Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM

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About Us

Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM briefly.

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Virus und Statistik
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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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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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Standort Kaiserslautern
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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 / 15.6.2021

Fraunhofer and IBM to unveil Quantum Computer

The quantum computer has been unveiled and the launch of the quantum computing research platform operated by Fraunhofer and IBM has begun. Read more in the press release and in the SWR report.


Blog Entry / 8.6.2021

AI Jungle: Categories of Algorithms

How do different algorithms actually work? In the blog of our EP-KI Team (Decision Support for Business Management Processes with the Help of New AI Methods), author Axel Preis and co-author Dr Stefanie Schwaar guide us through the categories in the AI jungle and thus provide more clarity.


Blog Entry / Streuspanne / 7.6.2021

Comparing Regional Incidences

In the Streuspanne Blog, the authors address the question: How comparable are incidences from different regions?


Press Release / 1.6.2021

Award for Many Years of Extraordinary Commitment

On 31 May, the board of the International Society for Porous Media (InterPore) will award the »InterPore Meritorious Service Medal« for the first time. The award winner is Prof. Dr. Oleg Iliev from the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM. The award honours his many years of extraordinary commitment to the InterPore society.


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?

[Only available in German]

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.

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 / 9.6.2021

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.

Prof. Dr. Karl Worthmann (Team Optimization-based Control, TU Ilmenau) will speak this month on the topic »Funnel-inspired Model Predictive Control«.


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 / 16. – 17.6.2021

NAFEMS Seminar

The seminar is intended to provide an overview of the state of the art of the interaction of test and simulation in product development, which is far more extensive than the experimental determination of parameters for the simulation or the pure validation of the results.We are digitally on site with a presentation by our expert Dr. Hannes Grimm-Strele from the department »Flow and Material Simulation«.


Digital Connference / 17.6.2021

CADFEM Ansys Simulation Conference

The CADFEM is one of the largest annual application conference for numerical simulation. Our expert, Dr. Klaus Dreßler (Division Director »Mathematics for Vehicle Engineering«), will start the event as a keynotespeaker with his presentation on the topic »Dynamik-Simulation in der Fahrzeugentwicklung« (only available in German).


Digital Event / 18.6.2021

Nationwide Digital Day

Digitization is profoundly changing our everyday and professional lives. The various aspects of digitization are to be highlighted and discussed together with numerous activities.

We are participating with a workshop by the EPKI team (decision support for business processes using new AI methods) from our »Financial Mathematics« department on the topic »What Is Artificial Intelligence – and What Can It Do?«[only available in German].


Digital Conference / 24.6. – 2.7.2021

ISC High Performance 2021

ISC High Performance is the largest community gathering in Europe for High Performance Computing, Machine Learning and Data Analytics. Attendees, exhibitors and speakers will be able to interact in real time, schedule meetings and choose to watch sessions live or on-demand. Some of our experts will also be present and contribute to the program with a digital booth.

Digital Conference / 21.6 -23.6.2021

OLA 2021 – International Conference On Optimization and Learning

The International Conference in Optimization and Learning focuses on the future challenges of optimization and learning methods and their applications. One of our Experts of the divisison »Optimization«, Jochen Schmid, will contribute to the program with a presentation.


Dr. techn. Jochen Schmid (Division Optimization, Fraunhofer ITWM):
»A Semi-Infinite Optimization Approach to Shape-Constrained Regression Flowsheets.«


Virtual Symposium / 29.6-30.6.2021 plus 2021

At plus, presentations will be given from various specialists of different areas on the latest technology in chassis systems with the aim of improving vehicle dynamics.

Three experts from the team CDTire of our division »Mathematics for Vehicle Engineering« have contributed to one of the lectures as co-authors.

Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM

Fraunhofer-Platz 1

67663 Kaiserslautern


Phone +49 631 31600-0

Fax +49 631 31600-1099