Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM

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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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Competence Center Quantum Computing Rhineland-Palatinate

In cooperation with IBM Germany, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is establishing a national competence network in the research field of quantum computing. Since 2020, we have the Center for Quantum HPC (High Performance Computing) at Fraunhofer ITWM.

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AI Pilot for Mobility

The Ministry of Science, Further Education and Culture relies on AI pilots to provide support on issues related to artificial intelligence. Our head of institute, Prof. Dr. Anita Schöbel, has been appointed as an 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.


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 / 20.9.2021

Improve Infection Control Clothing

Nonwoven production received more attention than ever before from the general public in Corona times, because the technical textile is crucial for infection protection. The ultra-fine nonwoven products are manufactured in so-called meltblown processes. A cross-departmental team is optimizing the entire production chain in the »ProQuIV« project. 


Streuspanne Blogpost / 13.9.2021

Vaccine Effectiveness: An Update

In our podcast, we already talked about how vaccine effectiveness is calculated. Millions of people have now been vaccinated, and there is new data. Shouldn't we know better now how effective vaccination is?


Streuspanne Podcast / 8.9.2021

How Do Election Forecasts Work?

[only available in German]

How do forecasts and trends emerge before elections? How are the results of the so-called Sunday poll to be interpreted statistically? How are they collected? Do polls influence the outcome of elections or even voter turnout? If so, what effects can be observed? We explore all these important questions surrounding election forecasts in the new Streuspanne episode.


Press Release and Podcast / 20.8.2021

Targeted Aid in the Event of a Disaster

In a disaster every second counts in providing humanitarian aid to those in need. The teams of aid organisations are under immense pressure to find their way in devastated areas. A team from our institute is developing software that will get humanitarian aid to the right destination faster. To do this, they use drone images that are evaluated in real time with Artificial Intelligence (AI).


Blog Entry / Streuspanne / 2.8.2021

Do Statisticians Win More Often in Gambling?

The calculus of probability was invented in the 16th century in the first place only so that noblemen could do better at gambling. What is left of it today? Do statisticians have an advantage in lotto, roulette and the like and win more often? A blog post on the last podcast episode.


Press Release / Research News / 2.8.2021

Energy-Efficient AI Chips for Atrial Fibrillation Detection

AI systems can improve healthcare, increase recovery chances and assist physicians in their diagnoses. The challenge is that AI consumes an enormous amount of power. Fraunhofer IIS and ITWM have developed solutions for energy-saving AI chips that help with early stage detection of atrial fibrillation. For their ideas, the two institutes were awarded in a pilot innovation contest.


Press Release / 26.7.2021

Tracking Down Aerosols

How do infectious aerosols spread in supermarkets, airplanes, and other indoor areas where large numbers of people congregate? Researchers from 15 Fraunhofer institutes are investigating this in the »AVATOR« project. We are on board and developing a multiscale simulator.


Press Release / 22.7.2021

Anita Schöbel Becomes President of the European OR Societies

New Position for the Director of the Fraunhofer ITWM


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.

Virtuelles Event / 20.– 23.9.2021

13th European Congress of Chemical Engineering and 6th European Congress of Applied Biotechnology

Chemical engineering, biotechnology and bioprocessing are more important than ever to meet current challenges thus as climate change, circular economy or pharmaceutical production. We are digitally on site with our »Optimization« division with the Head of Department »Optimization – Technical Processes« Michael Bortz with a presentation and co-authored contributions.

Virtual Meeting / 20.– 24.9.2021

DPG-Tagung of the Atomic, Molecular, Plasma Physics and Quantum Optics Section (SAMOP)

The meeting, organised with the support of the Technical University Kaiserslautern, is jointly run by the SAMOP divisions Atomic Physics (A), Mass Spectrometry (MS), Molecular Physics (MO), Quantumoptics and Photonics (Q) and the newly founded division Quantum Information (QI), as well as the working group »Young DPG« (AKjDPG).

Some of our experts from the department »Material Characterization and Testing« will be digitally present and contribute with posters to the program.


Digitale Seminar / 21.– 23.9.2021

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, we give an overview of the tool and present how the software best supports your demands.

