Latest News

At this point, we report on current topics, dates and other news directly from the division.

Workshops and Seminars

Practical applied research and method development require constant communication with the world of industrial application. This means know-how transfer from the institute to industry as well as feedback from users and calibration of new methods according to their practical relevance.

Of course, this is done in our cooperation projects. But we decided to establish an additional broad and open instrument: Advanced technology courses for engineers in the industry.

We offer the following events at regular intervals:

Conferences

Chargeable Advanced Training Seminars

Technology Webinars free of charge

Fairs, Conferences and Symposia

The experts of our department regularly attend trade fairs, conferences and meetings and are speakers at the various events.

Here you can find the current dates:

 

Kaiserslautern, Conference / 13.9.2022

7th International Commercial Vehicle Technology Symposium

The 2-day conference will be held on the campus of the Technical University of Kaiserslautern and will include approximately 50 technical papers and poster presentations focusing on international trends and technological developments in the commercial vehicle industry. It will be accompanied by a trade exhibition with companies and a special vehicle exhibition.

 

Online and Strasbourg, Conference / 14. – 16.9.2022

21. Driving Simulation and Virtual Reality Conference 2022

At the driving simulation conference, driving simulation specialists from industry and science as well as commercial simulation providers will meet for the 21st time.

Our Expert René Reinhard will give a presentation on the seating position in autonomous vehicles.

 

Stuttgart, Fair / 14. – 16.09.2022

XR-Week 2022

The XR-Week is a tech event for Virtual Reality (VR), Mixed Reality (MR) and Augmented Reality (AR), or eXtended Reality (XR) for short. We will be there with colleagues from Fraunhofer IPK and present our joint work in the field of »XR 4 IPS« at their booth.

 

Karlsruhe, Conference / 20.09. – 21.09.2022

Apply & Innovate – The International Technology Conference 2022

Apply & Innovate 2022 picks up topics and trends in the automotive industry and especially in virtual vehicle development and creates a platform for the exchange of new impulses. Our colleague Francesco Calabrese from the department »Mathematics for Vehicle Engineering« will be present with a presentation and a booth.

 

Toulouse, France, Conference / 20.09. – 22.09.2022

9th Symposium of the European Network for Nonsmooth Dynamics

The ENNSD organises a symposium every year with the aim of bringing together researchers working in the field of non-smooth dynamics and creating a platform that enables the community to advance research on the relevant topics. Our colleague Armin Bosten from the department »Mathematics for Vehicle Engineering« will give a talk with Oliver Brüls (University of Liège, Belgium).

 

Dresden, Event / 29.09.2022

Completion of Fraunhofer Lead Project »Cognitive Agriculture«

In the »COGNAC« lead project, eight Fraunhofer institutes are jointly researching the basics for producing agricultural products in a way that is as environmentally friendly and resource-efficient as it is highly efficient.

Experts from the fields of »Optimization« and »Mathematics for Vehicle Engineering« will present their results on site.

 

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RODOS® Technology Day

For an efficient vehicle development process, user feedback must be incorporated into the development process as early as possible. RODOS® offers our customers a complete toolchain that enables valid driver studies even before the first prototype is built. Speakers from the department »Mathematics for Vehicle Development« will present different techniques and there will be a live demonstration of RODOS®.

News and Press Releases

 

Short News / 12.09.2022

ITWM Research in the Annual Report of the ECMI

The European Consortium for Mathematics in the Industry (ECMI) has published its annual report for the year 2021 and our institute is represented here several times. A main contribution is the article on the international KLAIM conference 2021 (page 26). Interesting are also the articles on the event »Mathematics Meets Industry 2022« (page 30) and on the project »THREAD« (page 43), where Fraunhofer ITWM is also involved.

 

Podcast Streuspanne / 15.8.2022

Statistics in Court – True Crime and False Probabilities

Whether Ted Bundy, Charles Manson or Jack The Ripper – True Crime is becoming more and more popular. Statistically speaking, true crime podcasts are now among the most popular podcast formats, so we thought: exciting cases should not be missing in our statistics podcast. Feel free to listen!

 

Press Release / 27.7.2022

Minister Hands Over Funding Certificate for »MultiskalenBEV«

[only available in German]
In the project »MultiskalenBEV«, researchers are focusing on customized and intelligent solutions in the virtual product development of e-vehicles. The project is funded by the Ministry of Science and Health of Rhineland-Palatinate. Yesterday, Minister Clemens Hoch handed over the funding certificate.

 

Newsletter Article / 14.7.2022

Simulator-Supported Product Development

For more than ten years, Volvo Construction Equipment has been using our interactive driving and operating simulator »RODOS« for simulator-based production development. Our experts Dr.-Ing. Michael Kleer and Dr. Sebastian Emmerich from the division »Mathematics for Vehicle Development« report in an article in the newsletter of the »Commercial Vehicle Cluster Südwest« (CVC).

