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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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.



Kurznews [only available in German] / 1.12.2020

Interviews zur Studie im Fahrsimulator RODOS

Wir haben drei unserer Testfahrer:innen über die Studie im Fahrsimulator RODOS befragt. Ziel der Studie: Erkenntnisse zu erhalten, wie sich autonome Fahrzeuge auf den Verkehr auswirken.

Fraunhofer ITWM vs. Corona / 30.11.2020

New Paper about our EpideMSE-Tool

The new paper by Dr. Robert Feßler »EpideMSE: A General Integral Equation Model for Epidemics« formulates a general epidemic model based on an integral equation and identifies common SEIR and dSEIR models as special cases. Different properties of the general model, such as the initial development of the epidemic and the infestation, are described as functions of the integral kernel, and a formula for the reproduction number is given. On this basis, the SEIR and dSEIR models are then compared in two different ways and it is shown that the calculation of the reproduction rate depends on the epidemic model.


Interview with insideHPC / 16.11.2020

»GaspiLS, a Scalable Linear Solver Library for the Exascale Age«

Also our colleague Dr. Daniel Grünewald informs in an interview about our work in the field of HPC. He talks about GaspiLS – our scalable linear solver library. More about this in the interview:


Interview with insideHPC / 16.11.2020

»Where HPC Meets Interactive Machine Learning«

Our colleague Phillpp Reusch is working on the development of CARME – a framework for managing resources for multiple users. CARME combines machine learning with HPC back-end. Read more about the latest developments in CARME in the interview with insideHPC.

Blog Post / 5.11.2020

Mathematics and Big Data in the Field – Cognitive Services Support Agriculture

In the Fraunhofer Lighthouse Project COGNAC, our experts develop mathematical tools for data analysis and plant growth modeling that help to analyze highly complex situations where decisions often have to be made as quickly as possible. In the blog of the IESE , our colleagues Dr. Michael Burger and Dr. Jochen Fiedler explain how »Mathematics and Big Data are used in the field«.


Press Release / 2.11.2020

Rapid Prototyping: Testing Heavy Equipment in Software

The process of developing new generations of commercial vehicles and heavy equipment is complex. The hardware-in-the-loop technique gives our researchers the opportunity to reproduce and virtually test machines in a software simulation, making machine development faster and more affordable. This technology also enables the testing of malfunctions and critical borderline situations.


Press Release / 28.10.2020

Quantum Computing for Energy Economics

New BMWi Project at Fraunhofer ITWM: In the joint project »EnerQuant: Fundamental Modeling in Energy Economics with Quantum Algorithms«, the advantages of quantum computing are now to be used for an optimization problem in energy economics.


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Decision Support for Health Authorities

In the Fraunhofer project "CorASIV", everything revolves around the »support of health authorities in corona response through analysis, simulation and visualization«. We contribute our mathematical expertise especially to the development of an app.


Press Release / 28.9.2020

Using Statistics and AI to Combat Billing Fraud in the Healthcare Sector

Billing fraud committed by contract physicians or outpatient nursing services has been the focus of investigations and media discussion in the healthcare sector for years. The Fraunhofer ITWM supports the efficient clarification with new methods.


Blog Post / Streuspanne / 19.8.2020

When Does the New Wave Begin?

Since the end of May, there has been speculation about when the second corona wave will arrive in Germany. Now it seems to be here. What makes a second wave? And what do the math and statistics say? Our statistics blog Streuspanne takes time for a small, sober look at the bare numbers. Afterwards, you'll be flashy-thinged. (only available in german)

Press Release / 27.7.2020

THREAD Doctoral Program Picks up Speed

International networks enrich the scientific exchange. Within the framework of the European Union's THREAD doctoral program, this is currently lived out twice at the Fraunhofer ITWM: In July, the institute welcomes THREAD doctoral student Denise Tumiotto, who will spend four weeks as a guest scientist in the field of "Mathematics for Vehicle Development".

In addition, the first network-wide training took place at the beginning of the month, which the 14 PhD students of the program from eight European countries completed together.


Interview Fraunhofer Magazine / 21.7.2020

»It´s about money and life«

The new release of the Fraunhofer magazine weiter.vorn is dealing with the topic resilience . After lockdown, anxiety and hope, a sense of new beginnings can be felt. How can we not only master crises, but grow from them? Our institute director Prof. Anita Schöbel reports in an interview on how mathematics can help with tough decisions in difficult times.


Press Release / 17.7.2020

Junior Researcher Establishes New Research Group for AI

Stefanie Schwaar won the BMBF's call for funding young female AI researchers. She will establish and head her own research group at our Institute from August 2020. Under the title »EP-KI: Decision Support for Business Management Processes with the Help of New AI Methods« they will work at the interface of business management and artificial intelligence (AI).