Seminar / 26.– 29.9.2021

Sensing with Quantum Light

This seminar of the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus-Foundation will cover theoretical and experimental aspects of sensing with quantum light.

Our Experts Björn Erik Haase, Joshua Hennig und Mirco Kutas from the department »Materials Characterization and Testing« will be on site and contribute to the exciting program with three posters.

Hybrid Conference / 26.9 - 1.10.2021

IMAGE 2021

 IMAGE 2021 will be organised by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and in collaboration with the Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) and welcomes speakers, exhibitors and participants who will be there in person or online.

We are attending with a team from the »Competence Center High Performance Computing«.


Mitgliederversammlung / 29.9.2021

Mitgliederversammlung der Ecoliance Rheinland-Pfalz e. V.

[only available in German] Als neues Mitglied der Ecoliance Rheinland-Pfalz e. V.  stellen wir uns im Rahmen der diesjährigen Mitgliederversammlung vor, bei der wir gleichzeitig auch Gastgeber sind. Wir sind mit zwei Vorträgen im Programm vertreten und präsentieren einmal das Fraunhofer ITWM allgemein sowie schwerpunktmäßig die Gruppe »Green by IT«.

DVM-Tagung / 29.– 30.9.2021

Die Betriebsfestigkeit im Spannungsfeld neuer Mobilitätskonzepte und Fertigungstechnologien

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Schwerpunkte auf der Tagung des Arbeitskreis Betriebsfestigkeits des DVM sind: die Herausforderungen neuer Mobilitätskonzepte, Werkstoff- und Konstruktionskonzepte, Fertigungstechnologien sowie Lastannahmen und Nachweismethoden. Drei unserer Expert:innen des Bereichs »Mathematik für die Fahrzeugentwicklung« tragen mit Vorträgen zum Programm bei. Außerdem gibt es am 30.09.2021 ab ca. 14 Uhr eine Besichtigungstour des Fraunhofer ITWM.

Virtual Conference / 30.9.2021

Innovation Excellence Days 2021

[only available in German]

Smarte Technologien unterstützen täglich die Infrastruktur. Das Internet der Dinge (IoT) verbindet physische Objekte mit der virtuellen Welt und ermöglicht dadurch Anwendungen wie Condition Monitoring und Predictive Maintenance, Künstliche Intelligenz übernimmt Steuerungsfunktionen etc.. Bei der diesjährigen Innovationskonferenz werden insbesondere Projekte und Use Cases aus diesen Bereichen vorgestellt. 

Wir sind mit einem Team aus Experten der Abteilungen »Systemanalyse, Prognose und Regelung« und »Bildverarbeitung« digital vor Ort und sprechen zum Thema »Predictive Maintenance«.

International Workshop / 30.9. - 1.10.2021

Mathematical Methods in Process Engineering – Modeling, Simulation and Optimization

Every two years, internationally outstanding scientists from universities, research institutions and industry meet in Kaiserslautern to discuss the latest mathematical methods in process engineering. In this respect, the workshop offers a unique opportunity for scientific discussions and personal networking between researchers from science and practice to communicate and shape the topics of future process engineering.

Hybrid Conference / 4.10 – 6.10.2021

Particles 2021

PARTICLES 2021 will address both the fundamentals and the applicability of state-of-the-art particle-based computational methods that can be effectively used to solve a wide range of problems in engineering and applied sciences.

Some of our experts from the division »Mathematics for Vehicle Engineering« and from the department »Transport Processes« will contribute to the program with interesting presentations.


Trade Fair / 6.-8.10.2021

EES Europe Restart 2021

The Smarter E Europe is Europe's largest trade fair for batteries and energy storage systems. Accompanying the trade fair is the EES Europe – a multi-day Energy Storage Conference, where leading experts discuss current topics in the battery and energy storage industry in depth.

Our experts from the »High Performance Computing« department will be presenting our research in the field of activity »Green by IT« at booth B6.232.


Conference / 11.–13.10.2021

KLAIM 2021

The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for applied mathematicians from academia, research labs and industry. The focus of this first edition of KLAIM will be placed on the role of applied mathematics in the development of digital twins. Would you like to be a speaker?

Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM

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67663 Kaiserslautern


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