWM

Science lives from the exchange, not only with the colleagues on site; equally important are impulses from outside. Therefore, we have established a Fellow Program: Prominent guest scientists come to the institute and dedicate themselves to a topic together with our researchers. We asked our first Fellow Prof. Rangaraj a few questions.


InnoVisions / 21.6.2022

Faster with Quantum Algorithms

The development of new composite materials is precision work. The micrometer-sized structures of the high-performance materials must later ensure the functionality, durability and safety of complex components for aircraft fuselages, wind turbine rotors or in buildings. We already have excellent mathematical methods. One problem lies with computation time. Is the solution quantum computing? Will it soon make everything much faster? [only available in German]



Newsletter / 10.6.2022

Further Develop Corrosion Protection

We are involved in the EU project VIPCOAT for innovative corrosion protection technologies. In a just published newsletter our colleague Dr. Peter Klein talks about his work in the project:


Interviews / 10.6.2022

Is a Corona Summer Wave Coming?

Is the Omikron BA.5 variant threatening another Corona wave this summer? This question was posed by the Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND) to our institute director Prof. Dr. Anita Schöbel, among others. 

SWR also looked at the spread of the latest variant and interviewed our »Optimization« Division Manager Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Küfer on the subject.

[both only available in German]


Press Release / 9.6.2022

Using Energy Efficiently With Math

The topic of energy is more present than ever before: Both industry and private households are facing new challenges.

Our Experts have been developing innovative methods and models for the energy sector for several years. From June 21 to 23, the researchers will present the most exciting energy projects at the leading trade fair E-world.


InnoVisions / 7.6.2022

Time is Money

In the german magazine InnoVisions, Dr. Jonas Koppe, research coordinator for quantum computing at Fraunhofer ITWM, explains how new technologies can be used to better assess the risks of investments. [only available in German]


Whitepaper / 3.6.2022

Federated Learning: Whitepaper published

Federated learning is a novel, decentralized AI method where only the locally learned models are shared instead of the data. Coordinating the participating devices is a complex issue that requires a scalable and fault-tolerant runtime environment.


Short news / 23.5.2022

Application »MePrecise« in the final

Our institute director Prof. Dr. Anita Schöbel is co-speaker at the future cluster initiative »Clusters4Future«. The focus of our competition contribution »MePrecise« is on ultra-precision and microtechnologies. The final selection will take place in summer 2022. 

Upcoming Events 2022


Lausanne, Switzerland, Conference / 26.6.-30.06.2022

20. European Conference on Composite Materials

The 20th European Conference on Composite Materials brings together participants from academia and industry with a common interest in composite materials. Our colleague M.Sc. Nicola Magino from the department »Flow and Material Simulation« will be present with a presentation.


Porto, Portugal / Congress / 26.06. – 29.06.2022

27th Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics

The European Society of Biomechanics organises an annual international scientific conference to share the latest research in the field of biomechanics and provide a forum for discussion. Experts from our division »Mathematics for Vehicle Development« contribute to the programme with exciting insights into our research. 


Kaiserslautern, Hybrid Event / 28.6.2022

Blick über den Tellerrand

Every month our institute opens its doors and invites everyone to broaden their horizon. The interdisciplinary lecture series »Blick über den Tellerrand« presents different perspectives on a wide spectrum of topics. On June 28, 2022, our hybrid event will be entitled »PISA – Mathematical Competencies in International Comparison« The german speaker will be Prof. Dr. Kristina Reiss, head of the PISA study in Germany.  

[only available in German]


Digitales Seminar / 28.06. – 29.06.2022

MESHFREE-Course for Advanced Useres on the Topic »Water Management of Vehicles With MESHFREE«

In the advanced training, participants will learn how to use MESHFREE to simulate and analyze the paths that water takes when crossing a vehicle or when exposed to rain. Please med at least two weeks before the start of the course.


Information Event of the TU Kaiserslautern / 2.7.2022

Tag der Mathematik 2022

The Day of Mathematics is an information event of the Department of Mathematics at TU Kaiserslautern, which is primarily aimed at students of secondary schools of all grades as well as accompanying teachers and parents, but also at students. We will be on site with some experts and present exciting topics.


Berlin and Online, Hybrid Conference / 12.07. – 14.07.2022

International Conference on Programmable Materials

The International Conference on Programmable Materials is organised by Fraunhofer CPM and will take place in Berlin and online. Our colleague PD Dr Heiko Andrä is organising a symposium here. In addition, our colleague Dr Alexander Leichner will give a lecture at this conference.

Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM

Fraunhofer-Platz 1

67663 Kaiserslautern


Phone +49 631 31600-0

Fax +49 631 31600-1099