Latest News

Here we will inform you about the latest research topics, upcoming events and other news of the division »Optimization«.

PhD Students

We are permanently looking for PhD students in applied mathematics or process engineering. The offered doctoral theses are located in the fields of mathematical methods in process engineering and logistics.

Focusing is possible within the following topics depending on the interests of the doctoral candidate:

  • Multicriteria optimization in molecular dynamics
  • Planning of emergency locations under dynamic conditions
  • Optimal allocation of marketing budgets
  • Robust optimization in tactical supply chain management
  • Planning for the harvesting
  • Multicritical mixed-integer optimization for the use of renewable energies





Lecture Series of the Technical University of Darmstadt / 3.5.2022

Today Math, Tomorrow...?

What can you do with math? Every semester, the TU Darmstadt invites former mathematics students who are now working in a wide variety of companies. They report on their work and how their mathematics studies help them. On May 03, our colleagues Michael Moos and Jan Schröder from the »Optimization« department will tell more about their work  at Fraunhofer ITWM.


Press Release / 23.3.2022

Ministerial Director hands over funding notification for ENERDIG

The efficient use of energy is becoming increasingly important. The state government of Rhineland-Palatinate also wants to combat climate change and is therefore promoting our »ENERDIG« project. Ministerial Director Daniel Stich handed over the funding notification to Institute Director Anita Schöbel and Project Manager Dietmar Hietel. [Only available in German]


Fraunhofer-Podcast / 14.3.2022

Podcast »Pandemic Modeling«

[only available in German] With the help of mathematical models, our researchers can look a few weeks into the future of the pandemic.

In this episode of the Fraunhofer Podcast, they not only explain how to use mathematics to build a pandemic glass sphere, but also answer the question of when the pandemic will finally be over.


Shortnews / 8.3.2022

Scalable Production of ATMPs (Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products)

ATMPs are a groundbreaking development for the treatment of cancer or hereditary diseases as well as regenerative medicine. Our division »Optimization« was involved in the publication of a Fraunhofer position paper on this from the »Pharmaproduction« innovation programme.


Press Release / 11.2.2022


What is the potential of ammonia as hydrogen storage for the development of a reactor concept? This is what Fraunhofer IMM and Fraunhofer ITWM are investigating in the AMMONPAKTOR project. Funding is provided by the European Regional Development Fund ERDF. Ministerial Director Daniel Stich of the Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry of Science and Health handed over the decision.


Press Release Ministry / 8.12.2021

Skilled Workers and Qualification Initiative Healthcare 2.0

Securing skilled workers in the care sector is and remains one of the greatest challenges. Our colleague Dr. Alexander Scherrer was at the sixth Skilled Nursing Summit 2021 and reported on how mathematics and Artificial Intelligence can support nursing.


Press Release / 1.12.2021

IT Solutions for Stable Supply Chains

Global supply chains comprise complex networks, making them particularly vulnerable. The UK is a prime example of this, where logistics problems are currently resulting in empty supermarket shelves and closed gas stations. We provide IT solutions that counteract supply bottlenecks in international goods traffic and maintain robust supply chains.


Fraunhofer Magazine / 26.11.2021

Math for Any Emergency

The new Fraunhofer magazine is out! Among other things, we are represented with the article »Math for any emergency« on page 48/49. Here, research around the team of our colleague Heiner Ackermann from the division »Optimization« is presented. How are supply chains made more stable and how does mathematics help?


Press Release / 24.11.2021

Funding for Project the BATCH2KONTI

[only available in German] Together with Fraunhofer IMM, our division »Optimization« wants to improve production processes in biotechnology. Their goal, the conversion into a continuous process. The state is funding the »BATCH2KONTI« project with almost one million euros. Daniel Stich, Ministerial Director at the Ministry of Science and Health, handed over the funding notice to the institute directors.

New Projects in the Division

Komplexe Netzwerke in der Trinkwasserversorgung
© Fraunhofer ITWM
Komplexe Netzwerke in der Trinkwasserversorgung

COpt2 – Saving Energy in the Drinking Water Industry

The BMBF sponsored project, H₂Opt, provides prototype software that supports energy efficient design and operation of drinking water plants. It results in energy and cost savings during planning and operations involving the drinking water supply. The software is in daily use at the energy company EWR, located in Worms, Germany. Launched in 2019, a follow-up project is to expand the prototype for the more complex water supply networks in Landau and Jockgrim. We simplify and improve workflows and develop new concepts to prevent water supply shortages. The project is funded by the European Fund for Regional Development (EFRE). Initially, the priority is the investigation of pumping operations because that is where an estimated 30 percent on average can be saved in energy costs.

© Varian Medical Systems

Decision Support for Brachytherapy

In collaboration with Varian Medical Systems, our multi-criteria decision support system has been embedded in the world's leading radiotherapy planning software for cancer patients. Our goal for next year is to make interactive planning available not only for external radiation therapies (IMRT, VMAT) but also for brachytherapy. This therapy directs the radiation source either on the immediate vicinity of the tumor or into the tumor itself, raising new questions that have to be solved, for example, regarding the optimal positioning of the catheter for directing the radiation.



Mainz, Conference / 17.5.2022

9th Medtech Rheinland-Pfalz

The Ministry of Economics has organized an industry conference – Medtech RLP – for companies in the healthcare industry in Rhineland-Palatinate. This year's topic is »Personalized and Individualized Medicine of the Future: New Technologies and Procedures.« Our colleague Dr. Alexander Scherrer from our division »Optimization« will be on site with a presentation and at the discussion panel.


Fair / 21.-23.6.2022

E-World Energy & Water

The event is rescheduled for June 21 - 23, 2022.

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 from the departments »System Analysis, Prognosis and Control«, »High Performance Computing«, »Optimization« and »Financial Mathematics« will present their research in the energy industry.