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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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.



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KLAIM 2021

Our institute experienced three days of intensive exchange: More than sixty international scientists accepted the invitation. The goal was to provide a forum for applied mathematicians from universities, research laboratories, and industry, to exchange ideas, and to present the latest research results. Speakers report on why they came to Kaiserslautern and what they expect from KLAIM:


Press Release / 6.10.2021

Indoor Air: How to Eliminate Viruses Effectively?

This question is now becoming more important as fall approaches. Efficient indoor air purification is essential, especially in schools. Fraunhofer researchers are investigating and optimizing various filter and air purification techniques in the AVATOR project. We are in the project consortium.


Article in InnoVisions / 5.10.2021

25 Years Fraunhofer Itwm: Four Employees Give Insights Behind the Scenes

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»Mathematics is more multifaceted than one might imagine and it is great to see where mathematical methods are used« – and this for 25 years already. Four of our employees, including head of the institute, give us a glimpse behind the scenes.



Press Release / 1.10.2021

Using Artificial Intelligence to Combat Billing Fraud in the Care Sector

Together with the Dresden Public Prosecutor's Office and the Leipzig Police Department, researchers at Fraunhofer ITWM are taking action against billing fraud in nursing care. In the BMBF project »PflegeForensik« (Care Forensics), we are developing AI software that supports criminal prosecution.


International Workshop / 30.9. - 1.10.2021

Mathematical Methods in Process Engineering

Every two years, internationally outstanding scientists from universities, research institutions and industry come together to discuss the latest mathematical methods in process engineering. In 2021, we have put together an exciting programme for you under the title »Mathematical Methods in Process Engineering – Modeling, Simulation and Optimization«.


Deutschandfunk Interview / 27.9.2021

Interview on Incidences and School Tests

Why have the incidences dropped so much recently? What effect do the comprehensive school tests have? Our colleague Dr. Jan Mohring provides answers via mathematical modelling and simulation in an interview with the German radio station Deutschlandfunk.


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 Podcast / 8.9.2021

How Do Election Forecasts Work?

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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.

Upcoming Events 2021


Workshop / 08.03. – 09.03.2022

10th International Workshop on Terahertz Technology and Applications

In 2022, our Terahertz Workshop will again offer everyone the opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience in the field of terahertz technology. Next year it will take place for the 10th time. Abstracts can be submitted in the Call for Papers until November 30, 2021.  


Fair / 19.10 – 22.10.2021

INDEX 2021

The INDEX is an international trade fair for nonwovens. We will be on site with a team from the department »Transport Processes« and present our expertise and research on technical textiles and nonwovens.

Conference / 18.10 – 21.10.2021

82st EAGE Conference & Exhibition

The EAGE (European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers) Annual 2021 is the largest and most comprehensive multi-disciplinary geoscience event in the world. The event includes a large conference and a technical exhibition presenting the latest developments in geophysics, geology and reservoir/petroleum engineering. 

Our experts of the »High Performance Computing« department are as co-exhibitors of Sharp Reflections on site to present the latest advancements about seismic data processing and imaging. 

Technologietage / 27.10 – 28.10.2021

Technologietage des Fraunhofer Geschäftsbereichs Vision für die industrielle Qualitätssicherung

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Der Fraunhofer-Technologietag bietet einen Überblick über das Spektrum praxisrelevanter Technologien der Bildverarbeitung und optischen Messtechnik und reflektiert den aktuellen Stand der Technik. 

Wir sind mit Expert:innen der Abteilungen »Bildverarbeitung« und »Materialcharakterisierung und -prüfung« vor Ort und werden mit zwei Vorträgen und zwei Exponaten zum Programm beitragen.


Online–Seminar / 9.11.2021

Machine Learning Assisted Optimization

Our expert Dr. Michael Bortz and Lukas Niemeier (BASF SE) provide insights into digital solutions for product formulation.

Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM

Fraunhofer-Platz 1

67663 Kaiserslautern


Phone +49 631 31600-0

Fax +49 631 31600-1099