Latest News

Here we will inform you about the latest research topics, upcoming events and other news of the department.

Latest News


Press Release / 17.5.2023

Fraunhofer ITWM at the E-world energy & water 2023

Hardly any other topic is currently being discussed more: the energy transition. Our researchers have been developing innovative methods and models for the energy industry for years. From May 23 to 25, 2023, we will present various energy projects at the leading trade fair E-world in Essen.


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 (3) /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 EnerQuant, 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]


Press Release / 20.9.2022

Swiss Actuarial Association honors Ralf Korn

The Swiss Actuarial Association (SAV) held a meeting in which Prof. Dr. Ralf Korn participated. He founded the department »Financial Mathematics« of the Fraunhofer ITWM and headed it for many years. Now he has been elected as a corresponding member of the SAV.  [Only available in German]


Short News / 4.8.2022

Best Paper Award for Prof. Dr. Ralf Korn

Prof. Dr. Ralf Korn is a consultant at our institut and founder of the department »Financial Mathematics« and has now been awarded the MDPI's 2021 Best Paper Awards for his paper on »Machine Learning in Least-Squares Monte Carlo Proxy Modeling of Life Insurance Companies«. Congratulations!


Interview with Dr. Normann Pankratz, Debeka Insurances

Standardized Evaluation of Pension Products

The ITWM team is now working with Debeka in the project »Transparency Initiative for Occupational Pension Plans« for more transparency. In this interview, Dr. Normann Pankratz, member of the executive board of Debeka Insurances, explains what this means and what the cooperation with Fraunhofer-ITWM looks like.


InnoVisions / 28.6.2022

Quantum Computing for the Big Picture

Can quantum computers calculate Germany's entire energy system? Determining the exact amount of energy needed at that moment is almost an impossibility, especially for conventional computers. But perhaps it can be done with quantum computers? The project EnerQuant wants to clarify what opportunities opens up here. [Article only available in German]


Press Release / 20.7.2022

Pandemic Prevention With Statistics Software

The pandemic confronted Germany's public health departments with major challenges. Help also came from mathematics: Together with partners, we used statistical modeling to support the health offices in the multitude of decisions that had to be made on a daily basis. Now the »EsteR« project is coming to an end and we can present some exciting results and tools – tools that will also be relevant in the future.

Our EP-KI Team Blog

Here, the EP-KI team blogs. This stands for decision support for business management processes with the help of new AI methods. Our junior research group »EP-KI: Decision Support for Business Processes using New AI Methods« works at the interface of business administration and artificial intelligence (AI). Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the junior research group focuses its research on future-oriented issues and their solution by user-friendly methods.

Our AI Group team of scientists has set itself the goal of supporting current developments in digitization in public administration and SMEs. In the blog, we regularly report on our work, activities and comment on current developments.



Essen, Messe / 23.05. – 25.05.2023

E-world Energy & Water

E-world energy & water is the industry meeting place for the European energy industry. The topics of E-world 2022 are innovative solutions for the energy supply of the future - from generation, transport and storage to trading, efficiency and green technologies. The teams of the departments »System Analysis, Prognosis and Control« and »Financial Mathematics« present their research in the energy industry.


Erfurt, Project Completion / 04.07.2023

Bauhaus.Mobility – NEXT Closing Event

In the midst of the Reallabor, we will review three project years with a final presentation followed by a barbecue above the roofs of Erfurt. We will also venture a joint outlook into new and exciting research projects.


Workshop, 19.10. – 20.10.2023

EnerQuant – Workshop zum Projekt

In the joint project »EnerQuant: Energy Economics Fundamental Modeling with Quantum Algorithms«, our researchers from the department »Financial Mathematics« and the division »High Performance Computing« exploit advantages of quantum computing for the energy industry. We will present the results of this work in the workshop.


Current Research Topics

Our doctoral students and post-docs research current topics in financial mathematics and data science.


Seminar / 11.3.2021

ML in KL Lightning Talks

You like science, ML and virtual coffee chats? This is for you!

The »ML in KL Lightning Talks« are a local initiative that offers new networking opportunities for researchers of all institutions in KL.

Topic on March: »Experiences and New Approaches in the Training of Neural Networks«


Scientific Employees

You are interested in solutions for data-driven problems and the implementation in software is your topic? Do you have new ideas that you would like to pursue proactively in research projects?

The department »FINANCIAL MATHEMATICS« of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics in Kaiserslautern offers you an exciting position as a

  • Research Associate »Financial Mathematics«
  • Research Associate »Mathematic for Energy Markets«
  • Research Associate »Quantum Computing«


Scientific Assistants / Interns

We are always looking for scientific assistants an interns as support in projects from the industry and research. Besides your interest on financial mathematical context, basic knowledge in a common programing language is requested. The remuneration is to be agreed upon.


Topics for Master Thesis

Currently, master's theses with the following topics are offered within the focus on financial mathematics for the energy industry:

  • Instance ranking prediction and aggregation in fraud detection
  • Opportunity and risk analysis of the pension phase in retirement provision products
  • Option valuation with quantum computers

Do you have your own idea for a thesis? This is also possible with us. Present us your proposed topic in a speculative application so that we can assess whether it reflects our core competencies.