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




Press Release eBusiness Competence Center / 21.7.2021

Automated Planning Revolutionizes the Construction Industry

[Only available in German]

A smart planning tool and voice control will support the digitalization of construction sites in the future. The software optimally plans, manages and evaluates all resources. In cooperation with ambigus GmbH, the eBusiness Competence Center in Construction and Finishing Trades (eBZ) and within the framework of the Mittelstand 4.0 Competence Center Planning and Construction, we are jointly developing the algorithms.



Press Release / 10.6.2021

Third Wave: Strong Effect of Rapid Testing in Schools

The third wave of the Corona pandemic is considered to be broken. Researchers at Fraunhofer ITWM have used the EpideMSE software to mathematically analyze the effects that different measures had in combating the pandemic. 


News / 5.5.2021

Optimizing Medical Care – Even More In Times Of Corona

Together with other scientific institutions, the Fraunhofer ITWM has investigated how medical care in rural areas can be ensured and improved, especially during the Corona pandemic. Mathematically based optimization and decision systems support the planning of ambulance transports, emergency pharmacy services and the establishment of vaccination centers. 


News / 5.5.2021

Position Paper Process Simulation with ITWM Expertise

[Only available in German]

Process simulation is an important tool in many industries. With the position paper »Process Simulation – Fit for the Future?«, researchers have addressed the present and future of the topic. Michael Bortz has also contributed his ITWM expertise on modelling, simulation and optimization (MSO).


Press Release / 4.5.2021

Corrosion Protection Through Digitization

Fraunhofer ITWM is involved in EU project VIPCOAT for innovative corrosion protection technologies.


Press Release DFKI / 4.2.2021

AI for Crisis Teams

How do measures affect pandemic response at the municipal level? – In the AScore project, an expert system is being developed that presents crisis teams and decision-makers with needed simulations and information on pandemic progression for the municipal level. The BMBF-funded project is carried out by researchers of the DFKI together with the ITWM.


Press Release / 9.12.2020

Fraunhofer ITWM Optimizes Location Planning for Vaccination Centers

A vaccine against Covid-19 is expected soon. How many vaccine doses are available? Who should be vaccinated first? Where should people be vaccinated? How many doctors are needed for vaccination? Our researchers have examined the last questions together with the RKI and TUK.


Interview / 18.9.2020

»Our Themed Conferences Always Offer the Full Spectrum«

In this interview, Karl-Heinz Küfer, the scientific director, tells us more about the Felix Klein theme workshop »Continuous Optimization«, the background, goals and aspirations of the event:

[Only available in German]


Short News / 15.9.2020

Erik Diessel Awarded GOR Prize for Master's Thesis

At this year's general meeting of the Society for Operations Research (GOR), Erik Diessel received the GOR award for his master's thesis in optimization. The award ceremony took place digitally. In addition, the GOR Young Resrearchers Award was presented for outstanding young researchers.

[Only available in German]


Press Release / 11.9.2020

Fraunhofer ITWM and DFKI Support Kaiserslautern in Pandemic Management

The city of Kaiserslautern relies on mathematical forecasting models and AI to make decisions. A press briefing at the Fraunhofer Center kicked off the joint project.

[Only available in German]


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 / 10.6.2020

ITWM Tests Quantum Computer

IBM is bringing the first universal quantum computer to Europe: Under the name IBM Q System One, it will be launched at the beginning of 2021, managed by Fraunhofer. The ITWM is also involved in the initiative. The institute is already one of the test users of the IBM US quantum computers. At the Healthcare Hackathon, the ITWM will also contribute a quantum challenge.

[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.

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.



Online–Seminar / 9.11.2021

Machine Learning Assisted Optimization

Our expert Dr. Michael Bortz and Lukas Niemeier (BASF SE) provide insights into digital solutions for product formulation.


Felix-Klein-Theme Workshop/ 14. – 16.9.2021

Optimization and Machine Learning

The course will address the question »How to combine optimization and machine learning?«. The structures of the basic optimization problem arising in practice and the related meta-optimization problem of statistical learning will be discussed.

Digital Conference / 21.6 -23.6.2021

OLA 2021 – International Conference On Optimization and Learning

The International Conference in Optimization and Learning focuses on the future challenges of optimization and learning methods and their applications. One of our Experts of the divisison »Optimization«, Jochen Schmid, will contribute to the program with a presentation.


Dr. techn. Jochen Schmid (Division Optimization, Fraunhofer ITWM):
»A Semi-Infinite Optimization Approach to Shape-Constrained Regression Flowsheets.«

Digital Conference / 10.6 -11.6.2021

ECCO 2021

The ECCO annual meetings aim is to bring together researchers in the field of Combinatorial Optimization to present their work, share experiences, and discuss recent advances in theory and applications. One of our experts from the division »Optimization«, Till Heller, will also contribute to the program with a presentation.


Thursday 10.06.2021, 2:45–4:00 PM: 
Till Heller (Division Optimization, Fraunhofer ITWM):
»On Reward-Penalty-Selection Games«