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

 

 

News

 

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.

 

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.

 

Presse Release / 12.5.2020

Decision Support in the Corona Crisis

In order to support local decision makers (health authorities, hospitals and especially municipalities) in planning their actions, researchers of the Fraunhofer ITWM are working on the epidemiological modeling, simulation and decision support of Covid-19  within the framework of the Fraunhofer Society's Anti-Corona Program (project name EpiDeMSE).

 

Annual Report 2018/19

Take a look at our latest annual report. Find current highlights and projects of our division.

 

Press Release / 8.5.2019

Saving Energy in the Production of Chemicals

Fraunhofer ITWM wins one of the »Joseph von Fraunhofer Prizes« in 2019.

 

Article / 30.1.2019

Fraunhofer Tool Used in Radiation Therapy

Our clinical decision support tool MCO was added to Varian’s Eclipse™ treatment planning system.

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.

Events

Workshop / online / 2020/09/16 – 2020/09/19

Continuous Optimization

Felix Klein Autumn Workshop

In this workshop, three internationally recognized and leading scientists will introduce to state-of-the art theory and techniques from different areas of continuous optimization and discuss recent advances as well as research challenges. Besides theoretical developments, various application such as image processing, treatment planning or machine learning will be presented.

 

Workshop / Kaiserslautern / 2020/10/7 – 2020/10/8

Mathematical Methods in Process Engineering

Modeling, Simulation and Optimization

Every two years, internationally outstanding scientists from universities, research institutions and industry meet in Kaiserslautern to discuss the latest mathematical methods in process engineering.

Online seminar

Expert Sessions: Projection Methods in Feasibility, Superiorization and Optimization

Many scientific gatherings have been cancelled because of Covid-19 including our  workshop Projection Methods in Feasibility, Superiorization and Optimization – Theory and Practice at the end of June in Kaiserslautern.

In order to keep in touch with our scientific community, we established a weekly online seminar series with high-level specialists working on various industrial applications.

Here you find the lectures for reading and reviewing: