Prizes and Awards

  • Dr. Jun Liu »Best Paper Award«

    »Best Paper Award« at the »Future of Information and Communication Conference« (FICC)

    Our PhD student Jun Lui from the »System Analysis, Prognosis and Control« department received the Best Paper Award at the FICC conference (Future of Information and Communication Conference) in Berlin with his paper »Prediction Error-based Model Predictive Control for Resource Allocation of 5G Ultra-reliable Low-latency Communication«.

  • Dr. Alexander Scherrer with the Project »DECIDE«

    First Prize in the Competition »Digital Places in the Land of Ideas«

    Together with »Germany – Land of Ideas«, Deutsche Glasfaser (DG) organized the nationwide competition »Digital Places« for the second time: The competition is looking for places (initiatives, projects, municipalities, pioneers) that have successfully introduced digital solutions and technologies and are thus successfully shaping and driving digital change in rural areas.

    In the final selection, our project »DECIDE« beat two other projects in the category »Health« to win first prize.


    Prof. Dr. Anita Schöbel, Dr. Michael Burger, Dr. Jochen Fiedler and Dr. Christine Biedinger with MaRDI

    »Best Paper Award« at the »Metadata and Semantics Research Conference« (MTSR)

    At the MTSR 2023, a short paper from the »Mathematical Data Research Initiative« (MaRDI) was honoured with the »Best Paper Award«. Our employees are active in a research group at MaRDI and are creating a database for mathematical models. For this reason, they are currently developing a suitable ontology and generating a knowledge graph. The submitted paper describes the current status and the first link with the ontology of another research group.


    Prof. Dr. Anita Schöbel
    Science Award of the Society for Operations Research (GOR)

    At the annual meeting of the Society for Operations Research (GOR) on August 30, 2023, Prof. Dr. Anita Schöbel received the Science Award of the GOR. The award is the most important prize awarded by the society and recognizes a scientist every two years for exceptional contributions to the development of the field of »Operations Research«.


    M.A. Tania Jacob
    Award of the Sparkassen-Stiftung Kaiserslautern
    Tania Jacob was honored for her outstanding master thesis at the 39th award ceremony of the Sparkassen-Stiftung Kaiserslautern. In the Department of Computer Science, she worked on the problem of detecting anomalies in time series as early as possible and before they occur.


    Dr. Sebastian Blauth
    ICT Dissertation Award
    The prize of the Fraunhofer-Verbund IUK-Technologie was awarded to Dr. Sebastian Blauth for his outstanding doctoral thesis, which revolves around the »Adjoint-Based Shape Optimization and Optimal Control with Applications to Microchannel Systems«.


    Dr. Simon Schnürch
    GAUSS Young Scientist Award
    Dr. Simon Schnürch, formerly working in our department »Financial Mathematics«, has received a Young Scientist Award for his dissertation »Mortality Modelling: Machine Learning and Mortality Shocks«. This is dedicated to an alternative for improving existing mortality models, namely the introduction of a Machine Learning method into the modelling.

  • Dr. Petra Gospodnetić 
    Prize of the Friends of the TU Kaiserslautern 
    Dr. Petra Gospodnetić was awarded for her outstanding dissertation entitled »Visual Surface Inspection Planning for Industrial Applications«.


    Prof. Dr. Ralf Korn
    MDPI’s 2021 Best Paper Award
    Topic: »Machine Learning in Least-Squares Monte Carlo Proxy Modeling of Life Insurance Companies«

    Prof. Dr. Helmut Neunzert
    Future Prize for Life's Work from the Pfalz District Association
    The award recognises his formative development of the Fraunhofer ITWM and German industrial mathematics, as well as his commitment to European and international cooperation.


    Dr. Simon Schnürch
    Dr. Simon Schnürch, until recently working in our department »Financial Mathematics«, ended 2022 with a success: His dissertation »Mortality Modeling Machine Learning and Mortality Shocks« won the second place at the »SCOR Prize« in Germany.

  • Dr. Maris Bauer
    THz Science and Technology Best Paper Award of the Year 2021
    Topic: »A High-Sensitivity AlGaN/GaN HEMT Terahertz Detector With Integrated Broadband Bow-Tie Antenna« 

    Paula Harder
     at the AI for Climate Hackathon, organized by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and the University of Osnabrück at »The Forest Fire Challenge«. 

