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.



Interview / 1.2.2023

Prof. Dr. Anita Schöbel appointed to steering committee

Our Institute Director Prof. Dr. Anita Schöbel is enthusiastic about mathematics – she now wants to bring this enthusiasm to the steering committee of the Max Planck Schools. These are a joint initiative of German universities and non-university research institutions. 


Interview / 31.1.2023

»The Data Culture Should Be FAIR«

Through the Mathematical Research Data Initiative (MaRDI), we are participating in making research data accessible and freely available for the entire German science system, following the FAIR-Principle (Findable, Accessable, Interoperable, Reusable). As co-spokesperson of the mathematics consortium, our institute director, Dr. Anita Schöbel, commented on this project in an interview:


Video Series / 5.1.2023

»Tell us Your Lautrer Math Story, Milena!«

»I think the bridge between science and business is totally interesting«, says Milena Röhrs in her Lautrer math story. She is currently a math student at the RPTU. The Fraunhofer ITWM was an important location factor for her to start her studies in Kaiserslautern. In addition, the performance of the university's department in the relevant rankings.


Research News / 2.1.2023

Shape Change at the Push of a Button

Programmable materials are true shape-shifters. At the push of a button, they change their properties in a controlled and reversible manner and adapt independently to new conditions. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Programmable Materials CPM are developing such programmable materials and bringing them to market together with industrial partners.


Short News / 2.1.2023

Second Place at the »SCOR Prize«

Dr. Simon Schnürch (left in the picture), until recently working in our department »Financial Mathematics«, ended 2022 with a success: His dissertation »Mortality Modeling Machine Learning and Mortality Shocks« won second place at the »SCOR prize« in Germany! The prize is endowed with 4,000 euros.

SCOR is one of the top 5 global reinsurers based in Paris and awards prizes in several countries. 


Fraunhofer Magazine / 29.12.2022

ITWM-Project EnerQuant in Fraunhofer Magazine

The energy supply in Germany has a complex structure: The availability of sustainable power sources and the demand vary strongly. In the ITWM-project »EnerQuan«t, our experts pursue the approach to depict this complexity in a fundamental model and thus to save costs. The Fraunhofer Magazine reports on this in a dedicated article.

[Only available in German]


Career / Interview / 16.12.2022

Insights into the Specialized Informatics Training Program

Do you like searching for answers to technical questions? Are you also looking for an IT apprenticeship where you can directly gain a lot of practical experience? Then the training in the field of »Specialized Informatics« at our institute might be just your thing. To give you a better insight into the daily routine of our trainees, we have interviewed our two current trainees. [only in German]


Retrospect / 16.12.2022

Alumni-Networking Meeting 2022

On December 16, 2022, the strategic network meeting 2022 took place for all Fraunhofer ITWM alumni. The alumni did not only have a joyful reunion, but also exciting pitches in our institute. The event ended in the evening at our Fraunhofer Center in Kaiserslautern with a joint dinner and a colorful program of the departments.


Short News / 15.12.2022

Award for BeeGFS

Congratulations! Our spin-off ThinkParQ's BeeGFS software was honored at the annual HPCwire Readers' and Editors' Choice Awards, presented at SC22 in Dallas. The parallel file system BeeGFS, developed by us and marketed by ThinkparQ, helps to handle large amounts of data as a flexible software solution.

Upcoming Events 2022


San Francisco, California, USA, Conference / 28.01 – 02.02.2023

SPIE Photonics West 2023

SPIE Photonics West is an international event that gives visibility to current research on photonics technologies. 

Our expert Prof. Dr. Georg von Freymann will give a plenary talk on »Microoptics«. Furthermore, we will present two scientific papers.


Fair, Dortmund / 08.02.2023 – 10.02.2023

Electrical Engineering 2023

At the trade fair for the electrical industry, everything revolves around the topics of building technology, energy technology and industrial technology.

Our experts Dr. Benjamin Adrian and Marvin Jung will be on site at the Touchpoint Innovation Digital joint booth (5.B10) to provide information on »Smart EDGE Devices for Implementing Condition Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance«.


Series of Talks »Blick über den Tellerrand« / Kaiserslautern / 14.2.2023

City, Country, Frustration. A Political Survey.

Dr. Lukas Haffert from the University of Zurich, will speak in his lecture »Stadt, Land, Frust. Eine politische Vermessung« (»City, Country, Frustration. A Political Survey«) about the political priorities and the increasingly different voting behavior of German citizens in the cities and in the countryside.


Digital Uni Event / 10.2.2023

Maths at Midnight 2023

This year, TU Kaiserslautern is organizing a digital event for all math-enthusiastic students to get to know the university and the study program. Our head of the institute Prof. Dr. Anita Schöbel, one of our experts Dr. Jörg Kuhnert and one of our consultants and co-founder of the department »Financial Mathematics« Prof. Dr. Ralf Korn will be there digitally. They give talks at the event on working as a mathematician.


Cologne, Fair / 14.02. –16.02.2023


FILTECH is one of the largest filtration exhibitions in the world. It strives for new developments with maximum efficiency and higher qualities in filtration and separation.

With our departments »Flow and Material Simulation« and »Transport Processes« we are on site and inform you about modeling and simulation of filtration and separation processes.


Fraunhofer ITWM, Kaiserslautern, Conference / 25.9. – 27.9.2023

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