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.



Career Short News / 22.3.2023

Mathematics Scholarship Application

You want to study mathematics at the RPTU in Kaiserslautern from October 2023 or you are already studying? You have very good school or study results? We support you with the Felix-Klein-Scholarship! The monthly support is 600 Euro. You can apply until May 31, 2023. In addition to financial support, you can expect an exclusive mentoring program and great activities from the Felix Klein Center for Mathematics.


Press Release / 21.3.2023

Interview with the EURO President

Prof. Dr. Anita Schöbel has been President of the »Association of European Operational Research Societies« (EURO) since January 1, 2023. After her election in summer 2021, she was able to prepare for her term as »President Elect« for one year. We interviewed her about her tenure so far.


Press Release / 17.3.2023

Minister Clemens Hoch hands over funding decisions for »QUIP« and »MaTBiZ«

Science Minister Clemens Hoch brought two funding decisions to Kaiserslautern to support Quantum Initiative Rhineland-Palatinate (QUIP) and the project MaTBiZ.


Short News / 16.3.2023

Kaiserslautern Is ECMI Node For Two Weeks

The European Consortium for Mathematics in Industry (ECMI) has its own blog about news from the European maths community. In terms of content, every fortnight a different place is the so-called »Featured ECMI Node« and is responsible for the news. As of today (16 March 2023), we from Kaiserslautern are posting together with the Department of Mathematics of the Rhineland-Palatinate Technical University Kaiserslautern-Landau (RPTU).


Podcast Streuspanne / 15.3.2023

Micromort and Everyday Risks

In our new podcast episode, the two blogging statisticians Dr. Sascha Feth and Dr. Jochen Fiedler talk about the so-called »micromort«. This is a unit of measurement that can be used to measure lethal risks in everyday life. Risk assessment and evaluation is also a topic of the podcast conversation. [only available in German]


Video Report / 8.3.2023

Getting a Job as a Mathematician

Between strong coffee, dedicated project work, exciting online meetings and new algorithms – ARD alpha Uni accompanied our colleague Dr. Tobias Seidel in his everyday life at Fraunhofer ITWM. This short report makes one thing clear: even at the beginning of their careers, mathematicians change the world a little bit for the better – in line with our motto »Mathematics for a Good Future«. [Only available in German]


Video Series / 3.3.2023

Doing a PhD in Kaiserslautern

»The Kaiserslautern location is particularly interesting for mathematicians.« In addition to our institute, this is also due to the excellent teaching in the »Mathematics« at the Rhineland-Palatinate Technical University Kaiserslautern-Landau (RPTU).

Firoozeh Aga and Maxime Krier give insights into their »Lautrer Maths Story« in the latest video in our series.


Research News / Press Release / 1.3.2023

Seismic Imaging Provides an Insight Into the Earths Subsurface

The seismic reflection method involves sending acoustic waves thousands of meters under the Earth’s surface. The reflected signals provide scientists with information about the characteristics of the subsurface. Researchers at the Fraunhofer ITWM are able to process seismic data in greater detail.

Upcoming Events 2022


Stuttgart, Fair / 28.03. – 30.03.2023

Volta-X 2023

Volta-X is a new, international platform for products, services and solutions. At the three-day trade fair with conference, business, science and politics discuss the requirements and solutions for the energy transition. Our colleagues from the division »High Performance Computing« are represented together with Wendeware AG at a booth on site and present various projects from the focus »Green by IT«.


Kaiserslautern, Seminar / 04.04.2023 / 4.4.2023

Machine und Deep Learning Seminar Series

The Machine and Deep Learning seminar series continues. The next seminar will take place on 04.04.2023.

Prof. Goran Glavaš from the University of Würzburg will give a talk on »ChatGPT: If Scale is the Answer, What is Left to be Asked?« in the lecture hall.