    Nina Schreiner
    Poster Pitch Prize for the EuMC-32 Session
    at the virtual Europeen Microwave Week 2020.                                                         
    Topic: »Optimization Algorithms for Accurate FMCW Thickness Measurements«

    Dr. Jens Krüger and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Norbert Wehn (TU Kaiserslautern)
    Winner at the Pilot Innovation Competition »Energy Efficient AI Systems« of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
    Topic: »Holistic Approach to Optimize FPGA Architectures for Deep Neural Networks via Automl – Automatic Machine Learning (HALF)».

    Prof. Dr. Oleg Iliev
    Winner of the »InterPore Meritorious Service Medal« from the Board of Directors of the International Society for Porous Media (InterPore).
    The award recognises his many years of exceptional service to the InterPore community.

    Franziska Diez
    GAUSS Young Scientists Award for outstanding scientific work in actuarial and financial mathematics
    Topic: »Yield Curves and Chance-Risk Classification: Modeling, Forecasting, and Pension product Portfolios«

    Philipp Seufert
    Winner of the Sparkassen-Stiftung Prize: Master's Thesis 2021
    Topic: »An Adaptive Discretization Method for Optimal Experimental Design Relying on High-Dimensional Function Approximation«

  • Nina Schreiner
    Poster Pitch Prize for the EuMC-32 Session
    at the virtual Europeen Microwave Week 2020.

    Erik Diessel
    Master-Thesis Award of the German Operations Research Society (GOR)
    Topic: »Risk Aware Flow Optimization and Application to Logistics Networks«

    Ricard Durall Lopez
    Best Student Paper Award of the IVCNZ (IMAGE AND VISION COMPUTING NEW ZEALAND Conference)
    Topic: »Semi Few-Shot Attribute Translation«

    Jan Mohring
    2nd place for the idea »EnerSea - solar pontoons for fuel synthesis - energy fishing at the equator« in the ideas competition »Future-oriented solutions for sustainable value creation« of the Fraunhofer Symposium »Netzwert«.

  • Christoph Hertrich / TU Kaiserslautern
    Master-Thesis Award of the German Operations Research Society (GOR)
    Topic: »Scheduling a Proportionate Flow Shop of Batching Machines«
    Supervision: Prof. Dr. Sven Krumke

    Brigitte Williard was awarded 2nd place by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft for the successful Alumni concept of the ITWM.
    Topic: The alumni concepts for membership recruitment, networking formats or events were awarded. The prize money of 3,000 euros will be used for the further expansion of the alumni work.

    Dr. Maris Bauer
    Young Researchers Award of the Deutsche Terahertz-Zentrum e.V. (DTZ)
    Topic: »Plasmonische THz-Detektoren für die THz-Bildgebung«

    Martin Obermayr; Klaus Dreßler; Christos Vrettos; Peter Eberhard
    Outstanding Paper Award 2019
    »A bonded-particle model for cemented sand« 
    Computers and Geotechnics

    Nina Schreiner and Henrik May
    Winner of the competition at Fraunhofer IZFP: »Ideenwettbewerb – Neue Technologien kinderleicht erklärt«

    Dr. Maris Bauer
    Walter-Greiner-Preis for the best dissertation in the field of physics in 2019 at the Goethe-University of Frankfurt am Main
    Topic: »Hydrodynamic modeling and experimental characterization of the plasmonic and thermoelectric terahertz response of field-effect transistors with integrated broadband antennas in AlGaN/GaN HEMTs and CVD-grown Graphene«

    Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Küfer and Priv.-Doz. Dr. Michael Bortz
    Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 2019 of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

    Topic: »Saving Energy in the Production of Chemicals – Analysis Tool for Chemical Processes«

    fleXstructures GmbH and Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM
    On behalf of their employees, Dr. Oliver Hermanns, Managing Director of fleXstructures GmbH, and Dr. Klaus Dreßler, Head of Division at Fraunhofer ITWM, accepted the award from Economics Minister Dr. Volker Wissing.
    Innovation Award 2019 of Rhineland-Palatinate in the field »Cooperation«
    Topic: »Cooperation of the research institute and the spin-off in the digitization of flexible components with the software IPS Cable Simulation supported by the measuring system MeSOMICS.«

    Erik Diessel / TU Kaiserslautern
    Bachelorprize of the Gesellschaft für Operations Research e.V. (GOR)
    Topic: »Design and Analysis of Algorithms for Packing and Sequencing in the Production of Glued Laminated Timber«
    Supervision: Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Küfer and Dr. Heiner Ackermann

    Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Küfer, PD Dr. Michael Bortz, Dr. Alexander Scherrer, Dr. Phil Süß, Dr. Katrin Teichert
    EARTO Innovation Award (European Association of Research and Technology Organisations): Category »Impact Delivered«
    Topic: The team received the award for the development of the Multi-Criteria Optimisation (MCO) software tool to support the radiotherapy treatment for cancer, which contributes to improved long-term survival rates, fewer side effects and better quality of life for patients.