 

Podcast Streuspanne / 5.7.2022

Statistics Prove – Parapsychology Is (Not) Humbug

What actually makes us scientists? We mean »real sciences« and not pseudo-sciences like parapsychology, presumably our scientific methods, which also include empirical studies! Unfortunately, we pat ourselves on the back with this demarcation too early. Because especially the parapsychology manages again and again to hold significant studies under the nose of us »real scientists« – from telepathy up to smart-talking rats. [only available in German]

 

Press release / 20.5.2022

»Open Digitalization Alliance« enters second round

The successful collaboration continues: The joint project »Open Digitalization Alliance Palatinate« of the Fraunhofer ITWM, Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences and the Technical University of Kaiserslautern TUK enters the second funding phase. 

 

Streuspanne Blog Entry / 20.5.2022

What Helps Mask That Are Barely Worn?

The Corona pandemic seems to be disappearing from our everyday lives and minds, and with it the masks from our faces. It feels like only half of the people still wear a mask in the supermarket. So today our blogging colleagues are asking the question: What good are masks that are hardly worn any more?

 

Streuspanne Blogpost / 20.4.2022

How (In)Dependent Are Multiple Antigen Tests at a Time?

[Only available in German]

Do several Corona rapid tests in a row increase the reliability of the result? In one of the last blog posts, we cautiously approached this question. Now we want to close this gap. Because tests are not really independent of each other, but show correlations. But how can such correlations play out?

 

Streuspanne Blogpost / 8.4.2022

Does Coincidence Really Exist?

Mathematics is the science of the infinite, statistics that of chance. However, Albert Einstein said specifically about chance: »That in which our calculations fail, we call chance.« In the latest blog, our statisticians Sascha Feth and Jochen Fiedler deal with the topic of chance, as in the accompanying podcast.

 

Streuspanne Blog Entry / 3.3.2022

Are Multiple Antigen Tests in a Row More Reliable?

A reader's question brought us to the topic of this blog post: How much does the reliability of antigen tests increase if you test yourself more than once? Answers to this question are provided, as always, by our blogging statisticians Sascha Feth and Jochen Fiedler.

 

Podcast Streuspanne / 11.2.2022

Curious Embarrassments in Statistics

Would you admit to ever having relieved yourself in a lake? Probably many of us would be reluctant to answer that honestly. But how does science deal with such awkward questions, how to get closer to the statistical truth? Today's podcast episode is all about »embarrassing characteristics« – our statisticians tell us what role social desirability plays.

 

Students Competition / 10.2.2022

ECMI Students Competition 2022

How to simulate fatigue effects in muscles? We had a hand in this question for the competition: Together with our spin-off fleXstructures GmbH and the Fraunhofer-Chalmers Centre for Industrial Mathematics FCC, we are researching human models for the digital factory. Dr. Joachim Linn is also on the prize committee.

 

Article Fraunhofer InnoVisions / 27.1.2022

Test Driving without Risks

If you want to test new assistance systems for vehicles, you might not want to go out on the road right away. The person should first drive our RODOS® (RObot based Driving and Operation Simulator). This is because our simulation system allows a large number of simulations. This benefits the development of assistance systems for (commercial) vehicles. Read more in the article of the german online magazine InnoVisions:

 

Press Release / 17.1.2022

ProP4CableSim – Trilateral Project Simulates Cable Systems in Vehicles

No more cable clutter: Our institute is working on the prediction of the elastic properties of cable systems in the »ProP4CableSim« project. It is part of a special transfer program of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the German Research Foundation (DFG). 

 

Press Release / 16.12.2021

Fraunhofer ITWM Helps to Establish National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI)

Research data should be findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable. So far, however, they are often decentralized, project-related or only available for a limited period of time. The NFDI initiative aims to combat this with a permanent digital repository of knowledge With the Mathematical Research Data Initiative (MaRDI), we are involved.

 

Podcast Streuspanne / 9.12.2021

Was there more white Christmas in the past?

In the last scattershot episode of the year, our blogging statisticians Sascha Feth and Jochen Fiedler look into statistics surrounding Christmas. Was there really more snow on Christmas holidays in the past? Or is that a myth and romantic transfiguration? Is there a formula for a perfect Christmas? [Podcast only available in German]

 

TV report / 1.12.2021

Expertise of the Fraunhofer ITWM on TV

With Mathematics against Covid19 – our researchers continue to use their expertise in the fight against the virus. In the TV program 3sat NANO ran a report on the topic »How big is the booster effect really?« with statements from our institute director Dr. Anita Schöbel and scientist Dr. Jochen Fiedler. You can watch it here: [only available in German]:

Streuspanne – Our Blog on Statistics and Jurojin

Our mathematicians and statisticians Sascha Feth and Jochen Fiedler present exciting news, fun facts and interesting background knowledge about statistics, mathematics and our tool Jurojin and their work behind it in the blog and podcast »Streuspanne – Statistik und ihre Kuriositäten«. 

The Jurojin software can be used to plan and statistically evaluate fatigue tests.

 

Podcast and Blog Overview

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