Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM

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About Us

Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM briefly.

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Global epidemics and economic impact

With Mathematics Against Covid-19

Experts of the Fraunhofer ITWM contribute to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic in the form of various research projects. We support economy and society in coping with the Corona crisis with mathematical methods. On our landing page "Fraunhofer ITWM vs. Corona" we provide all news from the ITWM around the topic:

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AI Pilot for Mobility

In order to provide support on matters relating to artificial intelligence, the Ministry of Science, Further Education and Culture relies on AI pilots. Our head of institute, Prof. Dr. Anita Schöbel, has been appointed AI pilot for mobility.

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Machine Learning Energie

Fields of Application

Thanks to the comprehensive methodological competence of the departments, our customers can be found in numerous industries. Two overarching top topics at the Institute are Machine Learning and Renewable Energies and Sustainability.

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High Performance Center

The High Performance Center Simulation- and Software- based Innovation strengthens the cooperation between enterprises, universities and research institutes in Kaiserslautern and extends consisting partnerships.

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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 / 14.5.2021

Technical Textiles simulated realistically

The »TexMath« software program simulates high-performance textiles, compression or sports clothing.


Blog / Streuspanne / 11.5.2021

Incidence Value Decreases While Mean Case Numbers Increase?

[Only available in German]

During the Corona pandemic, all sorts of statistical measures emerge to map the development. Sometimes the R-value is the measure of all things, then the 7-day incidence. It happens that measures that are supposed to mean the same thing show different trends. How can this be?


News / 5.5.2021

Optimizing Medical Care – Even More In Times Of Corona

Together with other scientific institutions, the Fraunhofer ITWM has investigated how medical care in rural areas can be ensured and improved, especially during the Corona pandemic. Mathematically based optimization and decision systems support the planning of ambulance transports, emergency pharmacy services and the establishment of vaccination centers. 


News / 5.5.2021

Position Paper Process Simulation with ITWM Expertise

[Only available in German]

Process simulation is an important tool in many industries. With the position paper »Process Simulation – Fit for the Future?«, researchers have addressed the present and future of the topic. Michael Bortz has also contributed his ITWM expertise on modelling, simulation and optimization (MSO).


Press Release / 4.5.2021

Corrosion Protection Through Digitization

Fraunhofer ITWM is involved in EU Project VIPCOAT for Innovative Corrosion Protection Technologies.


Blog Entry / 28.4.2021

AI and Business Processes? How Do They Fit Together?

We at Fraunhofer ITWM are mostly mathematicians. Two major methods are »Artificial Intelligence« (AI) and »Machine Learning« (ML). They are also used in business management processes. In the new blog, the EP-KI team now reports on their work and activities around these topics.


Podcast Streuspanne / 27.4.2021

How Reliable Are Corona Rapid Tests?

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From gargle to spit to lollipop tests, in this episode our podcast »Streuspanne« is dedicated to numbers and statistics around the topic of Corona self-tests. How reliable are they? Are there any studies on the subject? How should they be interpreted?


Press Release / 21.4.2021

Thickness Measurement at Top Speed

Together with TOPTICA Photonics, a manufacturer of lasers for research and semiconductor manufacturing, Fraunhofer ITWM has developed an industrial solution for inline coating-thickness measurement for ultra-high speed applications. This system enables 1600 thickness measurements per second for the first time and is thus suitable for use on fast-moving samples during ongoing production.


Press Release / 12.4.2021

Fraunhofer ITWM at the HMI 2021

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The technologies of the future will be presented at the »HANNOVER MESSE Digital Edition« from April 12 to 16, 2021: Fraunhofer ITWM is involved in two topics and contributes expertise in the fields of »quantum computing« and »machine learning«.


Press Release / 7.4.2021

High Performance Center Goes Into the Next Round

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Five years of successful research and transfer work can be followed by more: the »High Performance Center Simulation and Software Based Innovation« in Kaiserslautern receives further funding until the end of 2021.


Blog Entry/ Streuspanne / 1.4.2021

Do the Reporting Numbers Show Vaccination Success Yet?

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In all the back-and-forth around the lockdown, there is always a little positive news. Despite rising numbers, the death toll is falling. Do we only have to thank vaccination for that? Our experts Sascha Feth and Jochen Fiedler took a closer look at the numbers in our statistics blog »Streuspanne«:


Press Release / 6.4.2021

Quantum-Inspired Terahertz Spectroscopy With Visible Photons

The researchers of the Fraunhofer ITWM are working on the detection of terahertz waves based on new quantum optical methods. A year ago, the renowned journal »Science Advances« reported on first successes. Now the next milestone has been reached.

Upcoming Events 2021

Due to developments regarding the spread of the Corona virus, events will take place digitally or will be postponed. We will inform you about the individual events here.

Digital Seminar / Kaiserslautern / 12.5.2021

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 and continues digitally.

The seminar continues on May, 12: Jens Göbel (Fraunhofer ITWM) will speak on the topic »ADMM-Based Distributed Model Predictive Control Applied to Power Systems«.


Digital Fair / from 5.5.2021

Control Virtual 2021

This year, Control 2021 will also take place virtually. In digital showrooms, our departments will provide information about new developments in the areas of Automated View Planning for complex surface inspection (Image Processing) and non-destructive testing with terahertz technology (Material Characterization and Testing).


Digital Seminar / Kaiserslautern / 20.5.2021

Deep Learning Seminar Series

The Deep Learning seminar series of the department »High Performance Computing« continues digitally. The next seminar will take place on 20.05.2021. 

Our speaker Peter Lorenz (Fraunhofer ITWM, Abteilung High Performance Computing) gives a lecture on the topic »Adversarial Machine Learning in Computer Vision«.


Digital Seminar / 18. – 20.5.2021

Load Data – Analysis and Simulation

[Only available in German]

In the development of mechanically stressed systems, the dynamic loads occurring in the field play a central role. A good understanding of the operating loads is crucial for a design with regard to functional properties such as strength and vibration behavior.

Digital Conference / 20. – 21.5.2021

VI-grade 2021 ZERO PROTOTYPES Summit


The two-day VI-grade ZERO PROTOTYPES SUMMIT for senior engineers and employees from design practice in automotive and transportation companies, suppliers, motorsport teams, universities and research centers worldwide. We will be present with experts from our »Mathematics for Vehicle Engineering« division. Topics are our tire simulation tool CDTire and REDAR (Road and Environmental Data Acquisition Rover), our 3D laser scanner vehicle.


Digital Workshop / 20. – 21.5.2021

Applications of Semi-Infinite Optimization

The one and a half day workshop provides the opportunity to discuss and promote the use of semi-infinite optimization in practice with outstanding international scientists and application experts. Talks about methods as well as applications are planed.

Digital Conference / 31.5 -04..6.2021

InterPore 2021


Porous media occur in many natural and industrial systems, such as groundwater pipes and oil and gas reservoirs, but also in fuel cells, textiles and polymer composites. The International Society for Porous Media (InterPore) deals with these media. The annual meeting provides a common platform for researchers working on the modelling of flows and transport in complex porous media.


We also contribute to the program with some presentations by experts from the department »Flow and Material Simulation«. In addition, one of our experts, Prof. Dr. Oleg Iliev, will be awarded the InterPore Meritorious Service Medal.


Digital Fair / 01. – 02.6.2021

JEC Digital – Composites Connect


The »JEC Digital - Composites Connect« will take place digitally in 2021. The fair aims to gather decision-makers around the world for the development of composites. Our expert, Dr. Joachim Jonuscheit, contributes to the diverse program. He reports on our work in the field of terahertz technologies.

Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM

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67663 Kaiserslautern


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