Interviews / 13.7.2020

Working With Disabilities at the ITWM

Diversity and inclusion are part of our corporate philosophy. We want people with disabilities to be able to contribute their talents and qualifications to us without restriction. The interests of employees with disabilities are particularly supported by the Representative for Severely Disabled Employees. Ria Grindel has been representing her colleagues in this position since 2018 – an interview:

Article / 3.7.2020

How We Welcome and Support Women’s Career

We offer our employees helpful support in reconciling family and career, including a day-care centre directly at the institute, a parent-child office in case of care shortages and flexible working hours. In addition to scientific excellence and development opportunities, these aspects also play a role in the proportion of women at the Institute. Our department of Financial Mathematics shines with a female share of 50 percent.


Research News / 1.7.2020

Cost-Effective Ways to Minimize Risks in the Supply Chain

The coronavirus pandemic has hit the economy hard. What lessons can be learned from this experience? And what’s the best way for companies to protect themselves against this kind of crisis in the future? Our new mathematical methods aim to calculate how the risks posed by supply shortages can be reduced significantly at very little extra cost.


Press Release / 9.3.2020

Deep Fakes zuverlässig enttarnen mit Mathematik [only available in German]


Interview / 9.6.2020

Maintain or Ease Corona Actions?

In an interview, our researchers use first screencasts to present the new tool EpideMSE for decision support in questions concerning the spread of the corona epidemic and the effectiveness of measures.


Podcasts #WeKnowHow / 19.5.2020

»Fraunhofer heads against Corona«

In the new podcast series »Fraunhofer heads against Corona« Fraunhofer researchers report on their work and projects against the pandemic. Our institute director Anita Schöbel and our colleague Sascha Feth are involved and are among the interviewees. Of course with corona research and Mathematics.

»In order to better assess the overall situation in the corona crisis, we also need the boldness of applied mathematics.«


Blog Post / Streuspanne / 14.5.2020

Statistical Quality Control Rejects Conspiracy Theories

Recently, we looked at the extent to which incomplete infection figures in the Corona pandemic can be compared with warranty data for vehicle components. Today, we use statistical quality control to reject some conspiracy theories surrounding Covid-19:

Upcoming Events 2020

Due to the developments regarding the spread of the corona virus in Germany, our events and also the visits to the events are cancelled or postponed. We will inform you here as soon as the situation has changed.


Seminar / Kaiserslautern / 3.12.2020

Deep Learing Seminar Series

The Deep Learing seminar series of the department »High Performance Computing« continues digitally.


Our speakers Prilly Oktoviany and Simon Schnürch (both Fraunhofer ITWM, department Financial Mathematics) present on »Machine Learning in Financial Mathematics«.

Online Seminar / 02.-03.12.2020

ECMI Webinar »Math for Industry 4.0 - Models, Methods and Big Data«

In a joint activity of the Special Interest Groups Mathematics for Big Data and Math for the Digital Factory of the European Consortium for Mathematics in Industry (ECMI) this workshop strives to bring together data scientists, mathematicians, and engineers from academia and industry to discuss recent developments in digital manufacturing.

We are represented with an invited talk:
Lilli Burger and Vanessa Dörlich: "Data based modeling and identification of effective stiffness parameters of cable bundles".

Seminar / Kaiserslautern / 3.12.2020

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:

On December 03, 2020, Christian Grußler (Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley, USA) will speak on the topic »Variation Diminishing Systems«. 

Virtueller Informatik-Praxistag / 27.1.2021

Practical Computer Science Day

Postponed to 2021: The Association for the Promotion of Computer Science at the TU Kaiserslautern (FIT e.V.) will be organizing a practical computer science day – but digitally. We are on site with teams of our departments »Optimization« and »High Performance Computing« and report on the work at our institute.

Technology Day / 1.2.2021

Technology Day: JUROJIN – Statistics for Fatigue Testing and Reliability Analysis

On our technology day we demonstrate typical application examples and their efficient solution in Jurojin.

Components that are exposed to mechanical loads need to be designed for real customer usage. Variability of loads and of production quality represent major challenges. Jurojin provides best availably statistical methods for durability engineers to tackle those challenges. The software provides accurate evaluations for engineers – using sophisticated statistics without requiring the user to have advanced statistics skills.

VMC Technology Days / 05. and 08.02.2021

VMC Technology Days: Digital Environmental Data for Vehicle Engineering

On our technology days we present selected tasks and their solution with our software. In this event, the focus is on digital environmental data for vehicle engineering. The software-suite VMC® provides all you need to analyse vehicle usage in different markets and regions, plan measurement campaigns, evaluate data and simulate vehicle loads and performance based on suitable vehicle and driver models embedded in an efficient environmental model.

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