    Matthias Haselmaier
    Best graduate of the faculty Computer Science and Microsystems Technology of Hochschule Kaiserslautern in Zweibrücken, prize by comlet Verteilte Systeme GmbH
    Topic: Jurojin

  • fleXstructures GmbH together with the division Mathematics for Vehicle Engineering Fraunhofer ITWM
    SUCCESS 2018 – Technology Prize

    Investitions- und Strukturbank Rheinland-Pfalz (ISB) and Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Verkehr, Landwirtschaft und Weinbau Rheinland-Pfalz

    ThinkParQ GmbH together with the BeeGFS Gruppe of the Competence Center High Performance Computing Fraunhofer ITWM
    HPCwire Best HPC Storage Product or Technology Award
    on the occasion of Supercomputing 2018 for »Parallel File System BeeGFS«

    Tobias Grau
    Best apprentice »IT specialist system integration«
    IHK Pfalz

    Dominic Schunk
    Prize for outstanding achievements in vocational training
    IHK Pfalz

    Sebastian Osterroth
    Fraunhofer ICT Dissertation Award 2018
    Fraunhofer-Verbund IUK-Technologie

    Georg von Freymann, Daniel Molter, Jens Klier, Stefan Weber
    3rd Prize. The surface: Thickness measurement of paint layers with Terahertz
    Fraunhofer IPA

    Martin Obermayr; Klaus Dreßler; Christos Vrettos; Peter Eberhard
    Outstanding Paper Award 2018
    Computers and Geotechnics

  • Michael Roller; Staffan Björkenstam
    ECCOMAS Best Paper Award
    ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on Multibody Dynamics, Prag

    Klaus Dreßler; Thomas Stephan 
    Article of the year 2017 
    Technical Magazine Elektronik

  • Jan Kleinert
    ICT Dissertation Award
    Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V.

    Michael Bortz; Karl-Heinz Küfer; Alexander Scherrer; Philipp Süss; Katrin Teichert
    Preis des Stifterverbandes für die deutsche Wissenschaft 2016
    Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft e. V. 

    Dominik Gilberg
    Young Researcher Symposium
    1. Preis Kategorie »Best Talk«
    TU-Nachwuchsring, Kaiserslautern

    Tobias Hofmann
    Young Researcher Symposium
    3. Preis Kategorie »Best Talk«
    TU-Nachwuchsring, Kaiserslautern

    Jochen Zausch
    ELEKTRONIK »Artikel des Jahres«
    Redaktion ELEKTRONIK

    Marion Schulz-Reese
    Fraunhofer Taler
    Fraunhofer- Gesellschaft

    Sven Krumke
    Distinguished Teaching Award
    Technische Universität Kaiserslautern 

  • Dascha Dobrovolskij
    Einjähriges Stipendium zur Nachwuchsförderung
    innerhalb des DGZfP-Stipendiatenprogramms,
    Deutsche Gesellschaft für zerstörungsfreie Prüftechnik (DGZfP)

    Prof. Dr. Dieter Prätzel-Wolters
    Fraunhofer Münze

  • (Norbert Asprion), Michael Bortz, (Jakob Burger), Richard Welke
    IChemE Awards 2014: Core Chemical Engineering Award,
    Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)

  • Carsten Lojewski, Rui Machado (Christian Simmendinger): Programmiermodell für zukünftige Supercomputer
    Fraunhofer Gesellschaft

  • Dascha Dobrovolskij
    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Zerstörungsfreie Prüfung DGZfP

    Nataliya Horbenko, Peter Ruckdeschel,(Taehan Bae)
    Paper of the Year
    Operational Risk and Regulation (Innovation Award 2012)

    Stefan Nickel
    Top Cited Article 2007 – 2011
    Elsevier, European Journal of Operational Research

    Stefan Nickel
    EURO Award 2012
    EURO The Association of European Operational Research Societies

