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.



Press Release of the High Performance Center / 17.07.2024

First Place for the Third Time in a Row!

With 28 out of a total of 30 points our High Performance Center once again took first place in this year's ranking of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft's 21 High-Performance Centers. It shows that the close cooperation between university and non-university research leads to outstanding results in Kaiserslautern. 


Publication / 12.07.2024

New German Annual Report 2023/2024 has been published!

In the new annual report, we provide an insight into our research projects and activities, in which our employees have invested their knowledge, experience and passion. »Mathematics as the Key to Health« – we report on this in the cover story of the annual report. Of course, we also take a look at numerous other scientific activities at our institute and present many current projects. 


Podcast Streuspanne / 10.07.2024

Can Benford's Law Disprove Bielefeld?

In the new episode of Streuspanne, we look at Benford's Law. This mathematical principle mysteriously reveals fraud in statistics. Our Streuspanne team investigates whether it puts financial investigators out of work and whether the law can disprove Bielefeld.

[Our Podcast is only available in German]


Podcast / 09.07.2024

Our Expert in the »DeCarbon Cast« Podcast

Our expert Michael Bortzof the division »Optimization«, was a guest on the »DeCarbon Cast« podcast. In the episode, he discusses with Thomas Grützner from the University of Ulm why the energy transition is not possible without maths.


Article in the Handelsblatt / 24.06.2024

Are Floating Communities the Future?

A Handelsblatt article examines the potential of real estate on water to address space issues. Could this be the next big trend in real estate? Our manufacturer-independent energy management system Amperix and our »Green by IT« team are supporting the »Schoonschip« residential project in Amsterdam.


Short News / 18.06.2024

New Software Release for ToolIP2024

The new demo version of ToolIP2024 is now available for all interested parties. The software for the interactive development of image processing solutions now offers an improved user interface, extended plug-in functions and more powerful algorithms. 


Press Release / 14.06.2024

Fraunhofer ITWM at the »Battery Show Europe 2024« in Stuttgart

Battery simulation has been a focus of research at our institute for many years. Quality control has recently been added to this area of research. The focus here is on electrodes and their conductive properties. At the leading trade fair »Battery Show Europe« in Stuttgart, experts will be presenting these innovations in Hall 9 at Booth B85.


Press Release / 12.06.2024

MESHFREE Wins Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 2024

Because highly dynamic processes often cannot be satisfactorily mapped with conventional software, we have developed a solution with the MESHFREE tool that can simulate complex processes cost-effectively. We will be awarded the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 2024 for this software.

Upcoming Events


Vancouver, Canada / Congress / 21.07 – 26.07.2024

World Congress on Computational Mechanics

This congress on computational mechanics takes place annually. Our expert Dr. Jörg Kuhnert, deputy head of the department »Transport Processes«, will give a presentation.


Vienna, Austria / Conference / 21.07 – 27.07.2024

International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) 2024

The International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) 2024 is an annual event that focuses on the latest advances in the field of machine learning. Our expert Peter Lorenz from our division »High Performance Computing« will be there for us and will present a poster on his work.


Jyväskylä, Finland / Summer School / 05.08. – 16.08.2024

33rd Jyväskylä Summer School

This Evnet is organized by the Faculty of Mathematics and Science and the Faculty of Information Technology at the University of Jyväskylä and offers students interdisciplinary courses in science and IT. Our colleague Martin Bubel from the »Optimization« division is on site and presents a poster entitled: »Reusable Surrogate Models for Flowsheet Simulation«.


Perth, Australia / Conference / 01-09. – 06.09.2024

IRMMW-THz 2024

The International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter and Terahertz Waves is taking place this year in Perth, Australia. Our experts from the Fraunhofer ITWM Joshua Hennig and Mirco Kutas from the department »Materials Characterization and Testing« will be on site with one presentation each.  Participants can inform themselves through a wide range of presentations by scientists from many fields related to terahertz.


Hamburg / Fair / 03.09. – 06.09.2024

SMM 2024

The trade fair offers a platform for companies, research institutions and experts from all over the world to present and discuss the latest innovations and technologies in the maritime sector.

Our colleagues from the department »Transport Processes« will be presenting our MESHFREE simulation software at the joint Fraunhofer-Waterborne stand.


Online / Seminar / 10.09. – 12.09.2024

Introduction to MESHFREE

With MESHFREE a variaty of situations can be simulated, since it adapts efficiently to moving geometry elements such as stirrers of mixing devices or the movement of free surfaces. In the course for beginners, we give an overview of the tool and present how the software best supports your demands. The introduction consists of two training days and an optional third day with supported self-study.


Benningen / VDI-Conference / 11.09. – 12.09.2024

21st VDI Conference »Tires – Chassis – Roadway«

Our tire experts Francesco Calabrese and Christoph Burkhart are on site at the 21st VDI symposium on »Tires – Chassis – Roadway«. They will be presenting their work in the field of »Mathematics for Vehicle Engineering«. For example with a scientific lecture.


Paris, France / Fair / 22.09 – 27.09.2024

European Microwave Week

The European Microwave Week provides access to the very latest products, research and initiatives in the microwave sector. Our colleague M.Sc. Shihva Mohammadzadeh from the department »Material Characterization and Testing« will give a presentation on »Compact Ultra-Broadband Terahertz Radar-Based 3D Imaging System« at this year's »European Microwave Week«.


Darmstadt / Congress / 24.09. – 26.09.2024

MSE 2024

The International Materials Science and Engineering Congress - MSE 2024 takes place in Darmstadt and demonstrates the potential and cooperation in the field of materials science and engineering. 

Aiswarya Nair Manikantan Geetha from the department »Image Processing« will be giving a presentation on »Two-scale geometric modelling of wood fiber insulation boards based on sub-µ synchrotron radiation computed tomography images«. 


Berlin / Fair / 24.09. – 27.09.2024

InnoTrans 2024

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is taking part in InnoTrans 2024 with a joint stand coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute IZFP and the Fraunhofer Transport Alliance. 

Our expert Dr. Joachim Jonuscheit, deputy head of the »Material Characterization and Testing« department, will also be there to present our terahertz-based measurement technology.


High Performance Center Software / Workshop / 10.10. – 11.10.2024

Mathematical Methods in Process Engineering (MMiPE)

Every two years, interested parties come together at our Institute to discuss mathematical methods in process engineering.

Please register until September 27, 2024, via the online registration form on our event page.


Recurring Seminars

Seminars of the Division »Mathematics for Vehicle Engineering«

In 2025, further training seminars of the division »Mathematics for Vehicle Engineering« will take place again!

We will keep you up to date here:

Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM

Fraunhofer-Platz 1

67663 Kaiserslautern


Phone +49 631 31600-0

Fax +49 631 31600-1099