Geneva, Switzerland, Fair / 18.04. – 21.04.2023

INDEX 2023

INDEX is the largest nonwovens exhibition and brings together all the key players in the dynamic field of nonwovens in one place. Our colleagues from the department »Transport Processes« will be on site with topics related to spinning and various production processes, as well as a presentation on »Show Cases for Virtual Design of Nonwovens Production Processes«.


Online, Workshop / 19.04.2023

Workshop »Digital Twin: Network Optimization and Extension«

As part of a network project at Hof University of Applied Sciences, a team from our department »Transport Processes« will give a presentation entitled »Dynamic Simulation and Optimization with AD-Net District Heating« in an online workshop on the topic of »Digital Twin: Network Optimization and Extension«.



Technology Webinars

The division »Mathematics for Vehicle Development« will organize free webinars on various technology topics in 2023:


Berlin, Training Course / 24.04. – 28.04.2023

Quantum Computing Basics and the Most Important Algorithms

This one-week course, which we organize in cooperation with Fraunhofer FOKUS, provides an introduction to the basics of quantum computing and key algorithms. 


Kaiserslautern, Seminar / 25.04.2023

C++ User Group Kaiserslautern

Our division »High Computing Performance« initiates and hosts a user group meeting at Fraunhofer ITWM approximately every eight weeks to discuss topics related to C++ programming and the associated tooling environments (e.g., compilers, creation tools).

The next meeting will take place on 25 April 2023.


Paris, Fair / 25.04. – 27.04.2023

JEC World 2023

JEC World is the global fair for composites and their applications. Held in Paris, it is the industry's leading event, bringing together all the key players in the spirit of innovation, business and networking. Our experts from the department »Materials Characterization and Testing« will also be on site at booth J-628.


Leipzig, Conference / 26. – 27.04.2023

Riskmanagement and Investment in Insurance 2023

Versicherungsforen Leipzig organizes this professional conference and offers an opportunity to further educate oneself through numerous lectures. Prof. Dr. Ralf Korn and Dr. Stefan Mai give a tandem lecture on »Solvency Capital Estimation with Linear Regressions and Neural Networks«.


Prague, Czech, Conference / 26.4.2023 – 28.4.2023


At the International Conference on Vehicle Technology and Intelligent Traffic Systems (VEHITS), engineers, researchers and practitioners exchange information on the current state of vehicle technology and intelligent traffic systems. Our expert Urs Baumgart from the area »Mathematics for Vehicle Development« will give a presentation entitled »Hybrid Optimal Traffic Control: Combining Model-Based and Data-Driven Approaches« at the event.


Dresden, Conference / 30.05. – 02.06.2023

GAMM 2023

The Society for Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (GAMM) is an association for the promotion of scientific work. The conference offers an optimal opportunity for international exchange for scientists:inside. Our colleague Tian Zhao from the division »Mathematics for Vehicle Engeneering« will be present with a lecture.


Kaiserslautern, Workshop / 13.06. – 14. 062023

Workshop on the Project »EnerQuant«

At the end of the project runtime, the project consortium organizes a workshop on »Quantum Computing for the Energy Industry«. Please feel free to register for our workshop on the event page by May 14, 2023. If you would like to contribute a lecture, please note this on the registration form by April 14, 2023.


Kaiserslautern, Conference / 13.09. – 14.09.2023

IPS Cable Simulation User Conference 2023

fleXstructures GmbH, IPS AB, Fraunhofer-Chalmers Centre FCC and we are hosting the fifth IPS Cable Simulation Conference. Many users of IPS Cable Simulation use the conference to learn more about the development of the software and new features, and to share their own experiences with users from different fields and countries.


Fraunhofer ITWM, Kaiserslautern, Conference / 25.09. – 27.09.2023

KLAIM 2023

Save the Date for KLAIM 2023: More information about the conference will follow. The aim of the biennial conference is to provide a forum for applied mathematicians from academia, research laboratories, and industry. The focus of KLAIM 2023 is on the combination of model-based approaches and data-driven techniques.

Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM

Fraunhofer-Platz 1

67663 Kaiserslautern


Phone +49 631 31600-0

Fax +49 631 31600-1099