    Andreas Wagner
    Best Paper Award
    Energy Finance Conference 2012

  • Hans Rieder, Martin Spies, Alexander Dillhöfer
    Förderpreis für herausragende und innovative wissenschaftliche Arbeiten zum Werkstoff Kupfer,
    Deutsches Kupferinstitut

    Thorsten Asal
    Preis für ausgezeichnete Diplomarbeiten im Studiengang
    Mechatronik der FH KL
    John Deere

    Frank Schuler, Katja Schladitz
    3. Preis beim Young Researcher Symposium
    Center of Mathematical and Computational Modelling CM²

    Ingmar Schüle
    Preis für herausragende Promotion
    Kreissparkassenstiftung Kaiserslautern

    Giles, Arnaud; Nzouankeu, Nana
    DAAD-Preis für hervorragende Leistungen ausländischer Studierender
    DAAD an der TU Kaiserslautern

    Dieter Prätzel-Wolters
    Verdienstorden des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz
    Land Rheinland-Pfalz

  • Franz-Josef Pfreundt
    HPCwire Readers‘ and Editors‘ Choice Award
    Engagement in GreenHPC
    Journal »HPCwire« anlässlich SuperComputing-2009 in Portland (USA)

    Hans Rieder, Martin Spies: Entwicklung von Ultraschallverfahren
    Deutschen Gesellschaft für zerstörungsfreie Prüftechnik (DGZfP)

    Fachkonferenz und Ausstellung »Digitale Nutzfahrzeugtechnologie«
    Ort der Ideen 2009
    Initiative »Deutschland – Land der Ideen«

    Anton Winterfeld, Peter Klein: »Edelsteine – Optimal verwertet«

  • Jörg Willems
    Hugo-Geiger-Preis für hervorragende anwendungsorientierte Diplomarbeit

    Anton Winterfeld
    Preis für herausragende Dissertation
    Kreissparkassenstiftung Kaiserslautern

  • Ruth Velte
    Beste Azubis
    Fraunhofer Gesellschaft

    Dr. Helmut Neunzert
    Chalmers University, Schweden

  • HPC/Dr. Franz-Josef Pfreundt
    IBM Faculty Award

    Arbeitsgruppe MAVI/Dr. Katja Schladitz
    Innovationspreis Rheinland-Pfalz
    Land Rheinland-Pfalz

  • NESPRI-TEC: Caparol (Ober-Ramstadt), Wagner (Markdorf), FSM! GmbH (Landstuhl)
    Bundespreis 2005 für hervorragende innovatorische Leistungen für das Handwerk
    Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Arbeit

    Carsten Lojewski: PV-4D: Schnelle Visualisierung
    großer Datenmengen

    Peter Klein
    Bunshah-Award für beste Fachveröffentlichung
    American Vacuum Society (AVS)

    Helmut Neunzert
    Zakir Hussain Award
    Indian Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ISIAM)

  • Helmut Neunzert

    NESPRI: Dietmar Hietel und Michael Heil (FSM! GmbH, Landstuhl)
    Professor-Adalbert-Seifriz-Preis für gelungene Technologietransfers zwischen Handwerksbetrieben und wissenschaftlichen Institutionen
    handwerk magazin, Signal Iduna-Gruppe und Steinbeis-Stiftung

    NESPRI: Dietmar Hietel und Michael Heil (FSM! GmbH, Landstuhl)
    Innovationspreis des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz
    Land Rheinland-Pfalz

  • Helmut Neunzert
    Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
    Royal Society of Edinburgh (GB)

    ITWM bestes Institut der I und K-Gruppe
    Fraunhofer Gesellschaft

  • Nicole Marheineke
    Hansjörg Wacker Memorial Prize

  • Arbeitsgruppe »Analog Insydes«
    Innovationspreis des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz
    Land Rheinland-Pfalz

    AG »Mikrostruktursimulation« (F.-J. Pfreundt, K. Steiner)

    Helmut Neunzert
    Akademie-Preis des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz
    Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Weiterbildung, Forschung und Kultur und die Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz

  • Helmut Neunzert
    Verdienstorden des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz
    Land Rheinland-Pfalz

  • Helmut Neunzert
    SIAM Pioneer Prize
    Mathematikervereinigungen aus Europa und der amerikanischen
    Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)

  • Frank Zingsheim

  • Helmut Neunzert
    Preis für herausragende Leistungen in der internationalen Hochschulzusammenarbeit
    Bundesminister für Bildung und Forschung